Rewind to Sundance 1992 as a zany movie-maker quickly makes a name for himself with his feature debut. Packed with influences and references, Quentin Tarantino’s appetite and passion for pop culture reflect in his films and becomes a huge part of his aesthetic. Almost 30 years later, his sphere of influence in pop culture only continues to grow.
Tarantino’s next film will be his first since 2015. With the infamous Manson family murders as a sub-plot, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set to release on 9th April next year – the 50th anniversary of the event. The cast consists of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and even Margot Robbie, who will be playing the role of Sharon Tate.
As we wait for a brand-new film and on the occasion of his birthday, let’s reminisce and rank his masterpieces.
9. Death Proof
Most films rely on unrealistic fantasies to thrill and intrigue the audience. But even in the least of his works, Tarantino’s reality is far more exciting. The film isn't meant to be taken entirely seriously, but rather, is a parody of exploitation cinema from the late 60s and 70s with not-so-logical and highly controversial themes.
A western-style murder mystery set in an icy landscape amidst the Civil War tension, The Hateful Eight has all the classic Tarantino essence. This isn’t his typical energy-packed action film. Unlike any of his other films, this one relies almost entirely on long sequences of dialogue and excellent performances by the actors to build the tension and excitement.
7. Jackie Brown
One of Tarantino’s most underrated works, Jackie Brown is often criticized for being too different from his other films. With characters that have very interestingly real personalities, this film is a departure from his usual flamboyant and flashy style. However, it's a must-watch if you want to experience a different version of Tarantino’s masterful filmmaking.
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
And here comes The Bride, in all her vengeful glory. Although this sequel has the same character on the quest for vengeance as its predecessor, it is totally different. Tarantino slightly backs away from the violence to focus on the characters and their emotions. While still delivering some intense action, what makes this film is the witty, intriguing, and masterfully written dialogues.
If you love Tarantino’s gritty and outrageously violent style, then this is the film for you. He makes the overdone theme of racism and slavery his own in this western-style film. It has all the exciting bits of this iconic filmmaker’s trademark style – witty dialogue, unapologetic gore, mind-blowing action, and just the right amount of substance.
4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
With the success of Tarantino’s previous films, our expectations for Kill Bill were over the roof. And boy, did he deliver! A Tarantino style tribute to the martial arts classics, the film became an instant classic of its own kind. Over-the-top violence, legendary fight sequences, an iconic soundtrack and extraordinary cinematography – what more could you ask for?
3. Reservoir Dogs
From the beginning of Reservoir Dogs, you know that this is not your typical crime drama. This jewelry heist that goes terribly wrong might be one of the most violent films you’ve seen. But despite all that violence, Tarantino manages to use it to build the characters’ personalities and provide an intelligent and meaningful plot.
2. Inglourious Basterds
Tarantino takes another overdone theme – the wrath of the Nazis – and presents it to us on his barbarous platter. The exaggerated characters, like in any of his other films, will stay on your mind and give you something to chew on. By the end of the film, you won’t really know what hit you and you’ll learn to really relish it more the next time you watch it.
1. Pulp Fiction
This quintessential Tarantino masterpiece goes down in history as it effortlessly creates its own language and is possibly the most quotable crime film of a time. Pulp Fiction is a prime example of a maestro at his best. Everything seems to be done to perfection – from direction to screenwriting, to cinematography, to the soundtrack and finally, the brilliant performances.
If you’ve seen every one of these films, from worst to best, then we know you’re as excited about Quentin Tarantino’s new film as we are. So stay tuned for another super-hit from this legendary filmmaker!