Ranking Quentin Tarantino films

Worn down by years of the fanboys’ undimmed enthusiasm, I avoided the screening for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I’ll watch it myself on Friday or Saturday morning. The list below is generous. I don’t care for anything after #6, and if I rank Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained at all it’s due to a few undeniable set pieces in each, none of which involve the execrable Christoph Waltz, a performer whose self-adoration is such that he wouldn’t make love to himself because he’s not good enough. As for Pulp Fiction, I fast forward through the Bruce Willis-Maria de Medeiros section; infantilized girlfriend, sodomy, etiolated Ring Lardner fight story results in a bolus too lumpy to swallow.

The best of the lot, no longer (if ever) a remarkable opinion, remains a lived-in adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel. Its hanging-out-on-a-Saturday-afternoon vibe infuses not a bit of the tension nor the sharply defined performances, supreme among them Robert Forster, whose mackerel-faced longing accrues nuance after nuance as Jackie Brown edges past the two-hour mark. As bail bondsman Max Cherry, Forster’s air of surpassing his own modest expectations is like a shared secret between himself and his audience; I like to think that he earns the quashed admiration of Ordell Brown (Samuel L. Jackson), which explains the series of pained looks as he realizes the extent to which Max has fucked him over.

1. Jackie Brown
2. Death Proof
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Reservoir Dogs
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
6.Django Unchained
7. Inglorious Basterds
8. Kill Bill Vol. 1
9. Kill Bill Vol. 2
10. The Hateful Eight

3 thoughts on “Ranking Quentin Tarantino films

  1. Jukebox

    Ypu can’t go to a screen with such negativity, Alfred. Give it a chance.. On these shores, we are much more appreciative. You should read this thread in which participates a famous film critic here and jump the likes of Kleber Mendonca Filho and other guestof honors in LaTam cinephilia.
    One thing. They ALL agree with you…https://twitter.com/dlerer/status/1154120588060975105

    PS: The article in The Guardian about “cancel Tarantino” is the reason I jump to defend him even if I’m not a fanboy. But headliners with fascism implicit gets me really maaad. Cancel word should be banished from a critic’s lexicon, period. Maybe the do deserve Boris Johnson after all.

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    1. humanizingthevacuum Post author

      Hey, I’m watching it this weekend, gimme a chance to hate it!

      Yes, I loathe “cancel” used in this way.

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      1. Jukebox

        Ir spells out loud “I’ll save Sharon from history repeating” Not that I saw it yet but it,s pretty predictable that part. I’ll have no problem with revisionism if it hints to a larger truth. The only thing I read is that it,s Long and laid back for the most part. More character-driven. We’ll see .

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