Rank up is a series of articles where writers at Alternative Nation rank a band’s albums in order from worst to best. For this new installment, we will put a new spin on the series by ranking the films of a director. This director is none other than one of the kings of modern film, Quentin Tarantino
Death Proof (2007)
Tarantino’s worst film is still an entertaining one. In this flick, Kurt Russell plays a stuntman who kills woman using his car. While not as good as the film it was paired with, Planet Terror, Death Proof is still a fun ride full of awesome dialogue and car chases.
Hateful Eight (2015)
This latest entry from the legend was one of the best films of 2015. During a terrible blizzard a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin that is inhabited by many sketchy individuals. Many twists and turns happen as people are killed off and alliances and rivalries are formed. The film keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next and the cast all do amazing jobs. Far from his best but still worth seeing for any fan.
Django Unchained (2012)
One of Tarantino’s most popular and highest grossing films of later years, Django Unchained is a great love letter to Italian westerns (most obviously the 1966 classic Django).
Jackie Brown (1997)
Based on the 1992 novel, Rum Punch, this film is seen as the black sheep in Tarantino’s career. Classic actress Pam Grier plays a middle aged woman finds herself in a situation that could either get her money or cost her her life. This film shows a more mature side to the man’s work as it focuses a lot more on character development than his other works.
Kill Bill (2003,2004)
Though normally listed as two films, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol.2 were intended as one long movie. This 4 hour long epic is a love letter to many genres including, martial arts, westerns and splatter flicks. Uma Thurman seeks revenge on a team of assassins lead by a man named Bill (David Carradine). With great, over the top action and some pretty emotional moments, Kill Bill is one of the best films of the last decade.
Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Named after the 1978 war classic and inspired by the legendary video game Wolfenstien 3D, this film is the best of Tarantino’s later films. A team of U.S Jewish soldiers are sent on a mission to kill Nazi leaders. At the same time a Nazi known as Hans is after the soldiers. The film is less of a war flick and more of a Italian style western set in WWII. With tons of action, dialogue and historical inaccuracies, even people who aren’t big on war films can sink their teeth into this goodness.
Pulp Fiction (1995)
In 1995, the state of film in America was changed forever. This was mostly thanks to a film known as Pulp Fiction. This love letter to old pulp magazines tells the story of intersecting criminals and mobsters in LA. The film gave John Travolta’s career a reboot and made stars out of Uma Thurman and Samuel L Jackson as well as put Miramax Pictures on the map and popularized indie films. On its own the film is still a masterpiece and deserves it’s title as one of the best ever, though Tarantino has one better one.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Few directors put out their best film first and Reservoir Dogs is one of those rare examples by a long shot. Most of the directors main tropes started here including pop culture references, out of order story telling and over the top violence. The performances, directing, story, and even the soundtrack are all perfect here. This film is the perfect example of one everyone should see before they die.