Quentin Tarantino writes movie reviews to judge better at Venice

Posted on 2 September 2010
By Pierce King
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Quentin Tarantino has revealed he writes reviews of new movies at home after watching them so he can ‘explore deeper into the work.’

The Pulp Fiction creator has heralded the Venice Film Festival lineup as ‘one of the most wildest, cool, eclectic lineups ever seen.’

He heads the jury that will judge 22 films from 11 countries, plus one surprise film to be announced, for the coveted Golden Lion.

The Inglourious Basterds director confessed to hosting his own private festivals, lining up 15 movies at home and judging himself which was the best, a sort of unofficial Tarantino Film Fest.

He revealed that when he ran into German filmmaker Tom Tykwer he told him: “I did a little film festival for myself, and you won. ‘Perfume’ won!”

Tykwer is competing for the Golden Lion with his new film, Drei. But Tarantino said that even though he knows and admires a lot of the directors competing for the top prize, he has no problem separating the directors, even friends from their work.

He added: “I give a critical read to every single film I see. That’s my job as a film fan.

“That’s my job as a film critic.

“Sometimes I even go and write a review of the film. I don’t intend on publishing it or something. I do it for my edification … I do it to explore deeper into the work.”

Of the Venice lineup, he said: “I think it is one of the most wildest, cool, eclectic lineups. It’s kind of all over the map, and that’s really exciting.”

The festival opens Wednesday with Darren Aronofsky’s psychological melodrama “Black Swan,” starring Natalie Portman as a New York City ballerina trying to surpass herself and her rivals. It closes next week with Julie Taymor’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

The Golden Lion will be awarded Sept. 11.