I will admit his films are not for everyone — they are complex, darkly humorous and excessively violent.
But for those who happen to enjoy his movies — myself included — they are highly anticipated works of art.
Two more movies
When I hear about Tarantino’s projects, I become both excited and a little sad.
That’s because Tarantino has announced that he will direct only two more movies before he retires. That will leave him with “10 movies.”
He has directed much more than just 10 projects, but he only counts eight of his finished works in that “10 movies” list. They are:
- “Reservoir Dogs”
- “Pulp Fiction”
- “Jackie Brown”
- “Kill Bill” (Volumes 1 and 2)
- “Death Proof”
- “Inglorious Basterds”
- “Django Unchained”
- “The Hateful Eight”
What’s next for Tarantino?
We don’t know what is still to come, but some think there will be a “Kill Bill Vol. 3” — and Tarantino has hinted at the possibility multiple times.
That leaves me to wonder, though, if it would count as an entire movie by itself since Volumes 1 and 2 are counted as just one by their director.
It seems unlikely that Tarantino will create any sci-fi or futuristic work.
But he definitely could pull off some kind of dystopian future story in the vein of “The Book of Eli” or “The Hunger Games.”
So I guess I’ll resign myself to saying I have no freaking clue what Tarantino will pull out of his brain for his next project.
Then again, I think that’s part of the appeal of Tarantino’s work.
The music man
Another huge draw is the soundtracks to Tarantino films.
He has been very outspoken about how music plays a part in his writing and directing.
The soundtracks for his works feature varied genres. While they present a cohesive theme, it is only due to the plot of the story that Tarantino applies to the music — which I think must be the way his stories take form.
His latest, “The Hateful Eight,” might have less music in it, but when it plays, it highlights the seamless line between the facets of the work.
Those facets also include Tarantino’s penchant for choosing his cast members.
There are many actors who have been cast in more than one of Tarantino’s movies. In fact, some of them seem to be cast in every single one.
Samuel L. Jackson is one such. With the exception of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Death Proof” and “Inglorious Bastards,” he usually lands a leading role.
Other frequent flyers include Uma Thurman — also known as Tarantino’s muse — Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz, John Travolta, Michael Madsen, James Parks and Walton Goggins.
Somehow, it doesn’t take away from the story telling.
Tarantino’s movies often seem to exist in a universe all of their own.
Since there hasn’t been an announcement about any new project, I figure we have a couple of years before we know who will make the cut for Tarantino’s ninth film.