Quentin Tarantino Calls Inglourious Basterds A "Masterpiece." Writing Epic Review Of Superman Returns?

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Dear readers, yes, we had to. While browsing the NYT today, we came across a new interview with Quentin Tarantino in T Mag. Awesome. But then the horrific photo above came crashing atop our Sunday hangover like a white squall. Bustin' surfboards. Alas, the chat does contain a few bits of cool info. First off, Tarantino confesses that Inglorious Basterds is indeed the "hardest film" he's ever made. From a director who says that he would die to make his movies perfect, this may or may not come as a big surprise. Perhaps the latter, given that IB is a WWII epic, clocks in at over 2 hours and 30 minutes, and was cast and shot in time for this month's Cannes. When asked about the quick production schedule, he frankly responds...

"I wanted to have a masterpiece before the decade's out."

At first, I interpreted this sentence to mean that he considers Inglourious Basterds to be his only masterpiece this decade. But clearly, both volumes of Kill Bill reached those heights, while Death Proof remains a genre exercise that certainly did not.

Of more curious note, QT says that he's working on a 20-page review of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, a film he's quite passionate and protective over. And looking back as a member of the jury at Cannes in 2004,  he remains pleased with awarding Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 the Palm d'Or.

Head on over to AICN to see the latest poster for IB, featuring Brad Pitt at Lt. Aldo Raine (above) in High res. Unlike Tarantino's foot fetish, it's understated and badass in all the right ways...