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Old 03-14-23, 06:14 PM
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The Movie Critic (D: Tarantino)

Quentin Tarantino is back for the last time.

The filmmaker behind some of the most indelible movies of the last three decades, Pulp Fiction and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood among them, is putting together what sources say is being billed as his final movie.

The Movie Critic is the name of the script that Tarantino wrote and is prepping to direct this fall, according to sources.

Logline details are being kept in a suitcase but sources describe the story as being set in late 1970s Los Angeles with a female lead at its center.

It is possible the story focuses on Pauline Kael, one of the most influential movie critics of all time. Kael, who died in 2001, was not just a critic but also an essayist and novelist. She was known for her pugnacious fights with editors as well as filmmakers. In the late 1970s, Kael had a very brief tenure working as a consultant for Paramount, a position she accepted at the behest of actor Warren Beatty. The timing of that Paramount job seems to coincide with the setting of the script — and the filmmaker is known to have a deep respect for Kael, making the odds of her being the subject of the film more likely.

The project does not have a studio home; it could go out to studios or buyers as early as this week, according to sources. One frontrunner could be Sony, where Tarantino has a tight relationship with topper Tom Rothman. Sony distributed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the filmmaker’s in 2019 opus to 1960s moviemaking and also gave him a unique deal in which the copyright reverts to him over time. Hollywood also won two Oscars after nabbing 10 nominations and grossed over $377 million worldwide.

Tarantino has for two decades commanded the ability to attract the most-coveted actors, working with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt two times each. He directed Christoph Waltz to two Oscar wins. Samuel L. Jackson is a frequent collaborator. If this truly is his final film, he will have no shortage of thespians dropping everything to line up for roles.

The filmmaker has long maintained he had a finite number of movies in him, saying he wanted to direct 10 films or retire by the time he was 60. The writer-director has made nine (if you count the two Kill Bill movies as one) and turns 60 later this month.

He also has espoused a philosophy that directors get out of touch as they age. In 2012, he told Playboy, “I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones. I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’ When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”

Tarantino is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated auteurs, obsessed with film history and throwaway genres that tended to operate on the fringes of the industry, such as Spaghetti Westerns, blaxploitation, and chopsocky. But his modern and elevated take on those genres has earned him two Oscar wins for best writing (for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained), three best directing nominations, and one best picture nomination.

Even though he plans on retiring from filmmaking, he has expressed interest in other creative outlets, noting in interviews that he could direct limited series or plays. In 2021, he published his first novel, a novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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Man I hated Pauline Kael. I hope it's not about her.
Glad he's working again, sad that he says it will be his last.
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I know he’s interested in pursuing other projects but I’m not sure why he’s so insistent that he only direct 10 films. Hopefully he’ll come back after taking a break for awhile.

I’ll wait to hear more about this movie. Tarantino’s movie are always more than what they seem on the surface.
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The (alleged) subject matter isn't at all surprising. Looking forward to whatever it is he comes up with. I loved OUATIH, especially since he was finally able to make something more than another "revenge" story.
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He's such a kook I wonder if he plans on offing himself once this movie is released.
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He's such a kook I wonder if he plans on offing himself once this movie is released.
He's so obsessed with his own legacy and place in film history that I couldn't imagine him not sticking around as long as possible in order to see how it all plays out.
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The name Pauline Kael does not ring a bell. But I'll give this a go. As I recall, Tarantino said this movie would be smaller scaled, serving as an epilogue to his oeuvre.
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The name Pauline Kael does not ring a bell. But I'll give this a go. As I recall, Tarantino said this movie would be smaller scaled, serving as an epilogue to his oeuvre.
Pauline Kael on Star Wars
She was a voice for many great Seventies films, but got some really wrong.
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Tarantino likes to revise history. Maybe he’ll make Kael look competent when reviewing Star Wars.
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Star Wars fans not even kidding!
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I will bet our own Decker $1,000 that this won’t be Tarantino’s final movie.

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I will bet our own Decker $1,000 that this won’t be Tarantino’s final movie.
Why do I have to be the one who takes QT at his word?
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Why do I have to be the one who takes QT at his word?
You’re a doctor and I drive a 2008 Taurus.

Jesus. Lol
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Awesome. I assume it’ll be a fictional or alternative history account. He can do what he wants. But I do love the fantastical side of his stories.
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I just hope Jon Lovitz has a substantial role in this, or at least a cameo.
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Tarantino has talked about Pauline Kael's influence on him in numerous interviews and podcasts. His latest book, "Cinema Speculation," is a collection of critical essays on '70s films.

The filmmaker has long maintained he had a finite number of movies in him, saying he wanted to direct 10 films or retire by the time he was 60. The writer-director has made nine (if you count the two Kill Bill movies as one) and turns 60 later this month.
Correction: Tarantino has made ten movies. The two Kill Bill movies are not one movie and have never been one movie--they are two distinctly different movies, one a sequel to the other--no matter what QT may have originally intended.
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Re: The Movie Critic (D: Tarantino)

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
Correction: Tarantino has made ten movies. The two Kill Bill movies are not one movie and have never been one movie--they are two distinctly different movies, one a sequel to the other--no matter what QT may have originally intended.
Nope, that is not true. It was written and shot as one film.
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Nope, that is not true. It was written and shot as one film.
And has been played as one film on at least a handful of occasions.
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Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
Correction: Tarantino has made ten movies. The two Kill Bill movies are not one movie and have never been one movie--they are two distinctly different movies, one a sequel to the other--no matter what QT may have originally intended.
As others have mentioned, it was conceived, written, and shot as one movie, split in half at Weinstein's suggestion. There's no narrative resolution at the end of Vol. I, just a convenient (and effective) stopping point. Yeah, technically they were promoted and released as separate movies but QT views KB as a singular project.
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I don't like the subject for his last film but since it's Tarantino, it's fitting.

I don't get the aging thing either though, ok dude then toughen up and prove that great movies can be made at a later age.

FWIW, I thought Django and Basterds were his worst films. Sorry but for me, those were his duds.
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I don't like the age obsession that Tarantino has. I think there are enough directors who show you can still stay relevant as you age.
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Also, he mentioned on the Your Mom's House podcast that he has completed a script for a television series he wants to do so maybe he is done with movie making but it's Tarantino and he's unpredictable so we'll see.
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It's a dumb argument. Spielberg has made two movies in the past two years that are, maybe not amongst his very best films, at least very, very good films worthy of his reputation while in his mid 70s. Kurosawa was 76 when he made Ran, one of his best films.
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It's a dumb argument. Spielberg has made two movies in the past two years that are, maybe not amongst his very best films, at least very, very good films worthy of his reputation.
And he said he wants to get back into making more horror films as well.
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Also, he mentioned on the Your Mom's House podcast that he has completed a script for a television series he wants to do so maybe he is done with movie making but it's Tarantino and he's unpredictable so we'll see.
This is what he has continuously said for like the last 15 years. He would stop making movies but will continue to work in other mediums - TV, plays, novels.

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