I had a great time seeing "Inglourious Basterds." I felt invigorated and empowered, as though I could actually win a fight if I were to get into one. If you enjoyed the film half as much as I did, you might agree that part of the fun is just how much director Quentin Tarantino loves movies.
Our own Dave White pointed out a lot of the film's references. But watching the film made me just want to listen to Tarantino talk about movies.
And lately the Internet has provided some wonderful opportunites to do just that. Witness these three Sky Movie clips where he talks about Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" and Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver." He's right on the money when he talks about how crucial Harvey Keitel was to "Taxi Driver," and the last failed act of "Sunshine." Of course, it's hard not to wonder about Tarantino's ego when he compares Anderson to Montgomery Clift and himself to Marlon Brando, when talking about their competitive careers and friendship. But that overconfidence is part of what makes Tarantino's films so much fun. He has a bluster that's the equilvalent of Tony Manero's strut in "Saturday Night Fever."
I really dug his recent interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, in which he talked about why he dropped out of school and how he regrets not giving college a chance. He also talks about how he went from being an actor to being a director because he loved movies so much -- he couldn't just act in them, he had to create them. The fun thing about a Tarantino interview is that when it's going good, the way this interview is, he doesn't want it to end.
His interview with Charlie Rose is also a stunner. I love how he smiles when Rose refers to him as an "icon." This is a guy who revels in being a director. He even read Joseph Goebbels' diaries to prepare for "Basterds." That's commitment.
How did you like "Inglourious Basterds"? Are you a Tarantino fan or foe? Share your comments below.