How to Defend Quentin Tarantino

What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss

And let's not ignore Tarantino's many talents that constitute actual directing. I love his always confident, never intrusive camerawork; his pacing, which allows scenes time to breathe without losing momentum; his uncanny ear for music. In recent years, he has revealed an aptitude for expertly staged and choreographed action sequences. And did you ever notice the 20-year trail of great performances he has coaxed from undervalued or forgotten actors? Career bests for everybody from John Travolta to Pam Grier to Chris Tucker. He turned character actors like Steve Buscemi and Samuel L. Jackson into household names. He made icons out of an Austrian actor previously unknown in the U.S., and even the dad from Free Willy. He knows how to pick those guys and how to bring out the best in them.

Director Quentin Tarantino on the set of Django Unchained
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Director Quentin Tarantino on the set of Django Unchained

Where'd he get all that from? City on Fire?

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He's a master. I watch is movies just to hear what great soundtracks he puts together. Riddled with Morriconne,


Wow! What a great read. You make solid points and use great examples. I just might read it again.


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