Quentin Tarantino has been offering up his thoughts on some movies recently, courtesy of the ReelBlend podcast. The director is known to be a movie junkie, more so than many prominent figures in the industry. His love for film is well known, and his opinion holds weight regarding the greatness of specific projects. The director even has a new book, Cinema Speculation, that will dive into the movie industry’s history from the perspective of the acclaimed Quentin Tarantino.
While talking to ReelBlend, the filmmaker revealed what he believes to be the greatest ‘movie’ of all time. Jaws released in 1975, launching the career of the beloved director Steven Spielberg. The movie following a ferocious shark off the coast of Cape Cod has gone on to be one of the most iconic films of all time, receiving four Oscar nominations and winning three. Tarantino is a huge fan of the movie, calling it ‘the greatest movie ever made.’
“I think Jaws is the greatest movie ever made. Maybe not the greatest film. But it’s the greatest movie ever made. And then there are other movies that can get in its rarefied air. But as far as a movie, there’s no making it better than Jaws. There’s no ‘better’ than Jaws. It is the best movie ever made. And it shows how badly timed most movies made before Jaws were.”
Clearly, Tarantino has a tremendous amount of admiration for the Steven Spielberg movie, which most directors would consider an honor.
Tarantino Clarifies What He Meant By the Greatest ‘Movie,’ Not ‘Film’
Most people use ‘movie’ and ‘film’ interchangeably, but a cinephile like Tarantino believes they are two separate things. He claimed he meant no disrespect with the distinction but tells ReelBlend that Jaws is ‘exactly the kind of movie he likes. This is exactly the kind of movies he was put on earth to make.’ He expands upon the distinction below:
“What I meant by that, to one degree or another, is that Spielberg and a lot of his cohorts grew up seeing those kinds of movies in the theater. Henry Levin’s Journey to Center of the Earth, he’s gonna run to go and see that. Richard Fleischer’s Fantastic Voyage. He’s going to run and go see it. Gordon Douglas’s Them! He’s going to run and go see. Now… most of them weren’t directed that well. They were assignments given to journeyman directors who did their best with them. That was how we were used to seeing comic book — that kind of movie experience. As opposed to a Spielberg, who was like, ‘No, this is exactly the kind of movie he likes. This is exactly the kind of movies he was put on Earth to make. And he’s going to make it, within an inch of his life, as effective as it possibly can be. And, you know, Michael Anderson, isn’t putting that kind of work in Logan’s Run.”
Tarantino definitely classifies ‘movies’ as big blockbuster projects, while ‘films’ are more likely to be accepting the Best Picture award at the Academy Awards. He clearly enjoys what both have to offer but categorizes them separately. The director’s tenth film is still unknown; however, you can keep up with Tarantino through his personal podcast, Video Archives, and preorder his upcoming book, Cinema Speculation.