16 Quotes From The Frantic Mind Of Quentin Tarantino

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16 Quotes From The Frantic Mind Of Quentin Tarantino

16 Quotes From The Frantic Mind Of Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is one of the best directors working in Hollywood today. He also happens to be one of the most quotable, most outspoken auteurs in filmmaking. From his days as an unknown with Reservoir Dogs to the current eager anticipation of his latest film, Hateful Eight, Tarantino has never been one to shy away from the microphone. His outspoken nature on filmmaking, colleagues, and violence in movies is well known and widely respected among fans and coworkers…

1. “Violence [in movies] is one of the most fun things to watch.”

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2. “I’m a big collector of vinyl – I have a record room in my house – and I’ve always had a huge soundtrack album collection. So what I do, as I’m writing a movie, is go through all those songs, trying to find good songs for fights, or good pieces of music to layer into the film.”

3. “I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that’s becoming like a lost art in American cinema.”

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4. “Movies are not about the weekend that they’re released, and in the grand scheme of things, that’s probably the most unimportant time of a film’s life.”

5. “I couldn’t spell anything. I couldn’t remember anything, but I could go to a movie and I knew who starred in it, who directed it, everything.”

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6. “I don’t really consider myself an American filmmaker like, say, Ron Howard might be considered an American filmmaker. If I’m doing something and it seems to me to be reminiscent of an Italian giallo, I’m gonna to do it like an Italian giallo.”

7. “I just grew up watching a lot of movies. I’m attracted to this genre and that genre, this type of story, and that type of story. As I watch movies I make some version of it in my head that isn’t quite what I’m seeing – taking the things I like and mixing them with stuff I’ve never seen before.”

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8. “I cannot get myself interested in video games. I’ve been given video game players and they just sit there connected to my TVs gathering dust until eventually I unplug them so I can put in another special-region DVD player.”

9. “Reservoir Dogs is a small film, and part of its charm was that it was a small film. I’d probably make it for $3 million now so I’d have more breathing room.”

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10. “If I wasn’t a film-maker, I’d be a film critic. It’s the only thing I’d be qualified to do.”

11. “My mom took me to see Carnal Knowledge and The Wild Bunch and all these kind of movies when I was a kid.”

12. “I’ve always thought John Travolta is one of the greatest movie stars Hollywood has ever produced.”

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13. “What if a kid goes to school after seeing Kill Bill and starts slicing up other kids? You know, I’ll take that chance! Violent films don’t turn children into violent people. They may turn them into violent filmmakers but that’s another matter altogether.”

14. “When I was on The View, Barbara Walters was asking me about the blood and stuff, and I said, ‘Well, you know, that’s a staple of Japanese cinema.’ And then she came back, ‘But this is America.’ And I go, ‘I don’t make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth.'”

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15. “If you want to make a movie, make it. Don’t wait for a grant, don’t wait for the perfect circumstances, just make it.”

16. “CGI has fully ruined car crashes. Because how can you be impressed with them now? When you watch them in the ’70s, it was real cars, real metal, real blasts. They’re really doing it and risking their lives.”

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