Song of the Day #4,079: ‘I Got a Name’ – Jim Croce

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#8 – Django Unchained

Maybe it says more about my opinion of Westerns than about the films of Quentin Tarantino, but I just realized the bottom of my list is made up of QT’s explorations of Western tropes.

Django Unchained looks at American slavery through the lens of a Black bounty hunter on a quest to win back his wife from a plantation owner. And for most of its nearly three hour running time it is one of Tarantino’s best films.

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Song of the Day #4,078: ‘Goodnight Moon’ – Shivaree

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#9 – Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Though Tarantino considers the Kill Bill films one complete package, it is easy to consider them separately.

For one thing, that’s how they were released into theaters, with a delay between them of several months. But even more significantly, each film has a distinct style and borrows from specific and different genres.

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Song of the Day #4,077: ‘Apple Blossom’ – The White Stripes

My appreciation for Quentin Tarantino was recently rekindled by his splendid new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I decided to rewatch all of his films to revisit their pleasures, see how they’ve aged, and look at them in context of his entire filmography.

I spent a rewarding couple of weeks catching up with all ten films (including a rewatching of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and I am now ready to present my definitive ranked list of Tarantino’s movies.

I’m joking when I say “definitive” because I have shuffled this list at least a dozen times before settling on the order I’m going with here. I feel rock solid about the #1 and #10 movies but the rest are a little more fluid.

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Song of the Day #4,048: ‘Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show’ – Neil Diamond

(I interrupt the normally scheduled Random Weekend for some thoughts on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Warning: Spoilers follow!)

It’s been a decade since I saw a Quentin Tarantino film I really loved. That was 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, a masterful blend of tension, action and melodrama that burst at the seams with daring creativity. It’s up there with Pulp Fiction as the most Tarantino movie Tarantino has ever made.

In contrast, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — for most of its running time — is the least Tarantino film he’s ever made. It’s also one of the best.

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Inglourious Basterds

basterds[Note: If you have any intention of seeing Inglourious Basterds, I recommend you do so before reading this review. I will avoid major spoilers but it’s best to go in knowing absolutely nothing about the film.]

Inglourious Basterds is the first Quentin Tarantino movie I’ve gone into with relatively low expectations. And perhaps that is part of the reason I consider it, after my first viewing, to be right up there with his very best work. I was surprised by this film in a way that reminded me of my dizzy, ecstatic reaction after first seeing Pulp Fiction 15 years ago.

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