So, Tarantino's highly anticipated Inglorious Basterds comes out this Friday, and I've decided to celebrate the moment by putting together my Top 5 QT Flicks. Obviously, I have not seen Basterds yet, so it cannot be on the list, but I've decided to limit the list to movies that were directed and/or written by Tarantino. Let's do this...
1. Pulp Fiction: Of course Pulp Fiction has to be at the top of this list because this is the flick that made Tarantino a household name, and gave birth to the style known as Tarantinoesque that defined a generation of ultra-violent, low-budget, indie wannabes like Boondock Saints. This movie still holds up at being one of the best ever, and it's hard to believe that it's been 15 years. I still can't believe this movie lost to Forrest Gump.
2. Reservoir Dogs: Dogs is still probably my favorite QT movie, but I have to concede the fact that Pulp Fiction is more culturally significant. What really shines in Dogs are the performances by Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and of course Michael Madsen. Sure, the script was great, but it was the actors that made the movie special.
3. Kill Bill: Vol. 2: I always have, and always will, believe that Kill Bill: Vol. 2 was the superior installment. The reason I preferred Vol. 2 over 1 was because it had an actual plot and character development. We finally got to meet Bill, and understand what made him tick. On the plus side, I couldn't help but be charmed by this cold-blooded killer. His superhero speech alone was worth the price of admission, and he also uttered my all-time favorite QT line. David Carradine will be missed.
4. From Dusk Till Dawn: (QT's script + Robert Rodriguez's direction) x Vampires = Pretty Entertaining Movie. I know that FDTD was not the best work from Tarantino or Rodriguez, but it was just a lot of fun to watch. Plus this movie gave us the chance to see Salma Hayek dance seductivly with a giant f'in snake. How cool was that?
5. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" - Grave Danger: OK, so I know that this is cheating since "CSI" is not a movie, but the two-parter that QT directed in 2005 was not only some of Tarantino's best work, but two of the best "CSI" episodes ever. Technically, you could put the two parts together, and show them as a TV movie, so maybe it's not cheating.
After Friday, we'll see if Inglorious Basterds makes this list, but to be honest I'm not quite sold on the movie. We've been hearing so much about this movie for so many years, and it's been built up for so long, that I have a feeling it's going to be a let down like Jackie Brown was. I'm going to go into the theater with an open-mind, but I can already tell that it's going to take multiple viewings for me to fully appreciate Basterds.