Quentin Tarantino believes that the Hollywood movie industry is going through one of its worst eras in history.
The director has nine creations so far - Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Death Proof, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
Every one of those movies is filled with references and tributes to some of his favourite movies from the past as he has a particular love for features from the 1970s.
However, he believes that the 1950s, 1980s, and the current era, are the worst periods for film.
“Even though the ‘80s was the time that I probably saw more movies in my life than ever–at least as far as going out to the movies was concerned," he said on The Video Archives podcast.
"I do feel that ‘80s cinema is, along with the ‘50s, the worst era in Hollywood history. Matched only by now, matched only by the current era!”
Tarantino can't wait for superhero era to end
Tarantino's hatred of the current movie business era undoubtedly has to do with the rise of superhero and comic book adaptations.
Over the past two decades, comic book movies have become a money-making juggernaut for studios such as Marvel, now owned by Disney, and DC, owned by Warner Bros.
Starting with Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr., the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has 30 feature-length movies under its banner as well as a number of television shows.
Of the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time, four are Marvel products, while other franchises like Star Wars and Jurassic World are represented.
Tarantino hopes that the fad of comic book movies dies out just like musicals did towards the end of the 1960s.
"Just as ’60s anti-establishment auteurs rejoiced when studio musical adaptations fell out of favour, can’t wait for the day they can say that about superhero movies," he told the Los Angeles Times.
“The analogy works because it’s a similar chokehold."
He doesn't expect superhero pictures to leave our screens anytime soon, however.
“The writing’s not quite on the wall yet,” he said, “the way it was in 1969 when it was, ‘Oh, my God, we just put a bunch of money into things that nobody gives a damn about anymore.’”