What is Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction?

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  • Tom Morris - 2 days ago

    Django Unchained nuff said

    Any movie with Tom Wopat, Don Johnson and Bruce Dern is a classic!

  • Lucas Muratore - 3 days ago

    I’ve saw inglorious basterds when I was 14 with my dad it was right on the cusp of me becoming a major cinephile. I saw Tarantino’s name knew he was “royalty” and decided to go see it. Went right over my freshman year head. But I told everyone I loved it because it was the “film” thing to say and haven’t seen it since. Django I dragged my dad out again to see a late night showing at AMC because I “loved” Basterds so much. I was 17 and had a few more movie years under my belt. Left the theatre floored but other people seemed to have mixed reactions. But it’s Tarantino! I exclaimed still kind of pretending to know what that means. Hateful 8 came out when I was 20 I sought out the 35 mm print screening and was again blown away. Having gotten through a few years in film school I finally started to wrap my head around the skill and craft that went into making these movies. I feel like I love them all equally but have the most appreciation for Hateful 8. After all these years Tarantino still hasn’t budged in his love for pulp fiction. And that passion makes me thrilled for Once Upon A Time.

  • Jonathan - 4 days ago

    As the years go by, Kill Bill continues to rise further and further in my estimation. A thoroughly entertaining and imaginative work of art that incrementally grows in complexity while incorporating its love story with everything that has made motion pictures so compelling to so many for so long (it even includes anime!). Virtuoso editing, acting, scoring and writing at every turn. Simply his best with all respect to Pulp Fiction. Jackie Brown second. Basterds third but what a career filmography.

  • Michael Green - 5 days ago

    Have caught up with all 8 of these in the past year or so and just watched Basterds again. Tarantino for me has made 6 pretty solid films since, not a huge fan of Death Proof, and I think Basterds is the best of the bunch and for me his top film overall. Has a great opening and really five great parts, written perfectly and acted perfectly as well (am I allowed to say that Pitt wore me down as it went on?). One of my favorite opening scenes of all time and love Waltz. I might like DiCaprio’s performance in Django more, but for me Basterds has everything I want in a Tarantino movie. I will admit though that my rankings for his films are pretty tight and not a lot separates the top 5-6 films for me.

  • Mitka Alperovitz (Vancouver) - 5 days ago

    Inglourious has the best scene (and worst spelling)
    The Kills Bill have the best action (and most toes)
    Django has the most racists (and slurs)
    Death Proof has the most cars (and ladies)
    Hateful 8 has the Thing references (and smashed that guitar good)

    Jackie Brown is the best movie that Tarantino has made (and balances storytelling with homage)

  • Gonzalo Ansa - 5 days ago

    I personally find Tarantino at his best when he is not trying to show me how much "tarantinian" he can be, so the choice in this one is easy for me because it's also my favorite Tarantino ever: I go with Jackie Brown

  • Thomas Pashko - 6 days ago

    If Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 were listed separately, I'd go with Vol. 2. But since they're grouped together, I've gotta go Inglourious Basterds.

  • Will Krischke - 1 week ago

    I've got to go with Inglourious Basterds, because it's Tarantino's clearest and most compelling expression of his film theory. Tarantino doesn't just love movies, he worships them, and, as with any object of worship, there are rules involved. And here’s the Cardinal Rule: Movies Are Fake. Movies are about fantasy and wish fulfillment, and this is, contrary to many opinions, a good thing. We can want things to happen onscreen - and cheer when they do -- that we would never allow to happen in real life. Which is why it’s okay for the Basterds to be so gleefully violent and sadistic. Because it’s fake. It’s a movie. And as Tarantino reminded us with Pulp Fiction, everything onscreen is in quotes. Those aren't soldiers dying in a theater, those are "soldiers," "dying," in a "theater." It's all fake, and dress up, and playacting. That’s what’s so great about movies. They’re fake.

    In Tarantino's book (should I say bible?) of all the crimes committed by the Nazis, the worst is making bad movies. Josef Goebbels is Tarantino’s Judas, writhing at the center of Movie Hell. Writhing at the center of “Inglourious Basterds” is a terrible movie – the one starring the heroic Nazi officer and 100+ dead Italians. Let’s count the ways this movie-within-the-movie is terrible: 1. It is based on a true story. 2. It stars the actual hero of that story. 3. It is used by the Nazis to stir up political fervor and advance a truly evil cause. It breaks Tarantino’s Cardinal Rule of Movies in three different ways. And, just as the Nazis in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," (which was, incidentally, made by a Jew about an object of worship) are destroyed by the Ark because they abuse the Ark, the Nazis in Basterds are destroyed by the movies—literally-- because they abuse movies. Break the Cardinal Rule and you will pay.

  • Reservoir Dogs will always be the best Tarantino movie. No questions asked. However, since Pulp, I have to vote for Hateful Eight. I feel I'm the minority but I get so much Reservoir Dogs feelings from it, I can't help but love it. The cinematography is at his potential best, the score is a masterpiece. The structure is so Tarantino, maybe to a fault. But gosh do I love it. The performances are all perfect. I'm going to go watch it right now, I've talked myself into it.

  • Thomas Kuzmarskis - 2 weeks ago

    Yes, Inglorious Basterds has great scenes in it. From the opening two-hander in the farmhouse with Christoph Waltz to the scene in the cellar bar with Michael Fassbender all those drunk German soldiers and many more. Lots of great scenes that, for me, never add up to a satisfying whole. In fact I find the movie choppy in its storytelling and, even it its editing.

    I voted for Jackie Brown. The film has weight and substance along with its punchy visuals, rich dialogue and too cool soundtrack. The scene with Grier and Forrester where they talk about how the getting older has effected them, is a masterpiece of writing, acting and direction. JB is Tarantino's most elegant film.

  • Matt G - 2 weeks ago

    Tough call, but I have to go with Inglorious for many of the same reasons stated above. In close contention for me, however, was Hateful Eight, which I kind of felt was a welcome return to form after the Django Unchained misstep.

  • Mike "One's a Party, One's a Crowd" W. - 2 weeks ago

    I didn't vote for Death Proof, but for fans of that film, you might want to seek out the documentary Double Dare (2004). Zoe Bell features very prominently. Actually, if you didn't like Death Proof but thought Zoe was great in it, that recommendation goes double.

  • Mike Halsne - 2 weeks ago

    Inglourious Basterds - obviously. I do have to comment on Death Proof however. It sits at the bottom of most Tarantino polls and lists. I would suggest that film fans reconsider Death Proof. It's #4 on my all time Tarantino list. Other than The Hateful Eight, I have seen each of Tarantino's films at least 10 times. When I re-watch Death Proof, I love it even more.

  • Chad - 2 weeks ago

    The tavern scene with Filmspotting Madness champion Michael Fassbender is one of the most electric sequences in modern cinema. Prove me wrong.

  • Andrew Sweatman - 2 weeks ago

    Easy question. Inglorious Basterds is the standout and one of my all-time favorites for many reasons. Tarantino does employ some of his signature stylistic flair, but ultimately it feels much more reserved than something like Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction, which allows it to sit fairly comfortably alongside other WWII films even with that subversive ending.

    But most of all I love Inglorious Basterds for its playful yet respectful treatment of language and culture. It celebrates diversity in a really charming way, giving us hilarious and thoughtful moments where cultures smash up against each other, even while recognizing these differences often get the best of us.

    And you've got to love an ending that celebrates the power of film and does so in such a unique and satisfying way.

  • Andrew from Lake Oswego OR - 2 weeks ago

    This was tough, but I voted for Kill Bill only because I enjoyed his homage to Kung Fu movies/Carradine and the eclectic cast - with an amazing performance by Uma Thurman. Jackie Brown and Inglorious (one of the best villains/opening scenes ever) were amazing too, but I still give Bill the edge.

  • Inglourious Basterds probably. I'm not a huge, huge Tarantino guy, but Basterds is a masterpiece. It takes most of Tarantino's interesting-but-imperfect instincts -- epic synthesis of a few stories (each probably solid enough for their own film), wacky alt history, genre bends -- and fuses them into an insanity all its own. Jackie Brown comes close too, but it's a bit plainer to me than Basterds despite all the strengths story-wise.

  • Nick Nahat - 2 weeks ago

    'Pretty good, but not as good as Pulp Fiction. ". Tarantino peaked early with Pulp Fiction, a truly original success that's never been equaled, unfortunately, so I've been disappointed since. They aren't bad by any stretch of course. Controversial Too 5: Directors Who Peaked Early. M. Night, looking at you, too.

  • Eric Hauter - 2 weeks ago

    I abstain. You may as well ask which if my children I want to throw into the fire.

  • Richard Doyle - 2 weeks ago

    I am a Tarantino fan ... and I think his greatest talent is finding and distilling moments of pure entertainment from a really wide array of films and recontextualizing them in a way that really only he can do.

    That said ... almost all of his films suffer a bit from feeling like they are exactly that ... a mixture of moments and elements from other works.

    What's different about "Jackie Brown" is that in adapting someone else's work, this tendency is relaxed and he focuses more strongly on character and narrative.

  • Dylan Dam (pronounced Dahm) - Lincoln, NE - 2 weeks ago

    I am not quite as high on Tarantino's body of work as many people out there, but even I can't deny the greatness of Inglourious Basterds. Has there been a better opening scene to a film (or scene of any kind for that matter) or supporting performance (Waltz, of course) in the last 15 years? Perhaps there has, but those are certainly in the conversation. I think this is the film where Tarantino manages to put things together better than any of his films since PF, weaving together his trademark over-the-top violence with sharp dialogue and some of his most memorable characters. I doubt that anything will overtake Pulp Fiction on the Tarantino mountaintop, but Inglourious is the closest that he has come to date.

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