A prodigious talent for understanding, morphing, re-configuring, and redefining film conventions.
An equally prodigious talent for forging new film conventions.
Highly energetic when talking about movies.
Always attempts to see the best in actors, films, and music even if it means overlooking significant flaws.
A highly attuned ability to spot strengths in overall weak movies (like diamonds in the rough) and incorporate them into his own movies to much more successful effect.
Has an ear for dialogue with pop cultural significance.
Is responsible for several iconic characters across several movies.
Has an ability to spot undervalued actors, movies, and genres.
Skilled in getting career best performances from his actors.
An encyclopedic memory for movies from most eras and popular songs from the 1970’s onward.
Has a fringe taste for movies and popular songs.
Is influenced by, among others, the work of Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, John Cassavetes, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill, Don Siegel, Jean-Luc Goddard, and a host of independent directors from the 1970’s.
Known for ambitious tracking shots, innovative structuring, camera angles and movement, grading, and composition.
Has developed a slight tendency to intrude on his recent movies such as the Stiglitz intro in Inglourious Basterds in a manner that runs against the grain of the movie question.
Always trying to improve himself on the different aspects to film-making.