Entertainment: Quentin Tarantino says the current movie era is one of the 'worst in Hollywood history'

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  • Quentin Tarantino slammed the current movie era as one of the "worst in Hollywood history."
  • He said on "The Video Archives Podcast" he thinks the era is just as bad as '80s and '50s cinema.
  • The award-winning director said that the movies that stand out are the ones that don't "conform."

Quentin Tarantino said that he thinks the current era of movies is one of the "worst in Hollywood history."

The award-winning director has been creating feature-length movies since the 1980s.

However, during a recent episode of "The Video Archives Podcast with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary," the "Django Unchained" director criticized the current film landscape, as well as cinema in the 1950s and 1980s.

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"Even though the '80s was the time that I probably saw more movies in my life than ever — at least as far as going out to the movies was concerned — I do feel that '80s cinema is, along with the '50s, the worst era in Hollywood history," he said (via NME). "Matched only by now, matched only by the current era."

Tarantino then added: "The [films] that don't conform, the ones that stand out from the pack."

Tarantino has been outspoken in the past about blockbuster franchises such as "Star Wars" and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In 2020, the "Pulp Fiction" director told Deadline that he believed that auteur directors were in a "war" against these studio franchises.

"As far as I can see, the commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the 'Star Wars,' 'Godzilla' and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year," the director said.

Tarantino explained that multiple original movies were able to stand their ground next to the blockbusters in 2019, saying: "A lot of original movie content came out and demanded to be seen, and demanded to be seen at the theaters," said Tarantino.

"I think when you sum up the year, it's cinema that doesn't fall into that blockbuster IP-proof status made its last stand this year," he added.

Earlier this month, the director also told the Los Angeles Times that he didn't want to make any superhero films.

"You have to be a hired hand to do those things. I'm not a hired hand," he said. "I'm not looking for a job."

Tarantino added that he thinks filmmakers "can't wait for the day" that superhero movies aren't popular anymore.

In recent years, other renowned filmmakers, such as "Goodfellas" director Martin Scorsese and "The Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, have criticized the superhero genre.

Scorsese famously told Empire magazine in 2019 that Marvel movies are closer to "theme parks" than cinema.

Quentin Tarantino Says Marvel Actors Aren’t Movie Stars: ‘Captain America Is the Star,’ Not Chris Evans .
Jennifer Aniston made headlines at the start of November when she declared, “There are no more movie stars.” It’s a statement that Quentin Tarantino agrees with, as evidenced by the director’s recent interview on “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast (via Mediaite). Tarantino attributed the loss of movie stars to the “Marvel-ization of Hollywood.” “Part of “Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is…you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” Tarantino said. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that.

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