Tarantino Poll

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not sure there's an obvious winner here

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Pulp Fiction 40
Jackie Brown 35
Reservoir Dogs 24
Kill Bill Pt 1 16
Kill Bill Pt 2 9
Death Proof 7


Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:33 (fifteen years ago) link

I have a huge soft spot for scrappy reservoir dogs but it's gotta be pulp fiction

鬼の手 (Edward III), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:35 (fifteen years ago) link

morbs challops in 4... 3... 2...

鬼の手 (Edward III), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:35 (fifteen years ago) link

reservoir dogs cause it'll need the vote and i can watch it any time

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I think I'm about at the point where I could re-experience PF. I think I got overexposed to it at one point. Certain members of my social circle decided that their entire sense of humor consisted of quoting that movie. Of course, they were the same people who had formerly constructed their sense of humor entirely out of Monty Python and Spinal Tap quotes, so.

Voted for Jackie because I loved it and thought it underrated.

Ye Mad Puffin, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

KB1 4eva

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

will anyone sane vote for death proof

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I considered it!

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:39 (fifteen years ago) link

So, no.

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:39 (fifteen years ago) link

I like Death Proof, but it's not his best movie.

Alex in SF, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:39 (fifteen years ago) link

In my experience, Jackie Brown is the one that rewards multiple viewings best. Not sure if that's a good criterion for 'best movie' but that's how I'm voting anyway.

Dear Tacos, how are you? I am fine. The weather is nice. I miss yo (Oilyrags), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

LOVED jackie brown

lex pretend, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I also loved "Jackie Brown"

still voted KB1

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm tired of voting for Jackie Brown, but I don't want Reservoir Dogs to win, so I guess that's my best bet.

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, that and it's clearly his best film. That's the other reason to vote for it, I mean.

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I will totally rep for Death Proof but yeah whether or not its his best is arguable. As his certifiable "breakthrough" PF is good but in retrospect there are a lof of annoying things in it (Travolta, Bruce Willis, "dead nigger storage", etc.) that really make it his least enjoyable for me. It unfairly overshadows RD, which, while smaller in scope, has a lot more interesting things going on in it (plus my all-time favorite QT line: "Don't point that gun at my dad"). The KB movies are about equally matched.

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Jackie Brown I think I've only seen once in the theater and then again recently on TV (very heavily edited). I should watch that again.

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Travolta and Willis are just fine in PF, which is the winner.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:50 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah i disagree with all this critiques of pulp fiction, which is what i voted for.

horseshoe, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:51 (fifteen years ago) link

kinda want to rep for jackie brown, as it is really good and nicely understated for QT. But I really think I enjoy PF (yeah, took some time + distance) and RD just ever so slightly more. haven't seen KB II or the grindhouse one, but KB wasn't my thing at all.

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Monday, 9 February 2009 21:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Still think KB1 is weak-ish.

Alex in SF, Monday, 9 February 2009 21:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Jackie Brown. If you're going to homage/pastiche b-movie genres, at least add something really good to it. tho i do like PF, RD and even the Kill Bill films. Death Proof was pretty weak, save Rosario.

Gukbe, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:01 (fifteen years ago) link

no joke i was thinking about starting this thread last night

*~*~*this is how i rate*~*~*

1. kill bill 1
2. kill bill 2
3. death proof (this shit is hella underrate - new york chick in that movie is my boo 4 all time - also the shot in the second part of this where the girls walk into the convenience store and it switches into color and there are all BRIGHT SODAS AND COLORFUL CHIP BAGS is one of my favorite things ever)
4. reservoir dogs
5. pulp fiction

havent seen jackie brown

nascar jesus (J0rdan S.), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:18 (fifteen years ago) link

jackie brown ownes, it's the only one that feels like a 'real' movie 2 me

my heigl-lohan girl (who's also latina and half-jewish) (cankles), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:20 (fifteen years ago) link

otm. robert forster and pam grier scenes only time i thought i was watching actual people in any of these films.

Gukbe, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:22 (fifteen years ago) link

death proof is good but that twenty minute diner conversation w/the second set of girls is painful to watch

John Hyman (misspelled intentionally) (omar little), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:22 (fifteen years ago) link

^yeah maybe but i liked it as a self-homage to the opening scene of reservoir dogs

nascar jesus (J0rdan S.), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:23 (fifteen years ago) link

ending of pulp fiction >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ending of reservoir dogs

鬼の手 (Edward III), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:25 (fifteen years ago) link

like, death proof fits pretty well into his filmography if you follow his career down the line - obv the kill bills were his 'epics', but death proof doesn't stray very far from his aesthetic and as a compact, 'trashy' film it's really great i think

nascar jesus (J0rdan S.), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:26 (fifteen years ago) link

the end of reservoir dogs is pretty good, if not predictable

nascar jesus (J0rdan S.), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

jackie brown, for robert forster and pam grier

max, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

also for the out of sight crossover

max, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

also jackie brown has best use of music imo

max, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:30 (fifteen years ago) link

this is a dope poll btw

kill bill volumes 1 & 2 fight scenes poll

nascar jesus (J0rdan S.), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:30 (fifteen years ago) link

i think maybe my favorite is when the jersey girl in death proof gives a lap dance to "jeepster"

nascar jesus (J0rdan S.), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

also for the out of sight crossover

― max, Monday, February 9, 2009 5:29 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

i forgot about this! fuck, that rules. michael keaton rules.

my heigl-lohan girl (who's also latina and half-jewish) (cankles), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah Michael Keaton is really well used in that

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:38 (fifteen years ago) link

jackie brown ownes, it's the only one that feels like a 'real' movie 2 me

i think this is true, but "real movies" aren't tarantino's specialty, it's not what he's actually good at. it's obvious, but i think pulp fiction best got what he does. it's the "if you only see one quentin tarantino movie" movie.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:38 (fifteen years ago) link

J0rdan, see Jackie Brown.

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:40 (fifteen years ago) link

reservoir>jackie>pulp>>>the rest

Zeno, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Death Proof easily.

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:40 (fifteen years ago) link

gotta good feeling bout his next movie, that war saga,though

Zeno, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:41 (fifteen years ago) link

not much of a tarantino fan but jackie brown is a really good film.

or something, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I watched RD & PF so many times on so much weed in high school that it's hard for me to differentiate b/w the two: It's one globulous circular narrative stuffed w/ pop-culture and b-movie references, 70's pop, snappy dialog & the good old ultraviolence. I guess I'll go with Pulp, since it does seem like the magnum opus, even if the kick ass action scenes in KB1 & DP have me stroking my beard a little.

2 ears + 1 ❤ (Pillbox), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:44 (fifteen years ago) link

jackie brown is a really good film

it's also a great book (rum punch)

i was amazed at how completely dead-on the casting and flow of the movie fit my concept of the characters (except for deniro as louis - louis is a much bigger character in the book and his stumblebumness is less obvious)

Tracer Hand, Monday, 9 February 2009 22:48 (fifteen years ago) link

In a Playboy interview, he talked of smoking cannabis and using ecstasy while filming Kill Bill.[28]

He was thanked in the liner notes of Nirvana's final studio album In Utero although the spelling of his name is incorrect. Tarantino returned the favor by thanking Nirvana on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, along with the message "RIP Kurt".

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Monday, 9 February 2009 22:58 (fifteen years ago) link

def looking forward to inglorious basterds

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 9 February 2009 23:04 (fifteen years ago) link

KB1-Jackie B-Death Proof-Pulp-Res Dogs - KB2

sad man in him room (milo z), Monday, 9 February 2009 23:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Jackie Brown, for being full of characters I actually cared about, although I still recall the giddy heist-without-the-heist thrills of Reservoir Dogs feeling like some kinda revelation.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 9 February 2009 23:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Pulp Fiction

drowning in memes (latebloomer), Monday, 9 February 2009 23:55 (fifteen years ago) link

My post above doesn't make sense--should read "Planned on seeing Taxi Driver..."

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:04 (one year ago) link

Holly Hunter is a little older than Kael was in 1979, but she'd be fun.

I always kind hoped he would do Kill Bill 3 with Vivica Fox's daughter going after Uma, but this will hopefully be a much better movie to go out on.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:36 (one year ago) link

I liked the Kellow bio well enough, but I worry about a Kael "biopic." So much of a writer's life is writing. Once she settled into Shawn's New Yorker her life was watching movies, with her daughter as faithful amanuensis. If Tarantino (or anybody) created a work of fiction about a formidably intelligent female writer in the 1950s experimenting with fiction and theater who marries a gay man, this would be worth watching.

the very juice and sperm of kindness. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:36 (one year ago) link

To be clear: a chapter of her life which a director would fictionalize.

the very juice and sperm of kindness. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:37 (one year ago) link

Given his previous film, he'll set it up so she ends up going out to Kalispell, forcing Cimino to focus and saving New Hollywood (with guns).

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:43 (one year ago) link

I could imagine a great movie more in the “hang out” style of most of once upon a time in hollywood.

omar little, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:44 (one year ago) link

The movie will end with her watching Reservoir dogs

omar little, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:46 (one year ago) link

I thought of guns too--an alternate ending where she just blows away Renata Adler. (Still alive...sorry, that's in bad taste.)

Holly Hunter is a little older than Kael was in 1979, but she'd be fun.

I could see that, yeah--Kael liked Hunter. Maybe a couple of other actresses she really liked too: Joan Cusack or Sigourney Weaver. (Not Debra Winger, though, I don't think.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:47 (one year ago) link

Tagline: "You won't see it a second time."

jmm, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:52 (one year ago) link

Nice!

clemenza, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:52 (one year ago) link

LOL

the very juice and sperm of kindness. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:53 (one year ago) link

I could imagine a great movie more in the “hang out” style of most of once upon a time in hollywood.

― omar little,

she won't let you finish lunch until you agree to knock Shoah off your top ten.

the very juice and sperm of kindness. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:54 (one year ago) link

Forgive me, since I'm knee deep in Biskind's New Hollywood book right now, so I wouldn't mind a revisionist take where Kael just blows all of the misogynist fucks away. Though that would end up wiping out half of the decades best movies.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 17:55 (one year ago) link

So that's what her name was...maybe the only thing she ever did on the show?

She was a featured player in the last seasons of SCTV, usually playing a woman several decades her senior (as she did in that clip).

her life was watching movies

In homage to Kiarostami, the Tarantino film is going to be one reel of her in close-up watching Bonnie and Clyde, then a reel of her watching Last Tango, then Nashville...

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:16 (one year ago) link

Then The Fury ...

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:49 (one year ago) link

Then Batman...

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:50 (one year ago) link

Kael wrote a novel?

Calling her a novelist puzzles me as well. Maybe they're thinking of Renata Adler, who wrote two.

Josefa, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:55 (one year ago) link

Kael did write (or attempted to write) plays iirc

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:57 (one year ago) link

yep

the very juice and sperm of kindness. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 21:01 (one year ago) link

This Peter Bradshaw piece has a couple of good lines:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2023/mar/16/quentin-tarantino-next-film-critic-pauline-kael?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Pauline Kael isn’t going to be putting her bare feet up on the car dashboard in this film. At least I don’t think so.

clemenza, Thursday, 16 March 2023 23:46 (one year ago) link

I like this suggestion from a friend (as to who might play Kael): Laura Linney.

clemenza, Friday, 17 March 2023 16:04 (one year ago) link

That's kinda brilliant. Not sure who else I'd even suggest.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:13 (one year ago) link

Christian Bale?

the very juice and sperm of kindness. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:21 (one year ago) link

Random thought: I like Tarantino a lot, but nothing makes me more certain that a film is going to be embarassing bullshit than the words "influenced by Quentin Tarantino".

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 17 March 2023 16:26 (one year ago) link

Oh, definitely.

niall horanburger (cryptosicko), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:27 (one year ago) link

Pretty much ... the gap between him and his imitators is about as vast as any I can imagine.

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:27 (one year ago) link

Tho, to be fair, the only movies I think we're talking about when it comes to "Tarantino imitators" are Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, no?

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:28 (one year ago) link

That

satori enabler (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:29 (one year ago) link

xp, Tarantino ruined dickwit testosterone film school kids

satori enabler (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:31 (one year ago) link

Pauline Kael isn’t going to be putting her bare feet up on the car dashboard in this film. At least I don’t think so.

🥱🥱🥱

least said, sergio mendes (sic), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:36 (one year ago) link

Tho, to be fair, the only movies I think we're talking about when it comes to "Tarantino imitators" are Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, no?

― عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.),

It's a good question. Are there Jackie Brown heirs running around?

the very juice and sperm of kindness. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:39 (one year ago) link

Tho, to be fair, the only movies I think we're talking about when it comes to "Tarantino imitators" are Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, no?

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Daniel_Rf, Friday, 17 March 2023 16:45 (one year ago) link

Out of Sight had Michael Keaton playing the exact same character. You could make the argument that it is more of an Elmore Leonard thing, but I think Tarantino was the driving force behind the uptick in Leonard adaptations.

xp

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 17 March 2023 16:46 (one year ago) link

Leonard was an excellent genre/movie writer who never earned his worth until Tarantination, which is another tick in Quentin's box for me but also really telling cos QT's Leonard adaptations are the worst possible adaptations of Leonard's work

satori enabler (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 March 2023 17:03 (one year ago) link

do you consider Jackie Brown a bad movie or just not great as an adaptation?

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Friday, 17 March 2023 17:07 (one year ago) link

i think most of Tarantino's movies are good to great, as movies. i was thinking about this between the bus stop and home: the thing that makes QT a bad influence for me is his winkingness. i'm not even sure that makes the films he's made himself bad. Jackie Brown is a great movie. but people who ape his style generally make shit

Leonard's stuff seems so downbeat to me and i don't think Tarantino can do downbeat. MR MAJESTYK (1974) is way better than any QT adaptation of Leonard imo at least in terms of articulating Leonard's vibe but probly also in terms of being a better movie, maybe

satori enabler (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 March 2023 17:12 (one year ago) link

I'd say this is due for a re-poll but may as well wait the four or so years until the Kael movie is released.

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Friday, 17 March 2023 17:28 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Watched Pulp Fiction over the weekend; in honor, I guess, if its 30th Anniversary(!) year. It's been long enough since the last time I saw it that I was able to enjoy it with slightly "fresh eyes." It's not much to look at, and some of the "tech specs" (camerawork, lighting) are really not great; but the performances and many of the scenarios still pack a punch, enough to give you that sense memory of how hard it hit when it actually was fresh.

The main cast is terrific (of course), but also/especially some of the minor players, like Eric Stoltz & Amanda Plummer... so much so that you almost marvel at those performances (like, where did they pull them from?). Stoltz is someone I've seen in a bunch of movies, and while he's good, he never really makes a big impression (other than in Mask, I guess) – but he's so perfect in this, he just knocks it out of the park.

And Uma Thurman is just fantastic, in a role that could have been played any number of ways (most of them probably not as effective). I feel like if that performance had been weaker, the center would have fallen out of the movie, in a way. I didn't realize there are two (2) Arquettes in the cast, and had forgotten about some other minor/cameo appearances. The cast list is stacked, but in a way that feels low-key / well integrated, and not like, "Here's another famous player showing up..."

The Butch/Fabienne scenes (in the hotel room) were the faintest in my memory; and yet they may be the best written scenes in the movie (or at least they have the least "show-y" writing). The film gets a little dull toward the end, in The Bonnie Situation segment, but obv the final scene is great.

cellaring potential (morrisp), Sunday, 28 January 2024 22:13 (three months ago) link

Circling back for one minor gripe (which I could only articulate after living in L.A. for years): for such an iconic "L.A." movie, it doesn't really have a strong sense of place. Other than a few times when specific neighborhoods/streets/cities are named ("Move out of the sticks, gentlemen..."), the action could be taking place anywhere. Most of the street/apartment scenes just feel like "generic Los Angeles." Though maybe that's kind of the point?

atmospheric river phoenix (morrisp), Friday, 9 February 2024 19:24 (three months ago) link

Yeah, they are mostly generic, but I do think that's part of the point. Interesting that the most "iconic" location, Jackrabbit Slim's, does not exist.

Marcellus' house scenes were shot up in the hills, ofc. Summitridge Drive, according to the webs.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 9 February 2024 19:29 (three months ago) link

It definitely doesn't feel like an L.A. movie in the way that, say, Lebowski does.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 9 February 2024 19:30 (three months ago) link

Or some of the "noirs" that are in its bloodstream – e.g., the famous one with a glowing suitcase. It's neat to think of Repo Man in contrast, which (like PF) pays homage both to Kiss Me Deadly and Grease, but has as deeply ingrained a sense of location any "L.A. movie" ever... (well, that I've seen).

atmospheric river phoenix (morrisp), Friday, 9 February 2024 19:51 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

The Movie Critic is no more:

EXCLUSIVE: Quentin Tarantino’s movies are always full of surprises, and here is one about ‘The Movie Critic’ we did not expect.

Deadline can reveal that Tarantino has dropped the film as his 10th and final project. He simply changed his mind, Deadline has been told… pic.twitter.com/G4lkDArsCD

— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) April 17, 2024

paisley got boring (Eazy), Wednesday, 17 April 2024 23:55 (one month ago) link

Aw, man

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 18 April 2024 00:03 (one month ago) link

A pissed off movie critic goes on a Taxi Driver-esque killing spree. Was that the pitch? It does sound kinda lame imo. Perhaps he made the right call.

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Thursday, 18 April 2024 00:08 (one month ago) link

Dudes brain is all fried since he movies to Israel

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 18 April 2024 01:46 (one month ago) link

I still wish he did the Star Trek movie

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Thursday, 18 April 2024 02:46 (one month ago) link

Moved*

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 18 April 2024 02:49 (one month ago) link


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