“I am living a dream - he agrees - I am ridiculously lucky. That boy who made “Reservoir Dogs” wanted the life I live. I don’t have to pinch myself to wake up. I’m doing it. It’s a great feeling. You know, I’ve got a really nice house. And every once in a while I walk around that nice house and I think, ‘Wow, my imagination bought this.’”
— Quentin Tarantino
“I think all of these actors can tell you the feeling they have the first time they walk into my office and they see all the 60s western posters up and the blacksploitation posters up and all this viscera that doesn’t exist anymore in movie posters. Now everything just looks like Vanity Fair photo shoot, every single goddamn movie. The idea of drawn posters doesn’t happen anymore, and those were the posters! Those were really cool. But that style of viscera— whether it be a spaghetti western album covers, the blacksploitation album covers, the posters—I’m kind of trying to get at that. When my stuff pops off in the big way that it does or the imagery that I’m trying to evoke—like the costumes we employ in the film that always have a bit of a comic book panache—I’m trying to get those kinds of illustrations in life, in my flicks.”
“And the thing about wanting to be a director, and wanting this to be your artform… Aside from getting a 16mm camera, or Super 8 camera, and making something, which is definitely within your power, and even more within people’s power now, to test out these theories. But in the ’80s, when I was a young guy, there was no proof of it at all. You could act, and see if there’s something there. If you want to write, you can get a piece of paper, and see if there’s something there. But if you want to direct, actually direct a feature film, and you’ve never done anything, it’s all theory. So at 3 in the morning, from time to time, you wonder ‘Is this a mistake?’ You think you might have it, but you don’t know. I’m talking about before I literally did anything. This mountain you’re trying to climb, before you even know you’re a mountain climber.”
“We were sitting in Quentin’s office during a particularly grueling moment of shooting [‘Kill Bill’], and I irritated him somehow. And he said ‘You do that one more time and, next time we work together, I’m gonna write ‘Bitch’ on the back of your chair!’ And I said ‘Honey, next time we work together, you might as well write ‘idiot’ on the back of my chair’”
“There was a time - back before there was video, DVD and all of that stuff - when the soundtrack was how you remembered a movie.
During those days, you went and saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and you couldn’t go get a video cassette or a DVD of Raiders after, so you’d get the soundtrack album instead. You’d listen to the truck chase music, and you’d remember the truck chase.
That’s the job that soundtrack albums have.”
— Quentin Tarantino (via)