The rumors are true. Quentin Tarantino is back, and it’s time to emotionally prepare ourselves for whatever sh*t show is about to go down.
Whether you’re a fan of his work or not, there’s no arguing that Tarantino is one of the most individualized, innovative, and creative talents to date. There is not a single director in Hollywood that can replicate his work or pull off what he does, and that’s just a fact.
You’ve probably heard the news by now that Tarantino has something new in the works – The Hateful Eight, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, and Kurt Russell. And if you’re a fan of film, you’re probably still too excited to form words. Luckily, we’ve formed some for you. In honor of Tarantino’s newest blessing to the film industry, we’ve decided to review all the movies he’s directed.
Here’s how we ranked every Tarantino movie thus far:
1) Pulp Fiction
Tarantino’s most recent films have been tough to beat, but it would be morally wrong to not rank Pulp Fiction his #1. Tarantino was officially on Hollywood’s map when this movie hit theaters. The 1994 classic received several Oscar nominations and landed Tarantino an award for “Best Screenplay.” Pulp Fiction had a sweeping effect on independent cinema, and an even greater effect on Tarantino’s reputation as the most unconventional film director in the game. To this day, many critics still consider it one of the greatest movies of all time.
2) Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds tackled WWII in a way that has absolutely never been done before, and likely never will be again. Like many of Tarantino’s latest films, Inglourious Basterds was an emotional bloodbath, and no one was exempt from the fight. Brad Pitt‘s role as Lt. Aldo Raine, who faced off with Christoph Waltz, a regular in Tarantino’s films, was an unbelievable combination and resulted in one of the most epic, most tense films to date. It’s tough to not give it the gold medal, but it definitely deserves silver.
3) Django Unchained
Yet another obliterating bloodbath in the Tarantino legacy. Django Unchained is part homage, part subversion, all gore. The movie is full of visual and narrative references, telling the story of an African-American slave who teams up with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter posing as a traveling dentist who promises Django freedom in exchange for his help in collecting a large bounty. Jamie Foxx‘s performance is one for the books (and for the Academy Awards), but it’s Tarantino’s inventive imagination that steals the show behind the scenes.
4) Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino’s debut – what started his infamous and persistent reputation as the most outlandish director in Hollywood. The movie is stuffed with pop culture references, gory violence, structural oddities, and plenty of sluggish banter. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s certainly one to invest in (or download, we know how you young folks do). This was the first moment Tarantino established his place in the film business, setting himself up as one of the most notable and unusual directors around.
5) Kill Bill: Volume 2
Sorry, Kill Bill: Volume 1. You were great, but this may be one of the only scenarios in the history of movie making when your sequel actually outshone you. In comparison to the first film of the series, Kill Bill: Volume 2 relied much less on action and much more on dialogue. Tarantino’s dialogue, nonetheless. Uma Thurman flawlessly matched Tarantino’s mysterious tone, landing the sequel $150 million worldwide on a relatively small budget of only $30 million.
6) Kill Bill: Volume 1
A close contender… not quite #5 worthy, but still a masterpiece. Just take a look at the first few seconds of the scene above and you’ll understand what exactly we mean. Tarantino is the only director that can take the simplest of shots, the ease of a whistle, and turn it into a moment so tense and so rigid that you can hardly stand to watch. You never know what’s coming next, but you always know something’s up his sleeve. Not in the “oh my god, what’s hiding behind that closet” type of way, but in a way that exposes the appalling damage human beings are capable of inflicting on each other.
7) Death Proof
OK, we know we’re nearing the end of the list, but that doesn’t mean these last two movies weren’t great. Tarantino’s 2007 thriller Death Proof is centered around Stuntman Mike, played by Kurt Russell, who stalks young women before murdering them in staged car accidents using his “death-proof” stunt car. The movie was in competition for the 2007 Cannes Festival, but seemed to fall just a bit short of Tarantino’s other films. In his defense, most of the actors he had originally envisioned for the film were unavailable, and it’s tough to create a particular vision when you imagined it with different faces and personalities. Still, we’d consider Death Proof a success.
8) Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown was… let’s just say, heavy, and it definitely had its fair share of references. Tarantino cast one of the movies’ most famed stars, Pam Grier, who followed a flight attendant as she became embroiled in a high-stakes crime plot. Another Oscar-nominated film, this movie sought to address the challenges that people often face during middle-age, in the most absurd way possible. Then again, what else would you expect from Tarantino? Absurdity is kind of his thing.
Which film is your favorite?
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