On Wednesday, March 27, the one and only Mr. Quentin indie-filmmaker-turned-Oscar-winner Tarantino turns the big 5-0. It's funny to think that Tarantino has been making films for more than 21 years! He has had quite a prolific career in that time, making some of the most violent, thought-provoking, overly wordy, critically acclaimed movies of the past two decades. And in those 20 years, he has altered his style many times over but his esthetic has not changed at all. He is a true auteur.
So what do you do if you are Quentin Tarantino and it's your fiftieth birthday? Whatever the expletive you want. Tarantino may enjoy some serious violence in his films and maybe in his birthday parties as well, but he also loves a good song and (IMO) he's got impeccable taste. If anyone can make loving The Delfonics manly, it's Tarantino. So here's hoping that he spends his big day shaking a tail feather and here are Tarantino's top five music scenes for your viewing pleasure.
5. Jackie Brown - "Across 110th Street"
This is one of the greatest opening sequences Tarantino has ever devised. It's so simple and yet so complex at the same time, and "Across 100th Street" by Bobby Womack is the perfect song for the uneasy feeling that you get from watching Jackie Brown's pensive expression.
4. Inglourious Basterds - "Cat People"
Nothing says "Screw you Nazis" like red lipstick, a gun and David Bowie.
3. Kill Bill Volume 1 - "Bang Bang"
I love this song and how it is used in this opening sequence; it needs nothing more than simple white lettering over a black background. And the knowledge that Uma Thurman will kick serious ass just like Nancy Sinatra does with this tune.
2. Pulp Fiction - "Let's Stay Together"
There are many great musical moments inPulp Fiction
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, but this is one of the smartest. The fact that Al Green is belting out "Let's Stay Together" as an increasingly hostile monologue is spoken off-camera to a blank-faced Bruce Willis is what makes this scene one of the best in this film and all of Tarantino's films.
1. Reservoir Dogs - "Stuck In the Middle With You"
"Do you ever listen to K-Billy's super Sounds of the '70s?" And now I will dance around and slice your ear off. This moment is the definition of violently happy.