The quintessential image of Quentin Tarantino... loaded gun to the head... how movies are made these days.
There is so much that can be said about the films of Quentin Tarantino and this image will surely strike up the kind of conversations his early films-Neo-Noir instant classics Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction-were known for. Like the memorable and infinitely quotable dialogue between Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta about what they call a Big Mac in France. (A Royale with Cheese--If you didn't already know)
Before Uma Thurman went on her Kung Fu revenge quest for David Carradine as The Bride in Kill Bill and before his Inglorious Basterds set out to kill Adolf Hitler and as many Nazis as they could-Quentin Tarantino was brilliantly squeezing hilarious and compelling snippets of every day conversations into heist thrillers and crime vignettes. He dared to make a diamond heist movie without showing the crime itself just the mishaps that pitted Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth and the rest of the "Dogs" against each other. (You will never listen to "Stuck in the Middle With You" the same way again!)
He has reinvented Grind House cinema, Blaxploitation, and Sergio Leonne style Spaghetti Westerns again and again in movies like Death Proof, Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. Nothing can beat the sheer coolness of his super violent movies and their killer soundtracks pumped full of off the wall Surf, Western, Country, Honky Tonk, Soul, Rock'n'Roll tracks and B-Movie scores. Tarantino earned his place as a critics choice and ingrained himself in pop culture by smartly balancing violent aesthetics, quirky dialogue, and non-linear storylines.