Quentin Tarantino is spending his lockdown writing movie reviews

Ben Arnold
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Quentin Tarantino arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Quentin Tarantino (Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Quentin Tarantino is indulging his inner film critic.

The director of movies including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has taken to writing lengthy detailed movie reviews.

He's publishing them on the website for his cinema, The New Beverly in Los Angeles, and has ramped up his output in recent weeks.

Since the beginning of the month, he's penned nine articles, including eight reviews and a 3000-word profile of martial arts icon Jimmy Wang Yu, the actor and director who paved the way for the likes of Bruce Lee.

Among the movies he's explored are Peter Bogdanovich's 1974 adaptation of Daisy Miller, the lurid 1980 carnival drama Carny, starring Gary Busey and Jodie Foster, and John Frankenheimer horror movie Prophecy from 1979.

His review of Roger Corman thriller Targets runs to a weighty 2,700 words.

Motion Picture director Quentin Tarantino is photographed at the New Beverly Theater in West Los Angeles where he is curating a two month showing of "Grindhouse" genre movies, Tuesday, February 17, 2007.  (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Quentin Tarantino is photographed at the New Beverly Theater in West Los Angeles (Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Tarantino bought the New Beverly, on Beverly Boulevard, in 2007, saving the long-established picture house from the threat of redevelopment.

He's made the cinema's USP the exhibition of 35mm prints of movies, and often screening old-fashioned double features.

On purchasing the venue, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “As long as I'm alive, and as long as I'm rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.”

The venue has been closed since March 16, following orders from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has closed shuttered all cinemas in the city in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.