When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them no, I went to films”, said Hollywood’s most famous director, Quentin Tarantino. He’s not just a world-class director, but an ardent film lover. And guess what? The first episode of his Video Archive Podcast dropped on Tuesday (July 19).
Even though his self-imposed, 10-film goal was completed with the release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, if you look closely at his complete filmography, he may have already made more than nine movies. On his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Quentin Tarantino shares all about the movie he wished he had made.
Quentin Wished To Direct Battle Royale…
The charismatic director, Quentin Tarantino appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and talked to guest host Dana Carvey and shared about which movie he wished he had directed. Dana welcomed him by saying, “You’re a genius, I love you.” They started by talking about how Dana and Quentin were in the same room and Dana failed to recognise him even though he had already created “Reservoir Dogs”.
At one point in the conversation, Dana Carvey asked Quentin, “What’s the last movie you saw you went holy I wish I had directed?” Quentin Tarantino replied, “Oh, wow, that’s a good question actually it’s a hard one…”
After some thought, he revealed that he is a big fan of the Japanese movie “Battle Royale”, which is what hunger games was based on. He said, “It would have been awesome to have directed “Battle Royale.” Dana praised Tarantino for “Kill Bill”.
Shanghai’s Spirit Helps Tarantino…
About the movie, Tarantino said, “That was actually an interesting situation, even when it comes to other directors because we were jumping off especially, in the first one, we were jumping off a lot from shaw brothers kung fu movies too and there was this one director named Shanghai who was like John Ford/Sergio Leone.”
He continued that Shanghai passed away a little ago before we started doing it and then they had this one moment where they were trying to do this one gag where “a fighter was holding a condom full of blood and she squeezes it and it explodes”, and if she did it the right way and everything goes right, the blood would have exploded upwards, but they did the shot like 14-15 times and the blood always exploded the wrong way.
In the end, they had to remove her costume as she was covered in the bow and put on a new costume and Tarantino felt like he was banging his head against the wall for a small effect that he wanted to create. At that moment, he recalled a little thing from Shanghai. It came like a spirit or voice to him.
The voice said to him, “Hang in there Quentin, you don’t know how long I worked with Wang yu to get this one effect–the spirit version of Shanghai was like–look you’ve already done it 15, if you stop now, it’s a waste, it’s bound to happen the way you wanted to happen within the next 6 times so just keep going– and it literally happened the third time.” Tarantino revealed that making movies is fun and he loves doing what he does.
Tarantino’s Video Archives Podcast…
Dana Carvey further asked Tarantino about “Hawking My Podcast”. Tarantino stated that he is a little embarrassed about it but on national television, it is called “The Video Archives Podcast”, which is named after a video rental store in Manhattan beach. He revealed that he is doing this podcast with Roger Avary, and where there was a store that we worked at.
Tarantino stated that when the store went out of business he got the inventory. Dana even showed a picture of Tarantino’s room full of these video archives. Dana asked Tarantino, who is a lifelong cinephile with an encyclopedic knowledge of the medium if he reformed it just like the Beatles?
Tarantino replied that a lot of people ask him this question and said, “he was a smoothie expert from working at this video store for five or however long I was there, and it was like no I got hired at this really prestigious video store because I was a movie expert–but then it also allowed me for five years to do nothing but completely dive into movies.”
If you don’t know this, because Tarantino is Tarantino, he acquired the joint’s tapes back in 1995, and also rebuilt the Video Archives store in his home. At the beginning of this month, Tarantino, along with his co-host Roger Avary, who also used to work at The Video Archives, where the pair met, is pulling tapes off his own shelves, watching them and getting nattering.
The Video Archives Podcast is set to start dropping episodes on Tuesday, July 19, and will arrive via SiriusXM’s Stitcher. And yes, of course, Tarantino has something to say about it already. In a joint statement, Tarantino and Avary advised:
“We never imagined that 30 years after we worked together behind the counter at Video Archives, we would be together again doing the exact same thing we did back then: talking passionately about movies on VHS.
“Watching movies was what originally brought us together and made us friends, and it’s our love of movies that still brings us together today. So we surrounded ourselves with the original Video Archives collection, where we both worked before we became celebrated filmmakers, and time-travelled ourselves back to the golden age of VHS.”
They continued, “We LOVE to discuss movies, and we want to welcome you into The Video Archives Podcast to hang with us and Archives’ new employee Gala and discover the hidden VHS gems on our shelves.”
Roger Avary also became a director, making blockbusters like Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction among other movies; and collaborated on the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction screenplay. My only wish is that Tarantino should never stop making movies. Which ones are your favourite?