Quentin Tarantino Recommends the Greatest Documentary Ever Made

Quentin Tarantino Recommends the Greatest Documentary Ever Made


Congrats. It was good seeing you at the
Golden Globes, winning awards. Congrats on that.
-Always fun. -Is it fun?
Do you like winning awards? -Yes, I do.
[ Laughter ] -Do you get bored of it,
or do you go, like, “Eh,” or whatever
once you’ve won it? -Well, you know, it’s fun. You work all year on a film,
and then at the end of the year, then, like, yours is collected
with a bunch of other movies that people think
is the best of the year. -Yeah.
-And you get to hang out and have all these like parties
with your colleagues. It’s pretty great.
-Yeah, and you get to run into people you probably
haven’t seen in a while. -No, it’s really, really —
No, that’s really cool. It’s like some people that —
Yeah, I bumped into — At one of the parties
we were going to, I hadn’t seen
Tom Hanks in about, like, five or six years.
You know? And then we had
a really groovy conversation, and it was really neat.
Yeah, so it was really cool. -Is it cool for you? Because we have something
in common. We both worked at video stores.
-Yeah. -Is it cool that your movies
are now — Well, I guess video stores
are no longer. -Unfortunately.
[ Laughter ] It’s a sad…
-At one point, it was in there. -Yeah, they were definitely
in there, actually. -Yeah. Did you like working
at a video store? I loved it.
-Yeah, no, I — It was actually, I think — Until I was a director, I think,
it was, like, the job I was absolutely the best at. [ Laughter ] To be sure. -Did people come in and get
recommendations from you? -Yeah, well, no.
That was one of the things that was cool,
at least at the beginning. One of the things that
was actually cool was, um… You know, me being me, I wasn’t
just a normal video clerk, just, you know, giving you
“Top Gun” in your case and sending you out the door. People would come and ask me
what I thought about this movie or that movie,
and I would help them out. And I wouldn’t just, you know,
stick my taste on them. I’d try to find out
who they are. So if somebody would say, “Well,
do you have a good comedy?” Well, you can’t just
give anybody any comedy. You have to find out
what they like, all right? You know, so you — it’s like — “Well, what are
a couple of comedies you think are good comedies?” So if they say “Ghostbusters”
and “Caddyshack,” well, then I have
a really clear idea of where they’re coming from. If they’re saying the
Alec Guinness Ealing comedies, then I have a different idea
about where they’re coming from. You know, and so I would always
try to steer it towards them. But the thing
that was actually kinda cool is, for a little bit there —
like, for a couple years, frankly, it was like
I was Andrew Sarris. And Video Archives
was my “Village Voice.” -Right.
-You know? It literally was — I was, like, the film critic
of the neighborhood. And I became —
In a weird way, it was also my primer
on becoming famous. -You were the —
That was your — -I got really —
In that neighborhood, I got really famous, all right?
[ Light laughter ] -So, people would
stop you on the street? -Yeah, well, they knew me, also. So, yeah, of course
they’d stop me on the street. But it would be like
a situation where like, okay, so I’m taking a break. I’m gonna go walk up to the
Jack in the Box and get a Coke. That’s about
four blocks up the street. And I’m walking up the street,
and people would drive by, “Hey, Quentin, how you doing?!
Whoa!” -Yeah, yeah.
-“Hey, Quentin! Yo, Quentin!” -You had sunglasses on.
[ Laughter ] -I go into — I go into,
like, a movie theater. Like, there was a Mann 6
that was down the street. And me and some of the other
guys from Video Archives, we’d walk in to go see a movie, and then we’d hear,
as we pass by people, “Those are the guys
from Video Archives. The guy from Video Archive.”
[ Light laughter ] -Really?
-Yeah. -Did you have a go-to movie
that you would recommend to everybody?
All the time? -Eh, I don’t believe in
go-to movies. All right?
Not to everybody. Not to everybody.
-Yeah. I had one I would give to —
-Oh, what was yours? -It was the Evel Knievel
documentary. -Oh, wow!
[ Laughter ] -I loved it. It was my favorite thing
I’ve ever seen in my life. -Not the George Hamilton
Evel Knievel. -No, no, no.
[ Laughter ] No, that one — -I kind of liked that one,
actually. -This one was, like,
a documentary that he produced or something. -That he produced?!
Oh, my goodness. -Fantastic.
He’s driving in an RV. It’s one of the best things
I’ve ever seen. He’s driving in an RV,
and he goes — he goes,
“I’ll talk about anything.” The camera’s on, he’s like,
“I’ll talk about anything in this whole movie, you know? That’s why I’m doing
this documentary. I’ll take about anything
in my whole career. Except for the years
1973 to 1974.” [ Laughter ] And then he never
talked about them for the rest of the documentary.
-You know what? Now that you said that,
we actually did. We actually did.
It was a documentary that was done in Austin, Texas, and it was a movie called
“Hands On a Hard Body.” -Yes!
-I mean, I think it’s one of the greatest documentaries
ever made. -The guy
that eats a Snickers bars? -Yeah, yeah, yeah, exactly!
Yeah, the guy who eats the Snickers bars
to have the energy. And the thing about —
That was a movie that if you commit to it, you’re
going to love it at the end. -Yes!
I totally agree. That was your go-to one.
-That was my go-to one.

100 thoughts to “Quentin Tarantino Recommends the Greatest Documentary Ever Made”

  1. We had a neighborhood Blockbuster for many years and there was always film nerds that worked there that you loved to talk films with.

  2. Tarantino's memory seems as if it must be muddled here. "Hands on a Hardbody" was filmed in 1995 and released in '97. Tarantino was already well into his moviemaking career (and gone from the video store) by then.

  3. What did you and Tom Hanks talk about? Disgusting Hollywood pedophilia? What was going on at the after parties?
    You're a disgusting human being, Quentin. You're all going to be exposed and you'll never be able to walk the street again. And not in fear of bombardment by fans, but fear of physical harm and bombardment by the public once they learn what you disgusting creatures have been doing.

  4. Tarantino is a creep… Condones the raping of 13 year olds. "She wanted it. ." Is the exact quote from his Howard Stone interview…🤮

  5. I was in 5th grade and became good friends with Blockbuster manager. She got me a bday present. "My Lil buddy" she always say when i came in. Told her I was going to work there one day. Ended up working movie theater.

  6. Hands on a Hard Body came out in 1997. Reservoir dogs came out in 1992. How long did Tarantino work in that video store?

  7. Except the doc Hands On A Hard Body was released in 1997, the year Tarantino released Jackie Brown, long after his days at the video rental store were behind him.

  8. I love how Quentin Tarantino is the only one I've seen on the tonight show, who is just talking about what he wants to talk about and not just thinking about his image or what the audience wants to hear or trying to be funny and talking towards the audience no, he's like yo Jimmy haven't seen you for a while alright enough chit chat movie number one…

  9. Is it me? Or does quentin tarantino look like he has no teeth?
    He has that weird grandma without her dentures kinda face.

  10. Thanks Fallon you sure are good at your job thanks but I cannot and refuse to listen to all 4 37, 230 us all I can take I won't take no more, nope! Quentin is a Vile Satanist Perverted Godless Man type- Person, Unaware!!!

  11. I worked at the same strip mall after Video Archives closed down. His legacy is still strong and got to hear a lot of stories

  12. How is he still allowed to be on air and making movies after all the evidence that he was at Epstein's Island with underage prostitutes?

  13. Jimmy has one of the greatest directors of all time on his show and asks: Did you like working in a video store? No wonder why I can't stand that guy.

  14. But.. "Hands on a hardbody" was released in 1998. I don't think Tarantino still worked as a video store clerk, 4 years after Pulp Fiction.

  15. Jimmy is a great host when he actually has an interesting guest on the show. With all the flavour-of-the-week bimbos NBC always get for The Tonight Show, I don't blame Jimmy for being done with life…

  16. Hands on a Hardbody is from 1997. Quentin Tarantino directed Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown by then. His story is full of shit.

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