Today is the 54th birthday of my favourite film director, Quentin Tarantino. So to celebrate, here’s my rundown of the 10 best movies he’s directed and/or written. Click the links for full reviews…
10. Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003) – 100 minutes of escapism.
9. The Hateful Eight (2015) – a character-driven chamber piece.
8. Django Unchained (2012) – it might not have greatness, but it does have bags of distinction.
7. Death Proof (2007) – certainly Quentin’s least successful movie and probably his least loved – but that gives it an underdog quality.
6. True Romance (1993) – a pleasing meshing of director Tony Scott and writer Tarantino’s styles.
5. From Dusk Till Dawn (1995) – terrific dialogue, great group dynamics, reversals of expectation, power games, grudging respect and edgy humour.
4. Inglourious Basterds (2009) – very impressive and headlined by a tremendous cast with some electrifying dialogue.
3. Reservoir Dogs (1992) – filmed 25 years ago, but is still stunning. Still captivating. Still fresh as fuck.
2. Jackie Brown (1997) – as it gets older, and you get older with it, it becomes more and more effective.
1. Pulp Fiction (1994) – a sprawling film-noir masterpiece, populated by fascinating and entertaining characters, with more going on in 147 minutes than in most film directors’ entire careers.