Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (Inc: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (Inc: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

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With Once Upon A Time In Hollywood now out, Phil takes a look at the Best To Worst of Quentin Tarantino‘s DIRECTED films to date…  (and yes there are more than 9)

 


Best: Jackie Brown

It’s Tarantino’s best work, restrained like never before (but brutal when it needs to be), it’s a great adatpation of a good book and is cast to perfection with the story & directyion being the highlight not the dialue or the actors.

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2. Pulp Fiction

It’s brilliant and a classic.  The fact I cant watch it after seeing it too much at University isn’t the films fault but whilst it’s flashy and expertly done, I still prefer Jackie Brown overall.

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3. Reservoir Dogs

A brilliant debut, raw and brutal and it still holds up today. Set the tone of Tarantino’s later work except that he has never shown restraint like he does here.

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4. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Baggy for sure and displaying QT at both his best and worst, but Once Upon A Time In Hollywood also feels fresh, interesting and (feet aside) free of a lot of Tarantino’s cliches. Damn good fun.

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5. Inglorious Bastards

It’s long.  It’s over written. But it has two of the greatest scenes in QT’s arsenal which saves the film from being a lot lower on the list.  Great cast, funny finale.

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6. Death Proof

Yup hated by most , I kinda like Tarantino’s grind house entry.  It’s raw, over long (as most of his post Pulp Fiction films tend to be) but at least it felt genuine.

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7. Django Unchained

Loved this on it’s release but in all honesty I’ll never watch it again.  Full of excess and flabbiness, Django is a 100 minute film stuck in the body of a 3 hour self proclaimed epic. And don’t even get me started on QT’s cameo…

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8. Kill Bill Volume 2

Kill Bill Volume 1 was more fun, but I liked Tarantino’s first western more than his actual Westerns. The ending was a kick in the face to others but I liked ho wit played out.

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9. Four Rooms

Directing on of the story segments (and the second best), it’s fun if totally forgettable Yet I’ve watched it much more than his later work and for the last time it showed that with restrictions Tarantino can deliver.

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10. Kill Bill Volume 1

It’s fine and the action is well handled but it’s overlong and spends FAR too much time paying homage and far too less time kicking behind.

——

Worst : The Hateful Eight

Another film that could have been half as long and twice as good, Tarantino’s need for a strong editor and better producer are never more apparent than they are here.

 

 


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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 9th film (don’t get me started!) by Quentin Tarantino was also the one that I was looking forward to the least.  Great cast… check.  Old Hollywood theme… check.  But another rambling near 3 hour Tarantino film after the disappointments of Hateful Eight, Django and almost all his films since Jackie Brown… Check. But Once Upon a Time In Hollywood won me over.  It’s not perfect for sure (it’s far too long and has a middle section that adds nothing to the film) BUT the central cast are quite simply phenomenal and this is Tarantino both at his most and least Tarantino… a balance that oddly works.  Okay so the last act feels oddly tacked on and his once again history meddling feels strange but on balance this was a well directed, expertly acted romp that has more positives than negatives.

Best Bit: The old ranch

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, True Romance 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Reservoir Dogs is an essential film.  It marks the debut of Quentin Tarantino of course but it’s also the template for how to take a small amount of money and deliver what was a landmark, career defining movie.  It’s raw, in your face and smart both using the cliches of the genre and defining new ones that would spawn a million copy cats for years to come.  What’s surprising is just HOW well the film holds up all these years later.  Its power & its energy drives you from one scene to the next leaving you breathless, all wrapped around some brutal violence and THAT dialogue.   Reservoir Dogs remains one of Tarantino’s best films and one of the best films of the 90’s.

Best Bit: Stuck In The Middle…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (So Far!)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (So Far!)

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With Once Upon A Time In Hollywood out this week, Phil takes a look at the Best To Worst of Quentin Tarantino‘s DIRECTED films to date…  

 


Best: Jackie Brown

It’s Tarantino’s best work, restrained like never before (but brutal when it needs to be), it’s a great adatpation of a good book and is cast to perfection with the story & directyion being the highlight not the dialue or the actors.

——

2. Pulp Fiction

It’s brilliant and a classic.  The fact I cant watch it after seeing it too much at University isn’t the films fault but whilst it’s flashy and expertly done, I still prefer Jackie Brown overall.

——

3. Reservoir Dogs

A brilliant debut, raw and brutal and it still holds up today. Set the tone of Tarantino’s later work except that he has never shown restraint like he does here.

——

4. Inglorious Bastards

It’s long.  It’s over written. But it has two of the greatest scenes in QT’s arsenal which saves the film from being a lot lower on the list.  Great cast, funny finale.

——

5. Death Proof

Yup hated by most , I kinda like Tarantino’s grind house entry.  It’s raw, over long (as most of his post Pulp Fiction films tend to be) but at least it felt genuine.

——

6. Django Unchained

Loved this on it’s release but in all honesty I’ll never watch it again.  Full of excess and flabbiness, Django is a 100 minute film stuck in the body of a 3 hour self proclaimed epic. And don’t even get me started on QT’s cameo…

——

7. Kill Bill Volume 2

Kill Bill Volume 1 was more fun, but I liked Tarantino’s first western more than his actual Westerns. The ending was a kick in the face to others but I liked ho wit played out.

——

8. Four Rooms

Directing on of the story segments (and the second best), it’s fun if totally forgettable Yet I’ve watched it much more than his later work and for the last time it showed that with restrictions Tarantino can deliver.

——

9. Kill Bill Volume 1

It’s fine and the action is well handled but it’s overlong and spends FAR too much time paying homage and far too less time kicking behind.

——

Worst : The Hateful Eight

Another film that could have been half as long and twice as good, Tarantino’s need for a strong editor and better producer are never more apparent than they are here.

 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Part 1)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Part 1)

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On this episode of the podcast we talk about the upcoming release of Tarantino’s latest Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, reflecting back across his 8 (!!!) other films so far.  We also chat about one of this years’ biggest surprises… Booksmart.

Part 2 due after the UK release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (with the Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: The Whole Bloody Affair following soon after!)

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Booksmart, Kill Bill, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Grindhouse, Inglourious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, License To Kill, Skyfall, A View To A Kill, Commando, Goodfellas, True Romance, Tony Scott

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Superfly (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Superfly (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Superfly 2018 is a hot mess of a film.  A remake of the cult 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly, the film tells a familiar story of a Cocaine kingpin realising that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival.  What the film lacks is the insatiable cool of the 1972 original.  That down and dirty blaxploitation attitude is more than just a few guys using the N word a lot – which is very much the approach taken here. There’s a few nice bits and Jackson does his best but overall this film lacks that special something to make it more than a time passer.

Best Bit: Trevor Jackson does his best

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try:  Super Fly (1972), Jackie Brown, Shaft 

 


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7:  True Romance (1993) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

7: True Romance (1993) – Phil’s Top 10 Films

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
True Romance is arguably Quentin Tarantino’s most enjoyable film , one of the late Tony Scott’s best and features some of the most memorable dialogue and scenes of any 90’s movies.  From the famous Hopper/Walken, to the car/cocaine scene to the deadly finale shoot out… almost every second of this film contains something special. But at it’s core it is, simply, a love story with two adorable (if slightly unhinged) lead characters played with charm and charisma by Arquette and Slater.  I adore this film and it remains a highlight of so many actors and crews careers.

What the fuck is a Drexel.  Indeed.

Best Bit: Hopper/Walken

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown

 

 

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Proud Mary – Motion Picture Maniac

Proud Mary – Motion Picture Maniac

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

The opening credit sequence of Proud Mary gave me the impression that it would be a more action oriented version of Jackie Brown, with text directly from the Blaxploitation films of the 70’s and completely contradicting the cheap televisual look of the trailer; I actually thought it might be worth a damn for a minute or two. Oh how wrong I was, immediately after the credit sequence ceases the film plunges straight down hill into the territory of, you guessed it, the cheap and televisual.

Why was this movie made? There’s not one single original bone in its body, the actors don’t sound like they particularly care for the material, often coming comically close to mumbling, the cinematography is basic and style-less and the editing is horrendous; in one scene it darts around from face to face with such clumsy ferocity I had to shut my eyes before they strained and another in which a cut was so abrupt it killed the momentum of the characters’ movement stone dead. My point? I couldn’t find any artistic fingerprints, despite moments of potential like the opening credits, the rest just feels passionless, bored with itself and therefor boring for me; even with an 89-minute runtime.

Mary is an assassin, she kills a target, leaving the target’s son an orphan, she feels guilty, follows him around, saves him from a mobster, takes him in and later on there’s some shooting. Forget the 70’s, this film feels like one of those straight to VHS knock-offs of 70’s movies that came out in the 90’s, back then it would have had a male lead like Arnold or Sly but that’s pretty much what it is. I must have checked my watch every ten minutes or so because I was just so bored out of my skull, its runtime is very modest but seemed to drag on for an eternity; it’s just one been-there-done-that after another like a montage of the oldest action movie clichés, some ancient, some more modern but old and tired nevertheless.

I’m running out of things to talk about here, Proud Mary is so lacking in intrigue, inside or out, that I barely have a thing to say about it, it’s cheap looking, boing, clichéd and nobody involved in it’s making seemed to give a shit. Danny Glover is in it and he’s a nice screen presence I guess, there are a few gunshots at the end that could have been fun if they were in a better movie I suppose but that’s it for the good, everything else is dull to the point of non-existence. I think it’s safe to say I hated this film, what it tries – it gets wrong, anything else it doesn’t even bother, “anything else” of course referring to things like originality and artistic integrity; I mean is that too much to ask for? You’re filmmakers – FILM MAKE!

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 90’s Movies!

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In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 1990’s

The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13, Fight Club, Schindler’s List, Speed, The Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber, The Silence Of The Lambs, Waynes World, Empire Records, In the Line Of Fire, JKF

 

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Phil’s Best To Worst: Tarantino Directed Films

Phil’s Best To Worst: Tarantino Directed Films

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In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review) breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment from Best To Worst.  

 

This time out: the films DIRECTED BY Quentin Tarantino! 

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Best: Jackie Brown

It’s Tarantino’s best work, restrained like never before (but brutal when it needs to be), it’s a great adatpation of a good book and is cast to perfection with the story & directyion being the highlight not the dialue or the actors.

——

2. Pulp Fiction

It’s brilliant and a classic.  The fact I cant watch it after seeing it too much at University isn’t the films fault but whilst it’s flashy and expertly done, I still prefer Jackie Brown overall.

——

3. Reservoir Dogs

A brilliant debut, raw and brutal and it still holds up today. Set the tone of Tarantino’s later work except that he has never shown restraint like he does here.

——

4. Inglorious Bastards

It’s long.  It’s over written. But it has two of the greatest scenes in QT’s arsenal which saves the film from being a lot lower on the list.  Great cast, funny finale.

——

5. Death Proof

Yup hated by most , I kinda like Tarantino’s grind house entry.  It’s raw, over long (as most of his post Pulp Fiction films tend to be) but at least it felt genuine.

——

6. Django Unchained

Loved this on it’s release but in all honesty I’ll never watch it again.  Full of excess and flabbiness, Django is a 100 minute film stuck in the body of a 3 hour self proclaimed epic. And don’t even get me started on QT’s cameo…

——

7. Kill Bill Volume 2

Kill Bill Volume 1 was more fun, but I liked Tarantino’s first western more than his actual Westerns. The ending was a kick in the face to others but I liked ho wit played out.

——

8. Four Rooms

Directing on of the story segments (and the second best), it’s fun if totally forgettable Yet I’ve watched it much more than his later work and for the last time it showed that with restrictions Tarantino can deliver.

——

9. Kill Bill Volume 1

It’s fine and the action is well handled but it’s overlong and spends FAR too much time paying homage and far too less time kicking behind.

——

Worst : The Hateful Eight

Another film that could have been half as long and twice as good, Tarantino’s need for a strong editor and better producer are never more apparent than they are here.

——