Live Poll: Face-Off: Tarantino vs. Nolan

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These two directors are among the most influentials filmmakers/writers of the 21st century. Which one of them is your favorite?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls096325303/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/grvFXrh7pQ0/
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Posted 6 months ago

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Nolan's movies have more substance.
QT relies a lot of style.
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riverotter

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Also, Nolan has a wider range than QT. 
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-QT finds a better balance between telling and showing
-QT is good at directing action, Nolan is rather bad at it
-Nolan has Ledger, but apart from that, most of the performances in his movies are very restrained, whereas QT has gotten more out of his actors
-Nolan's minor characters tend to be forgotten within an instant, whereas they often have interesting moments in QT's films
-designs, colors, objects, clothes, etc. make QT's films alive and memorable, whereas Nolan's are very sterile and more uniform
-Nolan's choice of music is interesting in Inception and perhaps Interstellar and Dunkirk, but all in all, QT is more varied in this regard (also Morricone > Zimmer)
-Nolan has a gift for condensing complex societal themes and incorporate them into blockbuster entertainment, while Tarantino's attempts at this were only half-successful
-Interstellar is more or less a dumbed-down version of "2001"; when QT references other filmmakers, he improves upon them or at least treats them originally enough that something unique emerges
-both managed to write some of the most famous lines of recent cinema, but much of Nolan's dialogue only serves to advance or explain the plot, while it also has a right to live on its own in Tarantino's case

So all in all, Tarantino over Nolan.
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cinephile

Preach it, brother!

Also, as BONAFIDE would say, I love you, no homo :)
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The numbers you cited are accumulations of subjective opinions. I neither believe that movies can be measured in numerical terms, nor that something is right only because enough people say it. I believe in the idea of the Enlightenment, that each should use on one's mind to come to conclusions, and that together we can exchange arguments to understand more and arrive at even better conclusions.

Have you clicked on the link I provided? Nolan is unable to structure a coherent action scene. The youtube analysis makes it pretty obvious. However: I didn't even notice that when I first saw The Dark Knight. The tension doesn't come from the action choreography, but from the urgency and clarity of the story, some dialogue parts, and sticking to what makes the characters interesting. As strange as it may sound, The Dark Knight is a great movie that happens to be in the action genre, but which doesn't have well-done action scenes.

Regarding Interstellar, to call it "dumbed-down" was a bit harsh. But some major points are quite similar to 2001, and while Kubrick was able to convey almost everything with the power of images and music, and left much open to interpretation, Nolan has a tendency to make everything explicit with words.
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 Tarantino himself said that Nolan's Dunkirk is a masterpiece.
For me, that is another proof that Nolan is a genius.

Source: https://www.theringer.com/2019/12/30/21043344/dunkirk-with-quentin-tarantino-sean-fennessey-and-chris-ryan
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Tarantino often publishes lists of recent favorite, so we know what he likes. If Noland did the same, maybe he would return the praise. By the way, Tarantino didn't include Inception in his Top 10 of the year list.

Anyway, the discussion is not about whether Nolan is a genius (he might be, depending on the interpretation of that word) but whether Nolan or Tarantino is the superior filmmaker. I've given my couple of cents.
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So all in all, Tarantino over Nolan.
Da albstein!
Ihre beobachtungen sind fantasisch!!!