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In their different ways, Perry and Tarantino talk the talk

This may be the first time in recorded history that the names Tyler Perry and Quentin Tarantino have appeared in the same sentence. Opposites? They are at oblique angles to each other in different dimensions. They are to American film as Oprah and Chelsea Handler are to talk shows, or blunderbuss and napalm to weaponry.

It’s not as if Perry and Tarantino don’t have important things in common. They’re male Americans, obviously, and Southern natives. They direct their own scripts and also act. Granted, Perry acts more often, more prominently, and more ably. They’re extremely interested in African-American life, Perry rather more understandably.

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