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  1. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    Great post. True Romance is one of the most underrated films of all time.

    I think part of the reason why it is so great is that Tarantino didn’t direct it – Tony Scott did.

    Tarantino is among those directors – Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam, George Lucas, and Ridley Scott are some others – where a strong dissenting voice is really necessary to protect them from themselves.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Rufus, in the comments to the Django Unchained post, said “Tarantino is a great filmmaker who will never make a great film.”

      Hateful Eight ain’t the film that falsifies that hypothesis.

      “Tarantino is among those directors – Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam, George Lucas, and Ridley Scott are some others – where a strong dissenting voice is really necessary to protect them from themselves.”

      I worry that an attempt to leash Tarantino’s hubris is as likely to result in “we don’t need Morricone to write the score for this movie” as “maybe there should be fewer chunks in the vomit”.

      His hubris is one of the reasons to see anything he does.Report

      • Avatar Christopher Carr says:

        My wife agrees with you. We have this discussion often!Report

      • Avatar Kim says:

        Tarantino’s never airlifted a house in order to switch the script for something he’s working on.

        There’s arrogant, and then there’s “you lifted a house using a helicopter? and then put a different house there?”

        … some people have too much money/time/access to seriously shiny things.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      The weird thing about Tony Scott (rip) is that all the movies he directed are either much better than they had any right to be (Top Gun is the epitome of this, but also Man on Fire and even Unstoppable, where the plot is literally a one track story*) , or signficantly worse than the sum of their parts (Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Domino)

      *and the remake of Pelham 123. There was something about Tony Scott, trains, and Denzel Washington.Report

      • Avatar Christopher Carr says:

        I liked Enemy of the State, actually. In any case, TS was great at making things light and visceral, which was a good match for a Tarantino script.Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Just saw “Free State of Jones” last night. Another film that could have touched greatness but tried to do too much. Was it a biopic of the Confederate deserter played by the bewhiskered Matthew McConaughey? Was it a love story set in tumultuous times? Was it a parallel tale of the deserter and his descendant? Was it a “99% versus 1% struggle is eternal story?” Beautifully shot, convincingly and movingly acted, but the editing and direction never really settled on a single frame or message. By all means go see it, but then go crack open your history books to find out more about the reality behind the script.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    A spoilered question for those who saw the movie:

    Samuel L. Jackson’s character never met Bruce Dern’s character’s son, right? That story was invented on the spot, right?Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      Correct, it was done to mess with the old man, because SLJ character was a right bastard..Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        I can’t think of a better paired actor and director. Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro… they ain’t got nothin’ on Tarantino and Jackson.Report