Quentin Tarantino has developed a reputation for his deadly penchant for stylised violence, evident in his cult classics like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, among others. Through the use of postmodern narrative techniques and a subversive treatment of the concept of genre, Tarantino has established himself as one of the most important filmmakers of our time.
Over the course of his career, Tarantino has always maintained that he learnt everything about the world of cinema by just watching films. “Movies are my religion, and God is my patron,” he once said. “I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I don’t make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it.”
When asked about some of his favourite filmmakers of all time, Tarantino has cited old masters such as John Sturges as well as his contemporaries, including the immensely talented Bong Joon-ho. He has actively championed masterpieces from other parts of the world, most notably Wong Kar-wai’s masterpiece Chungking Express.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Tarantino revealed the genre of films he secretly enjoys. “Rom-coms are a guilty pleasure of mine. Especially on aeroplanes. Kate Hudson is the queen of the skies as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “I have found myself crying — just literally weeping — at the embarrassing confession movies.”
The acclaimed filmmaker, a disciple of Sergio Leone and Martin Scorsese, claimed that he enjoys watching romantic comedies on long flights. He insisted that audiences are way more vulnerable to emotional manipulations that high up in the air, resulting in the emotional investments in rom-coms and subsequent tears.
While talking about one of the rom-coms that actually brought him to tears, Tarantino named Mark Waters’ 2009 film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Starring Matthew McConaughey as a celebrity photographer, the film documents his encounter with ghosts who provide him with revelations about his problematic romantic life.
“In that movie, he’s this sexy fashion photographer. Famous fashion photographer. Has a ton of girlfriends. He’s a real jerk. He’s known her for a while,” Tarantino elaborated. “Then it goes to a flashback when they knew each other when they were children. They’re at a swing, and it’s snowing in a park. She gives him a birthday gift, and he opens it up and it’s a camera. It’s actually the first camera I was ever given when I was a kid. And all of a sudden, I just start crying.”
Watch the full interview with Quentin Tarantino and Stephen Colbert below.