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Tarantino is one of those directors that I cannot imagine modern cinema without. His love of film is undeniable. He has a damn near encyclopedic knowledge of the art form. He uses his influences to craft some of the most original, unusual, riveting, and often times hilarious films of today
Best Work: My first Tarantino experience came when I was about 15 when I was able to finally watch Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. When I was younger Pulp Fiction was just one of those movies that I was not aloud to watch. My parents were always pretty liberal when it came to movie watching but this was just one of those that was a no-no. So when the parental ban on Pulp Fiction ended, I knew I had to see it. I rented Pulp and Dogs and stayed up late watching them one night. They were life changing experiences for me, I was absolutely blown away. I remember just being completely glued to the screen while watching both films. I loved everything about both films; the dialogue, the odd-sense of humor Tarantino has, his style, and the chemistry that Tarantino has with his actors still stands out to be to this day. I could not think of anything I did not love about this movie. Honestly I still cannot. I know it is very early but I can say Django Unchained is my second favorite Tarantino film. Django Unchained has become my second favorite Tarantino film, knocking Reservoir Dogs down but I still love Reservoir Dogs just much as the first time I saw it. Pulp Fiction remains my favorite Tarantino film, it is also my favorite film of all time.
Worst Film: I cannot think of a Quentin Tarantino film that I just outright do not like. Jackie Brown is a film that I like I just do not love it as much as the previous films mentioned. This movie certainly does play a part in the establishment of the Tarantino-style that we had already seen in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Especially his use of music. It also boasts great performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Robert Forrester and Pam Grier. Elmore Leonard's dialogue and sense of humor is damn-near tailored made for Tarantino. I guess the reason why I do not hold this film in as high of esteem as I do Tarantino's other films because it was not an original Taratino work. Jackie Brown still a pretty close to greatness itself. It is just my least favorite of his but it does deserve a rewatch.
Underrated Work: Tarantino's films get the praise that they deserve, for the most part. I was one of those that really did enjoy Death Proof, and I think it holds up better than Planet Terror in a lot of ways. Plus I am sucker for Rosario Dawson beating the shit out of somebody. Kurt Russel gives one of his most entertaining performances. The final 15 minutes of this movie are excellent. The chase is one hell of an exhilarating and thrilling wild ride. The car crash is fantastically staged.
I do not know where to put Kill Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Inglourious Basterds. They are three more Tarantino films that I love. Inglourious Basterds was a film that I got swooped up in when I first saw it and I still hold in high esteem. I can see why though some people do not like it quite as much as some of his others. It is a lot more talky than Kill Bill Vol 1. I guess it has more in common with Kill Bill Vol.2. which I actually like Vol. 2 more than what I like Vol. 1. I just love the interaction between the characters of Basterds and Vol. 2.
Another thing that I love about Tarantino is that he takes A-list actors and intermingles them with lesser known actors or one's that have past their hay-days. What other director would put Leonardo DiCaprio and Jaime Foxx in the same movie with James Russo and Don Johnson. Or Uma Thurman in the same film with David Carradine and Michael Madsen. Or Brad Pitt in the same movie with B.J. Novack. He as flair for interesting casting that pays off. I cannot think of any of his films that I say "oh that part would have been better if someone else had done it." Tarantino has made some of the most entertaining and some of my favorite movies. I love his odd sense of humor, his use dialogue, and his of music. It always great to know that a true film lover has been able to make the films that he wants. Tarantino is a director that I cannot think I would change any little bit.