Quentin Tarantino interview on the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast (2015)

Quentin Tarantino and Bret Easton Ellis discuss The Hateful Eight, Jean-Luc Godard, Pauline Kael and finding humor in outrageous film violence.
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Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American filmmaker and actor. His films are characterized by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, utilization of ensemble casts, references to pop culture, their soundtracks, and features of neo-noir film.

Tarantino grew up as a devoted film fan and worked at Video Archives, a video rental store, while training to act. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed My Best Friend’s Birthday, the screenplay of which formed the basis for True Romance. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992; regarded as a classic and cult hit, it was called the “Greatest Independent Film of All Time” by Empire. Its popularity was boosted by his second film, Pulp Fiction (1994), a black-comedy crime film that was a major success both among critics and audiences. Judged the greatest film from 1983–2008 by Entertainment Weekly, many critics and scholars have named it one of the most significant works of modern cinema.[3] For his next effort, Tarantino paid homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s with Jackie Brown (1997), an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch.

Kill Bill, a highly stylized “revenge flick” in the cinematic traditions of Kung fu films, Japanese martial arts, spaghetti Westerns and Italian horror, followed six years later, and was released as two films: Volume 1 in 2003 and Volume 2 in 2004. Tarantino directed Death Proof (2007) as part of a double feature with friend Robert Rodriguez, under the collective title Grindhouse. His long-postponed Inglourious Basterds, which tells the fictional alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership, was released in 2009 to positive reviews. After that came 2012’s critically acclaimed Django Unchained, a Western film set in the antebellum era of the Deep South. It became the highest-grossing film of his career so far, making over $425 million at the box office. His eighth film, the mystery Western The Hateful Eight, was released in its roadshow version December 25, 2015, in 70 mm film format, complete with opening “overture” and halfway-point intermission, after the fashion of big-budget films of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Tarantino’s films have garnered both critical and commercial success. 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 2005. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him “the single most influential director of his generation”. In December 2015, Tarantino received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.

Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964) is an American novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer. His works have been translated into 27 languages. He was at first regarded as one of the so-called literary Brat Pack, which also included Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney. He is a self-proclaimed satirist, whose trademark technique, as a writer, is the expression of extreme acts and opinions in an affectless style. Ellis employs a technique of linking novels with common, recurring characters.

Though Ellis made his debut at 21 with the controversial 1985 bestseller Less Than Zero, a zeitgeist novel about wealthy amoral young people in Los Angeles, the work he is most known for is his third novel, 1991’s American Psycho. On its release, the literary establishment widely condemned the novel as overly violent and misogynistic. Though many petitions to ban the book saw Ellis dropped by Simon & Schuster, the resounding controversy convinced Alfred A. Knopf to release it as a paperback later that year. Four of Ellis’s works have been made into films. Less Than Zero was rapidly adapted for screen, leading to the release of a starkly different Less Than Zero film in 1987. Mary Harron’s adaptation of American Psycho was released to predominantly positive reviews in 2000, and went on to achieve cult status. In later years, Ellis’ novels have become increasingly metafictional. 2005’s Lunar Park, a pseudo-memoir and ghost story, received positive reviews, and 2010’s Imperial Bedrooms, marketed as a sequel to Less Than Zero, continues in this vein.

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  1. John Smith
    December 9, 2016

    can we get the full john carpenter episode anyhow?

  2. Chest Rockwell
    December 16, 2016

    Great interview but sorry Quentin I love Vertigo haha

  3. Dante Murch
    January 1, 2017

    "In patikli"

  4. Stewart Kee
    January 2, 2017

    Love Quinten but completly disagree with his views of Hitchcock and I can't stand the remake of Psycho.

  5. derek dresbach
    January 2, 2017

    tarantino's list of top 10 movies is pretty mainstream and commercial. was surprised seeing a similar list of his 10 favorites elsewhere.

  6. Tod Kopf
    January 5, 2017

    i didnt see My bloody valentine 3D, but Final Destination 3D (im not sure if there was more than one 3D flick in the franchise cuz i dont follow the series: but anyhow the one with the dentist scene and the hair salon scene) was one of my favorite theatre going horror experiences. opening weekend, full house and a surprisingly mixed demographic (teens all the way up to octogenarians)… everyone seemed like they were open minded and in the mood for some mindless fun. I was surprised how smart it ended up being in its execution (and was THANKFUL it didn't feel the need to get too heavy on any useless, mood killing, expository scenes)
    But it wasn't jus wall to wall senseless gore like Piranha 3D, though i dug that flick as well… and thought it was clever in its own way. But each scene in Piranha nonetheless felt like it was a simple set-up followed by a gross-out death… until the orgasmic orgy of chaos in the 3rd act.
    FD 3D was more a collection of set pieces that built the suspense, minute by minute, every little detail adding to the complexity of the inevitable kill, and a few of the times, surprising you with sleight of hand. Was a really fun flick and the experience was one of the most memorable.

    SIDE NOTE: QT finds the 80s among the worst decades of filmmaking? so many cool horror and sci-fi flicks came out in the 80s. even stuff he's borrowed liberally from.

  7. Ken Caminiti
    January 6, 2017

    Could you imagine these two doing ecstacy together?

  8. Carlos
    February 3, 2017

    i thought i was the only person who didn't get Vertigo

  9. Sean Thornton
    March 5, 2017

    this interviewer is annoying af

  10. Jordan Griffin
    March 30, 2017

    How the fuck do these guys know so much? I watch movies all the fucking time, I'm never able to understand them on an analytical level, and I certainly don't have the encyclopaedic knowledge that these two have, any tips?

  11. Jim Newcombe
    April 4, 2017

    Not an uninteresting interview – shame both voices are so irritating!

  12. Fred Herrman
    May 1, 2017


  13. A Tree
    May 28, 2017

    I sincerely believe that you do immediately have an edge over your peers if you grew up watching movies for adults. Watching something like The Evil Dead or 2001 as a kid can change your life.

  14. A Single Tear
    June 21, 2017


  15. Ben Quinney
    July 11, 2017

    He eats controversy for breakfast

  16. Manufacturing Intellect
    August 10, 2017

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  17. Osmund Ferreira
    August 21, 2017

    Bret Easton Ellis is annoying.

  18. taistelutomaatti
    September 11, 2017

    Tarantino looks like an Armenian career criminal in that picture.

  19. Tyler Ludowitz
    September 26, 2017

    A E S T H E T I C

  20. Andrew Jones
    September 29, 2017

    The 80s had a shitload of great movies when you really think about it.

  21. DonPeyote
    November 3, 2017

    Tarantino condones police killing black people because his house is not a fuckin dead nigger storage, because storing dead niggers ain't his fucking business!

  22. Kaviar Kicks
    December 25, 2017

    Most annoying long winded questions everrrrrrr

  23. K man
    January 8, 2018

    Bret loves Vertigo but is just kissing Tarantino’s ass here.

  24. Eric Harary
    January 16, 2018

    Jesus get to the question.

  25. Cody Mathes
    January 26, 2018

    The interviewer seems kind of like a sad sack

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