Following the hype around this year’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, you might b asking yourself, who is this Quentin Tarantino guy and where can I see more of his great movies. Well, you might e asking yourself that if you have been living under a rock since the release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992, but you never know.
If you haven’t yet indulged in the full, smart, bloody and funny Quentin Tarantino collection, here is a list of all his movies (so far…) so that you can start ticking them off.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
We might be asking how a first-time director managed to recruit so many big-name stars to feature in his first film: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen… But maybe they weren’t big names back then, who can remember? They play a group of criminals that have come together to pull off a heist, and they only know each other by their code names: Mr Blond, Mr Pink and so on. With so little trust in the room, is it any surprise that things don’t go according to plan.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
This is the film that made both Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman household names, and relaunched the career of John Travolta and elevated Samuel L. Jackson to legendary status. The film tells a number of different stories set in the criminal world of Los Angeles, that come together to create a bigger picture. It mixes graphic novel style violence with sum pretty punchy dialogue. The film is also full of pop culture references for aficionados, and is the type of film that fans like to watch again and again and again.
Jackie Brown (1997)
This is probably the least well-known of Tarantino’s films. It stars Pam Grier as the titular Jackie Brown. The film is a kind of homage to 1970s blaxpolitation films, and makes particular references to Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974), both of which also starred Grier in the titular role – now that is some referencing! Brown is a struggling, middle-aged flight attendant who supplements her income by smuggling money from Mexico to the United States for some criminals. Brown soon decides to see if she can pull one over on her bosses. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro.
Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
A grindhouse homage to martial arts and samurai films, Uma Thurman stars as an assassin who must go it alone when her former boss and colleagues try to kill her and her unborn child. The film also starts Lucy Lui, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and David Carradine. The film includes an over the top fight scene between Thurman and Liu set in Japan, that definitely left fans on the edge of their seats as they waited for part two.
Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
While sequels are normally a disappointment, Volume 2 was not, as we discovered more about where this group of assassins come from. It also delivered us the famous coffin scene, which needs no further explanation for anyone who has seen the movie. When you put these two films together, what you are left with is a masterful celebration of the martial arts genre that isn’t afraid to go just far enough!
Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007)
Death Proof was part of a grindhouse double feature horror that Tarantino delivered alongside Robert Rodriquez’s Terror Planet. It stars Kurt Russell as a stuntman who kills young women in stated car accidents. However, he finds that he has bitten off more than he can chew when he encounters Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Ferlito. These women won’t be the typical victims that we saw in many of the Grindhouse films from the 1970s.
Inglorious Basterds (2009)
You know that a World War II film from Quentin Tarantino is going to be bloody! It stars Brad Pitt and Eli Roth among a team of Jewish-American troops sent into Germany to kill as many Nazis as possible. They come up against SS Colonel Hans Landa, expertly played by Christoph Waltz, who is himself on the trail of some French -Jewish rebels. The characters and story line are interesting, and coupled with just the right dose of Tarantino’s signature violence.
Django Unchained (2012)
This might be Tarantino’s most violent film, though this is perhaps warranted by the subject matter. Jamie Foxx plays an ex-slave who teams up with a businessman played by Christoph Waltz (finally not the villain) to infiltrate Candyland, the plantation of Monsieur Calvin J. Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. There he keeps the slaves down with the help of his butler Stephen, played by Tarantino favourite Samuel L. Jackson. While a free black man is a novelty at first to Candy, there will be a lot of blood for Django to get what he came for.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Yet another “period piece” from Tarantino, this film is set sometime after the American civil war. A group of strangers find themselves thrown together as they seek refuge from a blizzard in a Stagecoach Stopover. However, it soon becomes apparent that the group may not all be there by coincidence, and each has their own agenda. Starring some of Tarantino’s staple actors including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Time Roth and Michael Madsen, plus a great performance from Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Tarantino’s most recent outing was set in 1969 Hollywood, and he famously recreated the classic streets for several months, which city dwellers were able to enjoy. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as an actor and his stunt double as they try and make their way in the high days of Hollywood. Of course, this is a Tarantino film, so it takes a dark turn. It also stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of Roman Polanski infamously killed by the disciples of Charles Manson.