Thursday, July 07, 2011

Which is Better?

Quentin Tarantino
sample films:

Pulp Fiction
Inglourious Basterds
Kill Bill vol.1
Reservoir Dogs
Death Proof
Jackie Brown
Kill Bill vol.2
Four Rooms (“The Man From Hollywood” segment)


David Fincher
10 sample films:

Fight Club
The Social Network
The Game
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Panic Room
Aliens 3

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section


  1. I say apples and oranges. Tarantino operates in a world of, well, pulp fiction, where gangsters and badass women rule. His films are essentially B-movies, but he plays it so well they're considered great works of cinema.

    Fincher, on the other hand, is interested in the dark violence within all of us. His films are usually shot in shadows, and unlike Tarantino, his violence is meant to hit hard, rather than portrayed as "cool," if you will.

    I'll take both directors. They're both brilliant.

  2. I'm going for Fincher. Even though he's dubbed a modern day Kubrick for his actions on the set, his sense of perfection is clearly shown in his work. Plus, Se7en scared the (bleep) out of me. That SLOTH scene...stuff that nightmares are made of.

  3. Johnny B!11:12 am

    I have to agree and say Fincher.
    I love Tarantino just as much as the next film buff, but Fincher movies stick with me. And no matter if the outcome is a little below expectations (Ben Button), he always amazes me. I celebrate his entire DVD collection... kind of a man crush.

  4. Tough one and very different directors IMO. I would take Tarentino because his material actually comes out of thin air ;)

  5. Wow... two great directors. I would probably say Tarantino since I'm more familiar with his work and I've seen all that he's done (not counting TV directorial projects).

    Nothing against Fincher who I like a lot. It's just that I feel that Tarantino puts out films that are a bit more entertaining for me. Plus, I always enjoy waiting for a Tarantino film.

  6. Honestly, I'm not quite sure the two directors can be compared.

    Tarantino writes and directs all of his films - with the exception of "Jackie Brown".

    Fincher on the other hand, never writes his scripts, or at least I don't think he does. He's a great director and the craft behind all of his films are brilliant.

    "Pulp Fiction" is my favorite film out of all of these. Still, "Social Network" and "Fight Club" are masterpieces in their own right.

    It's a toss up .... I'll go with Tarantino just for his creativity.

  7. @Jason H – They are indeed different in regards to their film styles but, since both are highly regarded, I am curious to see who people would side with if forced to choose.

    @MovieNut – The sloth scene was pretty brutal as was the gluttony scene. Se7en is such a good film, I may have to dust off the DVD and pop it in this summer. It has been a while since I last watched it.

    @Johnny B – I completely agree that Fincher’s films resonate far more. He does a good job of blurring the lines of morality and forcing us to look at darker sides of things.

    @Castor – Tarantino’s writing is up there with the best in Hollywood. I will say that Fincher is very good a choosing which scripts he wants to direct. What he did with Zodiac was outstanding

    @thevoid – I find that I get excited for a Tarantino release more than I do a Fincher release. The high energy usually found in Tarantino’s films also leads to more repeat viewings as well.

    @Duke – I think both are very stylized directors whose films offer a unique experience. Regardless of who writes the script, the direction is what makes the film in many cases. For example, Tarantino wrote both Natural Born Killers and True Romance but, while entertaining, they were directed by others. Those films would have had a completely different feel had Tarantino directed them himself.

  8. It's a toss-up for me. If i'm forced to choose, I would say Quentin.

    I'm always excited when he's releasing a film. You know exactly what you're gonna get. Always wild, violent and extremely entertaining.

    To me, Fincher is a bit less predictable. I was disappointed with Benjamin Button, but his other works are good.

  9. Maybe I should say "reliable" rather than predictable...

  10. @Squasher 88 - Although it was essentially Forrest Gump redux, I enjoyed Benjamin Button when I saw it in theatres. My wife on the other hand hated the film. Granted, I have had no desire to watch it again though.

  11. Ha - I saw Tarantino and knew before I saw the second name that it would be Fincher. It could be no other. They're peers, regarded as probably the two best directors (by the mainstream and perhaps in general) of the last twenty years, etc.

    Anyway, I'll take QT as well. Castor hit the nail on the head. Fincher may be a technical genius, but QT gets points for being a hypenate.

  12. @Dylan – Yep, I could not see these two going against anyone but each other. Similar to how I could only see Scorsese and Spielberg matching up. Tarantino and Fincher are just too influential on this generation.


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