Book Review: Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino

December 7, 2023


Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino is a memoir about some of the influential people in his life and a work of criticism about some of the influential movies he watched. The majority of it takes place in the early 1970s, in downtown Los Angeles.

  • 400 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : Harper
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 0063112582

Book Review: Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino
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I don’t know how Quentin Tarantino enjoys movies. I love movies, like the author, but I can’t imagine dissecting movies to such a degree. To be fair, he seems to enjoy himself regardless.

On the other hand, the book made me realize how much I miss seeing movies with an excited audience. Despite the current attitudes within the cinephile community, it’s something that superhero movies brought back.

The memoir part of Cinema Speculation is a celebration of masculinity codes, the delight of being a young white boy in a theater full of adult African Americans. The search for a father figure in any form that might present itself is a theme that often repeats itself, with openness and introspection.

The author certainly appreciates movies and has much passion for the art form. He’s not a casual movie buff, he writes well and doesn’t hold back from showing his wit, immense knowledge, and insight.

Tarantino talks about some of his favorite movies, mostly from the 1970s. He has no issue with trashing classics like Taxi Driver or imagining how a movie would have looked like with a different actor, director, or ending. His love of slasher/revenge films is not a surprise and I gained a whole new appreciation of the genre – even though I’m still not a fan.

Nevertheless, he loves movies and is a great writer. The book feels more like conversations with Quentin Tarantino than actual essays. It was an amusing read to get inside a prodigy’s head and view art from his perspective.

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