Tuesday, October 4, 2011

List: Favourite Tarantino Movies

Quentin Tarantino is a legendary film maker. His movies are probably the most distinguishable and easily recognisable out there. Heavy conversational dialogues, violence, musical influences, pop-culture references, movie homages, and stylish directing are his signatures. As a former video rental store clerk he is undoubtedly the ultimate movie geek. When people asked if he ever went to film school, he would answer: "No, I went to films". Classic.

Here is my countdown of his films. This list only includes the ones he has directed so movies which he wrote like From Dusk Till Dawn [1996] (which was kinda cheesy but I still loved because it was a whole lot of fun), Natural Born Killers [1994] or True Romance [1993] is not featured. Also the films should be fully directed by him so that means no to Four Rooms [1995] and Sin City [2005] while Death Proof is included rather than the double-feature Grindhouse.

#7 Death Proof [2007]

The Tarantino movie that I didn't fully enjoy. It had its moments but it was quite easy to position at 7th place.

Classic Tarantino Conversation: The discussion on why girls should carry guns.

Selected Quote: Abernathy: "There are other things you can carry other than a gun. Pepper spray." Kim: "Uh, motherfucker tryna rape me? I don't want to give him skin rash! I wanna shut that nigga down!"

#6 Jackie Brown [1997]

The only Tarantino movie which is not an original story. Quentin adapted the screenplay from the novel Rum Punch.

Classic Tarantino Conversation: The scene with Ordell (played by Samuel L. Jackson) watching TV with Louis (played by Robert De Niro) while discussing which guns to buy.

Selected Quote: "I'm serious as a heart attack"

#5 Reservoir Dogs [1992]

Quentin's directorial debut about a heist although the film never actually shows the heist taking place. I can honestly say I was hooked by the movie from the very first scene (see below).

Classic Tarantino Conversation: Opening scene in the diner where they discuss the merits of tipping waitresses. Honestly coming from a country where tipping is a foreign culture, I have always been curious why people do it in western countries, so I can totally see Mr. Pink's (played by Steve Buscemi) point of view.

Selected Quote: "You gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?"

#4 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 [2004]

The more dramatic and talkative of the Kill Bill series. If Volume 1 is  a homage to Japanese Samurai films, volume 2 is clearly influenced by Spaghetti Westerns and Chinese Martial Arts movies.

Classic Tarantino Conversation: Bill discussing which are superhero's true alter-ego

Selected Quote: Bill: "How do I look?" Bride: "You look ready"

#3 Pulp Fiction [1994]

I know most Tarantino fans will put this on their number one spot. I think this movie is fantastic, its just happens that I enjoyed two more movies better. Probably Quentin's most recognisable movie. Even people who has never seen the movie would probably identify with the picture above.

Classic Tarantino Conversation: Take you pick from "what they call a Quater Pounder with Cheese in France" or "what giving foot massages represents" to "why its not good to eat pork".

Selected Quote: "If my answers frighten you, then you should cease asking scary questions"

#2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [2003]

The Bride (played by Uma Thurman) is the coolest female assassin in cinematic history. Wait, hold on to that thought. I take it back. She is tied at the number one spot with fellow character from the movie, Gogo (played by Chiaki Kuriyama).

Classic Tarantino Conversation: This is perhaps the only Tarantino movie without a memorable conversation. I can't think of one.

Selected Quote: "Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with samurai sword"

#1 Inglourious Basterds [2009]

Christoph Waltz puts in a legendary performance as Colonel Hans Landa. Proof of Quentin's growth as a director and screenwriter is shown in the two conversation scenes featured below. He always had a way with dialogues but these two scenes now have the added element of suspense.

Classic Tarantino Conversation: The opening interrogation scene or the bar scene.

Selected Quote: "Oooh, its a bingo!"

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