Rumors are flying that Tarantino, a cult director known for directing some of the best cinema of the past twelve years, is set to retire after the filming and release of his up-and-coming Western The Hateful Eight. While at a Q&A for what is said to be his last release, Tarantino made comments about his future in the film industry; “I do think directing is a young man’s game, and I like the idea of an umbilical cord connection from my first to my last movie. I’m not trying to ridicule anyone who thinks differently, but I want to go out while I’m still hard.”. While many may find themselves forlorn at the thought of no more Tarantino, the directors idea of going out gracefully is certainly admirable.
Starting his career off with Reservoir Dogs (1992), Tarantino’s career fell into place after working in a video-rental store. During this time he worked on scripts based around narratives he believed an audience would be interested in, and first became a screenwriter, (co) penning Past Midnight (1991) and later (after his feature debut) True Romance (1993). Writing, directing and starring in ‘Dogs cemented Tarantino’s directorial style as one which is both favored by audiences and beautifully (or more appropriately, violently) unique. Two years later came Pulp Fiction, a firm favorite for many Tarantino fans, and the film that gave the director world-wide acclaim, as well as art-house success. Following ‘Fiction Tarantino was involved in sixteen more features, as either a writer, producer, director or actor (titles include his collaboration with friend Rodriguez for vamp thriller From Dusk Till Dawn and personal favorite Jackie Brown).
While his career took a slight U-turn after the popularity of the blood bath franchise Kill Bill (2003 and 2004 respectively), Tarantino reclaimed his title as king of mainstream indie cinema with his spin on World War 2 seen in Inglorious Basterds, and his slavery-themed Western Django Unchained. Known for his use of music, his violent aesthetic and the use of narratives that are often controversially violent, Tarantino has given us a selection of films that range in narrative, location, and time. While I’m of the opinion that Kill Bill is over-hyped, and Jackie Brown under-appreciated, the auteur has catered to audiences whims, and produced cinema that both challenges and entertains. Disastrously off the mark, or right on the money, you never get something in-between with this classic director.
The Hateful Eight will be released next year, and will star long-time collaborator Samuel L. Jackson in a story that doesn’t sound too far removed from that of Django. Let me know what is your favorite effort from Tarantino, and your opinions on his sudden retirement plans in the comments box below.