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08.24.2015

Love him or hate him, you've got to admit that Quentin Tarantino gives good interview. Taking a break from post-production work on THE HATEFUL EIGHT, the director sat down with New York Magazine and spilled on a variety of topics including superhero films, his taste in television, and how THE HATEFUL EIGHT is like a Western RESERVOIR DOGS.

Quentin Tarantino on superhero films:

I’ve been reading comic books since I was a kid, and I’ve had my own Marvel Universe obsessions for years. So I don’t really have a problem with the whole superhero thing right now, except I wish I didn’t have to wait until my 50s for this to be the dominant genre. Back in the ’80s, when movies sucked — I saw more movies then than I’d ever seen in my life, and the Hollywood bottom-line product was the worst it had been since the ’50s — that would have been a great time.

Whether or not he feels pressure to cast big stars in his films:

No. If there’s a part that a huge star could play, and that star were interested in playing it, there would definitely be pressures to consider them. And I have no problem doing that, unless I don’t particularly like that actor. But just because somebody’s a star doesn’t necessarily mean my fans or their fans want to see us work together. There is such a thing as my kind of actor, and how well they pull off my dialogue is a very, very important part of it. This is a movie where a Brad or a Leo wouldn’t work. It needs to be an ensemble where nobody is more important than anybody else.

Tarantino wasn't a fan of HBO's True Detective:

I tried to watch the first episode of season one, and I didn’t get into it at all. I thought it was really boring. And season two looks awful. Just the trailer — all these handsome actors trying to not be handsome and walking around looking like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. It’s so serious, and they’re so tortured, trying to look miserable with their mustaches and grungy clothes. Now, the HBO show I loved was Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. That was the only show that I literally watched three times. I would watch it at seven o’clock on Sunday, when the new one would come on. Then after it was over, I’d watch it all over again. Then I would usually end up watching it once during the week, just so I could listen to the dialogue one more time.

What made him cast Jennifer Jason Leigh in the 90's influenced HATEFUL EIGHT:

I’ve always really liked her. I thought in the back of my mind that Hateful Eight was sort of like a Western Reservoir Dogs, and I thought there was something very apropos about that for where I am in my career — there was a full-circle quality. To me, something screamed ’90s about this movie, and so I thought that this should have some of the really cool ’90s actors, but now: pretty boy Mike Madsen from the ’90s, but now. Pretty boy Tim Roth, with his blond hair, but now. And Snake Plissken [Russell], but now. So when I was looking for [the character] Daisy, I could have seen Jennifer Lawrence doing a good job with the role. I’m a very big fan of hers. I think she could end up being another little Bette Davis if she keeps on going the way she’s going.

There are definitely bigger Tarantino fans out there than me but the man is passionate about movies and you can always feel that passion come through in his interviews. Quentin Tarantino touches on many more great topics in the jammed packed interview and you should definitely take some time to read the rest of it. THE HATEFUL EIGHT will be released on December 25, 2015.

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10:38AM on 08/26/2015
The movies were mostly crap, but The '80s as a whole was awesome. It might have been a better decade with more superhero movies, but really it's not that Hollywood didn't try to make them. Batman and Superman came out in the '80s, and so was the awful Hulk movies and goofy Justice League TV movie. No Sir Mr. Tarantino, I like my superhero movies filled with expensive cheap looking CGI and geeky fanboy directors. You can keep your neon colored silly movies with janky green screen flying scenes
The movies were mostly crap, but The '80s as a whole was awesome. It might have been a better decade with more superhero movies, but really it's not that Hollywood didn't try to make them. Batman and Superman came out in the '80s, and so was the awful Hulk movies and goofy Justice League TV movie. No Sir Mr. Tarantino, I like my superhero movies filled with expensive cheap looking CGI and geeky fanboy directors. You can keep your neon colored silly movies with janky green screen flying scenes to yourself.
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5:18PM on 08/25/2015
He might be a Marvel fan but his directing style is perfect for what DC is doing with their own cinematic universe. Always appreciates QT's honest feedback about his take on movies & such.
He might be a Marvel fan but his directing style is perfect for what DC is doing with their own cinematic universe. Always appreciates QT's honest feedback about his take on movies & such.
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1:54PM on 08/25/2015
Keep in mind, he did write a twenty some page review in defense of Superman Returns. While I disagree with him on True Detective, I appreciate that his tastes are against the grain sometimes....
Keep in mind, he did write a twenty some page review in defense of Superman Returns. While I disagree with him on True Detective, I appreciate that his tastes are against the grain sometimes....
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11:19AM on 08/25/2015
Tarantino, when the Hateful 8 script leaked: "How dare you judge my work without actually seeing it?!"
Tarantino, on the critically-acclaimed True Detective: "I'm just gonna say this show sucks without bothering to watch it."
Tarantino, when the Hateful 8 script leaked: "How dare you judge my work without actually seeing it?!"
Tarantino, on the critically-acclaimed True Detective: "I'm just gonna say this show sucks without bothering to watch it."
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11:20AM on 08/25/2015
That's so true... haha
That's so true... haha
10:18AM on 08/25/2015
Marvel's success defies common sense as far as Tarantino is concerned: the 70s were the era of the big name directors like Scorsese and Coppola but the 80s were the era of big name franchises like Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. To Tarantino, the 70s were a nostalgic time when a movie was a work of art but the eighties were the time when people would go see a movie and eat popcorn. It must kill Tarantino to admit that he doesn't "really have a problem with the whole superhero thing
Marvel's success defies common sense as far as Tarantino is concerned: the 70s were the era of the big name directors like Scorsese and Coppola but the 80s were the era of big name franchises like Back to the Future and Jurassic Park. To Tarantino, the 70s were a nostalgic time when a movie was a work of art but the eighties were the time when people would go see a movie and eat popcorn. It must kill Tarantino to admit that he doesn't "really have a problem with the whole superhero thing right now". Let's face it, Kevin Feige is a director's worst nightmare: he is a producer who will come down on a regular basis to the set and tell the director what kind of movie he wants the director to make. He'll even talk to the actors themselves and tell them about their characters as they appear in the comics and will try to get them enthused about portraying a version of the character that is true to the source material. A lot of directors won't appreciate this "interference". "How dare the studio hire somebody to come down and tell me how to do my job!" they'll say. Ultimately, the directors will either share Feige's enthusiasm for the source material or they won't and they will end up complaining that their "vision" didn't emerge in the final product, that what Marvel ended up with was a movie no different than any of the other Marvel movies. Sometimes this way of making movies doesn't work: Fox's Fantastic Four and Sony's Amazing Spider-Man 2 were both terrible and "studio interference" was blamed in both cases. It is easy for the director to blame the studio when they are telling him what to do all the time. Thing is, Kevin Feige had nothing to do with Fox's Fantastic Four or Sony's Amazing Spider-Man 2 and I think he would have made all the difference in the world if Feige had been on set every week saying "Oh no no no! God no!" The directors wouldn't have been happy but I imagine Feige is at the point now where he could direct the movies himself: all he really needs are directors who can follow orders and get the job done. And to somebody like Tarantino, this would be an absolute nightmare. And yet he can't argue with the results. The success of the Marvel formula speaks for itself.
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9:17PM on 08/25/2015
Good point, yet Jurassic Park is 90's era cinema.
Good point, yet Jurassic Park is 90's era cinema.
8:39AM on 08/25/2015
Ah Tarantino, always good for a comment.
Not really sure what his problem is hiring good looking people to portray gritty characters. So I guess he'll never cast matthew mcconaughey. His 80's comment really lost me, the 80's is what made me fall in love with cinema. If anything, movies today need more 80's nostalgia from the likes of John Hughes and Stan Winston.
Ah Tarantino, always good for a comment.
Not really sure what his problem is hiring good looking people to portray gritty characters. So I guess he'll never cast matthew mcconaughey. His 80's comment really lost me, the 80's is what made me fall in love with cinema. If anything, movies today need more 80's nostalgia from the likes of John Hughes and Stan Winston.
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2:27AM on 08/25/2015
Die Hard, Predator and Robocop. Yeah the 80's sucked Quentin.
Die Hard, Predator and Robocop. Yeah the 80's sucked Quentin.
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3:49AM on 08/25/2015
Yeah it is hard to take him serious there. I mean the 80's have some of the best movies of all time and many are in my top ten favorites of all time. In addition to your three there is; Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, The Terminator, Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner, Aliens, Back to the Future, The Road Warrior, American Werewolf in London, The Shining, Beverly Hills Cop, Caddyshack, Scarface, ET, Big, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Roger Rabbit, Top Gun, Ferris Bueller, Batman, Full Metal
Yeah it is hard to take him serious there. I mean the 80's have some of the best movies of all time and many are in my top ten favorites of all time. In addition to your three there is; Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, The Terminator, Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner, Aliens, Back to the Future, The Road Warrior, American Werewolf in London, The Shining, Beverly Hills Cop, Caddyshack, Scarface, ET, Big, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Roger Rabbit, Top Gun, Ferris Bueller, Batman, Full Metal Jacket,....Shit I could go on forever baby!
8:04AM on 08/25/2015
You can watch his movies and tell he has inspiration from the '80s. But just because a lot of good movies were made then doesn't mean that a lot of very BAD movies didn't also come out and make bank.
You can watch his movies and tell he has inspiration from the '80s. But just because a lot of good movies were made then doesn't mean that a lot of very BAD movies didn't also come out and make bank.
9:18AM on 08/25/2015
He loves bad guys. It goes back to his theory that "the first ten years before [a filmmaker makes his or her] first movie is probably the most important ten years of his life or her life ... Those ten years before I was able to make a movie was me living through the '80s. And the '80s, as far as Hollywood cinema was concerned, was the most repressive cinema to come out of Hollywood since the '50s, and one of the ways it was so repressive was the fact that the Hollywood movie industry, almost
He loves bad guys. It goes back to his theory that "the first ten years before [a filmmaker makes his or her] first movie is probably the most important ten years of his life or her life ... Those ten years before I was able to make a movie was me living through the '80s. And the '80s, as far as Hollywood cinema was concerned, was the most repressive cinema to come out of Hollywood since the '50s, and one of the ways it was so repressive was the fact that the Hollywood movie industry, almost seemingly led by Touchstone, had this thing where it was a mantra that every single movie had to follow — lead characters had to be likable. And that was the most important thing. Characters had to be likable. If the audience didn’t like them, if the audience wasn’t on their side 100 percent of the time, then it was considered a failure and those movies never saw the light of day. Or even if a character was a bastard or a character was a jerk, he always had to be reformed sometime in the last 15 minutes. Everything was fucking Scrooge, you know? You let the guy dig away, but in the last 15 minutes he redeems himself, and he’s learned a lesson.

"And I hated that, yet at the same time, crime novels of that era were very exciting, pretty much led by Elmore Leonard, and those characters were warts and all, and those characters had all kinds of foibles and strange traits and dubious motivations, but you ended up rooting for them anyway. And in a novel a character doesn’t have to be likable. A character can be a cryptic bastard, but they can be a very fascinating character that you want to follow. So in a lot of ways my cinema in the early '90s, I think there were a lot of other people like me who felt the same way, was a reaction to that repression that I’d felt in the '80s. And since that time it’s sort of become my character style, my way of exploring characters."
2:05AM on 08/25/2015
I enjoy Tarantinos opinions they are usually honest and entertaining at least. I wonder which actors he does not particularly like. That being said he needs to give True Detective another go beyond episode one, because it was great.
I enjoy Tarantinos opinions they are usually honest and entertaining at least. I wonder which actors he does not particularly like. That being said he needs to give True Detective another go beyond episode one, because it was great.
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12:10AM on 08/25/2015
Tarantino really doesn't have much material to go on with his TD opinion if he only watched one episode. That said, I totally understand what he is saying. I had a hard time getting into the first season, but ended up enjoying it b/c I stuck with it. I do think it is a bit overhyped. I can see someone picking it up and thinking, "man, with the way people hyped this I thought it was going to blow me away, but instead it is slow and steady, with really really great acting." Then that person would
Tarantino really doesn't have much material to go on with his TD opinion if he only watched one episode. That said, I totally understand what he is saying. I had a hard time getting into the first season, but ended up enjoying it b/c I stuck with it. I do think it is a bit overhyped. I can see someone picking it up and thinking, "man, with the way people hyped this I thought it was going to blow me away, but instead it is slow and steady, with really really great acting." Then that person would tell his friends that it was the best thing he/she ever saw.
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11:28PM on 08/24/2015

"Back in the 80s, when movies sucked "

How about the 90s Quentin? Remember that stinking pile of celluloid called From Dusk Til Dawn?
How about the 90s Quentin? Remember that stinking pile of celluloid called From Dusk Til Dawn?
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5:21PM on 08/25/2015
Now you're just trolling From Dusk Till Dawn is awesome, you did not see the vampire twist coming & in the middle of the movie nonetheless.
Now you're just trolling From Dusk Till Dawn is awesome, you did not see the vampire twist coming & in the middle of the movie nonetheless.
9:51PM on 08/24/2015
I think True Detective season 1 is very very good. Not "the best tv show ever" or anything like that. Overhyped yes... but still a really good drama, even when I prefer other HBO shows like 6 feet under or Sopranos. TD Season 2 is a boredom. And I love Tarantino and his opinions against the world lol
I think True Detective season 1 is very very good. Not "the best tv show ever" or anything like that. Overhyped yes... but still a really good drama, even when I prefer other HBO shows like 6 feet under or Sopranos. TD Season 2 is a boredom. And I love Tarantino and his opinions against the world lol
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9:34PM on 08/24/2015

Would love to hear more about what he thinks of the Marvel films.

As far as True Detective goes, you pretty much have to watch it through the third episode. It's a little slow up until that point but once you get the teaser at the end of the episode your pretty sold and it get's really good after that.

From what I've seen of the Newsroom it's as good as anything else Sorkin has written. That being said wasn't it also like really liberal. It iritates me when somwone use's a tv show as a mouthpiece for thier own opinions so often (it's one think when it's
As far as True Detective goes, you pretty much have to watch it through the third episode. It's a little slow up until that point but once you get the teaser at the end of the episode your pretty sold and it get's really good after that.

From what I've seen of the Newsroom it's as good as anything else Sorkin has written. That being said wasn't it also like really liberal. It iritates me when somwone use's a tv show as a mouthpiece for thier own opinions so often (it's one think when it's tied to a charecter or storyline but it's quite annother when the charecters literally spout Sorkins views and or course win every debate or are not challenged on them).
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8:07AM on 08/25/2015
Interesting, I felt the same thing about True Detective. Or at least Rust Cohle.
Interesting, I felt the same thing about True Detective. Or at least Rust Cohle.
10:50PM on 08/26/2015
So would you say Pizzolatto is a nihalist then? If so mabey your right but it's one thing when it's an interesting philosophy that both gives way to incredible acting and dialogue as well as something that's not really commonly represented in media. It's annother when it's (admitedly well written and acted) left wing politics which are literally everyware on tv.
So would you say Pizzolatto is a nihalist then? If so mabey your right but it's one thing when it's an interesting philosophy that both gives way to incredible acting and dialogue as well as something that's not really commonly represented in media. It's annother when it's (admitedly well written and acted) left wing politics which are literally everyware on tv.
8:28PM on 08/24/2015
I tried to watch True Detectives as well. I watched the first 2 episodes of the first season last year and wanted to quit. I only stayed around b/c there were rumors of Alexandria Daddario getting naked. After she did though, I couldn't continue watching. Show was just too slow. But I hear it's the best show ever, so maybe I'll give another shot. But I totally see where Quentin is coming from.
I tried to watch True Detectives as well. I watched the first 2 episodes of the first season last year and wanted to quit. I only stayed around b/c there were rumors of Alexandria Daddario getting naked. After she did though, I couldn't continue watching. Show was just too slow. But I hear it's the best show ever, so maybe I'll give another shot. But I totally see where Quentin is coming from.
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9:35PM on 08/24/2015
Literally the best season of TV I have ever watched (although Mr. Robot is getting pretty close and it's only season 1).
Literally the best season of TV I have ever watched (although Mr. Robot is getting pretty close and it's only season 1).
1:29AM on 08/25/2015
First episode of Mr Robot was stellar. Then it started get bad and I almost abandoned it. But it finally did a 360 and once more its an awesome show.
First episode of Mr Robot was stellar. Then it started get bad and I almost abandoned it. But it finally did a 360 and once more its an awesome show.
8:23PM on 08/24/2015
Tarantino is a great director, but his opinion of True Detective sucks. Season 1 is some of the best TV we've seen.
Tarantino is a great director, but his opinion of True Detective sucks. Season 1 is some of the best TV we've seen.
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8:08AM on 08/25/2015
His opinion, based on one episode. That's not an opinion. That's a hunch.
His opinion, based on one episode. That's not an opinion. That's a hunch.
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8:13PM on 08/24/2015

He's right.

Any season of THE NEWSROOM > Any season of TRUE DETECTIVE
Any season of THE NEWSROOM > Any season of TRUE DETECTIVE
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8:06PM on 08/24/2015
Tarantino is one of my favorite directors of all time and I always look forward to see what he has coming out next. His films are a cinematic event all by themselves.

And if he were to ever direct a comic book film, then my personal choices would be Punisher, Blade, or Deadpool (epecially this; just imagine the dialogue he would write for this type of explicitly violent and humourous superhero).

But once he's done doing his whole western saga, I've always wanted to see him do a gangster
Tarantino is one of my favorite directors of all time and I always look forward to see what he has coming out next. His films are a cinematic event all by themselves.

And if he were to ever direct a comic book film, then my personal choices would be Punisher, Blade, or Deadpool (epecially this; just imagine the dialogue he would write for this type of explicitly violent and humourous superhero).

But once he's done doing his whole western saga, I've always wanted to see him do a gangster type film set anywhere from 1920's to hell even now. Just imagine the cast and dialogue he could come up with.
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7:53PM on 08/24/2015
I agree with a lot of his points, but most of all about The Newsroom. Such a fantastic show, even if they never found a way to top that almost perfect first season. I think he should give season 1 of True Detective another chance. I also wasn't that into the first episode, but after a few more episodes when you get use to the style and the plot builds up, it's great.
I agree with a lot of his points, but most of all about The Newsroom. Such a fantastic show, even if they never found a way to top that almost perfect first season. I think he should give season 1 of True Detective another chance. I also wasn't that into the first episode, but after a few more episodes when you get use to the style and the plot builds up, it's great.
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7:52PM on 08/24/2015

Tarantino is overrated.

Boo hoo. The internet fandom of teenage boys has bloated his sense of importance. And he has shit taste, all he cares about is dialogue and that's mostly reflected in his films, which lack visual storytelling and reduce actors down to talking heads. Talking heads spouting annoying dialogue.
Boo hoo. The internet fandom of teenage boys has bloated his sense of importance. And he has shit taste, all he cares about is dialogue and that's mostly reflected in his films, which lack visual storytelling and reduce actors down to talking heads. Talking heads spouting annoying dialogue.
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9:29PM on 08/24/2015
Did you miss the shootout in Ingloriouse Bastards or Django Unchained. Both pure visual spectacles complimented only by music. That's not to mention Kill Bill or his use of near antique cameras for Hateful Eight due to it's distinct look.
Did you miss the shootout in Ingloriouse Bastards or Django Unchained. Both pure visual spectacles complimented only by music. That's not to mention Kill Bill or his use of near antique cameras for Hateful Eight due to it's distinct look.
5:26PM on 08/25/2015
@Perfect Gentleman, even though Death Proof is not his favorite film, you can't deny that ending car scene, it's visually stunning & well done.

I disagree with this post anyway because teenage boys don't understand his style, you must think movie made before 1970 are boring as well because they were chalked full of dialogue.
@Perfect Gentleman, even though Death Proof is not his favorite film, you can't deny that ending car scene, it's visually stunning & well done.

I disagree with this post anyway because teenage boys don't understand his style, you must think movie made before 1970 are boring as well because they were chalked full of dialogue.
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