After more than 20 years in the movie business, Quentin Tarantino continues to create some of the best moments in movie history.
He's known for putting his unique stamp on films by getting involved in multiple aspects of the project, writing, directing, producing, editing, hand-picking the music, and even acting in bit parts from time to time. His latest flick Django Unchained, an American Western about a freed slave in the deep South named Django (Jamie Foxx), is no exception.
So far, moviegoers and critics have been eating it up and the film has been nominated for four Golden Globes. In honor of the film's Christmas Day release, check out 10 other badass movie moments from Quentin!
1. Reservoir Dogs, Ear Cutting Scene (1992)
Quentin's Role: Director, Writer, Actor
The torture scene in this movie is considered to be one of the most gruesome and cinematically influential in movie history. Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) takes police officer Marvin Nash (Kirk Baltz) hostage in order to find out if their is an informant for his earlier deadly rampage. Nash denies there is one, but Mr. Blonde is uninterested and tortures Nash for his own amusement. He slashes his face and then ultimately severs his right ear with a straight razor, before dousing him with gasoline.
2. Pulp Fiction, Hamburger Scene (1994)
Quentin's Role: Director, Writer Actor
You'll never look at burgers the same way again after watching this. Within the first two seconds of this scene, you pretty much know Jules Winnfield (Jackson) is going to kill someone. And he does by murdering the guy on the couch before shooting Brad repeatedly. And of course, there's some classic Samuel potty-mouthing in his interrogation of Brad before killing him ("English, motherf*cker!" "Does he look like a b*tch?!")
3. Pulp Fiction, Car Scene (1994)
Never mess with Vincent Vega (Travolta). While he and Jules are in the car, he casually has his gun pointed at their acquaintance Marvin and accidentally shoots him in the face. The blood splattered across Vincent and the ensuing conversation ("Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face...") remains one of the more darkly comical moments in Tarantino movie history.
4. Jacking Brown, Killing Melanie (1997)
Quentin's Role: Director, Writer, Actor
It's not uncommon to see a man and woman fighting in a mall parking lot, but the gunshots and murder are slightly more unusual. This scene sees Louis (De Niro) shooting Melanie (Fonda) in the middle of a parking lot after she defies his order to keep quiet. But it turns out that Melanie (kinda-sorta) has the last laugh: Louis had $50,000 in a bag, but Melanie had taken $10,000 for herself. Without all of the money, Ordell (Jackson) becomes enraged and kills Louis.
5. Kill Bill: Vol. 1, The Bride vs. Gogo and The Crazy 88's (2003)
Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu
Quentin's Role: Director, Writer
One of the obvious appeals of the Kill Bill series is watching sexy ladies fight. And this scene featuring The Bride (Thurman) taking on sadistic 17-year-old Gogo (Chiaki Kuriyama) and her massive gang is one of the best-executed fight scenes in movie history. Much of the scene was edited out for the movie version, but you can watch the full version here.
6. Kill Bill: Vol. 1, My Name is Buck
After waking up from a four-year coma, The Bride discovers that a hospital worker named Buck has been raping her in her comatose state and accepting cash from others who wish to do the same. She gets her revenge on him and then some, slashing his ankle with a knife and then repeatedly smashing his head between a door and its jamb. She then steals his truck and swears revenge, first targeting O-Ren Ishii (Liu).
7. Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Bill's Death
Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine
Quentin's Role: Writer, Director
In the sequel for the Kill Bill franchise, The Bride now has an actual name (Beatrix Kiddo) and finally gets her revenge on her former lover Bill (Carradine), who shot her in the head on her wedding night. After a brief sword fight, she taps him in the center of his chest using a "five-point-palm exploding heart technique," leading to his heart bursting once he takes five steps from where he stands.
8. Death Proof, Car Chase Scene (2007)
Quentin's Role: Director, Writer, Producer
Quentin's half of the Grind House double feature has one of the best car chases ever filmed, but perhaps even more memorable is this grisly death scene, where the killer stunt driver played by Kurt Russell kills a foursome of girls in a very brutal manner. It shows that Quentin is more than willing to push the limits of both speed and taste.
9. Inglourious Basterds, Pub Scene (2009)
Quentin's Role: Writer, Director, Actor
Since this is a bar scene in a Tarantino movie, it should come as no surprise that everyone in it gets killed. What appears to be one person with a gun soon morphs into two, then three. But of course, it turns out everyone in the damn bar has a gun and they all end up shooting each other in a free-for-all of bullets.
10. Inglourious Basterds, Murdering Hitler (2009)
Aldo's murder of Hitler is overly gruesome and excessive. But considering that, well, it's Hitler, we can't say that it isn't warranted or loved by everyone watching.
What's your favorite Quentin Tarantino flick?
Photos courtesy of Miramax Films and Universal Pictures