In honor of the 26th anniversary of his iconic film ‘Pulp Fiction,’ here are the top five Quentin Tarantino films to watch now!
Written by: Tea Kingley – October 14th, 2020 11:52 am pst
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Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Quentin Tarantino is one of the most iconic writer-directors of our generation. Tarantino is known for his tendency to rewrite history, his long films with many different storylines, graphic violence, making cameos in his own films, and of course his foot fetish (Brad Pitt even referenced this in his SAG Award acceptance speech for his role in Tarantino’s most recent film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood). He has famously vowed to retire after making 10 feature films, which means the director’s next film will be his swan song. One of his most famous and critically acclaimed films, Pulp Fiction, was released 26 years ago today, so in honor of that anniversary here are the top five Tarantino films that you must watch!
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Starting with his most recent film, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is a 2019 dramedy that follows a fading actor and his stunt double against the backdrop of 1969 Hollywood with the looming threat of the Manson Family murders. The film, like most Tarantino entries, has a star studded cast, including Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt (who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role), and Margot Robbie. Much like the number one film on this list, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood uses fictional characters to rewrite history in the way we might wish it had really gone, and does not shy away from using violence in order to do so. Although it is not my favorite from Tarantino and it did face some controversy over subpar treatment of female characters, the film is fun and definitely worth a watch.
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Reservoir Dogs was released in 1992 and was Tarantino’s feature directorial debut. The film stars an ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, and Tim Roth among others as diamond thieves whose heist goes terribly wrong. The crime film uses the Tarantino signatures of violence, black humor, and non linear storytelling to detail the events before and after the heist. It is a cult classic independent film that is definitely a must watch for Tarantino and crime film lovers.
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Tarantino’s second feature film was none other than Pulp Fiction, which was released on this day in 1994. Widely regarded as the quintessential Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction is another non-linear neo-noir black comedy film, starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman in a role that has inspired many a Halloween costume and even the Fall Out Boy song Uma Thurman. The film is made up of seven parts, told out of order and from different points of view, making for a unique and fun viewing experience. It’s hard to even begin to describe the plot of Pulp Fiction without spoiling it or writing an entire essay, but with seven Oscar noms and a Palme d’Or win at Cannes (plus a poster appearance on just about every film boy’s bedroom wall) you know you’ll be in for a wild — and wildly good — ride.
Another iconic Tarantino film, Kill Bill, stars Uma Thurman as an ex-assassin who wakes up from a four year coma ready to seek revenge on her ex-lover Bill who tried to kill her on her wedding day. Thurman’s character also seeks vengeance on everyone else who contributed to the murder of her loved ones (including her unborn child) and the loss of four years of her life. Kill Bill is split up into two volumes, each one a full length feature film, but both are must watches. Filled with fun fight choreography, tons of violence, and yet another often referenced Uma Thurman role, Kill Bill is an easy choice for the number two best Tarantino film.
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1. Coming in at number one is my favorite Tarantino film by far, Inglourious Basterds. The film is a classic Tarantino style rewriting of history, which follows multiple storylines surrounding World War II in Germany. Filled with emotion, black humor, and plenty of killing Nazis, Inglourious Basterds stars Brad Pitt and Eli Roth as members of the Basterds, a special force of Jewish-American soldiers who scalp Nazis, Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna Dreyfus, a young Jewish cinema owner who barely escaped her family’s brutal murder at the hands of a ruthless SS officer called the Jew Hunter (played by Christoph Waltz), as well as Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, and more in smaller but still excellent roles. The ending of Inglourious Basterds must be seen to be believed, but boy is it a cathartic one; and boy should this film should be at the top of your watchlist if you haven’t seen it already.
About The Author:
Tea Kingley is a senior at Emerson College who is majoring in Marketing and Film. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves being both in front of the camera and a member of the crew. Tea also enjoys marketing, social media, and writing. She’s a TV, movie, and pop culture aficionado. Tea is always eager to discuss the latest releases and news.
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