Song of the Day #4,088: ‘Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)’ – The Delfonics

Concluding my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#1 – Jackie Brown

1997’s Jackie Brown is the least Tarantino movie Quentin Tarantino has ever made, making it rather ironic that I consider it his best.

This is the only film Tarantino has adapted from existing material (the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch), though he changed the name and race of the title character in order to cast blaxploitation mainstay Pam Grier as his lead.

This period in the mid to late 90s was a goldmine for Elmore Leonard adaptations. Get Shorty came out in ’95 and Out of Sight in ’98, with Tarantino’s film sandwiched between them.

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Song of the Day #4,087: ‘Cat People (Putting Out Fire)’ – David Bowie

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#2 – Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino cheekily ends his 2009 World War II fantasy Inglourious Basterds with the line “I think this just might be my masterpiece.” He was on to something.

That line is spoken by Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine, after carving a swastika into a Nazi’s forehead so the man will never be able to blend into polite society after the war. That uncompromising thirst for justice drives this film, which rewrites history in brazen and thoroughly satisfying ways (much as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would a decade later).

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Song of the Day #4,086: ‘California Dreamin” – Jose Feliciano

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#3 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This is Tarantino’s newest film, and therefore the hardest to rank. I want to avoid ranking it too high due to recency bias, but on the flip side it suffers from not having sunk in as deeply over time as some of these other titles. A few years from now, after a few more viewings, I’ll probably know how I really feel.

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Song of the Day #4,085: ‘Little Green Bag’ – The George Baker Selection

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#4 – Reservoir Dogs

The movie that started it all. 1992’s Reservoir Dogs is one of the most exciting and assured cinematic debuts in history, a brutal but clever bit of cool-guy showmanship.

I remember seeing this movie in a theater where they had posted a note in the box office window saying the film contained intense scenes of violence and refunds would not be granted to people who walked out. That was an eye-opener.

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Song of the Day #4,084: ‘Miserlou’ – Dick Dale

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#5 – Pulp Fiction

Surprisingly, of all the Tarantino films I rewatched, the 1994 classic Pulp Fiction fell the most in my estimation.

Don’t get me wrong. It remains a crackling pop art masterpiece, filled with memorable dialogue and visuals indelibly seared into my brain. It’s an all-timer, no question.

But 25 years later, in light of all movies Pulp Fiction inspired, it feels less revolutionary. Or maybe its revolutionary status becomes more a simple fact and less a reason to love it.

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Song of the Day #4,081: ‘Battle Without Honor Or Humanity’ – Tomoyasu Hotei

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#6 – Kill Bill Vol. 1

The top six films on my Tarantino countdown are all stone-cold classics, and I’ve shuffled several of them around a few times before landing on my final ranking.

The truth is, whichever one I’ve seen most recently tends to move up the list, until I see another one and the process starts again. They’re all that damn good.

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Song of the Day #4,080: ‘Chick Habit’ – April March

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#7 – Death Proof

Of all the Tarantino movies I rewatched to create this list, 2007’s Death Proof is the one that jumped the most in my estimation.

Released first as part of the Grindhouse double feature along with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror, but later at a longer length as a standalone film, Death Proof is a grungy homage to the exploitation films Tarantino grew up on.

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