Quentin Tarantino has been in a rather mixed area over these past couple years, though to call it self-indulgent would be a misstep. True, "Death Proof" reeks of a half-hearted effort, and it was evidently built to be so. "Kill Bill, Vol. 2", however, just seemed like a step in a rather unadventurous direction. With "Inglourious Basterds", Quentin was doing something different, trying to drill into a rather deeply significant subject, though his own style somewhat throws him off from being something greater. With "Django Unchained", Q.T. seems to be getting back to his good-timer roots of throwing something rambunctious and lively to the screen.