A director that got talked about a lot this year is Quentin Tarantino. His ninth film, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood had its premiere this summer and it gained a lot of attention from the audiences all over the world.
Since four years passed from Quentin Tarantino’s previous film, the anticipation was huge. Besides, Quentin Tarantino himself has announced that he will direct only one more film after Once Upon a Time before his retirement.
Let us go over the career of this controversial director and revise his movies to watch according to their rankings on the Metacritic website.
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Tarantino’s second feature ever was Pulp Fiction. Now a cult movie to watch among Tarantino’s fans, Pulp Fiction was greatly embraced by the critics as well. It even received a nomination for Best Picture from the Academy.
Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, are just a few actors who appeared in this film and kick started their long-term cooperation with Quentin Tarantino in the years to come.
2. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
The second part of the Kill Bill installment was generally better received. Even though Tarantino considers both parts to be one single film (his production company forced him to split the film in half since it was too long), Kill Bill technically consists of two films.
Kill Bill made a star out of Uma Thurman and The Bride remains one of her most recognizable roles.
3. Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019)
Tarantino’s second project with Leonardo DiCaprio (after DiCaprio’s role as Mr. Candy in Django Unchained) and also his second project with Brad Pitt (Pitt played Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds) divided the audience. Inspired by true unfortunate events related to the actress Sharon Tate, Tarantino gave his own vision of these happenings and created his unique ending and retelling. While some call this film Tarantino’s best one yet, others are far from agreeing with that statement.
4. Django Unchained (2012)
The first western type of film done by Tarantino, Django Unchained, brought recognition to Jamie Foxx and won Christoph Waltz his second Oscar. An unconventional story about two bounty hunters is sprinkled with Tarantino’s trademark humor and is one of his better later films. Even supporting actors, such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, manage to shine through.
5. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Tarantino considers this to be his first feature film (although technically his first film ever is largely unknown My Best Friend’s Birthday). This is a simple story of a robbery gone wrong told in a nonlinear timeline, which later went on to become Tarantino’s signature directorial move (including trunk shots and massacres during the final minutes of the movies to watch).
This film’s cast includes some of the most respected names in cinema such as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Michael Madsen.
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
A mix of martial arts, Japanese animations, spaghetti westerns, samurai films, blaxploitation – that is all present in Kill Bill. Tarantino’s style is composed out of inspiration he took from all these film subgenres and he went on to create his authentic artistic expression.
Kill Bill is also notable as the first collaboration between Tarantino and famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Morricone went on to win his first Academy Award for the score he composed for The Hateful Eight.
7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The movie that has introduced Christoph Waltz to the world and at the same time won him his first Oscar ever. He was 54 years old at that time.
Tarantino wanted to find an actor who could speak English, French, and German for the role of Hans Landa and he even though about wrapping the project up if he couldn’t find someone he had in mind. Luckily, Waltz appeared at the audition and Landa was cast.
While Inglourious Basterds tells the story of soldiers who seek justice in their own way against Nazis, this is also Tarantino’s love letter to the cinema in general.
8. The Hateful Eight (2015)
After Django’s success, Tarantino decided to try out his luck once again by directing a western movie. This time the reception was quite lukewarm as you can figure out by the ranking of The Hateful Eight on this list. Samuel L. Jackson is in the title role as a bounty hunter who finds shelter during a blizzard in a haberdashery occupied by unwelcoming and sinister-looking faces.
9. Jackie Brown (1997)
Undeservedly lowest-rated Tarantino film is Jackie Brown. Another crime film, but this time a black woman is in the lead role. Pam Grier is excellent as Jackie Brown, air stewardess who gets involved in money smuggling. Things, of course, get complicated in a true Tarantino way.
One interesting fact is that Jackie Brown is the only Tarantino movie that was adapted from a book and it’s not Tarantino’s original writing. Jackie Brown is the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch published in 1992.
Tarantino also wrote scripts for other directors’ movies to watch and worked on a few collaborations. Want to check out his other projects? Head over to Movvio app and get your additional Tarantino fix!
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