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Quotes of the day: Quentin Tarantino

Published Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 7:40 PM EDT
Mar 26 2015

Quentin Tarantino (b. March 27, 1963) grew up loving movies more than school. In his early 20s, he got a job at the Video Archives, where he wrote the scripts for True Romance and Natural Born Killers. His directorial debut came with 1992's Reservoir Dogs, but he received wide critical and commercial acclaim with Pulp Fiction (1994), which earned more than $108 million at the box office- the first independent film to do so. He has received many industry awards, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and the Palme d'Or, and has been nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time in 2005m and filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any time of the day is a good time for pie.
(dialogue, "Pulp Fiction")

CGI has fully ruined car crashes. Because how can you be impressed with them now? When you watch them in the '70s, it was real cars, real metal, real blasts. They're really doing it and risking their lives.

A dog's got personality. Personality goes a long way.
(dialogue, "Pulp Fiction")

Every movie is a genre movie.

Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast!
(dialogue, "Pulp Fiction")

I don't believe in elitism. I don't think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.

I don't make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth. America is just another market.

I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that's becoming like a lost art in American cinema.

I loved history because to me, history was like watching a movie.

I steal from every single movie ever made. If people don't like that, then tough tills, don't go and see it, all right? I steal from everything. Great artists steal, they don't do homages.

I was kind of excited about going to jail the first time and I learned some great dialogue.

I write movies about mavericks, about people who break rules, and I don't like movies about people who are pulverised for being mavericks.

If my answers frighten you... then you should cease asking scary questions.
(dialogue, "Pulp Fiction")

If you had to stop and think what some idiot might do after seeing the movie, you'd never do anything.

If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.

L.A. is so big that if you don't actually live in Hollywood, you might as well be from a different planet.

Movies and music go hand in hand. When I'm writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I'm going to play for the opening sequence.

Movies are not about the weekend that they're released, and in the grand scheme of things, that's probably the most unimportant time of a film's life.

Something stopped me in school a little bit. Anything that I'm not interested in, I can't even feign interest.

Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red 'S,' that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears- the glasses, the business suit- that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race.
(dialogue, "Kill Bill: Vol. 2")

Sure, Kill Bill's a violent movie. But it's a Tarantino movie. You don't go to see Metallica and ask the f*ckers to turn the music down.

The good ideas will survive.

To me, torture would be watching sports on television.

Violence is a form of cinematic entertainment.

When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'

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