Yet another winner from Quentin Tarantino. The trailers didn’t grab me but neither did the trailer for Django Unchained and I also loved that film. The man knows how to write an enrapturing story; complete with original characters and no one better at dialogue than Tarantino. This film doesn’t lag at all. It keeps up with his usual gory scenes but for those of you who winced every time you heard the N-word in Django. Don’t worry, it’s only used around 100 times which is the same amount Barbara Bush uses it on MLK’s birthday.
In the last 30 years, I put him, Spielberg, and Christopher Nolan as the best in the business. I don’t give a shit about his views on the cops; he will get my 15 bucks every time without fail. He continues to deliver hit after hit and this is no exception. I did hear him say on Howard Stern that he started making films with the goal of stopping after he made his 10th. Let’s hope that’s the case. I give this film a solid 8.5/10; this and Star Wars have been a great 1-2 punch to end the year.
Here’s my ranking of Tarantino’s body of work.
10. Jackie Brown-the only blemish on his otherwise stellar track record. This film is boring, awful, and forgetful.
9. Death Proof-Part of the Grindhouse film. Liked it but when you have as many gems as Tarantino has created, decent films are toward the bottom.
8. Inglorious Basterds-Felt this one is highly overrated. Sans the opening scene where Waltz finds the Jewish family in France and the bar scene where the major sniffs out Fassbender, this films wasn’t that special. Not enough time focused on Brad Pitt’s unit and I felt that was an opportunity for him to create some unique characters. Besides Bear Jew, I couldn’t tell you about anyone else.
7. Kill Bill volume 2-Fantastic choreography and fight scenes. Loved the duels between Madsen and Hannah.
6. Kill Bill volume 1-Same as above. Uma Thurman is a hot badass, not much more you can ask for.
5. True Romance-yes, I know he didn’t direct this but he wrote it and this is what got him on the map. Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper crush it in this film.
4. Hateful Eight-see above
3. Django Unchained-Great take he did with the view of a slave turned bounty hunter and Chrisoph Waltz as his German mentor is one of my favorite Tarantino characters of all time. Loved Di Caprio as Calvin Candy, also quite memorable and enjoyed hating him.
2. Reservoir Dogs-First story that I can think of off the top of my head with the plot told in a circular fashion. A gutty crime drama that opened my eyes and thought this was the best crime film since Goodfellas.
1. Pulp Fiction- Travolta rises from the ashes from the land of washed up actors. SLJ as the spiritual yet but not to be fucked with Jules? Game, set, match. Keitel as Winston Wolf, a character that fans ALWAYS quote. Without question, Tarantino’s greatest film. The dialogue in this film needs to be put into any film textbook as the gold standard. The story zigs and zags and then comes together with a big red bow on top at the end.