QUOTE (Mr. Seven @ Feb 11 2009, 22:42)
I'd say Death Proof was "quite an over the top premise" too, only he didn't make it "fucking golden", he made it fucking shit. Trailer for this is underwhelming. Nothing wrong with Pitt's delivery there, he's done that style before. I'm more concerned with the presence of Eli Roth, one of the worst filmmakers to emerge in the last decade. Mike Myers is apparently in the film too, with Tarantino revealing that "Mike let it be known that he's a huge fan of my work", so I guess that's all it takes these days. Mickey Rourke has turned down the opportunity to work with Tarantino twice, citing not strong enough material, which QT naturally baulked at.
We all know the guy is a mark for himself, but he's losing the run of himself too. Don't get me wrong, I like the majority of his back catalogue, but this is his make or break film. He's been talking about for years and years and I just have the feeling it's going to be self-indulgent shit.
Oh, Seven. I feel like you'll think I'm picking on you, but it's getting to the point where every single one of your movie related posts makes me want to ruffle your angry little Faux-Kermode head. I don't see how he's "losing the run of himself." Death Proof was merely an okay movie, but the whole Grindhouse thing was an admitted piece of light, fun, self-indulgence between him and a friend. Both Kill Bills were amazing, and everything before that was great too, so one movie that was a not-wildly-successful experiment (although it did everything it set out to) is hardly a massive downward spiral. It's only make or break in the sense that the old cliche about only being as good as your last film is generally true of most directors. People always detract from Kill Bill saying they were self indulgent too, but it just felt like Tarantino was sharing his love of Shaw Bros type movies with a greater audience, and the films themselves didn't suffer as a result. Citing Mickey "pretty insane" Rourke as a source?
Inglourious Basterds is probably the film I've been most excited about, ever. As a director, I hate Eli Roth and everything he stands for, but he does have a presence about him in the limited cameos and behind the scene stuff I've seen him in, and if he's acting in something, it keeps him away from making Hostel III or some other horrible shit. The Mike Myers thing is supposedly one small scene. It's the role Simon Pegg was up for, but couldn't fit into his schedule, and Myers can do a British accent.
I don't think this will resemble the Inglorious Bastards he's been talking about since Jackie Brown, it seems like he started from scratch. The old version was a "300 page" WWII heist movie, big enough to be a trilogy, and the one role he always talked about, Madsen's Babe Buchinsky doesn't feature anymore.