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J

I really try to like Tarintino. But every time I hear a paragraph of dialogue, I can hear HIM saying it, and it's annoying.

But at least he's freaking weird and still working. Hope for the rest of us.

E.C. Henry

GREAT review, Billy. You sold me. I WAS going to pass on this movie, mostly for reasons you've stated. HUGE fan of "Reservoir Dogs." Will ALWAYS be a least a little interested in anything Tarantino does just because of the reverance I have for him in his work "Reservoir Dogs."

Great job shouting the praise of Christoph Waltz. So many times a movie can have something wrong with it, YET it is a showcase of an actor/actresses ability to take over a film. How you describe Chistoph Walz in this film reminds me of the affect Vince Vaugn had in the film, "Be Cool."

And I'm really glad you brought out a KEY STENGTH in ANY Tarantino film: his ability to stretch scenes and work on multiple levels.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is that William Goldman addage, "Get it, and get out of scenes as fast a possible." And it's this corollary which so permeates my writing these days that I do it without even thinking. I actually use voice overs to bridge scenes together for pre-scene momentum. I used this tact a lot in the epic biblical adapatation of the Saul and David story I finished up two week ago. This pre-scene momentum tactic helped me get under 120 pages for both scripts: 172/281 in the 1st drafts to 118/114 pages respectfully when I sent them out for coverage.

I'm a fan of Quintin's, but after the "Gridhouse" fiasco, I'm a tentative one. Hopefully this film marks his return to dominance. I really respect Quintin Tarantio's career in this facet; dude is willing to take risks. He doesn't make cookie cutter films. You may not always like where Quintin Tarantino takes you in a film viewing experience, but more often than not the place that Quintin takes you is the CUTTING EDGE... that hightened place of excitement where the outcome is anything but certain.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

JamminGirl

I guess it's a 'masterpiece' for the 'artiness' of its presentation...

I'm still not sure if I'll see it. I am niether a fan of revenge nor gore. I saw pulp fiction but could barely watch the first(or was it the second?)'kill Bill'. I kept covering my eyes or stepping away for alot of the film.

I notice that Kill Bill and P-Fiction centered around revenge but never as blatant as the premise of 'I-Basterds'. I guess that's one of Tarantino's core trait as a person, violent vengeance...

Maybe one (extremely distant)day I'll see it.

Simone White

you really should see kill bill 2

Bhurn

QT is all about delayed gratification. I dig it because he shows you the roller coaster, but skews the perspective on how long it takes to get to the top, and how fast you're going to drop. The music and pulp references are taster's choice. There's just nothing else like a Tarantino flick - or is it experience? - so I'll take what he gives me. And 90% of the time I'll like.

Bill

I think you captured the Quentin Tarantino conundrum with your opening question, "Will Quentin Tarantino ever grow up?" It's his strength and weakness. There's something compelling about his almost child-like love and approach to movies but after a while you kind of go, "Is that all?"

Of course, there is more to it than that but I've found, with the QT movies I've seen, that more than anything else they are movies about movies. It's great fun for film buffs identifying references and the improvisations on a style, but you kind of have to BE a film buff to get them. You need a great familiarity with film history (particularly of a certain era and genre).

I don't think a majority of the audience has that. So the movies end up being "really cool and neat" because of the violence and character extremes, or they find they are turned off by that. To use an old cliche, he's a master of icing. But sooner or later you want the cake too.

I haven't seen "Basterds" so maybe this is unfair. But I'd like to see a QT movie that wasn't about movies but something else.

Frank  Conniff

I just saw "Basterds" tonight and I really enjoyed it. Probably QT's best since "Pulp Fiction" in my opinion. Structurally it might be what screenwriting teachers would call a "mess," but I'd rather watch an entertaining mess then a neat and tidy piece of dullness. In his own distinctive, original way, Tarantino showed his audience a good time. After being underwhelmed by some of his recent work, I am once again an unabashed fan (as long as I'm not the one getting my head unabashed by a baseball bat).

mernitman

J: Weird and still working - that could be the motto for so many of us.

EC: I quite agree.

JamminG: Something to look forward to in your ripe old age!

Simone: Something to look forward to in my ripe old age!

Bhurn: "Delayed gratification" - that's it exactly.

Bill: I'm with you. But as leopards are with their spots...

Frank: Entertaining mess sums it up for me. And I'd never knock him on the basis of originality and distinctiveness (you always know it's a QT pic when you see it).

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