pulp Fiction Director Quentin Tarantino has criticized the current era of cinema and called it the worst in history, alongside the 50s and 80s. What could be his basis for saying that? The director admitted to seeing a lot of films in the 80s, which he compares to the current cinematic era, and called them a match.
Tarantino said on the recent episode of The Video Archive Podcast with Roger Avary that these films with poor materials only underlined the brilliance of the films”who do not conform, those who stand out.”
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Quentin Tarantino criticizes the current era of superhero movies
It’s clear that Tarantino is talking about the popularity of superhero movies and other major franchises dominating the box office. In his interview with Los Angeles Timeshe boldly stated, “You must be an employee to do these things. I am not a mercenary. I’m not looking for a jobin response to why he would never work on superhero movies.
Fans might recall that Tarantino heavily criticized blockbuster franchises. In 2020, he once said:
“As far as I know the commercial product held by the conglomerates, the projects that everyone knows and has in their DNA, whether it’s Marvel comics, Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those movies have never had a better year than last year . This would have been the year their world domination would have been complete. But it was somehow not.”
Like Quentin Tarantino, other big-name directors like Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott have also shared their feelings about the growing popularity of modern films. But, is it really that bad?
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Fans give mixed reactions to Tarantino’s opinion
The folks on Twitter weighed in on Quentin Tarantino’s claim, and many agreed with the director. Most of them felt that there was “nothing innovative,” “soulless models designed for easy consumption,” and “more about art.” Check these tweets:
95% of movies are just soulless templates made for easy consumption. We are in the fast food era of cinema.
— Braden (@Bradenjbrady) November 17, 2022
‘Cause it’s not about art anymore, it’s about pushing a narrative
– stop flattering (@stoppandering4) November 17, 2022
He actually spits
A lot of films have been trash in recent years unfortunately 🥲
— Alex Behunin (@AlexBehunin) November 17, 2022
He’s not wrong. Most modern blockbusters are either cookie-cutter sludge that shy away from tackling serious, well-constructed drama, or a watered-down reboot, remake, or sequel to a once-beloved story that doesn’t. is not what makes it special at the start.
— Randy M. @theElusiveEye (@TheElusiveEye1) November 17, 2022
Others still enjoy the current state of modern movies. Some fans think that people want entertainment and they shouldn’t blame them for liking such things. Other fans wonder why directors are so obsessed with editing movies”they think so little.”
I wonder why directors of their caliber feel the need to CONTINUALLY present films they think so little about, but (in this modern age) regularly play their own 🤔
if they don’t like them so much i would think they would talk about it once and then refuse to do it again
— H🌊PEWORLDIAN⁷ (@hobi_PRNT) November 17, 2022
not to take away their opinions or imply that I disagree, but man, what is it with the so-called bosses of their craft being so whiny? Wasn’t there a time when filmmakers were more in touch with the public? talk with students and contribute to the community? have a little fun?
— Belric, Snyder’s Dark Knight ⚒ (@BelricLongleaf) November 17, 2022
It comes down to audience preference and purpose – to each their own. What looks and feels good for one may not be the same for another. If we judge films critically, there is a set of criteria for that. Ultimately, fans just want something to watch that’s both entertaining and relevant to themselves.
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