Monday Match Up: Tarantino vs. Cameron

A clash of the titans so to speak. This week’s Monday Match pits two of the most critically acclaimed directors in the business. More than likely they will battle it out on March 7th at the Oscars for Best Director, so lets see how they match up.

What we know

  • James Cameron is coming off of a Best Director and Best Picture win at the Golden Globes
  • ‘Avatar’ just surpassed Cameron’s last film ‘Titanic’ as the highest grossing film of all time.
  • Both Cameron and Tarantino are known for writing and directing their films
  • Tarantino has created some of the most memorable films in cinema, Pulp Fiction being one of them.
  • ‘Inglourious Basterds’ has won Best Ensemble at both the Golden Globe Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards
  • ‘Avatar’ hasn’t been nominated for any ensemble awards.

The Real REAL

Let’s face it ‘Avatar’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds’ are respectively, Cameron’s and Tarantino’s masterpieces. But when the question is posed of who should win Best Director, we have to go with Tarantino. Box office numbers aside, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ is the better film across the board. From the writing all the way down to the direction, Tarantino’s effort doesn’t go unnoticed. And neither does Cameron’s. I can respect the fact that he translated his 15 year vision into something magical and memorable on screen, but this is Tarantino’s time to shine.  As stated before, the ‘Basterds’ have won every ensemble award this season, whereas Cameron’s  ensemble hasn’t been  nominated at all.  In past years the trend has been that Best Ensemble winners usually go on to win Best Director and Best Picture at the Oscars.  In the long run, our money is on Kathryn Bigelow but for now we’re giving this match up to Tarantino.

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One Response to “Monday Match Up: Tarantino vs. Cameron”

  1. I’d have to disagree with ‘Basterds’ being his masterpiece. ‘Fiction’ has that on lock down for sure. Bigelow will likely bring home more than her fair share of the gold though.

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