This is, more than anything, a footnote to Dialogue, in which I quickly, as a shorthand, noted both Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino as dialogue driven screenwriters/moviemakers, which was certainly true when they both rose up as the first real Sundance generation.
The significant difference for me is that Tarantino seems to have done considerably more to make his movies more cinematic all around. While Reservoir Dogs feels very nearly like a play, and very much like a relic of its time to me, Inglourious Basterds feels like a masterwork of the cinema artform.
And while I hold out some hope that Red State will be a step forward, the big announced plan of Smith and company Four-walling it feels to me like unconditional surrender to his permanent nature as a niche moviemaker with a very specific and rabid audience that will pay premium prices for his movies, but that he's unable to reach beyond that. That seems like a very bad sign for a movie that looks to have been made as an effort to be more than that.
But we'll see.