Spot on! He is not a dumbass
The more films you watch, the more nostalgia plays a part in your appreciation for Tarantino grows. If you loved him frm the beginning and he is the one that got you into cinema, you will continue to love him. For me and others who don't necessarily hold onto him like that, you realize just how much of a technician he is. He engineers entertaining films and they are most definitely entertaining - but only for a select few that appreciate films on a surface level as he does. He is experimental with tropes and archetypes to illustrate a mostly broad, safe worldview with the only distinction of abrasive language, humor, and violence to make it feel more risque than the subject matter truly is. While I do not hate him, I do not find his works deserving of such high merit when they are practically the same movie over and over again
He is *not* shallow just because he's got style. The lethal revelation to a respected comrade in "Reservoir Dogs?" The redemption and moral justice in "Pulp Fiction?" Two-sided, consequence-laden revenge in "Kill Bill?" The paradox of us watching Nazis butchered in a snuff film as they watch Allies butchered in a snuff film in "Inglourious Basterds?" Now, in what could be his greatest film, he's shown the horror of racism in a genre with a history of perpetrating it.
People who still hate on Tarantino either haven't watched his more recent films, or haven't watched them with their eyes open. Also, they probably can't dance.
My friend told me that Tarantino copied a lot of sequences from an Italian movie in "Pulp Fiction," including the dance scene. Anybody know the title of the film off hand?
It's a long story, but to make it short, it seems to me that Tarantino robs everything of value from the things he claims to be doing homage to. Originally I think it stemmed from his simple lack of talent and surface level understanding of the films he saw when he was younger, but as time goes on a people point this shit out to him constantly, I can't help but think that it's becoming more and more conscious and so more and more unforgivable.
And speaking as someone who has dedicated much of his time on earth to watching and thinking about the types of films Tarantino claims as influences (kung fu junk, old grindhouse stuff, the classic drive-ins, etc.) his sins against the genre(s) make me particularly ill. Don't take me for a genre purist though. I'm all for experimentation and new ideas, even (and perhaps especially) in genres with entrenched mores. The problem is that there are no new ideas in any of Tarantino's films.
He has a great sense of humour which makes the violence look like a daily habitual and more tolerable.
Hey, does anyone know which segment of Sin CIty did he directed? I couldn't get that information anywhere