Billions co-creator/showrunner Brian Koppelman ranked his favorite Quentin Tarantino-directed films (“Basterds, Pulp, Res, KB2, KN1, Jackie, Django, 8”) which compelled me to do the same:
1) Pulp Fiction
2) Reservoir Dogs
3) Inglorious Basterds
4) Django Unchained
5) Death Proof
6) Jackie Brown
7) Kill Bill 1/2 (I’m counting ’em as one movie for our purposes here)
8) The Hateful Eight
I love Tarantino but hated The Hateful Eight. I’m fully geared up for his latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which gives off the vibe of a dazzling return to form.
Overly long but hopefully worth it side note: Tarantino owns a movie theater in Los Angeles called the New Beverly. During the many years that I lived in greater LA, I often had a hard time giving advice for people visiting town for what to see and do. If you dig movies, this is a place to see and do, above and beyond Mann’s Chinese Theater and all of the touristy nonsense that comes with it. The New Beverly is a throwback old school movie theater that plays very old school movies. For example, this month its playing things like The Mephisto Waltz, an Alan Alda flick from 1971, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
What’s super cool about it too is that the prices, obviously highly subsidized by its owner, are 1970s level cheap (up to and including the soft drinks and pop corn). Some family and friends did a group outing there some years back to see The Dirty Dozen (a film that seems highly influential for the likes of Inglorious Basterds), and it included era specific movie trailers and advertisements at the start just as you would expect under such a scenario. In short, it was a blast.
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