Iconic and two-time Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino is currently preparing The Movie Critic, which will reportedly be his final film and is set to start production later this year. With no official studio yet to make and distribute the movie, Tarantino has finished the script which is rumoured to be about the legendary film critic, Pauline Kael.
Tarantino has not confirmed the movie’s official plot, nor Kael being the inspiration for it. However, sources have noted that the filmmaker holds Kael in the utmost regard. Furthermore, the movie will be set in 1970s Los Angeles, California, apparently during her time as a consultant with Paramount. The time period of the film is considered a strong indication of it being based on Kael’s life or work.
Tarantino has been and still is a formidable director in Hollywood history. His critically acclaimed and award-winning works as writer and director include 2020 Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, 2013 Django Unchained, 2010 Inglourious Basterds, and 1995 Pulp Fiction.
Quentin Tarantino Plans The Movie Critic To Be His Final Film
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino has finished writing the script for a movie he calls The Movie Critic. The article states that the filmmaker is setting it up as his last movie. The film will have a female lead which still has no official actress cast. It also has yet to be connected to a studio and film distribution company.
Of course, it will only be a matter of time before the movie gets to close its distribution deal. So far, Sony seems to get the highest possibility of nabbing the rights for it. Pointing out that the studio has a strong relationship with the writer-director, chances are they will be able to secure the movie.
Pauline Kael has a voice in the industry that many have listened to for years, even after her retirement. In one of IMDb‘s listed personal quotes, she said:
I regard criticism as an art, and if in this country and in this age it is practiced with honesty, it is no more remunerative than the work of an avant-garde film artist. My dear anonymous letter writers, if you think it is so easy to be a critic, so difficult to be a poet or a painter or film experimenter, may I suggest you try both? You may discover why there are so few critics, so many poets.
Many of her movie reviews stand for a not-so-popular opinion during her time. It could possibly be why Tarantino holds her take on movies in high regard. Most likely, he shared her views in many of the films that she has featured in her writing.
Tarantino himself has been voicing unpopular notions about contemporary movies. Particularly his impression of Marvel films. Even though he does not hate it, neither does he love it. In November last year, he expressed his thoughts in the 2 Bears 1 Cave podcast with Tom Segura.
When he was asked about his thoughts on the current state of cinema, he said:
It makes the 80s look f-ng great. As terrible as the 80s was! now… we never had it so good by comparison. …I’m not here as filmmaker to throw any rocks at any current movies but…it does seem like we’re living through another repressive time when it comes to cinema.
Quentin Tarantino Stops Directing Movies After The Movie Critic
Quentin Tarantino discussed the current Marvel movies. And, despite sharing he collected the comic books himself when he was young, he said:
My only ax to grind against them is they’re the only things that seem to be made. And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement amongst a fan base or even like for the studio making them. That’s what they’re excited about.
It is in his impression that the present time is identified in the Marvelization of movies. He further said:
And, you know, so it’s just the fact that they are the entire representation of this era of movies right now. There’s not really much room for anything else. That’s my problem.
In the same podcast, he talked about the book he wrote about film analysis titled Cinema Speculation. In the discussion, he also mentioned Pauline Kael, from whom he realized writing about film analysis would eventually lead him to an autobiography.
The Movie Critic will likely be the movie to fulfil his plan to direct only up to ten films or until he turns 60. The director turns 60 this March 23rd.
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