Love him or hate him; Quentin Tarantino is one of the great filmmakers of all time in the way that Stanley Kubrick was because there are some styles that are unique to them and them alone.
A really good example of this is Steven Spielberg. It’s hard to explain but you know a Spielberg movie when you see it.
And Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is about to hit theaters next week; if you’re a fan then you should check out these movies as well.
It’s already being hailed as an undeniable masterpiece.
Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, and Margot Robbie – and it currently has a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 65 reviews.
The consensus says, “Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino’s provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker’s vision.”
Ed Potton of Times UK gave it 5 out of 5 stars and wrote, “This is a retro tour de force inhabiting a fully realised world of popular culture – TV, movies, pop music and yes, pulp fiction.”
Stephanie Zacharek of TIME Magazine, “Pitt and DiCaprio are marvelous together, and though neither are what any of us should call ‘old,’ their faces, once as flawless as airbrushed high-school portraits, have now achieved a more weathered perfection.”
For all intents and purposes, it’s probably going to be an amazing piece of work. But almost all of Tarantino’s work is pretty great. Although he didn’t direct, he wrote the odd horror/thriller work of “From Dusk till Dawn.”
He redefined storytelling conventions with “Pulp Fiction.” And he knocked it way out of the park with the fictional masterpiece “Inglourious Basterds,” where he slaughters Adolf Hitler in an unexpected way.
So if you are a fan then you should check out these movies as well.
“The Dirty Dozen”
It’s one of those bold unconventional war hero movies about a rebellious U.S. Army Major who is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination of Nazi German officers. This movie came out in 1967 and it was a smash because even by the time period’s standards, this movie was a little shocking – making heroes out of the unlikely. It stars Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and Charles Bronson.
“Road to Perdition”
This might be the most underrated Tom Hanks movie ever made. Directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring Daniel Craig and Paul Newman, “Road to Perdition” tells the story of a mob enforcer’s son who witnesses a murder and unleashes a chain of events down the road of redemption and revenge. It might be a little too far on the sentimental spectrum for a Tarantino movie, but make no mistake, it’s still brutal.
“The Boondock Saints”
It’s the story of a couple of twin brothers who kill some Russian gangsters in self-defense and end up taking on all the crime in their hometown of Boston. It’s a lot like “Reservoir Dogs” in tone and also has that B-thriller surface to it.
This is one of those movies that came out of nowhere and it’s about as close to Tarantino’s most underrated film, “Jackie Brown,” It tells the story of a mob enforcer who tries his hand at producing a film. And it coincidentally stars John Travolta who was dang close to winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in “Pulp Fiction.”