In the depths of La La Land, otherwise known as Hollywood, it takes a certain amount of strange and outside-of-the-box thinking in order to make it “big”. Hundreds of potential filmmakers travel to Hollywood in hopes of producing the next Academy Award-winning film, but very few can capture the minds of audiences worldwide. Luckily, for the last thirty years the film industry has been blessed with the extraordinary works of the cinematic mastermind, Quentin Tarantino.
Making his debut with a short film in 1987, Tarantino rapidly branched-off from the stereotypical formalities of film, and made the independent and classic all-time cult film, Reservoir Dogs. With the release of his second film, Pulp Fiction, which was oddly eerie, luring, and comical at the same time, the world began to grasp the non-linear works and art Tarantino was contributing to the film industry. His early successes were merely a foreshadowing of his fruitful career, and it was safe to say Tarantino wouldn’t become some filmmaking one-hit-wonder.
Featuring some of Hollywood’s finest actors such as Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, and Brad Pitt, Tarantino’s films are not all about these names in lights, but more about the unconventional story lines and exquisite forms of aestheticizing the non-aesthetic features of violence. Through his films, Tarantino has pushed the boundaries of film allowing audiences to not only fully engage, but strangely connect to material that is unusual. That’s the magic behind Tarantino films.
Amidst his films, Django Unchained, Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino has won Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and most notably, has gained the utmost recognition alongside some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers. Within a short amount of time, Tarantino has become an influential director and creator. Despite rumors of him winding down his career soon in order to concentrate on writing, Tarantino has always been protective and humble of his work, and he isn’t quite done just yet. The idea of another Tarantino film coming to theaters gives fans of his, a particular chilling thrill.
Because of the finesse he exerts into his work, Tarantino has created his own signature where as soon as movie-goers witness the piles of blood, satirical darkness, and a killer ensemble cast, they know just who made it. “That’s a Tarantino.”