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Old 03-15-23, 01:15 PM
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Another reason I take him at his word is that cinema by Tarantino's definition barely exists anymore. I've heard him talk multiple times about how digital projection is just "watching TV in public", and he considers only a film print is seeing a movie. I know for Hateful 8 and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood there was an effort to have 70mm and 35mm prints made, but I gotta figure 90% of the people who saw those movies saw digital projections. If he decides, he can continue making stuff (mini-series, even a feature-length streaming movie), but he won't consider that part of his "film career", but in a different category.
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He was on Stern a few months back and did double down on it mentioning specifically at one point in the interview that he was going to make one more movie.
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It's interesting that Tarantino's last movie set in the present day was Death Proof and that is presumably the last. He's already expressed disinterest in modern technology, so it makes sense that he's sticking with historical eras, especially with this movie taking place in the late 70s and Once Upon a Time being 1969, which cover time frames where he was a child/teenager.
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Originally Posted by RocShemp
The name Pauline Kael does not ring a bell.
Kael wrote the 1971 essay Raising Kane, as the introduction to The Citizen Kane Book, which also contains Kane's shooting script and continuity script. The essay was controversial because it minimized Welles' contributions to the film's script.

Last edited by digidoh; 03-15-23 at 07:04 PM. Reason: The essay was written for the book; the New Yorker just published it first.
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Guess we aren’t getting that Star Trak movie.
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Guess we arenít getting that Star Trak movie.
Thank Jebus.
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Given his stance on cinema as an art dying, and that Kael saw something like Star Wars as kind of the start of that trend, this would make sense as the subject matter for his final movie.
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I like his movies so I'm going to this, but so far I'm not excited about this subject matter. We'll see how things roll out.

I don't understand the "ten movies only" thing. Whatever. If you're called and talented and have resources, you do what you're supposed to do.
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Re: The Movie Critic (D: Tarantino)

Originally Posted by whotony
Guess we arenít getting that Star Trak movie.
How much truth was there to that anyway?
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How much truth was there to that anyway?
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I like his movies so I'm going to this, but so far I'm not excited about this subject matter. We'll see how things roll out.
Iím assuming there is going to be more to the story than what weíve been told so far. I was reluctant about seeing Tarantino do a Charles Manson/Sharon Tate movie too. That was a small part of the move and Once Upon a Time inÖHollywood has since become one of my Top 3 favorite Tarantino movies and my favorite movie of 2019.
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I was listening to the newest episode of the Big Picture podcast this morning and Sean Fennessey, who is friendly with Tarantino, mentioned that he knows what the movie is about and while he isn't allowed to reveal anything did say the reporting around the movie has maybe not been very accurate. For whatever that's worth.
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Old 03-18-23, 10:16 AM
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Owen Gleiberman, former critic for Entertainment Weekly, talks a lot about Pauline Kael in his book, Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies. Gleiberman is about four years older than Tarantino, so his book overlaps a lot with Cinema Speculation.
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In a Q&A with Thierry Fremaux, Tarantino sought to clear the air about his upcoming new film. He confirmed that its title is indeed “The Movie Critic,” but that it has nothing to do with Pauline Kael.

Tarantino went on to add that he just recently completed the screenplay and that the story is set in 1977. Also, the main character is not a movie critic, according to him. He’s aiming for a fall shoot in Los Angeles.
https://www.worldofreel.com/blog/202...r7m22v1u6q0umc
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Glad it's not about Kael.
I'm a big fan of The Big Picture podcast and its host Sean Fennessey is friends with QT, He has apparently read the script and says it's fantastic.
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EXCLUSIVE: Quentin Tarantino, sitting in the shade on the Carlton Hotel terrace, revealed to this column that his new film will indeed be about a movie critic from the 1970s but he stressed that it won’t be about the New Yorker’s Pauline Kael. Instead, it will be based on a man who wrote for a porno magazine.

Tarantino was speaking to this columnist ahead of announcing a special screening in Directors’ Fortnight this afternoon of John Flynn’s 1977 movie Rolling Thunder starring William Devane. Today’s event is billed as as a ‘Rendezvous-vous with Quentin Tarantino’.

The filmmaker dedicates an entire chapter to Flynn’s revenge thriller in his book Cinema Speculation.

As it happens, his new film The Movie Critic, which goes into “pre-pre production” next month, is also set in the same year that Rolling Thunder was released.

The Movie Critic takes place in California in 1977 “and is based on a guy who really lived, but was never really famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag.”

One of Tarantino’s jobs when he was a teen was loading porn magazines into a vending machine and emptying quarters out of the cash dispenser. “All the other stuff was too skanky to read but then there was this porno rag that had a really interesting movie page.”

The filmmaker did not want to reveal the name of the magazine but for The Movie Critic it’ll be called The Popstar Pages.

I ask if the critic in question was “known”. Tarantino throws his head back: “Well, he was known if you read the Popstar Pages!!”

He explained: “He wrote about mainstream movies and he was the second-string critic. I think he was a very good critic. He was as cynical as hell. His reviews were a cross between early Howard Stern and what Travis Bickle [Robert DeNiro’s character in Taxi Driver] might be if he were a film critic.”

Sipping his juice, he added, “Think about Travis’s diary entries.

“But the porno rag critic was very, very funny. He was very rude, you know. He cursed. He used racial slurs. But his shit was really funny. He was as rude as hell.”

Tarantino did research into the reviewer’s life. “He wrote like he was 55 but he was only in his early to mid-30s. He died in his late thirties. It wasn’t clear for a while but now I’ve done some more research and I think it was it was complications due to alcoholism.”

No one has been cast. He acknowledged that there aren’t any actors in his repertory company in that age range. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, he conceded, are too old for the part.

“I haven’t decided yet but it’s going to be somebody in the 35 year-old ball park. It’ll definitely be a new leading man for me.”

I pushed him on who it could be but he refused to tell. “I do have an idea of somebody I can imagine doing it really well,” but he’s unsure whether to give it to that person.

After Cannes he’ll return to his wife and two children in Tel Aviv. Then later next month, he’ll relocate to Los Angeles for “pre-pre production and then I want to start seeing who else is out there.”
https://deadline.com/2023/05/quentin...er-1235379542/
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It sounds better than a Pauline Kael movie but Iím still not super excited about the premise.

Itís Tarantino though. The premise and the actual end result are two very different things.
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Paul Walter Hauser is rumored to have been offered the lead.

https://www.nme.com/news/film/quenti...critic-3495257
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Well I am super impressed with what I've seen from Hauser, so that sounds like a great choice. He's not very famous yet, but QT will get people into the seats. And I assume there will be some big names in smaller parts.
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Iíve only seen Hauser in a few things, most notably Richard Jewell and I, Tanya and I havenít really cared for him in those. I guess he plays the ďeasily manipulated simpletonĒ role well enough.

Tarantino has a way of pulling out wonderful performances from actors though so Iím excited to see what he can do in this.
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Re: The Movie Critic (D: Tarantino)

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Iíve only seen Hauser in a few things, most notably Richard Jewell and I, Tanya and I havenít really cared for him in those. I guess he plays the ďeasily manipulated simpletonĒ role well enough.

Tarantino has a way of pulling out wonderful performances from actors though so Iím excited to see what he can do in this.
Watch Black bird on Apple TV+. He's really good in it.
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Watch Black bird on Apple TV+. He's really good in it.
Agreed. He's astonishing in it.
Enjoying his comic performance in The Afterparty S2 right now.
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I could see him playing a role like Phillip Seymour Hoffmanís Lester Banks from Almost Famous. Have liked him in everything iíve seen him in except Cobra Kai where I donít necessarily think heís bad in as much as playing a weaker version of a character heís played before.
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Originally Posted by bluetoast
Paul Walter Hauser is rumored to have been offered the lead.

https://www.nme.com/news/film/quenti...critic-3495257

If you're looking for someone who will be believable in the role, he's definitely the one. Tarantino said in an interview (think it was his most recent Howard Stern appearance) that he views OUATIH as his magnum opus and this will be more of a small epilogue type movie to his career. I think deep down he meant for Hollywood to be his last one and if he had received the director Oscar for it, he would have retired with that one.
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EXCLUSIVE: Quentin Tarantino will be reuniting for the third time with Brad Pitt in his final film The Movie Critic. Unclear if Pitt will play the title character, but I think he is. Last time out, Pitt won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, and he also starred for Tarantino in Inglorious Basterds. I also think Sony Pictures will be back as the studio distributing the film, with Stacey Sher producing and a 2025 release eyed.

Tarantino has been circumspect on the last movie, but he opened up a bit to Deadline’s Baz Bamigboye at last Cannes when he presided over a screening of Rolling Thunder. He said at the time the movie was set in California the year of that film’s release, which was 1977, and that it “is based on a guy who really lived, but was never really famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag.”

The inspiration goes back to a job Tarantino had as a teen, loading porn magazines into a vending machine and emptying quarters out of the cash dispenser. “All the other stuff was too skanky to read but then there was this porno rag that had a really interesting movie page,” He told Bamigboye. There was one critic in particular Tarantino liked, who wrote snarky and smart as the second string critic.

I’d heard Tarantino did quite a bit of rewriting since then, so we’ll see. I read his Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood novelization, and it fleshed out the story of Pitt’s character Cliff Booth, who, it turned out, was as much a cinema fan as he was a stone killer when the stuntman work dried up. If Booth went from stuntman to film critic that would make a lot of hardcore fans happy; like many of Tarantino’s screen creations, he’s too good a character to let go of.

The pieces are still falling in place on the film, including where it will be distributed. But after the bang up job Sony did on Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, including foregoing distribution in China and supporting Tarantino’s refusal to excise the Bruce Lee bout with Cliff Booth, it isn’t too much to imagine Tarantino stays in the fold. Stay tuned.

Pitt is repped by CAA and Brillstein.
https://deadline.com/2024/02/brad-pi...te-1235811357/

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