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":