Like the rebels of the French Nouvelle Vague, Quentin Tarantino’s cinematographic art comes not from the teachings of a film school, but from his admiration for films from the past. Tarantino is the greatest remix artist in Hollywood history. His passion for cinema and his sheer knowledge of films seem limitless. And so his influences, often quoted directly in his films, range from great Hollywood classics to Godard and spaghetti westerns, as well as trashy B movies and Asian action films. He always finds a way to put his own stamp on the scenes and ultimately the whole genre. For the release of his tenth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, here is the quickpeekz ranking of Tarantino movies:
10. Death Proof (2007)
As part of Grindhouse (created in collaboration with Robert Rodriguez) Death Proof is a tribute to bad movies. It doesn’t show the same care in the script as Tarantino’s other movies do, but still offers a degree of entertainment.
9. Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackie Brown is often referred to as a hangout movie, a term that Tarantino himself coined. Well, I wouldn’t want to depend on all his characters with those from Jackie Brown. The plot is neatly constructed, even if quite loose, but the characters are not very appealing compared to his other works.
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a journey into the changing Hollywood of the late 1960s and an ode to the city of Los Angeles and the film industry by one of its biggest fans. The film has a floating quality to it. It is intriguing in a quirky way.
7. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
… background story and catharsis was unfortunately dismembered and shows apart from great approaches also many defects.
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
A stylistically extraordinary action spectacle, with some of the most visually memorable sequences of the decade. A vendetta whose…
5. Django Unchained (2012)
Django brings the Western back to America and creates a new subgenre, the Southern. In a controversially discussed way, he thematizes a chapter in American history that the country would like to forget. Jamie Foxx is a liberated slave on a very funny and equally bloody revenge campaign.
4. The Hateful Eight (2015)
Tarantino’s second Western in a row is not a bloody adventure this time, but a bloody and grotesque chamber play. Compared to Django, The Hateful Eight convinced a bit more for a one-time viewing, but due to the twist it may have the lesser value to be seen again.
3. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The return to top form. Inglourious Basterds contains some of the best scenes the director has ever produced and with Hans Landa, wonderfully portrayed by Christoph Waltz, one of the formative villains of the last 20 years. The film is a lesson in building tension.
2. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Tarantino’s professional debut is still his most compact and tightest film to date. Outstandingly edited and arranged in non-linear narrative form, Reservoir Dogs is captivating from beginning to end. It is by far the most minimalist work in his filmography and draws its strength from the excellent script.
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction is Tarantino’s Magnum Opus. Revolutionary and at the same time incredibly entertaining. A combination that does not exist very often in art history. The film completely changes the genre of the gangster film, pushes a trend of more character-based dialogues, lets brutal shock moments collide with humor and is peppered with legendary scenes.