Top 5 Directors Series: Quentin Tarantino.

Quentin Tarantino is a director that in the space of 9 films at the time of writing this, has blown a meteor sized hole in the cinematic landscape. Never a director to shy away from the violent, profane or controversial but doing so with a craftmanship many lesser directors would die for. My next choice in my Top 5 Directors Series was an easy one. 

Honourable Mention: Jackie Brown.

Adapted from the Elmor Lenard novel ‘Rum Punch’ Tarantino’s take was a classy affair bringing together the likes of Pam Grier, Robert DeNiro and Samual L Jackson.

5: Django Unchained.

Tarantino’s first attempt at a western is a film that makes you ask why didn’t he try this sooner. Awesome turns from Jamie Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio & Samual L Jackson and another film stealing turn from Christoph Waltz who seems to make it a habit. 

4: Inglorious Basterds.

Quentins does WWII, his tale of Nazi hunting GI’s hit all the right notes and introduced us to the wonder that is Christoph Waltz. Brad Pitt hams things up admirably as 1st Lt Aldo Raine.

3: The Hateful Eight.

Tarantino obviously enjoyed making a western so much with Django Unchained, he did it again with The Hateful 8. Collecting together an insanely strong ensemble cast featuring the likes of Kurt Russell, Sam Jackson, Tim Roth to name but a few, Hateful 8 showed Tarantino still has more than a few surprises tucked up his sleeve. 

2: Reservoir Dogs.

The film that really started it all for Tarantino, his first full length feature was like a shot of adrenaline to the cinematic world. Spitfire dialogue and a strong cast and story saw Reservoir Dogs become a cultural phenomenon in the early 90’s and saw the beginning of a truly remarkable career.

1: Pulp Fiction.

On the tail of the success of Reservoir Dogs came Pulp Fiction, arguably Tarantino’s finest film. All the lessons he learnt from his first feature were streamlined and refined into this startling piece of work that stands as well today as the day it was released.


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