Tarantino's best one is the one he didn't write or insert himself into. Coincidence? No.
This is his best movie, mostly due to the presence of Grier and the fact he was constrained by the novel it's based on, preventing him from inserting fantastical elements. The fantastic elements work in pulp fiction, where they are subtle, and in Kill Bill, where they are overt and intentional. However, I'm really not a fan of his outside if those two and this one, his absolute best movie.
Ya got me, I forgot Reservoir Dogs. I saw that one so long ago I don't really remember it. I was probably 16 or 17, so that was A WHILE ago.
I think his work can be divided into everything up to and including Kill Bill..... and then everything after.
I don't get the sheer hate Tarantino gets. Maybe you find his films obnoxious, but it's clear he puts a tremendous amount of effort into them. I can't bring myself to hate artists that aren't either lazy or immoral.
Who hates Tarentino? I only see people falling over their feet to praise him.
I say you could divide Tarantino's work into everything prior to Kill Bill and then everything after.
His earlier films were all pretty much straight-up cool gangster films, and while both Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs occasionally had some chronological shifting in their scripts they were all filmed in a single, unified style.
From Kill Bill forward he started exploring different genres, he started using anachronistic music and, more importantly, his films started switching styles multiple times throughout the film (ok now it's a kung fu film, now it's a western, now it's an old Italian spy film, etc. etc.).
Anyway, I think he's a talented guy tries to make something different. I don't like all his films, but they're always at least worth checking out.
I hated like Kill Bil,l by the way (although, even there, there were a few memorable moments), but I loved Inglorious Bastards.
Yeah, basically, I think Tarantino should get a lot of leeway with cynics because of Inglourious Basterds. Particularly, the opening scene with the french farmer being interrogated by Landa is fantastic filmmaking. Probably the best individual scene from a film in a decade or more. Ironically, Tarantino is known for his excess in filmmaking, but that scene (and many others from Basterds) shows remarkable restraint. Most directors and editors, even the most acclaimed ones, would have added a lot more to it: more music, more action, more revealing dialogue, more exposition.
Hooker, I think you might like some of the work Chan-wook Park and Joon-ho Bong (you might already know their work).
Memories of Murder is one of the best films I've seen in years, possibly in my life. One of those films that is absolutely riveting and that assumes the viewer has a functioning brain and thus doesn't deserve to be treated like a moron.
Memories of Murder is one of those movies I always mark down and then get it confused with The Memory of a Killer (which is really good) and promptly forgot about it. I've seen Oldboy, and I liked parts of it, but I wasn't taken with the work as a whole.
I'll check out Memories of Murder for sure, though. I Goddamn loved The Host. If you had to recommend a different Park movie for someone that didn't like Oldboy, which would it be?
Yeah I loved the Host too, hope you like Memories of Murder.
What bothered you about Oldboy? So as to get an idea what other film of his I could recommend.
I dunno. It was okay, but people rave about it, which I don't understand, and it seemed to have a big Theme with a capital T that I didn't understand or buy. Just a movie that didn't click with me.
He has two other films that are similar to Oldboy: ultraviolent and melodramatic.
I'd suggest try Joint Security area, which is his most restrained film (although also a lot of melodrama, I guess it just goes with Korean films), about a murder occurring in the DMZ zone.
He also made a comedy-horror film about a catholic priest who becomes a vampire, which sounds awesome but I found disappointing, and he's made a romantic-comedy called "I'm a cyborg, but that's ok", which I have yet to see.
Grat film, needs Dirk Dale tag
I was gonna tag it Dick Dale but I felt it may have given it away. Then again, the pre-load image lets you know something is up.
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