Alright, you got Ify’s award, don’t milk it.
Hey, instead of coming up with snide comments why don’t you use your time productively by indulging in meaningful discussions yourself? I bet you could work wonders with those fingers of yours ;D
People have a lot of opinions about Quentin. He’s this, he’s that, whatever. He draws a freaking crowd.
For a guy who’s more or less made 5 films in the last nearly twenty years, everything he puts out is an event. Like Scorses or Speilberg, the idea alone that Quentin is putting out a film creates a big game atmosphere. His own name on the marquee raises expectation. I look at someone like the Cohen brothers. Two of the most consistent, talented, original filmmakers of the last few decades. They’re versitile and acclaimed through the teeth, but is there really an uproar of excitement when a Cohen bros. film hits the theater? Not that I can remember. Clint Eastwood, one of the greatest contemporary directors, working for almost 4 decades and his films don’t polarize audiences the way IB already has. What I’m wondering is, is that a good thing? Quentin’s films come with so much baggage that it’s hard to see them as stand alone films. Going to a Quentin film it’s hard to shake those great feelings we’ve felt watching Res Dogs or Pulp fictions. Does it hurt Quentin that everything he does is such a big deal?
It does seem to be the case that each new Tarantino film creates a phenomenon. However, Death Proof wasn’t the BIG BANG his previous films were (for various reasons, not going to get into that) and so it will be interesting to see what happens come July-August. I think Quentin enjoys the publicity, he likes the renown, he’s a rock star director. What’s unique about QT in comparison to say the Coen Brothers or Martin Scorsese is that he appeals to both the cult and mass markets. You go to the average Joe, he has no idea who directed Raging Bull or Barton Fink. When you mention Quentin Tarantino, everybody immediately thinks Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. QT is partly responsible for this as he asserts himself on everything he does - “Kill Bill: The 4th film by Quentin Tarantino”, you hear his voice in his film trailers for goodness sake. And of course we know how QT is present in each and every one of his films in one way or another.
There’s also the whole soundtrack thing, where anything he puts out immediately gets played everywhere. “Woo Hoo” and “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” spring to mind. Over here in the UK, various songs played during his films have found themselves being overplayed during adverts and even football games. He has a larger than life persona, his characters are larger than life, and his films are likewise.
Personally, I like all the success, accolades and recognition Quentin has had over the years. However, the downside is that obviously for every guy to love his work, you’ll get someone who hates it. I’ve come across many a hater in my 7 years as a QT fan. It’s fun arguing sometimes ;D
I don’t think it hurts Quentin when everything he does is seen as a big deal. A lot of fans don’t like his over-exposure. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with creating a bit of hype, creating an event when a new QT film is released. It’s when it pries into his personal life that things become less cheery.