Director Quentin Tarantino definitely has a creative eye, and is certainly one of the most unique directors in the film industry. Quite often he makes some very bold moves in the film industry, in fact, that is what he is most famously known for, bizarre and interesting scenes all put together coherently. Let's take a look at some.
Cliche, but awesome none the less. 'Reservoir Dogs' has some of the biggest visual iconographies.
Most of the film's big deaths come as a bit of a shock, but none more so than Louis' sudden gunning down of a nagging Melanie in a shopping mall parking lot.
We have every reason to believe the inevitable fight between Beatrix Kiddo and Elle Driver will be a long, dragged-out, hyper violent battle. And for while, that's exactly what it is. What we don't expect is for The Bride to end it simply by plucking out Driver's remaining eyeball. And stepping on it. And leaving Driver alive, blind, and super pissed-off. Though wholly unexpected, it makes perfect sense.
Tarantino gives himself a lengthy monologue that not only inspires some very strange line readings, but tasks him with multiple uses of the N-word as well. The thing is, the more I watch it, the less I would want any other actor playing the role. Now it's one of my favorite parts of the film.
Given Kurt Russell's general swagger and fourth-wall breaking smirks, we have every reason to believe Stuntman Mike is the old school tough guy he sells himself as. But when threatened, it turns out he's just a big cry baby who likes to pick on poor, defenseless girls. 'Death Proof' may be Tarantino's least loved film, but stuff like this makes it very much a Tarantino film, and that alone is worth something.
Still, it stings a bit when two of our most interesting badasses, Michael Fassbender's Lt. Archie Hicox and Til Schweiger's Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz suddenly disappear from the film before we're prepared for such a departure. The basement interrogation scene takes its time and stretches tensions to a breaking point before suddenly devolving into a massacre of Nazi testicles that kills our would be heroes. Even a couple scenes later, it's still kind of hard to believe they're gone.
As if she didn't already have legitimate grievances, The Bride wakes up to find that while immobile and barely alive in a hospital bed, her body was being pimped out by an orderly named Buck. Somehow all that stuff done to her by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad seems just a little less awful. Luckily, her revenge on this score takes only a couple of door slams.
Not that it doesn't all make sense, but it took guts to follow up the death of John Travolta in 'Pulp Fiction' with a living John Travolta from earlier in the film's non-chronologically presented time stream. The first time you see Travolta walking and talking like he wasn't ever shot while taking a dump, it takes a moment to figure out how such a thing could be possible. But that kind of boldness is part of what made 'Pulp Fiction' so fun and memorable in the first place.
Tarantino likes feet. That's wonderful for him. But rather than just keep that a private part of his personal life, he has no problem sharing his fetish with the world. Enough of his films offer loving, glorious close-ups of his actresses' feet that we can predictably look forward to it in each new film. It takes guts to put your kinks out there for the world to see. It's too bad he doesn't feel the same about guy feet. I wouldn't mind the same level of attention paid to Havery Keitel's toenails.
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