Tonights Contenders: The Master, Quentin Tarantino

This week the Monday Movie Night crew watches a film from one of our generations greatest directors, the inimitable Quentin Tarantino. Known for his penchant for bloody violence, inspired dialogue, and occasional biting satire, Tarantino is both an auteur and a box-office guarantee. Occuring one month to the day after his birthday (gotta tie this in somehow), tonight we celebrate a creative genius that never met a blood splatter he couldn’t make bloodier.

This selection ranges from his early works up to his more modern pieces, though I would like to point out that one of Tarantino’s greatest works, True Romance, is absent from the list in deference to Beatle who watched it recently. I highly recommend this film be watched by anyone and everyone that appreciates a good Tarantino flick. This Tarantino written and Tony Scott directed (the wrong Scott died) Christian Slater vessel has all the trappings of a classic Tarantino flick with a decidedly Tony Scott 80’s vibe. Alas, I digress; to the contenders!

Reservoir Dogs (1992) – 99 mins

After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Natural Born Killers (1994) 118 mins

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Pulp Fiction (1994) 154 mins

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Jackie Brown (1997) 154 mins

A flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) 111 mins

The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her – a team she was once part of.

Death Proof (2007) 113 mins

Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his “death proof” cars to execute his murderous plans.

Inglourious Basterds (2009) 153 mins

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same.


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