Happy 50th Birthday To Quentin Tarantino

Happy Birthday to Quentin Tarantino, one of the most divisive and entertaining filmmakers of the last 25 years, who turned the ripe old age of 50 on Wednesday March 27.

Tarantino became the poster boy for movie geeks after the release of his independent classic Reservoir Dogs in 1992. This came after he honed his craft and knowledge of cinema whilst working in a video store, named Video Archives, in Manhattan Beach, where he discussed cinema and recommended films to customers on an hourly basis.

Quentin Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee, but by the age of two he had relocated to California, and the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Tarantino soon contracted the acting bug and looked to force his way into the profession, but his job at Video Archives, and a chance meeting with Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, soon convinced him to write his own screenplay.

Eschewing the film school routine of perfecting his skills as a director, Tarantino would later state, “When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films’.”

After writing a number of screenplays, Tarantino finally caught the attention of Hollywood with Reservoir Dogs, which after it was screened at the Sundance Film Festival became an instant hit, thanks to word-of-mouth reviews and the critical acclaim it received from film reviewers.

Tarantino then followed this up with Pulp Fiction, which landed him an Oscar for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, grossed over $200 million and is lauded as one of the finest films of all time.

He has followed these efforts up with Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Inglorious Basterds, Death Proof, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained, each of which of unashamedly violent, gory, sexy, and sweary.

What is your favorite scene from a Quentin Tarantino film?