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The Movies of Quentin Tarantino

Updated on May 7, 2017

Quentin Movies (Take 1)

1992 - Reservoir Dogs 1994 - Pulp Fiction 1995 - Four Rooms 1997 - Jackie Brown 2003 - Kill Bill Vol 1
1992 - Reservoir Dogs 1994 - Pulp Fiction 1995 - Four Rooms 1997 - Jackie Brown 2003 - Kill Bill Vol 1 | Source

Background

I absolutely loved the movie "Pulp Fiction" (released 1994) as it was a great way for Quentin Tarantno to escalate his career to super star Director following the debut Director release of Resevoir Dogs in 1992. While Quentin has acted in at least three movies in his career, his Director movies are his best work rated far above the Producer or Writer roles that he has also played.

The movie title Pulp Fiction just says it all about the content of the movie. Pulp are the big chunks of orange that will wind up in your glass if you freshly squeeze the fruit hoping to get a great class of juice. Essentially, Quentin is telling us his second movie, at directing, is filled with fiction leaving no doubt on the content.

Quentin is my favorite movie director and I want to briefly discuss the movies he directed as well as some of the other roles he has played in cinema.

Little Nicky - Quentin Tarantino - Actor

Quentin The Actor

  1. 1992 - Reservoir Dogs
  2. 1996 - From Dusk Till Dawn
  3. 2000 - Little Nicky*

The Actor Described

I have to admit that I never considered Quentin (the guy with the hat in the clip above) a great actor in "From Dusk Till Dawn" (released in 1996) and I have never seen "Little Nicky" (released in 2000). "Reservoir Dogs" was the first movie Quentin acted in but I think he did a much better job in his second film "From Dusk Till Dawn". Perhaps that is because I enjoyed the second movie content of Vampires over the debut which was gang robbery related.

I am not sure if I will ever watch the entire "Little Nicky" movie because I am not a fan of Adam Sandler but I did enjoy watching the Quentin scene (shown above). "Click", not a QT movie, did star Adam Sandler and it so happens that I did see that movie - but that was only because it also starred Kate Beckinsale.

Quentin Tarantino - Director

Quentin The Director

  1. 1992 - Reservoir Dogs
  2. 1994 - Pulp Fiction
  3. 1995 - Four Rooms
  4. 1997 - Jackie Brown
  5. 2003 - Kill Bill Vol 1
  6. 2004 - Kill Bill Vol 2
  7. 2007 - Grindhouse
  8. 2009 - Inglorious Bastards
  9. 2012 - Django Unchained*
  10. 2015 - The Hateful Eight

The Director Described

The Director is in charge of how the actors deliver the film content also can be though of as his / her vision of the script that was created by the Writer(s). It is this role that I think Quentin excels in.

As I mentioned, "Pulp Fiction", was a great cinematic piece and my first exposure to Quentin the Director. The fact is I watched "Four Rooms", "Jackie Brown" and both volumes of "Kill Bill" before I ever saw "Reservoir Dogs".

Quentin has a great way of directing in that he ties back questions from movies, that he has previously directed, to his other movies. It is almost as though he is telling a continuous story with each movie as an episode of an entire season. "Grindhouse" was very well done as was "Inglorious Bastards" and "Django Unchained". "The Hateful Eight", on the other hand, was not even close to Quentin's best work but I watched the entire movie nonetheless. I cannot help to wonder if Quentin was making fun of a western called "The Magnificent Seven" (original 1960 version with Steve McQueen) by calling his western movie "The Hateful Eight" - see what he did there?

Hero - Quentin Tarantino - Producer

Quentin The Producer

  1. 1994 - Killing Zoe
  2. 1995 - Four Rooms
  3. 1996 - From Dusk Till Dawn
  4. 1996 - Curlded
  5. 1999 - God Said "Ha!"
  6. 2001 - Iron Monkey
  7. 2004 - Hero (US version)*

The Producer Described

I used to think that it was the job of the Director to oversee a movie but later learned that the Producer is responsible for this task. While I have not seen all the movies produced by QT, I have seen a few (Iron Monkey and Hero most recently).

If I had to align business world hierarchy with the entertainment world here is what I see: The Actor reports to the Director and the Director reports to the Producer. So simply stated, producing a film is all about managing all aspects of the film. I do not even want to begin discussions of Executive Director or Executive Producer because that is too much hierarchy for me.

Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino - Writer

Quentin The Writer

  1. 1992 - Reservoir Dogs
  2. 1993 - True Romance
  3. 1994 - Natural Born Killers
  4. 1994 - Pulp Fiction
  5. 1995 - Crimson Tide
  6. 1995 - Four Rooms
  7. 1996 - From Dusk Till Dawn
  8. 1997 - Jackie Brown
  9. 2003 - Kill Bill Vol 1
  10. 2004 - Kill Bill Vol 2
  11. 2009 - Inglorious Bastards
  12. 2012 - Django Unchained*
  13. 2015 - The Hateful Eight

The Writer Described

It is the responsibility of the Writer(s) to deliver content to which a Director envisions how to bring the script to the big screen. The Writer(s) must be the ones with the ability to tell a good story using their creativity of a topic that interests them the most.

The best movies are the most fluent stories which also happen to entertain the audience. Each and every Writer will put down in words their own method or style of ways to communicate their ideas and thoughts to the Reader.

This is an area where Quentin does particularly well. It is the writing style of QT and his vision to bring his own words to life in Directing that makes the movies of Quentin so powerful.

Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Movie Scenes

Quentin Highest Gross Movies

Actor
Producer
Director / Writer
2000 - Little Nicky*
2004 - Hero*
2012 - Django Unchained*
* - denotes the highest gross movie in each category

The Final Cut

When you first see a Quentin movie, it may appear choppy and confusing especially if you are not listening to every bit of dialect. Sometimes QT jumps around leaving the viewer a bit confused but stay with him because he will certainly bring home his point.

I like the way QT references pop culture and I like the bit of mystery that he leaves with his audience. Above all, I like the way he uses the same connections in many different movies (i.e. Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna burger).

If you are able to follow Quentin's writing and directing style you may not like his work or you may love his work (as I do). One thing you will certainly agree that he has a way of entertaining the audience.

Quentin Movies (Take 2)

2004 - Kill Bill Vol 2 2007 - Grindhouse 2009 - Inglorious Bastards 2012 - Django Unchained* 2015 - The Hateful Eight
2004 - Kill Bill Vol 2 2007 - Grindhouse 2009 - Inglorious Bastards 2012 - Django Unchained* 2015 - The Hateful Eight | Source

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 8 months ago from Oklahoma

      To me Tarantino is hit and miss.

      Interesting analysis.

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      mts1098 8 months ago from InsideTheManCave

      I get why you say that because he does have his own timeline which sometimes does not match real world or even the events in his own movies...Nonetheless overall I still like him...cheers

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