Quentin Tarantino did not direct his two-part revenge thriller "Kill Bill" as well as he would have liked. And according to a statement made during a "Directors on Directing" panel held in Santa Barbara yesterday, it wasn't until the Oscar-nominated filmmaker saw "Avatar" that he realized, or at least recalled, what was missing.
No, he doesn't wish he'd included giant blue-skinned CG characters or done the movie with a lot of blue-screen work. Nor would he have made "Kill Bill" in 3-D. Rather, after watching fellow Oscar-nominee James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster, Tarantino was reminded of his intended goal.
"One of the things I was thinking when I was watching 'Avatar,' he said, "was when I did 'Kill Bill' I had these grandiose visions in my head of the experience of watching the movie. And I actually wanted it to be more like a ride."
Tarantino was responding to a question regarding whether or not "Avatar" is a game changer for his own career, basically asking if the "Inglourious Basterds" director would ever shoot in 3-D. At first, he laughed the query away, acknowledging that "House of Wax" (the 1953 version) director Andre de Toth had already gone there.
More seriously, he went on to clarify that he had not wanted "Kill Bill" to be the kind of movie you watch at a multiplex and then go home and have pie and forget about it. Unfortunately, he admitted, he doesn't think he achieved his vision of having the film(s) immerse the audience into this world in that way.
"I think the closest may be the House of Blue Leaves sequence," he said. "Or maybe the coffin sequence."
Despite his confession of slight disappointment, however, Tarantino explained that he does think "Kill Bill" is "good" and possibly the work he's most proud of. It just wasn't the complete, "most" vision that he had in his head for the story.
"That's the ride I was trying to do," he said of "Avatar."
Does Quentin Tarantino's statement make you now think he deserves the Best Director Oscar any less than James Cameron? Would you like to see Tarantino work with 3-D despite his apparent dismissal of the format?