Directors of Cinema: Episode 6- Quentin Tarantino


After a brief hiatus, we are pleased to be back with another episode of Directors of Cinema. If you are unfamiliar with this show, it is designed to highlight the careers of cinema’s most prominent directors. Each week host Matthew Goudreau and a guest discuss selected works of a director chosen by the guest.

On this episode, Matthew welcomes special guest Michael Graikoski to discuss the films of Quentin Tarantino. After busting onto the scene in 1992 with his debut film Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino became an instant name in the film community. It was the beginning of a very rapid rise to fame, culminating with his follow-up film Pulp Fiction winning the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Was that truly the highpoint of Tarantino’s career or do Matt and Mike feel there are some other films as equally deserving of recognition? Well, you will have to listen to find out.

Some of the questions discussed in this episode include:

  • Does Kill Bill truly work as one film?
  • Is Django Unchained too self-indulgent in its use of a particular word?
  • Do Tarantino’s depictions of violence detract or enhance his films?
  • Why doesn’t Jackie Brown receive as much attention as it probably deserves?

As always, you can listen to the show directly on Shoutengine or you can download it later for future use. Thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy!

Matt is a 21 year old film buff and recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island. Growing up in a small town in the smallest state, Matt began developing a taste in film and general geekdom at a young age. After years of watching various DC and Marvel animated television shows as a boy, Matt has become quite the afficinado in the realm of comic books. Towards the end of middle school, Matt began delving into the world of film by watching anything he could get his hands on. Nowadays, his tastes range from classic film noir and the mindbending works of David Cronenberg to the latest trends on the independent scene. Don't worry; he's still one for the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC animated adventure. Comics aren't the only source of literature Matt enjoys. He can sometimes be spotted reading the works of Stephen King or even the plays of William Shakespeare. As an aspiring film critic and screenwriter, Matt is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.