About Last Night

Quentin Tarantino was interviewed by Elvis Mitchell last night at the Museum of Modern Art’s downstairs theatre following a screening of Inglourious Basterds. You could feel the worship in the room as Tarantino made his way down the aisle. He’s as much of a celebrity as any big-name actor. Nobody is better at giving an audience a good time.

I was standing next to QT during the final few minutes of the film, and he was laughing and enjoying it like someone seeing it for the first time. Producer Lawrence Bender and Harvey Weinstein also attended.

In the first video Tarantino talks about preparing a scene in Inglourious Basterds . In the second video he talks about getting advice from Sundance workshop colleagues about subtext into his Reservoir Dogs screenplay.

75 thoughts on “About Last Night

  1. And what kind of tongue-bath did Elvis, QT’s self-selected moderator, give him? Elvis’ interviews on that TCM show he does are just painful to watch.

  2. I went into IB quite skeptical: I hated the 2 Kill Bill movies and thought DeathProof was the weakest part of Grindhouse. But IB is one entertaining ride and deserves the year-end love it’s getting. OTOH… please, QT — don’t do Kill Bill 3.

  3. Schaefer – I have to believe that’s just one of those projects, like The Vega Brothers, or even a Basterds sequel, that he’ll talk up, but he knows better than to shoot.

    I like that he says he has a proper western brewing in his mind…

  4. What really would have been exciting would be seeing a team of Internal Revenue Service guys storming in and frisking Elvis Mitchell, emptying out his wallet for the half-million in back taxes he owes the government. Harvey had to pay him a couple of bucks to moderate this discussion — confiscate it immediately before he has a chance to buy more natty jackets or gel to treat his phony dreadlocks.

  5. What really would have been exciting would be seeing a team of Internal Revenue Service guys storming in and frisking Elvis Mitchell, emptying out his wallet for the half-million in back taxes he owes the government. Harvey had to pay him a couple of bucks to moderate this discussion — confiscate it immediately before he has a chance to buy more natty jackets or gel to treat his phony dreadlocks.

  6. Tarantino dyes his hair brown. It’s weird when you see him up close. He’s podgy and pasty and can’t accept the aging process. Sad.

  7. I’m genuinely baffled by the love for Inglorious Basterds. It’s a brilliantly stylized, amazingly acted ode to *absolutely nothing*. A movie about movies about movies about World War 2. Individual scenes register so deeply you can’t dismiss it as incompetent; it plays off conventions and expectations so brilliantly you can’t dismiss it as stupid. But the nothingness, the sheer emptiness you’re left with after watching it..

    Tarantino is the anti-Truffaut. He should graduate from making movies to reviewing them.

  8. Well, I suppose at least you have your point to make that’s actually about the film’s content, rather than some superficial horse-shit about hair-dye, being over-weight and aging.

    I think the film is coursing with life, and Tarantino’s done a great job in these clips explaining himself and the film’s themes. As an audience member, it’s fair that you didn’t see anything in the film for you, but even a cursory glance of the various reviews by respected critics who liked it, and the man himself explaining it above, will prove that it’s not only “nothingness”, nor empty.

  9. I’m a little confused by some of the adoration. I’ve read the reviews from critics gushing over IB and I just didn’t feel the same way. I didn’t even feel the need to see it twice in theaters. Perhaps when I watch it again on Blu Ray I’ll like it more, but Kill Bill Vol 2 won me over in a much more emotional way. IB was very fun and original, but it’s not his best film since Pulp Fiction IMHO.

  10. Doesn’t ever seem to be much love for QT here. There’s an inherent sense of jealously when it comes to Tarantino. Only a very few people get a “dream come true” entry into show biz superstardom and an awful lot of people either don’t believe he deserves all the attention, good AND bad (cuz let’s face it, he gets the lion’s share of attention and revels in it even when it’s disparaging) or upset that he doesn’t seem to “conform” to whatever our expectations we have for a director to follow format or reason or ‘rules’ for Christsakes. Love him or hate him, he makes immensely watchable movies that keep you engaged either positively or negatively. His movies tend to be “must watch” event films by serious filmgoers, not every director has that cache. I’ve found him both brilliant and brittle in his choices and direction…but never boring.

  11. Sloth: I think you mean remaking movies.

    Big: “I think the film is coursing with life, and Tarantino’s done a great job in these clips explaining himself and the film’s themes.”

    The film’s themes are Bill O’ Reilly was right about Malmedy and Jack Bauer.

    Baxter: “Love him or hate him, he makes immensely watchable movies”

    For people who like sitting through boring monologues.

  12. Spielberg must be sooooo thrilled to know that Inglorious Basterds is going to be an Oscar winning World War II movie like Schindler’s List – but Quentin’s Jews don’t need help taking out the Nazis. How come Ben Kingsley couldn’t kill top Nazis in List? Why did Spielberg have to make his Jewish characters so helpless?

  13. Oh, c’mon, corey! The Jewish answer to Ilsa the She Wolf delivers plenty of depth and characterization for it to be on the same level as Spielberg’s classic. People aren’t just praising the movie, because it’s more of the same from QT, but it’s not as “uncool” to like it as it was with Death Proof. They genuinely feel it’s his best work since Jackie Brown, since the conversations are even longer this time. Plus, unlike Quentin’s other movies, the script is so witty and charming in the way it name-drops old films and books and supports our policies at Gitmo which I’m sure Spielberg would feel is totally in line with the values he espoused in Schindler.

  14. “The film’s themes are Bill O’ Reilly was right about Malmedy and Jack Bauer.”

    What a lucid examination of the movie. I mean, you have to make stuff up, on the one hand, and then ignore the fact that the heroes are terrorist suicide bombers. But, still, for somebody who openly admits that he didn’t see the movie, it’s not bad.

  15. Gordon: “the heroes are terrorist suicide bombers.”

    Only the stupid ones. But they still basically commit war crimes to fight war crimes, and not in the “heat of battle” sense, but in the “Let’s violate the Geneva Convention” sense, so you’re wrong. Especially since Godard agrees with me.

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  16. “Only the stupid ones.”

    Not true, but you didn’t see the movie, so I’m not going to post any spoilers.

    “but in the “Let’s violate the Geneva Convention” sense, so you’re wrong.”

    You can pretend the movie is rabidly pro-torture all you want, it doesn’t make it so; a movie pointing out that torture happens during war, and making the audience feel uncomfortable with it (like Jeff, so uncomfortable he didn’t enjoy the movie), that’s not pro-torture.

    “Especially since Godard agrees with me. ”

    And you post a quote that has nothing to do with ‘Basterds’, and also somehow posits that Godard’s opinion about other filmmakers is somehow more valid than any other, which is odd; since you hate movies as much as you do, one would assume you would think filmmakers’ opinions about films were worth less.

  17. “so you’re wrong.”

    Presumably, he means I’m “wrong” when I said “that’s a lucid explanation of the movie”, so I should point out, yes, that wasn’t true; rather, I was pointedly saying something false for the sake of humor. “Being ironic”, if you will.

    I’ve noticed DZ tends to be borderline autistic about this sort of thing, so I’m helpfully pointing that out.

  18. Gordon: “Not true,”

    It is true. Those dumb-fucks get so caught up in gunning down the gestapo that they didn’t even know that someone else had a bomb on them, too, which means they would have escaped, if they had known.

    “a movie pointing out that torture happens during war, and making the audience feel uncomfortable with it (like Jeff, so uncomfortable he didn’t enjoy the movie), that’s not pro-torture.”

    So by that logic, that woman posing with that pile of naked human bodies at Gitmo isn’t really pro-torture, either. She’s just doing us a favor by pointing out how war is hell.

  19. “Those dumb-fucks…”

    Nope, incorrect. What you’ve clearly done is gone to the IMDb message boards, or Aint it Cool, or something, and looked for people complaining and tried to understand what they were complaining about, and they said something which probably wasn’t right and then you warped it even more. But, again, I’m not going to spoil it for somebody who didn’t see the movie.

    “So by that logic, that woman posing with that pile of naked human bodies at Gitmo isn’t really pro-torture, either.”

    DZ, you should never try to use logic, you don’t understand it. As an example, a statement which applies to a person making a film about fictionalized torture does not inherently apply to a person who tortured people and took photographs of it. I know that you can’t tell the difference between reality and fiction, but you should at least understand that there is one.

  20. “Nope, incorrect.”

    Um, no, they’re clearly incompetent for people trained to torture and kill nazis.

    “As an example, a statement which applies to a person making a film about fictionalized torture does not inherently apply to a person who tortured people and took photographs of it.”

    A clip of O’Reilly, where he re-wrote history about Malmedy was used to justify Gitmo. And a culture which probably gets its educational history from movies probably believes that torture was the norm for POWs back then.

  21. It’s a movie and a damn good one at that – I don’t care if it’s pro-torture, anti-Geneva convention, what have you – Tarantino makes a passionate and entertaining movie, bottom line.

    Does he get by a on a wish fullfillment for us Jews out there? Sure, but so what? He does it well – you can go back to Dirty Harry, Raiders of the Lost Ark, for christ sakes – there’s nothing political (despite what Bill O’Reilly or DZ would like to think) or exclusively ideological about getting entertainment from watching villians get a violent comeuppance. This is freakin’ cinema, get over it and enjoy!

    And I’m some one who voted for and still supports Obama….is that ok?

  22. “Um, no, they’re clearly incompetent for people trained to torture and kill nazis. ”

    Well, first off, I was disagreeing with your entire statement, I deleted it for brevity; there were at least three incorrect statements in what you said. But, second, if you had actually seen the movie, you’d have seen the explanation for why the two people that I can only assume you’re referring to are not the ones who should be doing the job that they’re forced to do, that there’s a very blatant reason why those two weren’t trained for the specific mission they’re taking on.

    But, as I said, I don’t want to spoil it for you, because I know you haven’t seen it. Also because, as soon as I explain it to you, you’ll incorporate that into your facade, pretending to have seen the movie, and I don’t feel the need to help you lie.

    “A clip of O’Reilly, where he re-wrote history about Malmedy was used to justify Gitmo.”

    So, you’re just planning to ignore the distinction between fiction and reality then? Interesting tack. Not sure it makes sense but, then, nothing you say does, and the fact that you haven’t killed yourself yet is completely senseless, so there you go.

    “And a culture which probably gets its educational history from movies probably believes that torture was the norm for POWs back then.”

    So, you’re saying POWs don’t get tortured? It’s funny that they felt the need to create Geneva Conventions if POWs weren’t being tortured without them. Oh, wait, you’re talking about that alternate reality again, right? Where Brad Pitt wasn’t in ‘Basterds’ and Fridays don’t count toward weekend box office and Tarantino has never been nominated for an Oscar and ‘Avatar’ is a failure…

  23. Geoff: “He does it well – you can go back to Dirty Harry, Raiders of the Lost Ark, for christ sakes – there’s nothing political (despite what Bill O’Reilly or DZ would like to think) or exclusively ideological about getting entertainment from watching villians get a violent comeuppance. ”

    Of course, the irony of Dirty Harry is that he does try to follow the rules. And the nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark generally get killed in self-defense. The ones in IB, though, just get killed, simply because they either refuse to talk, or because they happened to be in the same bar or theater as the actual war criminals. I mean, agreeing with IB is like basically supporting the opinion of the guy who defends the bombing of Dresden in Slaughter-house Five.

    “there’s a very blatant reason why those two weren’t trained for the specific mission they’re taking on.”

    Because QT likes to make his characters idiots, so they can die in a “cool” fashion?

    “So, you’re saying POWs don’t get tortured? It’s funny that they felt the need to create Geneva Conventions if POWs weren’t being tortured without them. ”

    I’m talking about torture of the Axis POWs. The reason we have a Geneva Convention is because their side engaged in those types of violations of human rights.

    Oh, and I never saw Wanted, but it just looks like an R-rated Tomb Raider to me.

  24. I went into IB quite skeptical: I hated the 2 Kill Bill movies and thought DeathProof was the weakest part of Grindhouse. But IB is one entertaining ride and deserves the year-end love it’s getting. OTOH… please, QT — don’t do Kill Bill 3.

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  25. What really would have been exciting would be seeing a team of Internal Revenue Service guys storming in and frisking Elvis Mitchell, emptying out his wallet for the half-million in back taxes he owes the government. Harvey had to pay him a couple of bucks to moderate this discussion — confiscate it immediately before he has a chance to buy more natty jackets or gel to treat his phony dreadlocks.

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  26. Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Connie McHugh Tarantino Zastoupil, a health care executive and nurse born in Knoxville, and Tony Tarantino, an actor and amateur musician born in Queens, New York.

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  27. As an example, a statement which applies to a person making a film about fictionalized torture does not inherently apply to a person who tortured people and took photographs of it.”

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  28. What really would have been exciting would be seeing a team of Internal Revenue Service guys storming in and frisking Elvis Mitchell, emptying out his wallet for the half-million in back taxes he owes the government. Harvey had to pay him a couple of bucks to moderate this discussion — confiscate it immediately before he has a chance to buy more natty jackets or gel to treat his phony dreadlocks.

  29. Individual scenes register so deeply you can’t dismiss it as incompetent; it plays off conventions and expectations so brilliantly you can’t dismiss it as stupid. But the nothingness, the sheer emptiness you’re left with after watching it..

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  30. I’m a little confused by some of the adoration. I’ve read the reviews from critics gushing over IB and I just didn’t feel the same way. I didn’t even feel the need to see it twice in theaters. Perhaps when I watch it again on Blu Ray I’ll like it more, but Kill Bill Vol 2 won me over in a much more emotional way. IB was very fun and original, but it’s not his best film since Pulp Fiction IMHO.Free Stock Picks

  31. Oh, c’mon, corey! The Jewish answer to Ilsa the She Wolf delivers plenty of depth and characterization for it to be on the same level as Spielberg’s classic. People aren’t just praising the movie, because it’s more of the same from QT, but it’s not as “uncool” to like it as it was with Death Proof. They genuinely feel it’s his best work since Jackie Brown, since the conversations are even longer this time. Plus, unlike Quentin’s other movies, the script is so witty and charming in the way it name-drops old films and books and supports our policies at Gitmo which I’m sure Spielberg would feel is totally in line with the values he espoused in Schindler.Fethiye, Dalaman

  32. Only the stupid ones. But they still basically commit war crimes to fight war crimes, and not in the “heat of battle” sense, but in the “Let’s violate the Geneva Convention” sense, so you’re wrong. Especially since Godard agrees with me. identity theft protection

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