Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has released a collection of film essays that he has written. This collection is called Cinema Speculation and it is now available to buy. He has been out promoting the collection and as part of the tour he appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show.
He was asked by the host which of his own movies is his favorite, and he had this to say:
“For years people used to ask me stuff like that, and I would say something like, ‘Oh, they’re all my children.’ I really do think ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is my best movie.”
That move snagged ten Oscar nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor win for Brad Pitt, so plenty of people must agree. Also as part of the same press tour, he was on Roger Avary’s Video Archives Podcast where he had something of a controversial opinion about movie eras:
“Even though the ’80s was the time that I probably saw more movies in my life than ever – at least as far as going out to the movies was concerned – I do feel that ’80s cinema is, along with the ’50s, the worst era in Hollywood history. Matched only by now, matched only by the current era!”
Woah! Wait a minute there Quentin! The 1980s? The decade of The Goonies, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, ET, The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, The Lost Boys, The Karate Kid, Full Metal Jacket, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Platoon, Stand By Me, Beetlejuice, Top Gun, Dead Poets Society, Chariots Of Fire, Rain Man, Blade Runner, Witness, Beverly Hills Cop, Die Hard, The Terminator, The Elephant Man and Aliens is the worst era in Hollywood History?
Tarantino is another outspoken critic of the current dominance of superhero movies. We get that, but the 80s? In the words of President Biden – Come on man!