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Tarantino, Affleck, Lee, Van Sant, Russell and Hooper in Fantastic New Roundtable Interview

Prepare for a fascinating hour-long discussion

David O. Russell, Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino
David O. Russell, Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino
Photo: The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter has been releasing their award season roundtable features again this year and I just finished watching this hour long sit down with six of this season's high profile directors and have to say, it is absolutely fascinating.

Included in the interview are Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Ben Affleck (Argo), Gus Van Sant (Promised Land) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and each brings something different to the table, all of which creates a fascinating dynamic to the room.

To give you some idea of what to expect, Tarantino obviously captures everyone's attention in the room and you can see Russell looking on with fascination and Affleck absorbing almost every word as he goes on to echoe his hatred of digital, calling it "TV in public" and says if he were to do another epic feature he would probably do it as a six-episode mini-series for HBO.

Tarantino then comments on what he wants when he looks back on his filmography and says, "Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn't so bad, all right? So if that's the worst I ever get, I'm good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned."

Russell says he had his "head up his ass" while making I Heart Huckabees and says that not finishing Nailed was unconscionable, but with The Fighter he found his groove and Silver Linings Playbook continued that.

Affleck talks about having to fire an actor while making Argo, directing his brother (Casey Affleck) in Gone Baby Gone, learning from other directors and the transition from acting to directing. And Ang Lee says a script "is not like a play, it is not an art form by itself. It's just a blueprint -- a step toward filmmaking."

Now just sit back and hit play and soak it all in for an hour. You won't regret it.

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  • The Dude

    This was easily the best roundtable. Great discussion. O. Russell is the man.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    I watched the first 20 minutes earlier today. Fantastic. Although Gus Van Sant said maybe 2 lines in that time.

    Can't wait for more of this stuff from THR.

    Tarantino said the current cut of Django is 165 mins, although IMDB is reporting 141 mins. Either way, can't wait.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      The Actor, Actress, and Writer roundtables are all on THR's website. Check them out. They're great!

      • The Dude

        IMDB has been reporting 141 minutes for like 3 months now. It's 165 minutes, as Quentin said.

  • Lewis

    everybody else needs to pay attention to Ang Lee, arguably the most accomplished and best director of this bunch. Second, probably Tom Hooper (being the only 2 with Directing Oscars)...then Tarantino (who has 1 Oscar - for writing) and Affleck (also an Oscar for writing)...the others haveonly been nominated (Russell, Van Sant)...though Van Sant made one of the best films of 2008 - Milk, but his track record remains highly inconsistent.

    • Disco Paco

      Oscars are given out by white dudes in their 70's. I agree they are all great but let's not forget that Oscars wins or noms are not the best way to gauge talent.

      • Lewis

        that's stereotyping. Not all Academy members are white.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

    Tarantino really is a genius. A snobbish genius and I hate him so much for it! His movies are just SO good. His comments about leaving because of digital and stopping because of age rile me to the core. As much as I'd like to say that he's wrong, I can't really refute anything because his work displays such strength. Ugh he really grinds my gears...in the loveliest of ways.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CapnGeechandTheShrimpShackShooters/ Capn Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters

    This would have been much better had Kathryn Bigelow been there

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CapnGeechandTheShrimpShackShooters/ Capn Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters

      Sam Mendes too

    • Lewis

      Uwe Boll, Dennis Dugan should've been part of this as well. they're geniuses

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I was oddly depressed after it watching this and I'm not quite sure why. Maybe it was QT that kinda brought me down. I'd hate to imagine a world in which there's no longer the new Tarantino film to look forward to. Anyway, excellent discussion.

    I'd have to disagree with QT about Death Proof. I love all of his films without exception, but I'd take Death Proof over Reservoir Dogs & Jackie Brown any day. I know that's not PC, but that's how I feel.

    P.S. The Hollywood Reporter has got a terrible track record when it comes to getting non-white men into the conversation. I mean, they're not even trying....

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      I feel the same way about Death Proof! I really enjoy that one! Much more than Reservoir Dogs or Jackie Brown...

      How would you order his films?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        1. Pulp Fiction (My number 3 favorite of all time)
        2. Kill Bill (I don't split the two films, but if I had to, I'd go with Vol. 2)
        3. Inglourious Basterds
        4. Death Proof
        5. Reservoir Dogs
        6. Jackie Brown - It's my least favorite QT film because it's the least stylish of his films. It doesn't have that signature Tarantino touch to it. When I saw it for the first time, something felt off about it, and then when I saw "Based of the novel Rum Punch" during the end credits it all made sense.

    • The Dude

      They got Denzel and Jamie Foxx in the actors roundtable. I don't think there has been a black director this year who has directed anything in the Oscar conversation. Correct me if I'm wrong. Last year they had Steve McQueen if I remember correctly.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

        I was about to comment about that. Yes, McQueen was there last year. It's not THR's issue, it's the business in general. How many black directors have made a movie that is being considered for Oscar attention this year? Last years roundtables were VERY diverse. The trend just didn't carry over to this year. For better or worse.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          I'm not just talking about black directors. How about some women for a change? I'm pretty sure there were some films directed by women this year... I'm no big fan of Bigelow, but they could've at least included her.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

            Bigelow has been in one of these before for Hurt Locker. They probably wanted to get different faces. Plus, at the time of recording nobody had probably seen Zero Dark and Bigelow was probably still editing. The Wachowski's and Tykwer would have been cool but that's not going anywhere fast with Oscars.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

              No one has seen Django Unchained either and QT, Affleck, Hooper and Russell are hardly different faces.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                You'd be surprised at what has been seen. Especially from big outlets like THR. You only need to look through out the contenders in the Best Director category this year. It's a lot of familiar faces.

                They should have gotten Benh Zeitlin from Beasts as his work is new and he's still in the running but otherwise, who were they going to pick from? Russell was in the running in 2010 but he wasn't this close. Same goes for Affleck. And Hooper seems to be becoming the de facto choice to win the whole thing. QT was a great addition to the discussion since his film is such a wild card. Same goes for Van Sant but his film supposedly isn't up to the big awards prowess. Ang Lee has been around for a while and his film is one of the best of the year. It's an "Oscar" roundtable, not a Best Direction of the year roundtable. And Haneke was in the writers roundtable.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                More people have seen ZDT than Django so it makes much more sense for KB to be there than QT. Also, ZDT's Oscar chances are much stronger than Django, so she wins again on that front.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                Bigelow was in a roundtable during The Hurt Locker's year. There's always a downside to everything and anything that relates to your discussions about things on this site. I understand bringing up flaws or inconsistencies in film, but harping on just those things without paying more attention to what's good about a certain film or discussion is disheartening to someone who loves movies just as much as you obviously do. In Silver Linings he has this philosophy that there's always a silver lining in everything, well with you, the only thing you seem to care about is the rusted lining.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                I was worried you were going to insult me there for a moment.... You know, I have to laugh. I never insult anyone, EVER, yet I'm always the one being criticized and insulted while at the same time, those individuals go on about how negative I am. It's blatant hypocrisy and the notion that I'm always negative and that I never have anything positive to say is a flat out lie.

                In this very same article I talk about how much I love the films of Quentin Tarantino.

                Here I express how excited I am about Django Unchained: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/new-django-unchained-trailers-as-tarantino-reportedly-continues-to-edit-down-to-the-wire/

                In the most recent What I Watched post, I talk about revisiting Killer Joe for the third time and how the film has only grown in my estimation: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/what-i-watched-what-you-watched-169/

                Here I congratulate Brad on his quote on an advertisement for Rust and Bone: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/a-few-words-on-rust-and-bone/

                Those are just a few stances in the last week. I don't know how many times I've expressed my excitement for films like Only God Forgives and Killing Them Softly. I've also written extensively about how much I enjoyed the recent Skyfall. I'm growing increasingly tired of defending myself against the unreasonable and didactic comments such as the one you just posted.

                In my above comment, I said 3 three things: 1 - I'm so sad to hear QT might be retiring. 2 - I love Death Proof even though most do not. 3 - I'm disappointed that HR doesn't include more women or people of color. I can't help it if you decide to isolate the one critical thing I said and make it seem as if that's all I ever say. If you don't like me or my comments, ignore them, because that's really the only advice I can give you.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                Yes, you exclaim what you like about a film and why and you do get passionate about certain things and you do bring up positive attributes to the discussion. But what seems to be the final thought and final consensus on a topic, is always the negative.

                Never do you talk at length about what's good or positive. The most contentious and long winded but I should also say, smart conversations on a topic seem to only be the negative.

                I'm not indicting you for how you look at a certain film, it's just that the vibe I get from most, not all, of your responses here on RoS have this knife equipped that's always ready to burry into someone else's opinion. You probably are the most contended commenter on the site. And for good reason, you're educated in your discussion.

                The most positive thing I've read from you on this site is your Skyfall review a few weeks back. Yet the next day Brad brings his opinion to the forefront with an article bringing up the blatant comparisons to The Dark Knight and you lambast the idea just because The Dark Knight is such a tired comparison. You know why you like the film, why criticize someone else's opinion just because it doesn't jive with your own?

                I replied in the first place just to make it clear that THR does regard people of color and you just went and found another way of bringing them down. It just so happens that this year, the directors being considered for awards consideration are well known faces. Bigelow has been on one of THR's roundtables. They wanted new blood. You're the one that kept on spouting off a new indictment of them.

                I'm not just going to ignore someone's posts about a film I'm interested in or a discussion that I have knowledge of just because I don't agree with the way you present your opinion. You have a more calculating and analytic approach to it and I have a more emotive and hands on approach. But you still know what you're talking about.

                It's just that a lot of RoS reader, me now as well, have taken umbrage with the way you present your thoughts. It's not fair that you get the brunt of the flack though. As a reader, I think myself and the fellow readers have just misinterpreted your thoughts as harsh and or bashing of theirs and mine own and are accordingly using you as a target.

              • Jarrod

                "I never insult anyone, EVER, yet I'm always the one being criticized and insulted while at the same time, those individuals go on about how negative I am."

                Yeah, except when you called me "inarticulate" and then proclaimed, "you walked right into it so it's all on you." Go on playing the victim, though: that's not hypocritical, at all.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                It's getting late and I don't have time to respond now so I'll have to put this off until tomarrow morning.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                @Jarrod:

                Please provide a link so that I can see what you're referring to.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                @Aleonardis:

                "But what seems to be the final thought and final consensus on a topic, is always the negative." - Well, that comment is so general I couldn't possibly respond to it. You would have to approach this on a case by case basis. But I would have to categorically disagree with the notion that the consensus is "always the negative." I feel this is selective and doesn't accurately represent the totality of comments/discussions I've been involved with on RoS since May of this year.

                "Never do you talk at length about what's good or positive. The most contentious and long winded but I should also say, smart conversations on a topic seem to only be the negative." - To the first part, I would have to maintain that this is absolutely not true. I've said glowingly positive things about recent films such as Skyfall, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, The Deep Blue Sea, Cloud Atlas & Little White Lies. Several months ago I did a Stanley Kubrick marathon and practically waxed poetic about each film. I even wrote comments that could be considered mini-essays on Barry Lyndon & Eyes Wide Shut. If I've come down harder on more 2012 films than I've liked, I think that's only a reflection of how pathetic this year has been for movies (a sentiment, btw, which is shared by several other commenters).

                "have this knife equipped that's always ready to burry into someone else's opinion." - Well, I'm truly disappointed that you get this "vibe" from my comments, but I can assure you that no such "knife" exists (metaphorically or otherwise).

                "You probably are the most contended commenter on the site. And for good reason, you're educated in your discussion." - A backhanded compliment if ever there was one.

                "The most positive thing I've read from you on this site is your Skyfall review a few weeks back." As I pointed out above, this is entirely your fault. I've written many positive things about many different films many times.

                "Yet the next day Brad brings his opinion to the forefront with an article bringing up the blatant comparisons to The Dark Knight and you lambast the idea just because The Dark Knight is such a tired comparison." - I had grown tired of every film on earth being compared to TDK and I expressed that. It was a comment, in the comment section of an article. Again, feel I'm entitled to express an irritation just as I would express positive reinforcement.

                "You know why you like the film, why criticize someone else's opinion just because it doesn't jive with your own?" - I would have to question the phrasing of this sentence. I don't think I "criticize(d) someone else's opinion." I said I was tired of seeing everything compared to TDK. I never said the points Brad made were incorrect or nonexistent. But it would be nice if everyone on RoS took your advice and didn't "criticize someone else's opinion just because it doesn't jive with your own." I remember back when Savages came out I was blasted and insulted for writing a positive comment defending the film when the cool kids were bashing it. It seems as if I should only say positive things if it jives with the current consensus on a film. I guess it's perfectly fine to criticize my opinion if I'm the only person who likes a film. Hmm.

                "I replied in the first place just to make it clear that THR does regard people of color" - But I wasn't only speaking about people of color. I said "non-white men" (which includes women...). "and you just went and found another way of bringing them down." Wait, what was "another way"? I didn't make 2 criticisms of HR, I made one. What is this second criticism you're referring to?

                "Bigelow has been on one of THR's roundtables. They wanted new blood." You keep insisting that they want new faces but at the same time ignoring the fact that only 2 out of 6 were new faces. Inglourious Basterds came out the same year as The Hurt Locker. HR invited both QT AND Bigelow that year. So this idea that QT is a "new face" is a myth. As I said before, Russell, Hooper and Affleck had all been there before. None of those people are "new faces" so I don't understand why you keep insisting that they are. "You're the one that kept on spouting off a new indictment of them" - Please remember, YOU were the one that initiated this argument. YOU were the one who questioned my "opinion" and started a disagreement. None of the other commenters took issue. So please, bear that in mind. Also, HR's sketchy history with inviting women directors has been well documented:

                http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/sexism-watch-the-hollywood-reporter-directors-roundtable# - If that's not sexism I don't know what is. So again, I think it's pretty clear that I was right in criticizing HR. You were in the wrong on this one.

                "It's not fair that you get the brunt of the flack though. As a reader, I think myself and the fellow readers have just misinterpreted your thoughts as harsh and or bashing of theirs and mine own and are accordingly using you as a target." - Apology accepted.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                I'm not going to sit here and refute every paragraph of what you said because you basically accepted the apology by the end so there's no real point. I will say that the lack of female directors is all about public consciousness. I wish people saw We Need to Talk About Kevin or Fish Tank or Wuthering Heights or The Future because they deserve just as much awards attention as the films that do if not more. But it just didn't happen. And that's the issue with movie going today. Critics have to single out these films and shine a light but it doesn't happen for some reason. It's not only THR, it's the whole industry.

                As for it being a bad year, I disagree completely and you can find plenty of outlets outside of RoS that proclaim the opposite. Jeff, Who Lives at Home, The Grey, Chronicle, 21Jump Street, Friends With Kids, The Avengers, Cabin in the Woods, Haywire, Damsels in Distress, Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts, Magic Mike, Lawless, Killer Joe, Side by Side, Cosmopolis, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pitch Perfect, Seven Psychopaths, Looper, The Master, Frankenweenie, Argo, Sinister, Silver Linings Playbook, Cloud Atlas, Not Fade Away, VHS, Wreck It Ralph, Holy Motors, Sound of My Voice, On The Road, Skyfall, Life of Pi, The Sessions, Lincoln, This is 40, End of Watch, Safety Not Guaranteed and theres more on the way...

                I know that you disagree with a few of those but all those movies have been very well received for the most part and the rest of the movies I've seen this year have just been average. The Lorax is the only F I've given this year. Check out a couple more movies. This year is pretty stacked.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                Feel free to disagree with me on 2012's quality as it relates to film. But film is subjective and while I've seen almost all of the films you listed, I was only impressed with 3 or 4. As I said, many agree with me on this point (Criterion10 amongst others).

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                I mean theres no point in going on with this but have you seen Lincoln???

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                No. I have a friend who's cousin works in the industry and she sends him screeners all the time and I go over to his place a lot and watch em. So I'm waiting for the screeners of Lincoln, The Sessions, Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi, Les Mis and Anna Karenina cause I don't care enough about those films to see them in the theater but I still like to see all of the award show contenders.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                I've seen all of them except Les Mis obviously and I really think you should check out Life of Pi in 3D at the theater. It's just a different film altogether when not in 3D. The rest are amazing on the small screen. Anna isn't that fantastic but it's still worth a watch. It probably has the best score of the year.

            • Mandarin

              If we all focused on "the silver lining" and no-one ever mentioned the fact that white men tend to chose and promote other white men, it would still be 1955. You sound really - and literally - conservative.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                Just last year during the director roundtable, they were asked why there is no female director there. Then Steve McQueen mentioned that he is black and named a few female directors who made a film last year. They all responded to McQueens comment and through it back in the interviewers face.

                Just as I said above, it's the industry of criticism and filmgoing that is ignorant to the female directors. One of my favorite movies from last year was We Need To Talk About Kevin and Fish Tank is another favorite. Never did I exclaim that I was adverse to female directors. It's the complete opposite.

                The silver lining metaphor was relating to AS and the way portrays his opinions not the state of the industry and criticism as pertaining to female directors. I'm probably the most liberal person you'd ever meet...and don't call me shirley...

    • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

      Female directors from time to time would be welcomed as well.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

        I don't get what you guys are saying. You're saying that they should pick directors depending on their race and whether they are a man or a woman. In my opinion that doesn't make sense.

        • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

          Nah, all I'm saying is that it would have been nice to have more of a variety. Getting a female in there who could speak to the challenges they face as women working in a predominantly male-driven industry would have offered up something valuable. That's all I'm saying.

          • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

            Maybe Benh Zeitlin, Kathryn Bigelow and whoever else you all would have liked to have seen for diversity's sake were invited along but didn't accept.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

              I see Kathryn Bigelow saying no because her film is pretty hush hush sort of and talking about it could maybe get herself in trouble and Zeitlin is pretty renegade...

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

      I don't know man, I really hate Death Proof. I don't even think I finished that one it was so bad. Easily QT's worst in my opinion.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        Really? What did you hate about it? I don't think you could criticize the performances. The soundtrack is pretty fantastic. The car chase sequences are riveting. I mean, I suppose you could say the dialogue was trivial but if you said that about Death Proof you would to say that about every Tarantino film. I just don't see what there is to hate about it.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

          The soundtrack was definitely good, and I do love that car crash scene where "Hold Tight" plays, but the movie was just boring. I did indeed find the dialogue trivial. I didn't have this problem with any of Tarantino's other films though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

    Tarantino's got a point about quitting early, although I don't agree with quitting early if you still got it in you. There are many directors I can think of where there careers started to go haywire towards the end. A great example is one of my personal favorites, Ken Russell. Now, Russell never really went haywire, but his few films after Altered States are easily his worst films, and show a true decline in quality over his previous films. As a director, I would never want any of my films to stick out like a sore thumb.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    With the exception of Hooper, all of these men have directed a film that I would count as one of my top 25 favorites from the last 25 years (Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill, Gone Baby Gone, Brokeback Mountain, Silver Linings Playbook). Great watch.

  • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    This is amazing. Really great roundtable.

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    I'd love to see a HBO QT mini-series.

    No way he'd follow through on that idea.

    And there no way I see him quitting. Hiatuses sure.

    Film format is dead. It can not get any better, It has hit it's ceiling as far a picture quality. digital isn't far away and will eventually equal if not surpass it.

    Get over it.

    If your gonna retire, retire b/c the quality of your writing & directing declines. Not because technology is getting better. That's just dumb IMO

  • adu

    This was phenomenal stuff.

  • jamie

    i could have watched an additional 3 hours of that. it's funny how my opinion of affleck has changed so dramatically over the years...

  • JayRam

    I've watched a couple of these director discussions in the past. And, if there's one I'd like to see here one day, it's Rian Johnson. The guy's only made 3 movies but I have this feeling like he's the real deal.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      I agree. In the meantime, if you're interested in Johnson, he has tons of interviews and commentaries floating around the internet, including this site. He was on the SlashfilmCast to talk Looper and has been on FilmSpotting I believe on multiple occasions (hopefully soon he'll be a part of B&L on Movies, episode 200 perhaps). Seems to be an all-around great and transparent guy.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    Paul Thomas Anderson should learn a lesson from these guys (on the editing down their films)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Just finished. Fantastic discussion. One issue.

    Please correct me if I took it poorly out of context, but I was turned off when David O. Russell mentioned he doesn't read or pay attention to any reviews. Isn't learning where you can improve or what you can continue to do well part of your job? Doesn't it help in the long-run to hear opinions of those who are independent of the movie/studio?

  • Paul

    Forget Kathryn Bigelow, how about Lana Wachowski?! Seriously, CLOUD ATLAS was the bravest, biggest, and IMO best movie of the year! Wouldn't it have been fascinating to add the three directors who collaborated on a one film into this mix of filmmakers?

  • Ilir Hyseni

    Does anyone know what is going on with Promised Land? Has there been any screenings or will there be? Is at any good - because it looks great? Has Matt Damon any chance at the Oscars this year?

  • Chris138

    Gotta disagree with Tarantino here. I still think his worst movie is Reservoir Dogs. I know that is a minority opinion, but I've never gotten into that movie and find it's self-consciousness to be unbearable with some of the most uninteresting characters he's ever written. Pulp Fiction is far and away his best work to date.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    Great Roundtable, would have liked van sant and ang lee to talk a little more, but they aren't natural big talker i assume. QT is always amazing to hear.

  • gary james

    Theres footage on youtube of an actors roundtable with george clooney and christopher plummer talking about terence malick.Well worth a watch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw08GQw0hBI

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      That's pretty great!

      As far as Malick is concerned, I quite liked The Thin Red Line, though I don't think it's all it is cracked up to be. And I'm very indifferent towards Tree of Life; it is gorgeous, and as Plummer put it, "Lots of beautiful paintings." But ultimately I came away from it a bit let down, even after lots of pondering. And Days of Heaven -- man, at 94 minutes, it still feels like an eternity.

  • Chris

    Loved it. I could listen to Affleck, QT, and O'Russell talk for hours. Hooper was a little bit boring and didn't add much. And Lee and Van Sant I guess are naturally quiet, but what they added was interesting.

    I hope O'Russell convinces QT to keep making films. A bad QT film is better than some of the best crap they put out each year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    I just finished watching it and man it would be awesome to get to hangout with these guys someday, they all seem pretty cool (except for Tom Hooper)

  • David

    O'Russell maybe a great director but he is a a little bitch. I'm glad Clooney had the balls to stand up to that prick on Three Kings.