{filmmaker flashcard} Quentin Tarantino

December 27, 2012 by sarah


In honor of the Christmas Day opening of Django Unchained, let’s look at Quentin Tarantino’s back catalogue. One of the most unique filmmakers working today, Tarantino has a signature style that borrows heavily from ’70s-era genre films, adds in stylized and idiosyncratic dialogue, then mixes it all up with over-the-top imagery. His films often feature shocking violence and revenge themes. I’m ambivalent about the use of both; sometimes I think he’s being exploitative, and sometimes I think he’s rightfully using them in the service of the story or an issue. More study is necessary: At the time of writing, I’ve only seen half of his films (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Inglorious Basterds). I’m making a New Year’s resolution to see the rest.

What’s your favorite Tarantino film?

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Sarah Magill has a full-time movie habit made possible by a day-time greeting card writing gig. She blogs at Gimme Some Film and is learning to write scripts and direct. She tries to balance her screen obsession with trail running, jazz singing, book clubbing, and hanging out with The Best Golden Retriever Ever, Copa.

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6 thoughts on “{filmmaker flashcard} Quentin Tarantino

  1. My favorite Tarantino movie is Inglourious Basterds. I feel like he was firing on all cylinders with that one.

    - DavidH

  2. He’s making a Vol. 3 of Kill Bill?!?! I don’t know how I feel about that. I liked the first two, but I feel like he wrapped the storyline up pretty completely.

    - Brian

  3. Just saw Django Unchained tonight. It was a profound experience and mostly made me sick over the wretched and inexcusable past of oppression in the United States. There are a number of lovely and laughable light-hearted moments to go with it, as there are in all of Tarantino’s films, and with this movie in particular, seeing it in a theater that is not majority-white was important–even if embarrassing and uncomfortable. Would love to hear your thoughts on this one and others in his canon as you fulfill your resolution.

    - Micah Thomas

    • Can’t wait to see it, but have to…it’s not out in the UK yet! Thanks for the report…I’ll try to see it somewhere with a diverse crowd when I get back. Great suggestion!

      - sarah