Quentin Tarantino’s TENtative filmmaking

With Quentin Tarantino’s 9th movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood rapidly coming, those who are huge admirers of his filmmaking surely feel a bit anxious in addition to being overwhelmingly excited. Why is it exactly? Because the master of dark comedies is exactly one movie away from retiring.

Quentin Tarantino

Why would such a thing happen?

Filmmaking is hard. It really takes a toll on One’s mind and body, especially if there is a huge fanbase (more like a cult following in this case) that is waiting for each feature as a messiah. Filmmakers yearn to fulfill these expectations, trying to make better and better movies, but nothing can go on forever. If the biggest part of the creative process is based on one man, (writing and directing) there is a danger of ideas becoming repetitive. And by repetitive I’m not talking about an artist’s signature. I’m talking about movies that are based on the same roots all over again and again. Yes, I’m looking at you Marvel. Luckily this is not the case with Tarantino (yet). He really understands the game and knows when to stop at the top. He said he will finish his filmmaking career altogether at 10 movies. Considering (currently) the movies he made are:

  1. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  3. Jackie Brown (1997)
  4. Kill Bill (2003)
  5. Death Proof (2007)
  6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  7. Django Unchained (2012)
  8. The Hateful Eight (2015)

We will have one last dark epic after Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This wakes some mixed feelings in me, to be honest. On the one hand, I am happy that one of my favorite directors will not end up like those poor souls who thought they still have some mojo in themselves like Michael Bay with the 1001st Transformers. On the other hand, I will awfully miss his masterpieces in the future. Even if, every movie of his have unlimited rewatch value.

Whatever it will be, there is one sure thing. His legacy will live on forever.


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