FD – “I’m really well versed on a lot of directors’ careers, you know, and when you look at those last five films when they were past it, when they were too old, and they’re really out of touch with the times, whether it be William Wyler and ‘The Liberation of L.B. Jones’ or Billy Wilder with ‘Fedora’ and then ‘Buddy Buddy’ or whatever the hell. To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography,” he said. “[2007's] ‘Death Proof’ has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.”
If you’re a regular reader you might already know that I’m a Tarantino stan. Been posting trailers for Django Unchained for months now and seeing as we’re closing in on its release, it only makes sense for QT to hit the media circuit to promote his project. Of all crazy banter the (usually drunk?) director generally has on these press tours, I can say honestly that I didn’t expect him to mention retirement. Looks like the digital world is killing some of the analog stars.
Anyway, here is the definitive Top 7 Quentin Tarantino Directed Films List. Full-length features only. DO NOT QUESTION ME.
7. Jackie Brown- He didn’t write this one, so maybe that’s why it was a little off and why he’s hesitant to say it was his worst. Still a very solid movie, and that scene with Bobby Deniro nailing the surfer chick in the kitchen is classic.
6. Death Proof – I liked Death Proof, don’t care what this dude says. Yeah, it could be his worst, but a movie with lapdances, car chases, and Rosario Dawson can only be so bad.
5. Kill Bill: Vol 1 – “Umaaaa” [Kramer Voice]
4. Kill Bill: Vol 2 – Stronger than original I thought. Dynamic between Beatrix, Bill, and their daughter was key. Plus she got buried alive and got kicked around by an old Chinese man.
3. Reservoir Dogs – A lot of people are going to be mad that I have it ranked “this low”. Great film, no question. And while it’s probably because it was his first major movie and low budget, it doesn’t seem as grand as some others.
2. Inglorious Basterds – Such an underrated movie in my book. Opening scene is a masterpiece. And trust me, I use that word a lot.
1. Pulp Fiction – Without question Tarantino’s best movie and my personal favorite flick ever. Still can stir debate to this day about hidden meanings and character motivations and all that crap. This movie will be the reason my future home has a sign on the garage that says “Dead Nigger Storage”.