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I’ve made a handful of articles explaining and expanding on the respect I have for Quentin Tarantino. Quite simply put, the man is a legend and there is no way to change my mind on that. So, in commemoration of this, I thought I’d compile my favourite five pieces of his work. Now I don’t own all of the Tarantino films, but that doesn’t matter, right? I have seen them all, so lets just get on with it.

5. Inglorious Basterds

Christopher Waltz (Col. Hans Landa) stars in Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, B.J Novak
iMDB Rating: 8.3/10
Roger Ebert: 4/4

I was about to write “I love Nazis” but then realised the consequences of those actions. Joking aside, Inglorious Basterds is a phenomenal film in general. The writing is key to this film and it is done extremely well. Christoph Waltz as a Nazi was a great casting choice, and that’s not just because he’s Austrian.

As a whole, I can’t remember the film too well. I was going to re-watch the film to re-vitalise my memory, but never got round to it. I have it on Blu-Ray somewhere, but there is no chance of me watching it currently. Obviously I can guarantee it’s an interesting film though. The plot is simple, a group try and kill Hitler. I won’t bother spoiling it, because you can probably guess the outcome.

4. The Hateful Eight

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen
iMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Roger Ebert: N/A

There is something I do love about murder mysteries and this is no exception. What I found brilliant about this film is that the ensemble cast works so well together. There are some of Tarantino’s oldest workers in there (Roth, Jackson, Madsen) and a fresh set of new faces (Russell, Channing Tatum). All in all there is a good mix of both fresh faces and old legends from Tarantino films. This works to the films favour, everyone comes together to play their part well.

Similar to Reservoir Dogs, this mystery takes its toll on the characters. Personally, the film took a toll on me, mainly because it was three hours long. As a note from myself, don’t start watching this at ten at night, because you’ll suddenly realise it’s one in the morning and the film has just ended. It’s a really good film, but some may certainly be put off by the longer runtime of the film.

3. Pulp Fiction

Christopher Walken pictured in his one scene cameo of Pulp Fiction (1994)

Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel
iMDB: 8.9/10
Roger Ebert: 4/4

Pulp Fiction is widely regarded as one of, if not, the greatest film of all time. But, I feel there are two other films much better than this one. If I’m honest, I don’t regard this film as one of the best films of all time. It’s not that I don’t like the film, I really do, I just prefer some of Tarantino’s other works. Mind you, Winston Wolfe was spawned out of this, which is basically worth its own merits.

Notably, this film doesn’t really have a story. More or less, it’s just a loose connection of things that are happening with no real way of keeping up with that. That’s why the film is so bloody perfect though, a narrative is created by not creating a narrative. There isn’t any doubt in my mind that this doesn’t deserve to be one of the highest rated films of all time, but, for me, there are definitely two films better than this.

2. Kill Bill

Cast: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Michael Madsen
iMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Roger Ebert: 4/4

Kill Bill managed to redefine my ideas of the genre. I’ve never been a fan of actions, westerns, fighting or whatever in films. So for the very first time I did actually enjoy a good action flick. In all honesty, I’ve got a review in the works for this film, so we’ll be keeping up to date with that very soon.

The story is simple enough, The Bride has five people to kill, off she goes to do that. That’s literally it and it’s the premise for both of the films. Why this film was split into two parts is beyond me. I’d be fine with watching this for four hours, but I suppose you can include the second film here as well, because it’s basically the same either way you look at it.

1. Reservoir Dogs

Cast: Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn
iMDB Rating: 8.3/10
Roger Ebert: 2.5/4

Yes, this is without a doubt the best Tarantino film. It’s not the most successful or even the most funded, but it is arguably the best piece of his work to date. Why is that? Well, he worked with the budget he had and almost all of the film is in one room. The film relies on the characters and writing, nothing more and nothing less.

That’s what makes Reservoir Dogs the best Tarantino film for me. Take away the budget and the big flashy effects and the cool camera angles and what are you left with? Pure Tarantino. He doesn’t need a big budget to make a stellar film and that’s why I liked it so much.

Oh, and because the story is great, the action is non stop and it kick started one of the greatest careers in the directing industry.

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