Quentin Tarantino

Icons of the Century

Devouring his influences with the absorption of a sea sponge, Quentin Tarantino has elevated pulp and pop sensibilities to their own kind of genre: the hipster homage.

From his 1992 directorial debut, “Reservoir Dogs,” to the recent “Kill Bill” volumes 1 and 2, Tarantino has mixed snappy patter, gallows humor and every B-movie trope in the book to trick up his movies with the “powee” pizzazz of comicbooks but anchored with diamond-sharp performances by actors only too gleeful to tear into Tarantino’s dialogue like a kid in a candy shop.

Sam Fuller and Martin Scorsese might have laid the groundwork for Tarantino’s success, but the spawn of Tarantino imitators since “Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” rocked Sundance and Cannes, respectively, has represented both a bane and a boon for indie cinema.

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