Schrader has always seen himself as a holier-than-thou transcendentalist, even though he toils in pretty trashy stuff. To him, a down-and-dirty entertainer-artist like Tarantino is “the signpost of the decade,” and not in a good way. He’s said in interviews that the first time he saw “Pulp Fiction” he realized his kind of filmmaking was dead – whatever that means. Several times I read of him accusing QT of making films that are simply cynical and ironic. The irony, I think, is that Schrader huffs and puffs about transcending style though this is only a notion in his work, while Tarantino, who makes no great claims about Art, creates films infused with feeling, honor, and yes, morality.