13 Jun 19
Ahead of the release of Tarantino's newest film Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, we bring back the director's epically eccentric films to the big screen this summer. We celebrate the director's trademark dark humour and uninhibited imagery and dialogue in our Quentin Tarantino season.
These films will be playing across all Picturehouse Cinemas. Check out the listing below!
Tarantino's assured debut is visceral and funny, evoking Stanley Kubrick's THE KILLING with a fractured, time-jumping narrative about robbery and betrayal among thieves. Six men, all professional criminals, are brought together by a shadowy mastermind to carry out a jewellery heist. None of them know each other. Each is given a code name, so that if one is caught he cannot divulge the identities of the others or the man who hired them. The heist goes ahead smoothly, but on the way out the police ambush them. The surviving members of the team meet up at the designated rendezvous – a disused warehouse – and this is where the drama really begins. In an atmosphere of mutual distrust, each one tries to analyse what happened. One of them is a traitor, but who is it?
To some it's a flashy, gratuitously violent triumph of style over content; to others it's the film that confirmed Tarantino as one of the most distinguished and talented contemporary American directors. Unquestionably it's one of the most influential films of its time. PULP FICTION is a superbly written, complex, ultra-violent, almost unbearably tense and often hilarious thriller with an outstanding cast and some surprising performances, most notably from John Travolta. Drawing his inspiration from the lurid low-life characters found in the cheap yellow-paged crime novels of the 1930s and '40s, Tarantino weaves together three tales of small-time criminal life in Los Angeles.
Firmly stamped with Tarantino's trademark visual flair, hip dialogue, supreme soundtrack and cool stars, JACKIE BROWN is also his most mature and emotionally satisfying work. Brilliantly adapted from Elmore Leonard's novel RUM PUNCH, the film stars '70s icon Pam Grier as an airline stewardess who, caught smuggling cash by the Feds, is offered the chance to save herself by leading them to Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), the arms dealer she works for. With the help of a sympathetic bail bondsman (an Oscar-nominated Robert Forster), she comes up with a bold, almost foolhardy plan to play the violent Ordell off against the determined cops and walk away with a fortune.
After surviving a bullet in the head on her wedding day, The Bride, aka Black Mamba (Uma Thurman), a former assassin, emerges from a coma and swears revenge on her old boss and his deadly squad of trained killers.
Tarantino's first feature for six years after Jackie Brown, Kill Bill marked a welcome return from one of American cinema's most visually inventive and zeitgeist-attuned filmmakers.
In Kill Bill: Vol. 2, as The Bride continues her vengeful assault on the four assassins who left her for dead, she inches ever closer to her ultimate goal of laying waste to her former employer – and the man who ordered the hit on her – Bill (David Carradine). Bringing some of the peripheral characters from the first instalment to the fore, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is another bravura, adrenalin-inducing exercise in genre filmmaking.
Featuring one of the most gripping opening scenes in recent memory and a breakout performance from Christoph Waltz as SS Colonel Hans 'Jew Hunter' Landa, Tarantino's epic alternative history of the Second World War is bold, bloody and wildly entertaining. Set in Nazi-occupied France, the film tracks the converging fates of a marauding gang of American soldiers led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), and Shosanna (Melanie Durant), a vengeful Jewish orphan living under an alias in Paris.
"Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a big, bold, audacious war movie that will annoy some, startle others and demonstrate once again that he's the real thing, a director of quixotic delights." – Roger Ebert
Tarantino's first period western stars Jamie Foxx as freed slave turned bounty hunter Django. Aided by German gunslinger Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), Django sets out to rescue his wife from brutal Mississippi plantation boss Calvin Candle (Leonardo DiCaprio). Django's campaign of cold-blooded revenge is shot through with the director's trademark black humour, sparky dialogue and visual flair, and features a star-studded cast at the top of their game. A cinematic treat from breathless start to brutal finish.
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