It was about twenty years ago now that the world first heard the name of Quentin Tarantino. The former video-store clerk achieved what so many in his position want but so few manage - to make his own films. Some people were quick to dismiss him as a copy-cat artist, taking the work of others and putting his own spin on it, but but these people are missing the point - he's a geek and like many geeks his age he grew up watching movies so it's inevitable that they'll have influenced him as a film-maker.
Not all his inspiration came from others though and he soon forged a very distinctive style of his own with the results seeing him quickly become one of the most famous writer/directors around. I think I speak for a lot of movie fans when I say the imminent release of a new Tarantino film is an exciting time but he takes so long to make new ones that we have plenty of time to digest his previous efforts too. Here are my five favourite:
5. Jackie Brown (1997)
4. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
1. Kill Bill (2003/4)
Special Note: Compiling this list got me thinking - in the twenty years since Reservoir Dogs, QT has made only seven of what you might call actual 'proper' Tarantino films (and that's including Django Unchained which isn't out yet!). Considering he's said that he'll retire by the age of 60, that means we've only got three or four more films to come from him. Oh nooo! :( Make 'em count, QT!