The Art-Life of Quentin Tarantino


The Art-Life of Quentin Tarantino

This article will focus briefly on the art-life of Quentin Tarantino. This list will only contain the movies that he directed. Moreover, Quentin Tarantino announced to retire directing after making one more movie. Furthermore, We are not sure if this movie will be the upcoming Star Trek Project which is announced or he would change his mind. So, if you are interested to read an article about Quentin Tarantino more detailed you can check his IMDB page.


My Best Friend’s Birthday – 1987

The Art-Life of Quentin Tarantino

My Best Friend’s Birthday is the first movie on the art-life of Quentin Tarantino. Furthermore, this movie is the first movie he directed, co-produced and starred. Moreover, My Best Friend’s Birthday is a black and white movie and it is a comedy movie.

If you are interested in Quentin Tarantino and how he progressed as a director and a writer you should definitely watch this movie. But, don’t forget that it is not a project like his later works and it is under budget (Estimated $5k). So, this movie has its up and downs.


Reservoir Dogs – 1992

The Art-Life of Quentin Tarantino

First of all, Reservoir Dogs is one of the most important movies in Quentin’s career. Secondly, this movie became a cult and showed the world how good Quentin Tarantino is. Later, that year even the movie became a cult in Sundance Movie festival, Tarantino revealed that the first screening was a disaster.

“It gets to the final climax and all of a sudden the lights come up. Someone says ‘Oh s**t’ and they go back down, and then almost as if on purpose as far as suspense is concerned, right at the height of the movie there’s a power outage and all the power goes out. So, ‘OK, that’s what it’s like to watch your movie in public.’ It was a f**king disaster,”


Pulp Fiction – 1994

The Art-Life of Quentin Tarantino

When we talk about cult movies, Pulp Fiction is one on the list. So, even you don’t watch tons of movies, you probably heard this gem. Moreover, Pulp Fiction was the awarded with a Palme d’Or by Cannes Film Festival and considered a masterpiece. Scenes to music, Pulp Fiction is near to perfect. Moreover, even in 2019, you can see Pulp Fiction references in Pop Culture and social media. There are multiple scenes that become a meme in 9gag.


Jackie Brown – 1997

The Art-Life of Quentin Tarantino

Jackie Brown is one of the under radar movies that Tarantino directed. Furthermore, it was based on a book by Elmore Leonard but Tarantino changed the character from to book to work with Pam Grier. So, originally the main character was a white woman but Tarantino changed this character to a black woman.


Kill Bill Trilogy 2003 – 2004 – 2011

Kill Bill

Cinematographic sense it is focused on violence and blood. Furthermore, even some people find it too much, critics love the way Quentin interprets the usage of violence and blood. Moreover, Kill Bill Trilogy is really successful, even the whistle theme is one of the most iconic themes in that era and we all had friends that used it as a phone melody.


Sin City – 2005

Sin City

Sin City was a bold attempt by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. Moreover, it is really unorthodox for its time. Even Quentin Tarantino was a Guest Director we can see his touches to the film clearly. It was a Black and White movie with a splash of “Blood Red”.


Death Proof – 2007

Death Proof

Death Proof is a movie starred Kurt Russel. There were numerous references to other cult movies. Furthermore, the most obvious reference was the use of exactly the same car ( dodge challenger) used by the hero of the film Vanishing Point.


Inglourious Basterds – 2009

Inglourious Basterds - 2009

Brad Pitt, Christopher Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, and Tarantino. So, now let’s mix them into a Nazi-occupied France as Jewish soldiers. After that top it with a touch by Quentin Tarantino. Congratulations, you have made a great movie named Inglorious Basterds.
If you didn’t watch Inglorious Basterds, just watch it and enjoy.

Rotten Tomatoes did a Q&A about the movie. If you want you can read that Q&A from here.


Django Unchained – 2012

Django Unchained - 2012

The “D” is silent. Well… So, we all heard jokes about it, it is still a mainstream joke. Well… Actually, after social media, Quentin Tarantino movies are all mainstream but they deserve to be mainstream. Especially N-word usage in this movie created a controversy. In this movie, Leonardo Dicaprio starred as Calvin Candie. Moreover, in one scene Leonardo cuts his hand with glass and continues acting.


The Hateful Eight – 2015

The Hateful Eight - 2015

The Hateful Eight has an extended version on Netflix which Tarantino turned into a mini-series. This movie can be explained with a one-liner “Eight strangers. One deadly connection..”. If you haven’t watched this yet you can watch it from Netflix. The Hateful Eight is the second movie that Quentin Tarantino used a black lead actor in a western which is unusual in Hollywood previous westerns.


Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – 2019

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood - 2019

The cast is impressive… We all are waiting for this movie. Al Pacino, Leonardo Dicaprio, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, and Kurt Russell. Here is the trailer!


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