Tuesday, February 16, 2010

QT in NYC?

Like most guys who came of age in the 1990s, I worship Quentin Tarantino's movies. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2, and Inglorious Basterds are examples of American film making at their finest. They are a reminder that movies can be both artistic and complex while also entertaining to the masses. He puts shallow and pretentious movies to shame.

Being a man who is defined by film, QT has understandably lived most of his life in Hollywood. But now comes word that he might be looking to move to New York. According to today's Daily News, QT already has an apartment here in Greenwich Village and apparently he's planning on "relocating" here soon -- probably sometime after the Academy Awards in March (where Inglorious Basterds and QT himself have scored major nominations).

I hope QT moves here and I really hope that he makes a movie in and about NYC. Certainly our fair city isn't starved for great directors who live and work in this town -- Scorsese, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Sidney Lumet and others live here and have made great movie about this city, obviously -- but it would be so great to get see QT apply his film making genius to NYC and to see what he came up with.

That would be amazing.

After all, his movies are largely re-imaginations of classic genres: Reservoir Dogs was LA Noir, Pulp Fiction came from the same vein as well as sharing some similarities to Blaxploitation, Jackie Brown was pure Blaxploitation, the Kill Bill movies were pure Hong Kong, and Inglorious Basterds is the most brilliant and unique war movie since Apocalypse Now.

So if QT comes to live here, perhaps he'll dabble in the New York movie scene. He has much to choose from. He might re-imagine the classic New York romantic comedy (at least one of the characters, however, will get have to get his or her head blown off) or perhaps he'll do a classic NYC crime movie ala The French Connection or Taxi Driver or something like that.

Whatever he does, if he comes to live in NYC and does that, it sure will be a movie I will want to see.

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