The Difficulty in Ranking the Films of Quentin Tarantino

pulpAs I casually checked my Twitter feed one day last week, I noticed a number of people were talking about Quentin Tarantino and his movies. As it tends to nowadays, my mind immediately jumped to worrying if he’d died, but no it was just his birthday. Not even a notable one at that (54). Anyway, it got me thinking about my favourite movies of his, and a thought I’ve been having for a number of years; I guess the title of this piece is a bit clickbaity, as it’s not so much the difficulty in saying which ones I prefer that’s got me wondering, but what actually counts as ‘a Quentin Tarantino film’? Continue reading

‘The Hateful Eight’ Review

The-Hateful-EightNote: This review refers to the standard, general release 167 minute version of the film. As much as I’d have liked to have seen the 70mm Roadshow version, it’s not playing anywhere near me.

Quentin Tarantino has never been one to mince his words, resulting in more than one uncomfortable interview appearance, but if there’s one thing that The Hateful Eight makes abundantly clear, it’s that he does not care in the slightest about what anyone else thinks of him. I’ve always liked his films, but I used to begrudge the perplexing and near-unmatched level of fame Tarantino enjoyed as a director, wondering why none of his peers could ever achieve such recognition. He still has the extremely rare distinction of being an auteur for whom every new film released is a major event though, a distinction which shouldn’t be underestimated, and this is no exception. Continue reading