I understand what youre saying but then again, its 2009. Tarantino has been absorbed into pop culture now. So we all know his overall style/aesthetic as a director. That danger we all felt was the reason why it was such a big phenomenon. But Pulp and Kill Bill are two different kinds of films. One is based in reality, the other is not. Id guess that Basterds will be closer in tone to Pulp Fiction than Kill Bill. KB was comic book type violence. The violence in Basterds will probably feel more consequential and emotional.
In what sense? As in creating films and making emotional, impactful, entertaining cinema. Whether or not its obvious to you is besides the point. I mean Im not a huge fan, but its a fact that Spielberg can direct and carry audiences like a mofo. You dont make stuff like Duel, Jaws, Poltergeist, Indy films, ET, Color Purple, Schindlers List, Minority Report, War of the Worlds without having the goods. Are we actually debating about whether or not Spielberg is a really good director now? Cmon. Lets not get silly. His stuff may be white bread, but its still well made.
QT is coming from a different place, thats all. Hes not going for sentimentality. Hes going for in your face, post-modern pulp war thriller that doesnt paint things in black and white. Every character has their good and bad sides. QTs thing from the beginning has been showing the humanity in outsiders, “criminals” and “villains”. QT will also def throw in his type of comedy that we love.
Out of Spielberg’s ouvre, Id say Basterds is closest to Raiders of the Lost Ark. It fits in with that tone. A pulp adventure set during WWII.
100% agree, and I would say that Spielberg’s masterpiece is, in fact, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
By the way I prefer Malick and Peckinpah over Spielberg.
I usually agree with your opinions about cinema but I don’t understand why you don’t love Death Proof, I think it is Tarantino at his best (as usual) and IB will be the confirmation.