Great thread. Happy to be part of this discussion. It's been illuminating to hear the different opinions on Q.T. And, on that level, good for Tarantino's work--it gets people talking about movies and story. And, on balance, I'd like to believe that there's plenty of room for all kinds of movies, even Tarantino's, so the more, the merrier.
While, on one level, I can live with the certainty that Tarantino is, right now, somewhere in the world spouting off to someone about how he's a gift to the moviegoing public, I can't get behind the kind of blanket apology given towards him as is found in the previous post.
Let me get this straight; Tarantino is absolutely absolved of any intellectual or artistic plagiarism--or just plain laziness--because he is, in reality, doing me the favour of cutting out all of the 'crappy bits' from crappy movies for me and, buffet-style, serving me the best parts conveniently recreated, all together, in his own movies?
I'm just curious, would this practice work or be accepted in other artistic forms? Maybe, if I just took the good bits from, say, Moby Dick, you know, leave out all of the boring bits on whale anatomy, etc., and retold my own madman obsessed with killing a whale story, and called it Moby Unhooked-then went so far as to ruminate on what people will say about my work in a hundred years (as he did during his Academy Award speech). Would that be okay? Or, instead, I take a bit of Picasso and a bit of Van Gogh with a side of Edward Hopper for my next painting? Hell, while I'm at it, I'll just take the 'Nah, na-na-naaa' section, chord progression and all, from "Hey Jude" and slap a beat over it and call it mine, right? "Hey Rube". Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
No. This would, appropriately, be considered ridiculous.
But, apparently, if I did this with books most people have never heard of, painters that never made it to the major galleries, and music that never left the demo tape stage, this would be okay, even inspired, and certainly 'cool', right? After all, I would be doing everyone a favour by showcasing the odd good bits in these works that, otherwise, would never be known. But, you know, I would still call it mine. That's okay, right?
Call me crazy, but maybe he should come up with a movie's worth of 'bits that work' that are his own.
Edited by Number 6, May 09 2013 - 06:23 PM.