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Quentin Tarantino Talks ‘Sgt. Rock,’ Female Directors, And Says ‘The Intern’ Was One Of His Favorite Movies Of 2015

Quentin Tarantino Talks 'Sgt. Rock,' Female Directors, And Says 'The Intern' Was One Of His Favorite Movies Of 2015

“Rom-coms are a guilty pleasure of mine. Especially on airplanes,” Quentin Tarantino recently declared, citing “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” as a movie that recently pushed him to break out the Kleenex. And it would seem that the filmmaker is attracted by high gloss comedy in general.

In an interview with Metro, Tarantino was asked about a recent roundtable talk he participated in with Danny Boyle, Tom Hooper, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, David O. Russell, and Ridley Scott, and what it would take to get a woman at that table. And he replied that while he senses things are cyclical in the industry for women, right now there are female directors in Hollywood who are being overlooked, and used the opportunity to shout out an unlikely picture.

“It does seem to be to some degree there’s a boom or bust aspect when it comes to Hollywood when it comes to female directors. There becomes an era when there’s a lot working then that settles down and there’s a dry period – but frankly – maybe I’m just talking shit because the thing is there are female directors. Maybe they’re not being the ones that are being asked to be on the Hollywood Reporter roundtable,” Tarantino said. “One of my favourite movies this last year was Nancy Meyers’ ‘The Intern.’ They’re not considering that for the Oscars even though I think Robert De Niro gave one of the best performances this year in that movie. I thought the script was actually one of her best. Right up there with ‘It’s Complicated.’ They’re not asking her to be part of the discussion.”

As you might remember, Tarantino has already said Mad Max: Fury Road” was the best movie he saw in 2015, and even though he’s noted that making “The Hateful Eight” kept from watching as many films as he would’ve liked, given his love for “The Intern,” I really want to see his top ten for the year.  

Switching gears a bit, when asked if he would direct someone else’s script, Tarantino revealed his favorite scribe of the moment, and that he once kicked around the idea directing a “Sgt. Rock” movie.

“Probably my favorite writer right now is Aaron Sorkin but it don’t think I’d be the person to direct one of his works,” he said. “However, there is a script – I’m not going to do it – that I always really liked a lot by David Webb Peoples, who wrote the ‘Unforgiven‘ and ‘Blade Runner.’ He wrote a movie version of ‘Sgt Rock‘ that I always thought was really terrific. I don’t think I’m ever going to end up doing it but I really did like that script and it’s one of the few times I’ve considered doing another script.”

Damn, that would’ve been interesting. And as for Tarantino’s love for Sorkin, it’s no surprise given that he’s a huge fan of “The Newsroom.”

It’s never a dull interview with Tarantino, now someone please get him to program of a month of rom-coms at the New Beverley.

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"Oprah" you know just leave that right there.


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Quentin..I’d love to see you direct a Sgt Rock Movie. As a kid one of my favorite comics was Sgt Rock. I could definitely see you doing true justice to the character. I’d wish you would truly consider this project.


My biggest problem with THE INTERN was that De Niro’s character didn’t actually NEED to internship. It would have been far more interesting if his character had been at retirement age, but had no savings, and actually needed the job with Hathaway to survive. However that wouldn’t allow everyone to have the Pottery Barn catalog existence that these films favor, so his character is super wealthy and just bored, meaning the film is completely devoid of stakes.


As far as Peoples is concerned, it seems he found success as a middle-aged man, so, to a degree, it makes sense he’d have fewer credits. His first appears to have been produced when he was about 40. He’s in his 70s now. Retired, I imagine.


David Webb Peoples is great. I don’t understand why he’s only had a handful of scripts produced.


I thought that the Intern was ok, it simply failed to understand business. A guy like DeNiro’s character was a ‘great’ intern, but could have been invaluable to a growing company. I think that the movie didn’t want to reach a conclusion that an old white man would be necessary to help a woman be a better manager and CEO. I thought that DeNiro’s deference was off putting, sure be respectful, even be inspired…but speak your mind, help her not make mistakes.

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