Thread: City of Fire
Tarantino has a talent for using his vast knowledge of movies in creative ways (like Scorcese. I've seen A LOT of movies but these two just boggle my mind with the scope of what they've seen.) He "speaks movie" like the monks I study "speak Bible." What I mean is, not many of the elements he uses are original to him. He doesn't seem to have an aptitude for developing original plots- Tarantino could never have come up with Being John Malkovich. But he has this tremendous amount of knowledge swirling around in his brain, scenes and characters and everything, and he combines them in patterns that /are/ original.
I'm actually not much of a Tarantino fan, but I appreciate what he does. I also appreciated the fact that after he arrived on the scene, I could talk about John Woo and people actually knew who I was talking about! What a nice change.
"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead"
FYI tarantino also directed Jackie Brown, acted in fFromDusk till Dawn, wrote True Romance by the awful Tony Scott, and in a general sense was the sole unique reason John Woo and Chow Yun Fat became house hold names in States and West. Although John Woo hasn't made a single good movie since he left Hong Kong.
Basically Tarantino is a very talented young man having diffciulty getting anywhere since he won so many awards with his first movies.
I only saw Pulp Fiction once, on the telly. Was good, but a bit weird, don't you think? And didn't he do Jackie Brown too? Heard a lot of good comments on that one, but never saw it...
As for him always being "on"... You know how famous people often have a public persona and a private one? Like Meryl Streep. There's the Meryl who's one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood and has a flotilla of Oscars and can do any accent from Minnesotan to Provencal, and then there's the Meryl who lives in Connecticut and is married to a sculptor and who helps with the fundraising auctions at her kids' prep school. When she's smiling at the paparazzi and talking about her clothes and regally winning awards, she's "on". When she's gardening and shopping at LeBon (it's a grocery store in her town- one of my friends lives down the road from her) and whatever, she's not "on". Normal people do it too, I guess. There's the me who can read seven languages (don't be impressed- I speak English only) and drags students through the Early Middle Ages by their hair, and there's the me who dumps pad thai on myself because I'm laughing too hard at Powerpuff Girls.
But Tarantino never lets any of that private side show through (which is fine. I'm not that curious and it is his private life after all). So he comes across as an aggressive loudmouth who constantly has to prove how clever he is and how much he knows about pop culture. Because god forbid he shouldn't be the center of attention. I'm not saying that's necessarily the real him, but that's what comes out in interviews (and his movies, really).
Wow, long explanation there. The "on" thing wasn't meant as a criticism really, just an observation. I should split all my posts into three- I'd catch up to you old-timers in no time!