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The Tarantino Situation

Monday 10 August 2009, 19:00

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Everyone knows his name, everyone knows he's the ultimate fanboy turned auteur. So why has this Inglourious Basterd never again scaled the creative heights of his early oeuvre? Why has everything he's made since looked, well, rather shoddy by comparison?

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    Comment number 1.

    I've given up expecting QT films to be any good. But I'll see IB for the experience: whether it's good or bad, interesting or boring, it'll be worth a look, unlike most of the other tripe on offer.

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    Comment number 2.

    I've personally really enjoyed all of Tarantino's work, with the exception of Death Proof (which I found far too long and tedious), but I still read persuasive reviews that tempts me to give it a second chance. Kill Bill was great fun, particularly if you remember the Shaw Brothers stuff from the '70s, so I just fail to understand why the good Doctor hates those films. But, yes, I agree that it's about time we had something of the quality Dogs, Fiction and Brown demonstrated.

    But maybe he's further evidence that a good 90% of great directors (like great musicians) have their time (usually 5 years), leave their indelible mark, and then never quite manage to recapture their glory years. For QT, it was '92-97, but I still think Kill Bill's great fun (if a tad indulgent.)

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    Comment number 3.

    The reason Jackie Brown is so great is because Elmore Leonard wrote it, someone who knows how to create good strong characters.

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    Comment number 4.

    Considering Death Proof bombed at the box office, hopefully he's reversed his strategy and decided to make a good movie in the form of Inglourious Basterds.

    I'm a cynic, though, and to quote a movie hero of mine, "I've got a bad feeling about this."

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    Comment number 5.

    No, Jackie Brown is good because he literally knew those people, those were the people he grew up with.

    Mark, you actually have already done a mini-review of "Inglorious Bastards" and said to something like "it's absolute rubbish and you don't even care after Eli Roth shows up".


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