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QUENTIN TARANTINO - 30/9/2005 4:17:47 PM   
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He's a director who needs little introduction around here, and pretty much everyone has an opinion on him. So we want to hear yours. And not only that - if you have any questions you want to ask about QT's life or work, ask them here; or, if you think you can answer anyone else's questions, answer away. Remember, of course, that it's all about those DVDs, so grab the five (well, six, sort of) below and get watching closely...

Reservoir Dogs
True Romance
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Kill Bills Vol 1 & 2

The best and most perceptive comments will appear in the feature in our December issue, on sale October 28.


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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 11/1/2006 10:22:17 PM   
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For me Tarantino hasn't made a bad movie, everyones always waiting for the next hit by him and at the same time waiting for him to slip up big time. I think True Romance shows a clever and talented, if a little naive screenwriter. Resevoir dogs places him in the director chair where he makes a highly original film which paths the way for his breakthrough masterpiece Pulp Fiction. The screenplay the directing and the use of the actors makes one of the greatest movies ever. Jackie Brown is my favourite however, it shows a maturing taratino telling a story using his now trade mark techniques, to focus on character development. For this is what Jackie Brown is about and Tarantino shows his understanding f it superbly. Then comes Kill Bill Vol1 and 2 this is all about him going to his routes. It isn't as sharpe and mature as Jackie Brown however he focuses on areas of cinema which, until him went long ignored by the general public. They tell a simple story in a great way and are bold and beautiful.

I like many others look forward to his next offering, whilst at the same time waiting for him to level out or fail to reach the grade he has already set himself.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 11/1/2006 11:29:51 PM   
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Tarantino is a great director, although massively overrated by morons who knows nothing about films. He has made five films, and I would only count one of them as a masterpiece - Pulp Fiction. And to Sam: This is a film discussion forum. It is for discussing films, strangely enough. That can't happen if everybody just agrees.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 12/1/2006 1:14:49 AM   
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I have to agree with the Don, he is a very overrated though I enjoy his films a great deal. He is definately a great entry point to many other types of movies. His is talented but isn't the greatest director, If youre a fan of Tarantino I emplore you to look at his infulences and explore them.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 15/1/2006 2:08:04 AM   
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Why didn't he get the 'Casino Royale' job?? Having recently read the Ian Fleming novel, I think that QT could have done a lot with the story.....anyway, I believe that anyone going to see a QT film should be aware of what he's about.....he does what it says on the tin!!Definately one of a kind......genius with wordplay and dialogue and a little bit slaphappy with the tomato sauce...but, hey, wouldn't be the same without it!!!!!

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 16/1/2006 5:33:30 PM   
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There's no doubt that QT is one of the most exciting directors working today, but it is also fair to mention that he IS derivative of other peoples' work and perhaps needs to be more judicious with his editing - would Kill Bill not have been a bigger hit and a better film if it was trimmed and presented as one movie? 

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 16/1/2006 9:06:52 PM   
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YES!!!! It would have been better if it was left alone and presented as one movie.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 27/1/2006 3:42:24 PM   
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As it stands with Quentin Tarantino, there is not one single director of the last decade who's name attatched to a film can create so much buzz. From writing the script for True Romance his career has been followed by critical hit after critical hit. No other director can match him as commodity and the release of many japanese films simply 'Presented by Quentin Tarantino' just shows you that Tarantino and Quality go hand in hand. Fair enough the Kill Bill 1 & 2 debacle should never have happened but there are times when even the best directors have to bite the bullet and go with the studio on releasing two volumes.
I can honestly say that, being 21 Tarantino has been the one director that I have grown up with and he;s never dissapointed me. I watched Sin City because he was involved in it and I cant wait for Hostel to come out. Tarantino is quite easily one of, if not the, most exciting director around at the moment.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 27/1/2006 3:55:58 PM   
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He has one of the most exciting names. but his films sadly fail to deliver after the impressive debut with Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
And as for his overblown hype about being c-director on Sin City, what did he direct..10 mins?
He needs to get back to doing something on the same scale as Res Dogs

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 27/1/2006 6:31:18 PM   
Companero


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ORIGINAL: stuartbannerman

He has one of the most exciting names.


Michele Massimo Tarantini, now that's an exciting name

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 27/1/2006 6:54:32 PM   
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What about Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, the writer on Pather Panchali?

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 27/1/2006 9:50:45 PM   
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Ermintrude Blobbington-Smyth?

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 30/1/2006 8:23:38 PM   
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I thought they where both amazing! Vol 2 not so much, but still a work of art!
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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 1/2/2006 3:50:25 PM   
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we all have our own opinions on tarantino although most of the ones in this section glorified mocks towards his radical way of film thinking. He might be influenced by the majority of directors he watches but i think the best is still to come out of him yet. For example the greats in directing such as Spielberg and Kubrick have produced many different varites of film genre and although i think tarantino is great in the crime caper mould as he has proven he has still to release his next two projects the Grindhouse with Robert Rodriguez and Inglourius Bastards which stars Michael Madsen   

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 1/2/2006 3:53:59 PM   
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and hostel

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 11/2/2006 10:38:24 AM   
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Tarantino does to directing what kevin bacon did for Tremors,  makes a low budget masterpiece from nothing. one of the few directors ever who is able to do this. a bigger budget might cause this flare to go too glossy and OTT but we'll wait and see what happens.
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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 14/2/2006 11:30:23 PM   
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I tend to feel that Tarantino has regressed somewhat as he has got older, and his confidence to do radical new things was ebbing away from about 1996 onwards. Jackie Brown is quite a mature film, and extremely well acted, but it lacked the verve of his previous scripts. His other work since then (including his collaborative work with Rodreguez) seems to be fixated on comic strips! He does make pretty entertaining movies, however, and Resevoir and Pulp are still massively iconic and influential movies of the last decade, regardless of anything else.

One of the problems for Kill Bill however is marketing - It only cost QT about $5-6 Million to make Pulp Fiction which gave him a huge Box Office profit when it was released. Kill Bill cost substantially more - about $30 million. If you consider that the box office of Volume 1 was only about $30 also (IIRC), you can see why the movie was split into two halves. 'Artistic integrity' baloney! The potential market was too limited to do a single movie with such a violent script and restricted rating!

If Tarantino wants to regain his former glories he has to create more dialogue-driven scripts again, with a lower budget. The director's business model he should be following is somebody like Clint Eastwood.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 17/2/2006 12:38:12 PM   
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Hi all this is my first post.
 
I love QT and the work he has done, however I felt slighty annoyed by Kill Bill 1. The bleeping of the name, the really overloud siren when the bride's targets appeared. I do agree that he should use his previous success to allow him to experiment a little but I thought he lost his way a bit.
 
Can I just add that the preformances in Jakie Brown were excellant from all the cast invloved and if the plot moved a litte faster it would have been another great great film.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 9/5/2006 4:22:08 AM   
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Does anyone have any ideas what was in the case in Pulp Fiction that Marsellus was so eager to get back? I heard a theory that it was his soul that he was attempting to sell - plaster on the back of his neck (said to be where your soul escapes) and the eerie glow when vincent opens the case, also the number of the briefcase was 666 - sounds farfetched but just wondered if anyone else had any ideas?

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 9/5/2006 10:49:28 AM   
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the contents of the case(within the film) have never been announced, however QT does say that the contents of the case were..........a light ..........

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 9/5/2006 1:16:22 PM   
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Another highly enjoyable theory is that it's Elvis's gold tuxedo, as worn by Val Kilmer in True Romance!

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 10/5/2006 7:36:44 PM   
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He is the top director of the decade. His films Kill Bill, Kill Bill 2, Sin City, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, From Dusk Till Dawn. They're all brilliant. He's what made me want to become a director in the first place. I wonder if i'll be as good as him.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 10/5/2006 7:43:26 PM   
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He is the top director of the decade. His films Kill Bill, Kill Bill 2, Sin City, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, From Dusk Till Dawn. They're all brilliant. He's what made me want to become a director in the first place. I wonder if i'll be as good as him.


Kill Bill - "His" films?  Don't get me started, but I suppose he "directed" them.
Sin City - 1 FIVE MINUTE SEQUENCE?  Why is it "his?"
CSI - It wasn't bad, but I don't know how someone can be called "director of the decade" for 1 above average TV episode.
From Dusk Till Dawn - It was Rodriguez's film, and it wasn't this decade.

He's the worst kind of director, a rock star director.  I wouldn't be suprised if he never makes another film, and just throws his name around ( a la Hero) to make money and gather praise from drooling fanboys.


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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 10/5/2006 8:40:52 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: GavinD

He is the top director of the decade. His films Kill Bill, Kill Bill 2, Sin City, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, From Dusk Till Dawn. They're all brilliant. He's what made me want to become a director in the first place. I wonder if i'll be as good as him.


Kill Bill - "His" films?  Don't get me started, but I suppose he "directed" them.
Sin City - 1 FIVE MINUTE SEQUENCE?  Why is it "his?"
CSI - It wasn't bad, but I don't know how someone can be called "director of the decade" for 1 above average TV episode.
From Dusk Till Dawn - It was Rodriguez's film, and it wasn't this decade.

He's the worst kind of director, a rock star director.  I wouldn't be suprised if he never makes another film, and just throws his name around ( a la Hero) to make money and gather praise from drooling fanboys.


Too true. Premier director of the 90s my foot.

 Sorry, that was awful.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 10/5/2006 10:18:14 PM   
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Just like the Manics and their Holy Bible album did for me regarding music Tarantino for me, did the same with film: Pulp Fiction.  With Kill Bill and to a lesser extent Jackie Brown I've had a fallen out with QT.  I thought Kill Bill was reprehensible in that it was indulgent from someone who knew and cared more about cinema to be at all fucking communicative to an audience in general.

Still....that's not the same as saying some know-nothing hack made these films.  With Tarantino you have the direct opposite, someone who knows better that you or I do, but is unlikeably smug about it.  He's someone that will come back and come back and friggin keep coming back I think.  He's only unfortunate that he's decided to be too avante-garde too early in his career.  It was too early for him to do his Samurai grind-house oddyssey.  Age 60, we might have been talking like it was his 2001, but now, we're too amenable to second guess the young pretender.

Is he a good director?   NO QUESTION!  And I'll tell you why...good direction is signified by the absolute reduction of expositional dialogue in your script (how you tell a story visually, treating dialogue as a patronising crutch to do the same when all else fails).  All that distractonal pop-dialogue that we're so fond of winsomely debating is Tarantino-the-script-writer making that aspect easy for himself and making things for Tarantino-the-director very effing difficult for himself.  All this pap about him being a plagiarising appropriator of other's people work don't factor those dimensions into it.  He wrote Reservoir Dogs in a week....he didn't claim to be Billy Shakespeare, you know?  
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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 12/6/2006 3:59:50 PM   
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Hello, hello.

I know this hasnt got much to do with this lil conversation you guys have got goin on, but i didnt know where else to put my question. Its kinda related though.

Its really friggin pissin me off, but does anybody know if and when the Sin City Special Edition is out on region 2?
How could they have the cheek to bring out a bollox vanilla of such a fantastic film?
grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 14/6/2006 4:53:36 PM   
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Miramax should have let QT have his epic and have Kill Bill as one film. A crazy 88 sequence before the final showdown would have had a much stronger impact. QT is pretty self indulgent, but still good with it. I was utterly disappointed when I learnt one of his strongest and funniest speeches in a film (Sleep With Me) was written by none other than Roger Avery. Shame those two aren't working together anymore, if they were then perhaps QT's output would be more than a handful of flicks.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 14/6/2006 7:25:40 PM   
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The King Of Cool with out a doubt and an inspiration to hell of alot of people.
The guy has the art of sampling films down to a fine T.
Yet when he samples and applies these ideas from films he somehow makes something that is original and pushes the envelope.

My questions to QT would be: Would you consider making anything in the genre of Sci Fi?
Also, Is the World War II epic that you wrote ever going to surface?

Never stop making films please Sir.

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 15/6/2006 2:58:44 PM   
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Miramax should have let QT have his epic and have Kill Bill as one film. A crazy 88 sequence before the final showdown would have had a much stronger impact. QT is pretty self indulgent, but still good with it. I was utterly disappointed when I learnt one of his strongest and funniest speeches in a film (Sleep With Me) was written by none other than Roger Avery. Shame those two aren't working together anymore, if they were then perhaps QT's output would be more than a handful of flicks.


But the seperation did allow the film to fade in the memory slightly, so when in KB Volume 2 Bud says to Bill "She cut through 88 guys before she got to O'Ren" then Bill says "there wasnt really 88 of them, they just thought it sounded cool" i had been telling people that she faught through 88 guys!  egg on my face.
(real me in hook and the line too.) 
(i had only seen it once at the cimema at the time and wasn't counting the buggers)

i like that it switched to black and white for us sensitive westerners, but as a stylistic form to the action it works great. (sometimes catering for the censors can help...did i write that?) we've never seen blood before aparently. Asian audiences are used to that, aparently. 
  

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RE: QUENTIN TARANTINO - 16/6/2006 10:13:19 AM   
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Has anyone counted whether there were 88 or not ?


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