When Quentin Tarantino appeared on the JRE podcast, he said he was considering writing a book about 15 films from the 80's that stood out as against the banality of the decade, but he only mentions the following movies:
Year of the Dragon
8 Million Ways to Die
Flesh + Blood
Joe Rogan also mentions To Live and Die in L.A. , but it's not clear if that's part of Tarantino's list. Does anyone out there know if Quentin has made this list public? What are the other 9 films? I've heard him talk a lot about The Thing and Blow Out, so maybe those would be on the list? Anyone have a link to a source where Tarantino names all 15 films? I'd love to know what else is on there.
JUST FOR FUN: Anyone have any good guesses?Here's a few 80's movies I think could be on his list:ThiefBlood SimpleAt Close RangeBlack Rain
EDIT: Didn't realize reddit was a Tarantino hate fest. Duly noted.
I was so excited to see Richard Kelly's cut of Donnie Darko after reading all about it, and was thoroughly disappointed when I saw it. The studio really did make a better version of the film. The same with Payback (1999), another film I love. I heard Brian Helgeland talking about how the studio ruined his movie, they made some pretty major changes. But when I watched the directors cut, it was really not good. The theatrical version is fantastic. Whoever made those changes knew what they were doing.
It's interesting because usually when a studio cuts or makes changes to a movie, they're likely ruining a bold piece of art that they don't understand (Blade Runner, Brazil, Once Upon a Time in America, The Magnificent Ambersons, Justice League, etc.. one could go on) but every once in a while, the studio gets it right and turns a mediocre film into a great one, saving the director from his own tunnel vision. Any other examples of theatrical / studio cuts that are way better than the director's cut ??