With the Cannes Film Festival debut of his creatively-spelled Nazi-fighting epic Inglourious Basterds just around the corner now, Quentin Tarantino just sat down to spend a little quality time with the New York Times’ T magazine. Since T is primarily a style publication, there’s a photo shoot with Tarantino and Basterds star Diane Kruger, including one notable shot where old QT is wearing a pair of high heels, holding a bra in one hand and a glass of something strong in the other. The real draw, though, is the Q&A that T‘s Lynn Hirschberg did with the director. Only two questions directly relate to Inglourious Basterds, but who cares about that when Hirschberg got Tarantino to reminisce on Pulp Fiction‘s 1994 Cannes debut (“there were some boos”) and defend the prestigious Palme d’Or that his jury granted to Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004 (“As time has gone on, I’ve put that decision under a microscope and I still think we were right”)? For the record, I still think you were right, too, Quentin. Also: Tarantino reveals that he’s written 20 pages so far of a lengthy examination of Superman Returns, a movie that he apparently loves.
If all that isn’t enough to remind you why this guy is a great filmmaker and an all-around cool character, maybe “The Tarantino Mixtape” will help. British tech-heads Eclectic Method created this master mash-up of all Tarantino’s films and their soundtracks. A decade and a half’s worth of artful violence and unforgettable dialogue, in just over seven minutes! Check it out below (some NSFW language and imagery, duh) — and let us know if you’re looking forward to Inglourious Basterds as much as I am. I’ll just be over here trying to remember where I left my Jackie Brown DVD.