Quentin Tarantino is teaming up once again with the Weinstein Bros for his upcoming film, [The Hateful Eight](movie:1216087). The Weinsteins and Tarantino go way back to his Miramax Debut with Reservoir Dogs, and the mash-up of minds has helmed several of Tarantino's most popular films to date. With a mix of industry knowledge and wild creativity, they have brought some of the most gruesome, explosive, and heart-stopping action scenes to life over the past 15 years.
With that said, let's take a look back at some of the greatest cinematic scenes that Tarantino has brought to life in the past:
Django Unchained - The Parlor
The parlor act in [Django Unchained](movie:202587) is one of those scenes that just sticks out in my memory because of how tense and well constructed it was. I expected a classic Tarantino Bloodbath in a Nice Room scene, and was instead treated to some of the most heavy tension I've ever witnessed (save for all of Inglorious Basterds, but we'll get to that in a bit). The welcoming warmth of oranges and reds throughout the scene's background serve to contrast the characters, mostly dressed in black, white, and cool colors. As far as putting a great scene together goes, this is definitely one of those instances where I was massively impressed with the work put into this sequence.
Kill Bill Vol 1 - The Bride VS. The Crazy 88
It might be a little cliche to list this scene (it's easily one of Tarantino's most poular of all time) but it will always stand out as the iconic signature fight from Kill Bill Vol 1. Here, Tarantino puts almost all of his cards on the table: extreme violence, high-octane action, and a knack for bloodshed that still looks pretty. The only thing missing here is witty banter about pop culture, but the battle with Go-Go Yubari gives it more than enough closure.
Death Proof - Car Chase
In Death Proof, an insane ex-stuntmant runs around murdering girls with his totally badass car, so it's really no surprise that one of the most memorable scenes from this Tarantino Grindhouse feature involves a car chase. What makes this car chase special is that it isn't your usual slasher fight: the victims turn the tables (apparently Stuntman Mike doesn't think a lady can out-drive him!) and ultimately do vicious damage to their assailant. It's a pretty satisfying scene to watch on top of all of the action, because it's rare that bad guys like Stuntman Mike get outsmarted by their victims.
Inglorious Basterds - A Ballsy Scene at La Louisiane
Inglorious Basterds was one of the most brutal films in Tarantino's repertoire, and this scene is no exception. Showing off his knack for building a tense scene and making you truly hate the villain, this conversation between the good guys and That Irritating Nazi Dude starts out pleasant, and goes dark without warning. Turns out the Third Reich's representative has a gun to our hero's nether regions, but wait! Our hero also has a gun pointed at the Nazi's nether regions - and so does someone else! Everybody's so busy pointing guns at balls that they barely notice when bullets fire into the Nazi's crotch, and a ten-second massacre plays out on screen.
Pulp Fiction - Bad A** Mother F***er
In one scene of especially sweet revenge, the main characters of Pulp Fiction successfully scare the sense out of their target, Brett, who has wronged their boss. While not the opening scene of the movie, it's often the earliest one people remember thanks in part to Samuel L. Jackson, who not only delivers his lines but practically takes the entire room over with his presence; the subtle ways he raises his hand to quiet Brett, and where he positions himself so that he dominates over the room and three other men. The audience knows what will happen, in a sense, but the way it's played out is completely unpredictable.
These are just my top picks for the best Tarantino scenes - what are yours? Let me know below in the comments!
The Hateful Eight hits theaters in December 2015.