Quentin Tarantino named “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” the best movie he ever made. Howard Stern asked the director to pick his best picks during the radio host’s SiriusXM visit. “Hollywood” is Tarantino’s latest directorial feature. Released in 2019, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as actors struggling to find their place in the changing Hollywood of 1969. Margot Robbie is also played by Sharon Tate.
“People have been asking me things like that for years,” Tarantino said of being asked to choose his best film. And I would say something like, ‘Oh, they’re all my kids. I really think Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is my best movie.
The Hollywood movie grossed $374 million at the global box office, an impressive final tally for the original drama. At the 2020 Academy Awards, the film garnered 10 nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture, and won a Pitt Academy Award for Supporting Actor. That Tarantino considers “Hollywood” his best film is noteworthy given that he views the era of modern films as associated with the 1980s and 1950s as “the worst in Hollywood history”.
“Although the ’80s was a period in which I’ve probably seen more movies in my life than I’ve ever before — at least in terms of going out to the movies — I feel that ’80s cinema is, along with the ’50s, the worst era in Hollywood history,” said Tarantino. Most recently in the “Archive Video Podcast” (via NME). “Only matching now, only matching the current era!”
Tarantino did not notice that ” [films] The ones that don’t fit are “the ones that stand out from the pack” in the current era. The director has long spoken out against the current dominance of Marvel and DC superhero films. Earlier this month, he told the Los Angeles Times that he would never direct a Marvel movie because All of their filmmakers are “hired employees”.
“You have to be a hired hand to do these things,” Tarantino said of the Marvel films. “I am not employed. I am not looking for a job.”
If Tarantino considers “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” his best film, he considers “Grindhouse” his most misunderstood. The 2007 double entender included films directed by Tarantino (“Death Proof”) and Robert Rodriguez (“Planet Terror”), both of which were made with mock trailers created by director friends like Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, and Edgar Wright. “Grindhouse” was an infamous bomb in the US with a gross of only $25 million.
“I think Robert and I just felt like people had a little bit more of a concept of the history of double features and exploitation films. No, they didn’t. Not at all,” Tarantino told Empire in 2020. “They had no idea what they were watching. It meant nothing to them, well, what we were doing. So this was a very cool situation for the school.”
Tarantino is currently doing the press rounds in support of his movie essay collection, Cinema Speculation. The book is now available for purchase.
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