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.