Latest Entertainment News Headlines

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Quentin Tarantino

12.21.2015
Last week, we took a look at the amazing career of  composer John Williams – whose STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS just broke box office records. However, it'll have some competition Christmas Day when the latest opus from this week's subject opens up...
Quentin Tarantino
quentin tarantino uma thurman pulp fiction

I'm old enough to remember Quentin Tarantino's time riding the pop culture zeitgeist following PULP FICTION. An endlessly creative director and scribe, Tarantino's amazing knowledge of film history has led to him churning out of a series of amazing films, each more ambitious than the last. They are all tied together by a tremendous appreciation of film history, and not only a love of the classics but also critically-overlooked genre pieces, specifically from the sixties and seventies, which defines his work.

quentin tarantino, reservoir dogs

After the one-two punch of RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION, Tarantino's imprint on the pop culture was so massive that in the years immediately following PULP American indie cinema was overrun by inferior Tarantino clones (TOUCH, THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, KEYS TO TULSA, TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES N.M, etc). QT himself took his time before launching into his follow-up, JACKIE BROWN, and then was absent for a full six years while preparing what – at the time – was his most ambitious film to date, KILL BILL.

 inglorious basterds, eli roth, brad pitt  

This week sees the release of THE HATEFUL EIGHT, and incredible, visceral Western that plays out like a tremendously dark take on Agatha Christie mixed-in with Sergio Leone and filtered through QT's own lens. It's one of the best films of the year and another example of a director who consistently churns out movies that feel truly unique. While he's something of a lightning rod for controversy, Tarantino's films have always connected with their audience – in a big way. Hopefully THE HATEFUL EIGHT will be no different. 

His Best Work
quentin tarantino, samuel l jackson, pulp fiction

Being such a huge fan of Tarantino's, choosing my favorite film of his is a difficult proposition. While I appreciate the scale of his more recent films, I can't help but return over-and-over to PULP FICTION. Much of it may have to do with the age I was when it come out (thirteen) and the fact that I practically watched it on a loop that year. It really brought actors like John Travolta (who was then considered a major has-been), Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman to that next level of stardom, while it also provided Bruce Willis – who at the time was considered just an “action guy” - a new level of respectability. There are so many incredible moments in this, from the dance at Jack Rabbit Slim's to the heroine overdose, to “Zed's dead” and more. It's a true pulp masterpiece and while it's been endlessly cloned it'll never be equaled.  

His Most Overrated Film
uma thurman, gordon liu, kill bill vol 2

This is an all but impossible category for me. I really like all of Tarantino's films, even the much-maligned DEATH PROOF. I guess if I had to call any of his films slightly overrated, maybe it would be KILL BILL VOL.2, only on the merit that I feel by splitting the films in two, Tarantino lost the incredible momentum he built with VOL.1, making 2 a tougher film to get into. However, I've also heard that all cut together in THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR (still MIA on disc) the film plays out as a virtual masterpiece, so take this with a grain of salt. It that version gets released I may wind up writing an addendum to this saying KILL BILL and not PULP FICTION is his best all-around work.

His Most Underrated Film
pam grier, jackie brown

I remember when JACKIE BROWN came out, critics and fans were rather cool on it. People were expecting a PULP FICTION 2, but instead got a thoughtful adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch, which was turned into an amazing starring vehicle for Tarantino favorites Pam Grier and Robert Forster. It's a very atypical, somewhat sensitive work for QT and one that I notice more and more of his fans are opening up to as the years go on. As always, the musical selections are spot on as well, with the opening shot of Grier set to Bobby Womack's 'Across 110th Street' being one of the finest film/music moments of his career.

His Best Scene

Well this one is a no-brainer. QT's signature scene will likely always remain Ezekiel 25:17, with Samuel L. Jackson having the star-making moment of his career as he explains his (faux) biblical take on vengeance, a passage that's in a way defined QT's favorite theme, which has formed the backbone of everything he's done since. 

His Five Best Films

5. (Tie) DJANGO UNCHAINED/INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
4. KILL BILL (as a whole)
3. THE HATEFUL EIGHT
2. RESERVOIR DOGS
1. PULP FICTION

Up Next

Given how elaborate and carefully assembled his films are, Tarantino takes roughly four years or so between projects, and with him consistently saying that he's going to quit after ten films, it could be the interval between projects gets longer. We'll see – but at any rate I'm sure whatever he's got up his sleeves it'll be well worth the wait, however long that is.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Source: JoBlo.com

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

12:56PM on 12/22/2015
Quentin Tarantino is like Michael Jackson - his work in the beginning of his career was great and groundbreaking, but the later stuff sucked and he ended up being kinda crazy and in his own oblivious world. And their fans are blinded too much by his early stuff to realize the later stuff is mediocre or downright bad.
Quentin Tarantino is like Michael Jackson - his work in the beginning of his career was great and groundbreaking, but the later stuff sucked and he ended up being kinda crazy and in his own oblivious world. And their fans are blinded too much by his early stuff to realize the later stuff is mediocre or downright bad.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:54PM on 12/21/2015
There's no other director out there that I like more than QT. I could care less what type of person he is in real life. The man is a genius and the reason why I love film. He knows how to have fun with making movies and one hell of a writer. It really is hard to believe what cinema would've been like with out Pulp Fiction. I mean, that film changed the way movies are made today.
There's no other director out there that I like more than QT. I could care less what type of person he is in real life. The man is a genius and the reason why I love film. He knows how to have fun with making movies and one hell of a writer. It really is hard to believe what cinema would've been like with out Pulp Fiction. I mean, that film changed the way movies are made today.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:38PM on 12/21/2015
I know I'm in the minority but I absolutely love Death Proof and it's probably my favorite QT movie.
I know I'm in the minority but I absolutely love Death Proof and it's probably my favorite QT movie.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:46PM on 12/21/2015
I'm a huge fan of death proof. I really hope QT does another horror/thriller.
I'm a huge fan of death proof. I really hope QT does another horror/thriller.
5:31PM on 12/22/2015
I know it's considered his weakest movie, and I might even agree with that, but that's far from calling it a bad movie. Hell, most directors wish their weakest film was that good.
I know it's considered his weakest movie, and I might even agree with that, but that's far from calling it a bad movie. Hell, most directors wish their weakest film was that good.
11:06AM on 12/21/2015
The man is a genius and just keeps to topping himself with each and every new film. There is no one more and/or better who's dialogue I like to hear more in films today or who can do violence as over the top as he can at the same time. Like I've stated before, each new film is a cinematic event all by itself (in my opinion).

When it comes to his overall filmography, Inglorious Basterds is my overall favorite film of his. Just a flat out masterpiece in every way.
The man is a genius and just keeps to topping himself with each and every new film. There is no one more and/or better who's dialogue I like to hear more in films today or who can do violence as over the top as he can at the same time. Like I've stated before, each new film is a cinematic event all by itself (in my opinion).

When it comes to his overall filmography, Inglorious Basterds is my overall favorite film of his. Just a flat out masterpiece in every way.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:47PM on 12/21/2015
Well said...
Well said...
+0
10:59AM on 12/21/2015
When he actually outs his mind to it he can make excellent movies but let's be honest he's an ass and most off his stuff is plagiarised.
When he actually outs his mind to it he can make excellent movies but let's be honest he's an ass and most off his stuff is plagiarised.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:10AM on 12/21/2015

I will own own up to it, I'm a QT fanboy

I'm one of those weird people that actually like Kill Bill Vol. 2 better than Kill Bill 1, I love the theme of vengeance never being a direct path, her training, Michael Madsen, and the fight with Daryl Hannah ( the result of it is QT at his dark comedic best). I do consider the Kill Bills separate works because I feel there are some tonal and style variations that warrant the separation. I can see though where Vol. 2 would turn people off with the very long sets of dialogue, especially between
I'm one of those weird people that actually like Kill Bill Vol. 2 better than Kill Bill 1, I love the theme of vengeance never being a direct path, her training, Michael Madsen, and the fight with Daryl Hannah ( the result of it is QT at his dark comedic best). I do consider the Kill Bills separate works because I feel there are some tonal and style variations that warrant the separation. I can see though where Vol. 2 would turn people off with the very long sets of dialogue, especially between Carradine and Uma but Dave was so infectious to watch that I just couldn't turn away. I can also see after the badass finale of Vol. 1 people riding that high could not help but find Vol. 2 a little lackluster. They are really two completely different movies with Tarantino's major film influences injected in there. I'm very interested to see how the Whole Bloody Affair would play out. That is of course if it's just not the two movies scrunched together, there'd have to be some things trimmed and edited different ways to prevent a jarring tonal shift. Jackie Brown is my least favorite of his movies but I still highly enjoy it, Pam Grier and Robert Forster were excellent together. Really the only reason why I put it lowest is because it's not an original work from him (that could be a superficial reason) so I think there's a little bit of a limit. Which is weird because Leonard was quite the risky writer himself and I do think QT made an excellent film with his style in there. I just kind of feel like it's a muted because he did show so much respect to Leonard's work. I'm glad the writer liked Death Proof, I personally liked it better than Planet Terror and I think it holds better upon repeated viewings.
My ranking would be:
Pulp Fiction (favorite movie of all-time)
Reservoir Dogs
Django Unchained
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Inglourious Basterds
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Death Proof
Jackie Brown
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:48PM on 12/21/2015
I love every single one of his movies. There's no other director like him.
I love every single one of his movies. There's no other director like him.
9:41AM on 12/21/2015
Due to my love of Elmore Leonard, Jackie Brown is a personal favorite of mine. I still think Pulp Fiction is his overall masterpiece for the way it changed cinema. Could you imagine the '90s without that movie?
Due to my love of Elmore Leonard, Jackie Brown is a personal favorite of mine. I still think Pulp Fiction is his overall masterpiece for the way it changed cinema. Could you imagine the '90s without that movie?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:50PM on 12/21/2015
It's actually scary to think what cinema would be with out Pulp Fiction and/or QT. He made movies cool again.
It's actually scary to think what cinema would be with out Pulp Fiction and/or QT. He made movies cool again.
9:09AM on 12/21/2015
I love QT. He tells an awesome story and doesn't let a personal or political agenda ruin it. QT was declared "GOOD, BAD, & BAD ASS" by Joblo so I guess he can be expecting another lawsuit from Spike Lee. I always thought it was funny that Lee has such a huge issue with QT's use of the N word in films but has no issue hiring Sam Jackson who loves QT and even encourages QT to use the n word in his scripts.
I love QT. He tells an awesome story and doesn't let a personal or political agenda ruin it. QT was declared "GOOD, BAD, & BAD ASS" by Joblo so I guess he can be expecting another lawsuit from Spike Lee. I always thought it was funny that Lee has such a huge issue with QT's use of the N word in films but has no issue hiring Sam Jackson who loves QT and even encourages QT to use the n word in his scripts.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:42AM on 12/21/2015
Absolutely right about Jackie Brown. Took me three viewings but now it's a top three QT film for me.
Absolutely right about Jackie Brown. Took me three viewings but now it's a top three QT film for me.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:07AM on 12/21/2015
May be the most influential Filmmaker of our generation.Its very tough to Write & Direct but he pulls it off everytime
May be the most influential Filmmaker of our generation.Its very tough to Write & Direct but he pulls it off everytime
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:52AM on 12/21/2015
Have you ever seen True Romance the dialogue between Walken and Hopper was I felt QT at his best, not even a mention about dusk till dawn? I feel that this article took the easy way out but that is the joy of movies everyone has their preference
Have you ever seen True Romance the dialogue between Walken and Hopper was I felt QT at his best, not even a mention about dusk till dawn? I feel that this article took the easy way out but that is the joy of movies everyone has their preference
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:57PM on 12/21/2015
well said. he also wrote a scene in Crimson Tide. But I have to agree with you about True Romance. One of the best written scenes in film history.
well said. he also wrote a scene in Crimson Tide. But I have to agree with you about True Romance. One of the best written scenes in film history.
1:19AM on 12/21/2015
Even though he has made some good movies I really don't respect the man. He is an egotistical asshole in real life. One main thing I've hated about him as well is his apparent need to make points in his movies that are ridiculous. Example, In Pulp Fiction when Sam Jackson tells him that his coffee is good, QT has to make a point that he knows it's good, if it wasn't good he wouldn't have it. It's a F'n compliment you asshole. He does this crap in most of his movies. Can't wait to see what
Even though he has made some good movies I really don't respect the man. He is an egotistical asshole in real life. One main thing I've hated about him as well is his apparent need to make points in his movies that are ridiculous. Example, In Pulp Fiction when Sam Jackson tells him that his coffee is good, QT has to make a point that he knows it's good, if it wasn't good he wouldn't have it. It's a F'n compliment you asshole. He does this crap in most of his movies. Can't wait to see what point he needs to make in the Hateful Eight.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:56PM on 12/21/2015
but that's what makes the scene funny though. the conversations his characters have are hilarious in that they talk about random non sense. But I can totally see your point.
but that's what makes the scene funny though. the conversations his characters have are hilarious in that they talk about random non sense. But I can totally see your point.
9:44AM on 01/04/2016
I think you missed the point of the scene. Samuel L. Jackson's character is trying to butter him up by complimenting the coffee, but QT's character is still furious because there's a headless corpse in his garage and his wife will be home soon.
I think you missed the point of the scene. Samuel L. Jackson's character is trying to butter him up by complimenting the coffee, but QT's character is still furious because there's a headless corpse in his garage and his wife will be home soon.
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More