Joined by their announcer Gala Avary, they’ll travel back in time to revisit old classics and discover new favorites, pulled from the actual VHS tapes that Quentin and Roger used to recommend.
From controversial James Bond films to surprising exploitation flicks, the duo will expose you to movies you didn’t know you’d love, give awards to their favorites, and of course, rate the quality of the video transfer.d to customers at the original Video Archives store in Manhattan Beach.
With his vibrant imagination and dedication to richly layered storytelling QUENTIN TARANTINO is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation.
He made his directorial debut in 1992 with RESERVOIR DOGS, and then co-wrote, directed, and starred in one of his most beloved films, PULP FICTION, which won his first Oscar® for Best Screenplay. Followed by the highly acclaimed films JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL VOL. 1 and VOL. 2, and DEATH PROOF, Tarantino then released his World War II epic, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, DJANGO UNCHAINED (which won his second Oscar® for Best Screenplay), and the HATEFUL EIGHT. Tarantino’s most recent film, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD, was nominated for five Golden Globes, ten BAFTAS, and ten Academy Award nominations. Most recently, Tarantino published his debut novel, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, which has been published in 31 languages and became an instant number one seller on both The New York Times and Amazon best seller lists and an international bestseller in the UK, Ireland, and Germany.
Award-winning filmmaker Roger Avary first began experimenting in Beta I video and 8mm film formats during the late 1970s.
Throughout the 1980s he worked alongside his friend and fellow aspiring filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, at Video Archives, a video store in Manhattan Beach, California. In 1983, Avary’s Super-8mm supernatural thriller The Worm Turns won Best Film from the Los Angeles Film Teachers Association. He went on to attend the film program at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, after which he worked as an advertising copywriter at DMB&B and J. Walter Thompson. In 1994, Avary was awarded an Academy AwardTM for his work with Quentin Tarantino on their screenplay for Pulp Fiction. Also in 1994, Avary wrote and directed the French neonoir crime thriller Killing Zoe, which Roger Ebert called ‘Generation X’s first Bank Caper Movie.’ The film was honored with le Prix tres special a Cannes, the same year that Pulp Fiction took home the Palm d’Or.
In 2002, Avary wrote and directed the filmed adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel The Rules of Attraction, and became an Apple Computer spokesperson for Final Cut Pro 3. In 2006, he penned the movie adaptation of the hit Konami video game Silent Hill, which debuted as #1 at the U.S. box office and has been embraced by video game fans as one of the first game-to-film adaptations that is true to the imagery and spirit of its source material. In 2007, novelist Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary wrote and produced an adaptation of Beowulf for director Robert Zemeckis and Paramount Pictures. In 2017 Avary directed a French language filmed feature-length adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one-woman play, La voix humaine, starring actress Elsa Zylberstein. Also in 2017 Avary wrote and directed the comedic thriller, Lucky Day. In 2020, Roger re-teamed with his old friend, video store clerk, and writing-partner, Quentin Tarantino. The two have decided to return to their VHS roots with the Video Archives Podcast.
A lifelong film lover, Gala has been working in the film industry since she was 15.
Gala Avary is a writer, producer and the announcer for the Video Archives Podcast. She has worked as a writer for production companies such as Constantine Films, Davis Films, Muse Productions, Canal+, and Lionsgate Television. In 2017, Gala co-produced a French language feature-length adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one woman play, La voix humaine, directed by her father, Roger Avary. She continued to produce for her father and in 2018 produced his latest feature, the action-comedy Lucky Day. In her spare time Gala is a student at Harvard Extension, working towards her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her favorite genres of movies include “heist gone wrong” and “new wave musicals.” Her favorite film of all time is Bugsy Malone.
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