Django Unchained is freeing itself from the shackles of the editing suite when it releases in UK cinemas this Friday. This latest offering from Tarantino will not disappoint, with its sheer abundance of action, humour and offbeat characters his films are so famed for. Indeed, it's pretty fair to say that Tarantino has become a film genre in his own right; "That film was very Tarantinoesque" (which is a recognised adjective) and "It felt rather Tarantino-ie" (ok, we made that last one up…). Here, we take a look at some the most memorable "Tarantino-ie" scenes…
Reservoir Dogs (1992) - "The Ear Scene"
It's pretty hard to believe that Reservoir Dogs first graced our screens a little over 20 years ago. The film focuses around a botched diamond heist and a colourful (literally…think Mr Pink) array of thieving gangsters. One of the most memorable scenes involves Mr Blonde (played by the formidable Michael Madsen) who ceremoniously hacks off the ear of a poor young cop. This is classic Tarantino at his best - stylised brutality to the mellow tones of Stealers Wheel's Stuck In The Middle With You.
Pulp Fiction (1994) - "Royale With Cheese"
1994 saw the release of Tarantino's critically acclaimed Pulp Fiction. Famed for its offbeat, non-linear structure and frequent references to pop culture it is unsurprising that this movie is hailed as a cult classic. The "Royale With Cheese" scene perfectly demonstrates Tarantino's ability to colour his characters with the everyday and banal. In this scene, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L Jackson) casually discuss fast food burgers, on their way to carry out a ‘job'. Le Big Mac! C'est magnifique!
Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003) - "Crazy 88's Fight Scene"
The theme of revenge is something that runs throughout Tarantino's cinematic canon and this film is certainly no exception. When assassin Beatrix Kiddo "The Bride" (Uma Thurman) is almost murdered at her wedding by her own boss, fondly known as Bill, she embarks on a mission to avenge the death of her unborn child. This particular scene best demonstrates the way Tarantino portrays stylised violence. The combat is inspired by kung-fu, with buckets of blood and just a hint of comedic slapstick thrown in for good measure. It's ‘bloody' good!
Kill Bill: Vol 2 (2004) - "The Final Showdown With Bill"
We could hardly discuss Quentin Tarantino without bringing a final showdown in to the equation! There is almost always one of these in a Tarantino film, but the showdown in this film is awesome (because, hey, we had to wait until the very end of the second film to actually kill Bill!) Here, after a bloodbath of ferocious action, insane martial arts moves and even an eye gouge, we see a quiet emotion behind the final, fatal blow - "The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart."
Inglourious Basterds (2009) - "Cinema Massacre"
Django's predecessor Inglourious Basterds depicts an alternative history story featuring a bunch of Nazi killers tasked with overthrowing the Nazi leadership. If you are a fan of an alternative to the way things really ended, then this scene is for you. Here, Shoshanna's (Melanie Laurent) cinema is burnt to the ground and revenge is extracted on Hitler in the nicest possible way - he is shot..again..and again…and again..and..well you get the idea!