Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Only Reliable Film Magazine in the World, says Quentin Tarantino

My friend Daniela Catelli (the author of Italian books on THE EXORCIST and William Friedkin, and an Italian translator for parts of MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) sends the following message from Rome:

"Thanks to Quentin Tarantino, now you’re famous in Italy! This is from the only independent newspaper in Italy, IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO, and it’s a small daily column written by Luca Guadagnino, a film director who’s in the Jury at the Venice Film Festival with Quentin Tarantino. You will find the scan attached, this is the translation:

“Here’s some advice from jury president Quentin Tarantino: The only reliable film magazine in the world is VIDEO WATCHDOG, a [bi]monthly publication that reviews only the films on DVD without submitting to the market rules. Instead, VW follows the taste and the analytical depth of his founder, the greatest film historian Tim Lucas, author of – Tarantino claims – the best book on films ever written: MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK. Tarantino-Lucas-Bava: cinema is truly without borders.”

I'm most grateful to Quentin, whom I've never met and with whom I've never spoken, for these astounding, purely unsolicited and heartfelt words of praise. There are three huge compliments in that little paragraph. Color me blushing.
So come on, you Tarantino fans... embrace paper! SUBSCRIBE!

10 comments:

  1. WOW! That is fantastic but NOT incredible. (I know the meaning of incredible.) That is a totally believable, totally deserved endorsement from Tarantino. You earned it. All the best to the best, Linda

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  2. Mr. Tarantino is on the money.

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  3. The praise is thoroughly well deserved i'd say . And i'm among many who appreciate the blood sweat & tears you and Donna put into the magazine.
    You wrote a short item on this blog about something i made a few years back and i was knocked out about it . So many thanks and continued publishing in whatever form.

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  4. Well, there's really only one way to follow that, isn't there?
    Contact Taranatino's people, quote these comments and ask whether QT would like to contribute an occasional column.

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  5. As a sometime contributor to several other film magazines, I'd be disloyal if I dismissed them as easily as QT does, but he's probably right about ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, which may be the most amazing piece of scholarship I've ever seen on ANY subject. The fact that it happens to be one of my personal favorite subjects doesn't hurt. :-) I was delighted that your remarks about PIT AND THE PENDULUM's influence on Bava et al. gave me an excuse to quote from and praise your book publicly in RICHARD MATHESON ON SCREEN. Bravo once again for an incredible piece of work, and congrats on the well-deserved recognition.

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  6. Tommy Gibbons9:58 AM

    Like an old teacher once explained it, this honor wasn't given, it was EARNED! Kudos!

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  7. It doesn't get better than that.

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  8. Well...I"m still waiting for my #1 reprint and #156 to arrive in the mail...

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  9. Anonymous10:29 AM

    i've always thought that QT should write for VW - its his natural home. he'd have to tone the expletives down though lol

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  10. Just another sign that Tarantino's got great taste! That's awesome. Congratulations.

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