Many people forget the many aspects of filmmaking, and one of the most important is the writer behind the screenplay. Quentin Tarantino, who has made quite a name for himself as a director (and who isn’t afraid of some bullets and bloodshed), is also the man behind such phenomenal narratives. Here for Tarantino Day, we are going to take a closer look at some of the top films from his collection and indeed delve into the all important process of how this man puts pen to paper.
Just two years later the man gave us yet another cult classic - Pulp Fiction. What makes Pulp Fiction is the script. It’s smart, it’s sexy and its crazy – what's not to like? Arguably still the film Tarantino is best known for, this is a very clever and accomplished piece of writing. Playing with time has always been an effective technique when engaging any audience and here such a technique works seamlessly alongside the various storylines and subplots that are layered up here. To pull off such a complex project is certainly a feat and deserved the Oscar, amongst the other Best Writing awards it subsequently bagged). Not only did the man give us Pulp Fiction, he also had the driving force behind the outright beautifully bizarre Natural Born Killers, that was then turned into a screenplay by David Veloz, Richard Butowski and director Oliver Stone. Two amazing films in one year – This man is unstoppable.
Moving onto more recent work now and at the top of the list has to be Kill Bill (Vol. 1 in 2003, Vol. 2 in 2004). Both volumes present a fantastic take on the original idea, and yes, this is a long feature, but it needs to be. The character development, the back story, the flipping between timelines (again), is worthy of the time and only enhances the film's outcome. Like all of his work, this has a very stylistic flare and brutal fight sequences. Uma Thurman teams up with Tarantino once again and brings the words of "The Bride" alive onscreen with utter grace – even when she is slicing through peoples skulls! With a killer soundtrack and fight scenes that make you want to go out and buy a sword, Kill Bill is a perfect example of just how much this man can both surprise you and impress you with how his writing skills have adapted over the years – and who wouldn’t want a Pussy Wagon?
So many films; so little time.
What film will you be watching to celebrate this man’s work?