So Tarantino was establishing himself in the movie business. Reservoir Dogs was a critically acclaimed success and a great independent film with strong performances and a showing of great talent. People talked about it and people even left the theater during the ear scene. It was a modest commercial success and a big success in the UK. He was already being approached to develop other, bigger movies such as Speed and Men In Black. However, it would all become evident with the explosion of Pulp Fiction, the Oscar winning (best screenplay), cultural watershed, a classic movie of the 90's. It first premiered at Cannes, winning the Palme d'Or and it was released in the US on October 14th, 1994. You know the rest.
This is the Tarantino film to own, one of the best movies ever made, and for good reason. Pulp Fiction (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)is a F******* masterpiece. With an amazing screenplay (Pulp Fiction: A Quentin Tarantino Screenplay) written by Tarantino and Roger Avary (both deserve credit for their work, by the way), a great soundtrack (Pulp Fiction: Music From The Motion Picture), top notch directing, and great acting performances, Pulp Fiction was the most talked about film of 1994, no small accomplishment set across the back drop of Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King, and other big movies of 1994. Pulp Fiction takes it's name from the pulp magazines from the 40's, and it's style was a glorious pastiche of many genres, such as film noir (somewhat), black comedy, and hard boiled crime fiction (whatever that means). Uh, but mostly because it was an exhilariting, great movie. Roger Ebert also said it was charged with pure film making. Good, all good. I could quote this movie till your green in the face (then again, I can talk more rapidly than Tarantino about the virtues of Tarantino if you want me to).
Pulp Fiction's reception is legendary, and if this becomes a vehicle to brag about how great this movie is, so be it (REPRESENT! Oh sorry). One of the most influential movies of the 90's, Pulp Fiction proved to be a smash hit, winning critical acclaim and grossing 200 million on an 8 million budget. Winning the Palm d'Or, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, six other academy award nominations (best picture, best supporting actor and actress, best actor, best director, and best film editing), best picture by the national society of film critics, National Board of Review, and some other people from various countries. It is ranked in the 90's of AFI'S best films, ranked seven in the greatest gangster films, ranked five in the IMDB, and has a 90 percent of metacritc. And it deserves even more than it's accolades. It's that good. However, it would become more
Four Rooms and From Dusk Till Dawn
Tarantino wouldn't have a proper movie after 1997 for six years, but before Jackie Brown he did some relatively unknown (for the most part) work on two projects. They
Four Rooms was a comedy movie that featured four segments, each written and directed by a different person (Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell). It had an all star cast, including Tim Roth, Madonna, Jennifer Beals, Antonio Banderas, Bruce Willis, It was inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock Presents Anthology. The film starred Tim Roth in four episodes revolving around one wacky night in a hotel room, Quentin Tarantino starred in his own directed segment, with Tim Roth stumbling into a Penthouse, occupied by a famous director Chester Rush, played by Tarantino. After a healthy amount of time of Tarantininan dialogue
The film was poorly received critically. It was criticized heavily for it's casting (especially of Madonna, who won a razzie), and poor writing. It is largely seen as a film that stars an excellent cast gone to waste. It currently has a very low 15 percent among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, however, were generally more positive. It has become a favorite among Tarantino fans of sort.
From Dusk Till Dawn (Dimension Collector's Series) was a vampire horror movie, directed by Tarantino's best friend (or, as they consider themselves, "brothers") Robert Rodriguez, and written (From Dusk Till Dawn ) by Tarantino. He also plays a leading role besides George Clooney.