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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…