It’s time to roll out my ranking of Quentin Tarantino movies, seeing as the director has announced that his next film will be his last.
Sometimes I wish I’d been born at a different time. For instance, if I’d been born in 1962 instead of 1977, I would have been 15 in 1977 and been able to bear firsthand witness to the birth of punk and hardcore. But then I eventually come back around and feel grateful to have been born when I was born.
Being born in ’77 means in was 15 in 1992, and that’s when Quentin Tarantino released his first film, Reservoir Dogs. The movie was a revelation for Generation Xers like me. Infinitely quotable, unexpectedly cool, and with a soundtrack of ’70s throwbacks that our parents hadn’t beaten to death. It’s a strong debut for a first-time director, and it set the tone for what was to come from Tarantino.
Flash-forward two years and you get Pulp Fiction, Tarantino’s breakthrough film. More of his signature cool-and-kitsch, more of his ’70s fetishism, more killer tunes on the soundtrack. And it was rewarding when Pulp Fiction blew up: now a whole bunch of new fans went back to Pulp Fiction, and it’s always fun to share your favorite films with friends.
I remember watching Reservoir Dogs on VHS at a friend’s house, probably rented from Blockbuster Video. And I remember taking a date to see Pulp Fiction when it first hit theatres. I was so blown away I went back to see it a second time with friends. So you can probably guess–spoiler alert–that those two will end up pretty high up in my ranking.
Quentin Tarantino Movies, Ranked
All nine of Tarantino’s films (so far), ranked from the one I liked the least to the one I liked the best. Pass the popcorn.