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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

QT8: The First Eight 2019 * * * Stars


In QT8: The First Eight, The "QT" refers to Quentin Tarantino while the "8" refers to his first eight films. Now I do believe Tarantino is a solid filmmaker but I would never consider him the greatest of all time. His one-two punch of Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown however, shows that at one point he has touched "greatness".

"QT8" is a Tarantino documentary that chronicles all his directorial efforts from Reservoir Dogs to The Hateful Eight (and even a sneak peak of Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood). The interviews from the people he has worked with (Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth) have no filter and the docu at times, feels kinda pasted together. Oh well. QT8: The First Eight is insightful and detailed at an elongated running time of 104 minutes. The only film of Quentin's that feels a little left out is Kill Bill Vol. 2.

"QT8" reminded me of another filmmaker documentary involving Richard Linklater (21 Years: Richard Linklater). Both flicks feature animation and an omission of the directors themselves and that aspect annoyed me. Still, I give the edge to "QT8".

With QT8: The First Eight, there's a lot of stuff I learned about Tarantino that I didn't know before. I mean I knew he was a lover of movies but I didn't know he would invite his cast members to sit down and watch a movie just for kicks. I also didn't know that he at first wanted Micheal Madsen to play the John Travolta role in Pulp Fiction. Finally, I couldn't believe that Tarantino was a huge fan of the TV show Moesha. I mean how random is that?

All in all, I plan on recommending "QT8" despite the fact that it feels like a living funeral tribute when the dude is obviously alive and well. And oh yeah, the Harvey Weinstein stuff should've probably been left out. Whatev. As Mr. Pink said, "I didn't create the situation, I'm just dealing with it!" Natch.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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