Quentin Tarantino On Movies Today: ‘There Are Philosophical Problems’

Quentin Tarantino says movies today just suffer with a problem they didn’t used to. The Hateful Eight writer, director, and actor has said a lot of things, but he seems to be channeling what many fans have been saying for years.

It’s a common statement these days that movies just aren’t that good any more. With the rise of many once popular directors persisting with what is now considered a streak of bad movies, it’s not difficult to see why. Michael Bay, M. Night Shyamalan, and Adam Sandler seem to be doing the same things over and over, and audiences are getting tired of it.

Michael Bay does his explosions, juvenile humor, and sexual innuendos in what is considered a children’s movie. M. Night Shyamalan always tries to go for the twist ending, and after Unbreakable he stopped doing it effectively. Adam Sandler often tries for the juvenile humor as well, re-using many of the same actors and bringing in major talent to help get the audience in the seats. All of them were once competent directors, and now critics (both professional and couch) consider anything they touch to be instant crap.

Thanks to the internet and Metacritic, audiences mostly agree.

One director has always done things his way, and he’s been successful at it. Quentin Tarantino movies are an example of how committing to one idea can lead to your ultimate success. He doesn’t shy away from excess dialogue or blood and gore: He indulges in them, but never forgets he’s there to tell a story.

Cinema Blend quoted Quentin in saying he has also seen the decline in quality of films these days.

“There are philosophical problems with films today. I mean, frankly, I have to tell you the truth, a lot of films that 10 years ago I would have actually [gone] out to the theaters and watched, I can wait for them to get to the cable channels. I’m watching them six or seven months later, and I’m perfectly enjoying them, but I didn’t really miss that much.”

Motion pictures were once an experience where you sat down in a theater and spent the next two hours or so laughing, crying, and living through the eyes of someone remarkable. Now it’s mostly a bunch of CG effects thrown over actors who generally look like they’re just in it for an easy payday. Quentin Tarantino movies always expect the best of everyone involved, and his passion shines.

Quentin’s passion for his films even showed when his original script for The Hateful Eight had leaked to the internet. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, he’d announced he wasn’t going to make the film after that. Thankfully, his temper calmed, and he’s now in the process of bringing it to theaters on Christmas this year.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Quentin was in a roundtable discussion with other serious directors such as Ridley Scott (The Martian), David O. Russell (Joy), Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), and Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant). Quentin Tarantino said his way of making movies was all about taking the filming process all the way, even if the budget doubles. He believes that if the studio likes the project, they’ll invest in it.

“They backed us. Everyone knew what the problem was, all right? It’s not that we’re jerking off. They all see what the problem is, they all know what we’re trying to do. They trust us. They like the project in the first place, so they double down.”

While some studios don’t seem to care what they release, directors like Quentin Tarantino take their movies seriously and rise above the rest by making them worth going to the theater to see.

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