If you follow Tarantino or have seen any of his films (which mean you have a TV and are not blind) you will know of this man’s fixation with chapters. Each one of these are structured as a movie within a movie(alright now, you ought to know where to stop your Inception analogies :P) and each one of these movies is a chapter in the larger QT universe with enough hints to suggest a continuing storyline that these movies figure in(more of this in a later post). All of them have a definitive start, then a situation and then a beautiful meaning inducing end. OK, or in place of 'meaning inducing' put 'abrupt'!!
We take a look at all of Tarantino movies and compile a list of what we feel are his 15 best chapters.
Enjoy this post with your Big Kahuna Burger in hand!!
#15: THE SHOPPING MALL SEQUENCE FROM JACKIE BROWN (1997)
A very gripping sequence. We loved the break narration used by Tarantino here. The same incident is shown through the eyes of all the characters concerned as distinct consecutive scenes. Pam Grier, Samuel Jackson and Robert De Niro with their fabulous touch make this a memorable chapter.
Mam! You forgot your change
#14 THE SEGMENT "THE GOLD WATCH" FROM PULP FICTION(1994)
A vital segment to the success of Pulp Fiction, this segment revolves around the character Butch played by Bruce Willis. Due to the non linear arrangement of chapters by Tarantino, the entire consequences of this chapter can be best understood after one watches the segment "Bonnie Situation"
The way your dad looked at it, this watch was your birthright. He'd be damned if any slopes gonna put their greasy yellow hands on his boy's birthright, so he hid it, in the one place he knew he could hide something: his ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then when he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass for two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you.
#13 THE CHAPTER "MR.ORANGE" FROM RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)
The chapter couldn't be placed at a better position on the entire narrative. It unravels a vital twist to the tale and gives insight to the entire happenings of the film and builds the perfect stage for the final memorable chapter (The Great Mexican Standoff) to take place.
German shepherd starts barking. He's barking at me. I mean, it's obvious. He's barking at me. Every nerve-ending, all my senses, blood in my veins, everything I have is screaming, "Take off, man! Just bail, just get the fuck out of there!" Panic hits me like a bucket of water. First there's the shock of it... -BAM!... -right in the face. I'm standing there drenched in panic. All these sheriffs looking at me, and they know, man. They can smell it. Sure as that fucking dog can, they can smell it on me.
#12 THE CHAPTER "INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" FROM INGLOURIOUS BASTERS(2009)
Starts with the Lt.Aldo Raine's(Brad Pitt) speech,moving on to some gore, a hysterical Hitler and ends with the Nazi forehead mark. And do we love it? Specially the speech and the southern accent by Pitt. This is it (spellings distorted to indicate the pronunciation)-
"They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die"
#11 THE OPENING SEQUENCE FROM RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)
The beauty of this sequence rests in the fact that it is one of the most effortless starts to a film ever. With the help of a fantastic dialogue sequence, Tarantino introduces the audience to all the characters of the film with total ease and humor. He is playing the character Mr.Brown, who has to be the one saying this-
Lemme tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about this cooze who's a regular fuck machine, I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
#10 THE CAR KILLING SEQUENCE FROM DEATH PROOF(2007)
Bloodshed, Violence, Mania, Freakishness, Two Crashing Cars, the Girls. Aren’t you turned on? Beautifully built up through a long sequence and then lightning- like execution, one of Tarantino's best showcases of 'gore'.
#9 THE CHAPTER "SHOWDOWN AT HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES" FROM KILL BILL VOL.1 (2003)
Certainly this is one of the best martial arts sequence in the history of cinema. Beatrix Kiddo(Uma Thurman) all by herself with her samurai sword of the Hattori Hanzo make, takes on a group of deadly assassins called the Crazy 88! The long jumps, sound of clashing swords and blood fountains turn us on.
O Ren Ishi : You didn't think it was gonna be that easy did you?The Bride: For a second there, I kinda did.O Ren Ishi: Silly Rabit!
#8 THE LAST CHAPTER "FACE TO FACE" FROM KILL BILL VOL.2 (2004)
A very long sequence which brilliantly builds up the anticipation of the climax, then declares the climax and finishes it with equal brilliance. One would expect the climax of a film filled with violent assassinations to be "the" ultimate fight scene, well, this scene is, but more of a mind-game action scene. Bill and The Bride give each other all the missing parts of the jumbled facts they had, Bill explains his actions-
When you didn't come back, I naturally assumed that Lisa Wong or somebody else had killed you. Oh, and for the record, letting someone think that someone they love is dead when they're not is quite cruel. I mourned you for three months. And in the third month of mourning you, I tracked you down. Now, I wasn't trying to track you down. I was trying to track down the fucking assholes who I thought killed you. So, I find you. And what do I find? Not only are you not dead, you're getting married, to some fucking jerk, and you're pregnant. I... overreacted.
#7 THE CHAPTER "OPERATION KINO" FROM INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS(2009)
The fake and the real Nazis at a bar with a German actress-American spy, Bridget von Hammersmark, their fantastic games and conversations, building up of the tension and the shootout at its climax, defines this stunner of a scene!!
Say "auf Wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls!
#6 THE CHAPTER "MRS. WALLACE AND VINCENT VEGA" FROM PULP FICTION (1994)
Unbelievable chemistry between John Travolta and Uma Thurman in the sequence where Vincent Vega takes his boss' wife, Mrs. Mia Wallace out to have a good time one particular evening and its "definitely not a date". What it becomes is a super exciting train of events!
That was pretty fucking trippy...
#5 THE OPENING CHAPTER "ONCE UPON A TIME IN NAZI OCCUPIED FRANCE" FROM INGLOURIOUS BASTERS (2009)
Perrier LaPadite's interrogation by Col. Hans Landa to find if he was hiding Jews at his residence involves some of the best moments of Inglourious Basterds. Sharply written, memorable for its artful language switching but Christopher Waltz's performance (Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor) as Landa is unforgettable and pretty much the soul of the film.
I love rumors! Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing.
#4 THE GREAT MEXICAN STANDOFF FROM RESERVOIR DOGS(1992)
The gripping story of the film ends in one hell of a Mexican Standoff, with an unexpected survivor is probably one of the most scintillating cinematic climaxes; this ending sequence is the beginning for QT.
LARRY, STOP POINTING THAT FUCKIN' GUN AT MY DAD!
#3 THE CHAPTER "THE LONELY GRAVE OF PAULA SCHULTZ" FROM KILL BILL VOL.2 (2004)
Starts off with a conversation between Bill and Budd where Budd speaks with an unforgettable background score -
That woman deserves her revenge... and we deserve to die.
But then again, so does she. So I guess we'll just see, won't we?
But what we truly love about the scene and what makes it immortal is watching 'The Bride' making her way out of the grave she was put in alive and buried meters deep into the El Paso soil, and then cut to Pai-Mei and the Bride's training and back.
#2 THE CHAPTER "REVENGE OF THE GIANT FACE" FROM INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS(2009)
The grand finale of the movie is Tarantino’s ode to cinema, ending with Hitler and the Nazi top ranks getting a taste of jewish vengeance, that sends some noobs to question the QT version of history, they are that dumb to believe in the first place, because the motive to make this happen in narrative is the motive to write this screenplay and boy, doesn't he pull it off like anything! One of the best ever climaxes of cinema ever.
My name is Shosanna Dreyfus and THIS is the face... of Jewish vengeance!
#1 THE CHAPTER "BONNIE SITUATION" FROM PULP FICTION (1994)
Ahhh…..so we finally reach the end, a trip through all QT movies tells us this one, is the bloody best. Not only does this put in place the final piece of the massive jigsaw puzzle this film is, actually giving meaning to the plot but it pulls it off in complete style. It features the famous Ezekiel 25:17 towards the beginning recited by Samuel Jackson and then tells us its significance towards the end.
But what makes this our favorite ever Tarantino chapter is no doubt the amazing, amazing short appearance by Harvey Keitel playing Winston "The Wolf" and his unforgettable "Pretty please...with sugar on top" remark to Travolta. And as Jules Winnfield will later put it in the film-
Mr. Wolf, I just wanna tell you it was a real pleasure watching you work.
Hmm..so there goes our 15 picks. And trust us, we haven't just randomly picked some chapters to create a post, it is our years of relationship with Tarantino films and hours of conversations on telephone and G-talk to come to a decision. Hope you would agree with our picks...
In case you are not satisfied with our picks or would want to change or reshuffle the list, you may express all of it below in the form of your comments as we think, the real post starts now.....