is a sorcerer of the highest proportion. He is a shrewd storyteller using frames of both sadists and philanthropists alike. His movies belong to the realm of punk rock, of apparently dissimilar fusions, between love, war and that sacred territory in between. He uses the extremely original tool of alternative fiction in this purpose of his. He introduces us to the stories inside the stories generally heard and makes the ‘could have beens’ more exciting than the ‘is’, the prime example being the unadulterated friendship between Doctor King Schultz and Django.
Pulp Fiction ~
Gyrating around the lethal domain of the underworld three interesting and intertwined tales are simultaneously told. The story involves a couple of hitmen, the gorgeous yet abandoned wife of an infamous gangster , a perplexed boxer and two petty criminals who impeccably play the role of self consumed jesters. Pulp Fiction was one of the first movies that dexterously employed the tool of non linear storytelling and how! Tarantino successfully used the themes of punk rock and jazz in the film which was further enhanced by top notch performances by Samuel L Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis. How can one forget the role of a perplexed man played by the director himself.
Django Unchained ~
One of the most unique depictions of antebellum America ever shown on the screen. In Django unchained Tarantino uses his tried and tested device of alternate fiction in narrating the tale of a deviant rebel amongst a group of docile slaves. He does so with the help of guns, witty one liners and a lot of swagger. He is assisted by a benevolent bounty hunter also a part time dentist Dr. King Schultz. The movie is blessed with once in a lifetime performances by Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio , Jamie Foxx and the ever present Samuel L Jackson.
Once upon a time in Hollywood ~
Another recently successful usage of the device of alternative fiction. It depicts the apparently colourful yet abysmal state of Los Angeles, Hollywood in the 1960s. The movie revolves around the devious cult of Charles Manson and the homicide of Sharon Tate (a famous actress and the wife of director Roman Polanski)and her friends. However, the story is told through the quirky perspective of Quentin Tarantino. One must appreciate the humour in a number of scenes and the performances of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Inglourious Basterds ~
Perhaps Tarantino’s most daring project. Using the tool of alternative fiction he depicts a fight for survival and rebellion in Nazi Germany by a group of angry Anti-Nazi Americans (where some of them are Jewish ) headed by Brad Pitt. An impeccable screenplay is further enhanced by outstanding performances from Christopher Waltz and Brad Pitt. It is a tale of love, hatred, rebellion and ofcourse the death of Adolf Hitler! It is told in quick speed following the motion of a rock song.
Reservoir Dogs ~
Tarantino’s earliest venture into the domain of crime and the underworld, it is a story about a heist being executed by a group of criminals oblivious of each other’s identities. One of them however is an undercover cop and the movie depicts the bizarre, brutal and chaotic chain of events that take place in the process of executing the heist. It established Tarantino as a director to reckon with.