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Tarantino Reviews There Will Be Blood, Sunshine, Taxi Driver

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 1, 2009 at 5:03AM

Brit Sky Movies gave Quentin Tarantino a shot at programming, and he reviews his selections. Not surprising if you've ever spent any time with him, the guy's a perceptive and engaging critic.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Brit Sky Movies gave Quentin Tarantino a shot at programming, and he reviews his selections. Not surprising if you've ever spent any time with him, the guy's a perceptive and engaging critic.

Here's Tarantino on "friendly competitor" Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, "one of the best movies made in this decade." But Tarantino still prefers the exuberance of Boogie Nights over the formalism of There Will be Blood. I agree with Tarantino that Paul Dano was the otherwise brilliant film's weakest link--I always thought he shouldn't have played both brothers.

Here's his take on Alex Garland and Danny Boyle's Sunshine, which I admired, even when the third act "takes a creative nosedive" and renders the film a noble failure:

Tarantino reviews one of his top five favorite movies, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, "unarguably one of the greatest movies ever made," and "the greatest first-person character-study ever committed to film":


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.