There, I said it. I don’t like Tarantino films and I think he is an untalented hack. Now… I’m in the visible minority whilst swimming in a sea of Tarantino fans. This fella here pegs it pretty good in his cool shit in the crosshairs blog post, although there are many spelling and grammatical errors. I know that ENRAGES a lot of readers on the internet, so I’ll try to stay free of errors while I bash Quentin Tarantino and his filmmaking abilities. Just look at him…..is that not the face of an ‘asshole’??
Now, ok. I’m not saying I’m any better than the man. Especially not as a filmmaker in terms of financial success or garnering fans. After all, he’s a mega-director and I’m just some schmo who’s only made a handful of films that about 50 people saw…..and a movie named ‘Kung Fu and Titties’. I’m merely commenting on how bad of a filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is; rather than continuing to keep this information bottled up for fear of being ostracized by 90% of people in this world. Look, there are things I appreciate about the man……I do applaud some of his early writing. ‘True Romance’, which he wrote, is one of my favorite films. But that’s neither here nor there.
So, why do I dislike Quentin Tarantino’s films and why do I think you should reconsider your love for Tarantino?
1. His films are boring and long-winded. Look, it was cool when ‘Pulp Fiction’ came out. The world was ready for something quirky and different. That style exploded and everyone tried to copy it. But go back and watch the film now……it’s boring. It was clearly just a fad. There’s a reason why I only liked ‘Pulp Fiction’ when I was 16 and not when I was 20 or 25 or 28. It’s a cute, funky film once over for an adolescent. After that….it’s drab, repetitive and stale. In my opinion it just doesn’t hold up or stand the test of time. It’s like ‘American Pie’ for grungy, wanna-be violent kids with alot of pent up anger. As are most of his films. The only thing his movies do for me…..is make me want to WATCH A BETTER MOVIE.
2. He’s a thief. This is a huge gripe of mine as a filmgoer, filmmaker and art enthusiast. Quentin Tarantino stole the theme music from ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ (and a lot of other music). He straight up ripped off the music. Now it’s one thing if Tarantino himself loves ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ and wants to preserve Ennio Morricone’s compositions. It’s another when you take music, from other classic films, and slap it on your film for use as your own. People are supposed to think to themselves and say, ‘Oh I love that finale song in ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’…..not…..’Oh yeah…..that’s the song from ‘Kill Bill’. It’s awesome’. I’ve done research online (to no avail) and I don’t know the circumstances of this music heist, but regardless of the music being in the public domain or if it was him getting permission to use it……it’s not right! You do not simply take another films theme song, no matter how old the film is. That’d be like a filmmaker saying, ‘Hey the music to ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ is in the public domain now….I’m too lazy to find a great new composer for my film, so I’m just going to use that music in my film. It’ll be great!!’. It’s theft, plain and simple. A movie has many elements; a script, actors, a director with a vision, producers, a composer etc…….and what do most average movie goers remember besides the story and the actors? The music! Music can make or break a movie. Part of being a filmmaker is realizing that you’re creating something original, not hacking apart other films and pasting them together to make ‘your film’. Tarantino has even said of film composers, ‘I just don’t like the idea of giving that much power to anybody on one of my movies’. See full article here. So Quentin, it’s ok for other filmmakers to collaborate with composers, like normal professionals do, and to trust them and give those composers control over the soundtrack? And when it’s done well, for instance with films Ennio Morricone composed, you can then steal their hard work which was meant for another film……because why……you’re ‘special’??
3. He bastardizes history. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ was and is a complete joke. Ha ha….bastardize, ‘Inglorious Basterds’. Very funny, but no. It is not historical. Even if I was looking at the un-historical, hokey comic book style he went for….it’s still a joke. If I were Jewish, I’d be offended. If I were a Nazi, I’d be offended. If I were Brad Pitt, I’d be offended. This film is a complete waste of time. The only saving grace is that the world was introduced to the wonderful acting of the Austrian genius, Christoph Waltz. And I’m part Austrian…score for us!! Mr. Waltz deservedly won the Oscar for his performance. But do you really think Quentin Tarantino was directing him heavily? Especially when he acted fluently in French and German. An actor that good needs to merely be encouraged, not directed. So, with criticizing Tarantino, I must also thank him for giving Christoph Waltz an opportunity to shine.
4. He’s ANNOYING and BORING. Quentin Tarantino is a nettlesome person who likes to hear himself speak. This is why he writes asinine dialogue that is painful to listen to. Just see if you can get through this 4 1/2 minute long interview where he is wearing a kimono, using a crappy fake Italian accent and talking about zombie movies and music (namely his distaste for composers: see #3). It’s atrocious. It feels like it’s 3 hours long. Rule of thumb…..if someone comes across as pompous, arrogant and obnoxious on video…. How do you think they’ll be in real life? More importantly for a filmmaker, what do you think their films will be like?…..
5. He thinks that he’s an actor (or thought he was). But in reality, HE’S THE WORST ACTOR. He doesn’t speak clearly. He’s too energetic and outrageously distasteful. And to put it nicely…….he’s not easy on the eyes. Just look at this clip from ‘Sleep with Me’ (1994) or this one from ‘Desperado’ (1995). It kinda makes you wanna punch that annoying kid from your high school science class doesn’t it??
Quentin Tarantino is a bad choice. At the end of the day, he’s a super rich, commercially viable, famous movie director who is backed by The Weinstein Brothers. Whether or not he produces flops, he will probably have opportunities to make more films until the day he dies. If you measure that as success over a persons integrity, attitude and talent….well then……I guess your brain is wired to like crap and you will continue to make bad choices. I applaud Mr. Tarantino’s hard work, his writing of ‘True Romance’ and the fact that he’s given myself and others something to complain about (because we all need something to complain about once and a while). But other than that……I say ‘NO THANKS’. I will not watch his latest debacle, ‘Django Unchained’ (2012). Let me spoil it for you. It’s going to be homicidal. People are going to have repetitious, meandering conversations. There will be Ennio Morriconne music (assuredly stolen from other great films). There will probably be some funky music from the 70’s along with a jagged editing style…..And, of course Samuel L. Jackson will be in it. This purportedly violent film opens on Christmas day…..how pretentious can you be? Way to ruin a great family holiday. Go see it if you want…..as for me…..I’ll be outside with a smile on my face as I watch the snow fall.
So please Mr. Tarantino, take your gobs of money (maybe do something good with it, such as a charity), realize that you ‘owned’ the 90’s and had a good run and quietly fade away into the sunset. And maybe he’ll stop now (see this article where Tarantino talks about retirement), but probably not.
If you want to learn more about Quentin Tarantino, google his name. I’ve wasted enough of my precious time on this earth m.a.v.b.l.o.g.’ing about how much his filmmaking pisses me off. But thanks for reading! I know you’ll make the right choice!