Just 2 months to go before Tarantino's The Hateful Eight lands in theaters. Before that we'll just have to settle watching his other films. The iconic director has made some stellar movies over the last 20 years, so I thought it would be interesting to rank them from best to worst. Granted I don't think there is a bad Tarantino film, only that some stand out more than others.
7. Death Proof Tarantino's contribution to Grind House, it sees Kurt Russel as a killer stuntman after groups of women. It has some pretty great crash sequences, but it tends to drag at certain points. Not to say that this is a bad movie, but its not the best of the heap.
6. Kill Bill Yes I am putting Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 as one movie, that's how they should be viewed. Yes, I am placing it lower than Jackie Brown. The Bride's blood-soaked path of revenge is certainly uniquely stylized, but it is also sporadic. The performances are great, the direction superb, but it's run time is bloated. At the end of the day, with some trimming, it's two good movies that good have been combined to make one great one.
5. Jackie Brown The only Tarantino movie based on a novel. Jackie Brown is Tarantino's most subdued film, and I think it's why its usually overlooked. It is slow at some times, but the performances are spot on, with an all-star cast with Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda and Robert De Niro. An underrated Tarantino picture.
4. Inglourious Basterds I never know quite where to put this on a Tarantino list. I actually hated it when I saw it in theaters. I thought the pacing was too slow, and the long stretches of dialog were boring. I've come to enjoy it more and more with repeat viewings however. Christoph Waltz is a magnificent villain, and the movie's intensity is unparalleled. It's a film that gets better every time you watch it. Maybe in another 5 years I'll place it higher.
3. Django Unchained Another Tarantino revenge flick, this time about a black slave and his German bounty-hunter mentor. The Western genre fits the filmmaker like a glove. The scenes are wonderfully played out, the shoot outs are bloody and the Tarantino dialog is as fresh as ever. Not to mention another knock-out performance by Waltz.
2. Reservoir Dogs The director's first film, and still one of his best to date. The concept of the movie is great, showing the audience the aftermath of a bank robbery, without showing the robbery. The film plays with the audience's perception of who to trust and who not to. Combine that with a great cast and you've got one of the best directorial debuts of all time.
1.Pulp Fiction Tarantino's masterpiece. A true work of art in every sense of the word. The acting, the cast, the directing, the screenplay, the cinematography, the soundtrack. Everything about this movie is the first and best of it's kind. The story of two hitmen, a mob boss' wife, a washed up boxer are interweaving tales about redemption centered around brutal violence. The story doesn't unfold chronologically which is necessary for the audience to fully absorb this film. I could go on for paragraphs why this movie is so damn good. It is the best film Tarantino has, and maybe will, ever make.
Do you have a list of movies that you want to recommend? Now you have a place to do it.
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