Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tarantino is known best for his non-linear story-lines and excessive on-screen violence. His first completed feature film, Reservoir Dogs (1992), screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received immediate praise. The critics followed suit in their admiration of the film and its director. Tarantino’s success continued with two successful screenplays: True Romance (1993) – directed by Tony Scott – and Natural Born Killers (1994) – directed by Oliver Stone. The latter was revised heavily by Stone and his writers, but Tarantino was still given story credit.
Rather than accept big Hollywood projects like directing Men in Black, Tarantino fled to Amsterdam to write Pulp Fiction (1994). Pulp Fiction took home the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival before going on to receive seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture, as well as two for Tarantino himself (Original Screenplay and Director, the former for which he would win his first Academy Award). He then collaborated with directors Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, and Robert Rodriguez to film Four Rooms (1995), contributing Episode 4 “The Man From Hollywood” (he would continue to work with Rodriguez over the next few years, including starring in From Dusk Till Dawn; 1996).
His third feature film was an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel “Rum Punch,” titled Jackie Brown. Jackie Brown paid homage to blaxploitation films of the 1970s, and starred one of the genre’s biggest leading ladies, Pam Grier. Jackie Brown received a single Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Robert Forster). Tarantino’s next project would also center around a leading lady, as Tarantino re-teamed with Pulp Fiction’s Uma Thurman (who played the role of The Bride) in Kill Bill Volumes I (2003) and II (2004). He worked as a “Special Guest Director” on Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City (2005), directing a single scene for the film (a car sequence starring Clive Owen and Benecio del Toro). The two directors would team up to present Grindhouse, with Tarantino directing the feature Death Proof.
In 2009, Tarantino wrote and directed Inglourious Basterds, a World War II revenge flick. Basterds would go on to be nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, with nods for Tarantino’s screenplay and direction, and won Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). Tarantino’s next film would be another revenge flick, this time following a slave in pre-civil war America. Django Unchained received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning Tarantino his second Oscar for Original Screenplay (as well as a second for Christoph Waltz in his lead supporting role).
At the moment, Tarantino has no scheduled projects, though there are rumors of a third Kill Bill film.
My Circuit 3 for Quentin Tarantino films:
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Inglourious Basterds (2009)
- Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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