January 05, 2003
Getting Medieval Again
When I grow up, I want to be Quentin Tarantino.
And it's not just because of my inherent love for megalomaniacs.
He, probably more than any other artist, single-handedly defined filmmaking in the 90's. I mean, people use words like "Tarantino-esque", in the same way that others use the term "Hitchcockian". Without Reservoir Dogs & Pulp Fiction, there probably is no Scream, no Seven, no Usual Suspects, no Trainspotting, no Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, etc. And, let's not forget that Quentin's pen is responsible for the original script for Natural Born Killers, which Oliver Stone used to dissect the entire universe of films that Tarantino had spawned.
A storyteller first. He just traded MS Word for an Arriflex camera. My kind of guy.
Having said that, his latest, upcoming film, Kill Bill, where Uma Thurman becomes a bad-girl cross between Charles Bronson & Bruce Lee, is HIGH on my list for 2003. Plus, it's soundtrack marks the first ever collaboration between The Wu-Tang Clan and Metallica.
What's not to love?