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20 Years Ago We Got Tarantino’s Best Movie – ManlyMovie

20 Years Ago We Got Tarantino’s Best Movie

Christmas 1997 is when Quentin Tarantino released his best movie, and last good movie.  Jackie Brown is 20 years old.  Actually, it’s probably debatable on whether or not Reservoir Dogs is his best effort, but to me it’s Jackie Brown.

Brown is probably Tarantino’s best script/story, the most well rounded of his films and the most ‘grown up’ one.  Great pacing, great characterization (with characters enjoying a bit more Coens-esque subtlety) and a great ending.

I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when Tarantino went full blown retard-pastiche with Kill Bill.  And that was in the middle of my film snob phase.  Why can’t Tarantino make another movie like this, instead of making frat house gimmick trash like The Hateful Eight?

  • Mucho Macho

    The movie “Jackie Brown” was based on the novel written by Elmore Leonard titled “Rum Punch” aside from changing the ethnicity & the name of the title character, Tarantino’s adaptation follows of novel closely and the plot structure but of course he punched up the dialogue with his style. It’s not an original screenplay maybe that’s why it’s a bit different from the other movies he has made.

    In the end Leonard didn’t mind the changes and of all the films that have been adapted from his novels, he claims that this is still his favorite one.

    Btw I love the movie “Out of Sight” also based on a Leonard book & I think that movie happens to be a bit underrated. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh and in that movie Michael Keaton shows up briefly playing the same character he plays in the movie “Jackie Brown”.

  • Mucho Macho

    Fuckin’ Sam Jackson is hilarious in this movie & I think this is one of the best performances of his career. He’s quotable like a mothafucka!

  • Mucho Macho

    I remember the movie was released Christmas time 20 years ago and it was just three years removed from “Pulp Fiction”. At that moment “Pulp Fiction” had become like this favorite amongst a lot of film Geeks and I remember a lot of people being disappointed with “Jackie Brown” cause it was not as bloody as “Reservoir Dogs” and not as flashy as “Pulp Fiction”. I guess it was more subtle, subdue and more adult than what they were expecting and the movie did not generate the excitement as Tarantino’s previous films.

    But luckily over the years people have grown to love it appreciate how good of a film it really is.

  • Mucho Macho

    20 years ago during the month of December the movies “Titanic”, “Good Will Hunting”, “Scream 2”, “Jackie Brown” and “Tomorrow Never Dies” were released.

    Hollywood has gone to shit

    • French Predator

      Hamill sold out pal ahahhaah, he regrets dissing SW8 hahaha!!!

      • Mucho Macho

        You know the backlash has only increased and the movie had a massive drop in ticket sales in its second week, so you know he got a call from Kathleen Kennedy and the bitch was probably like “Yo the check did not bounce & you still have a job to do cause the movie hasn’t opened in all the markets”.
        Hahahahaha

        He has a contract still with some very few powerful people in Show Business but I get the feeling one day I’ll take another shit on it publicly. And he should …
        he was right

    • The Night Rider

      It is going to shit, ticket sales are in the toilet. Maybe there’s only so many times people can stand looking at Gal Gadot standing in front of a $180 bluescreen, overlaid with Nintendo 64 corner cutting processing.

      • Mucho Macho

        They keep raising the movie prices to make up for lost revenue and yet that is what is keeping people away not to mention the lack of quality of films in recent years

  • Republicant

    His best and last good movie? You are a fucking idiot. Jackie Brown is by far his weakest movie next to death proof. Inglorious basterds makes jackie brown look like a seagal movie.

    • The Night Rider

      Inglorious Basterds is a pile of shit.

      • Republicant

        Just like this page? Inglorious basterds is arguably tarantino’s mastetpiece. I know how much you eurotrash fags hate ww2 movies because America bailed you…again.

        • The Night Rider

          Inglorious Basterds is for the slow learners who judge quality by attached hype. It’s a herr derr shitpile. JB is a thinking man’s movie. It’s not for you.

          Also, my country was neutral in WW2 and not involved, and Russia defeated the Werhmacht.

          • Republicant

            It is not a thinking mans movie. Im a huge fan of elmore leonard loved his book but tarantinos liberties with the soyrce material askewed the film and this movie is by far tarantinos weakest next to death proof. Thinking mans movie 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😊😂😂😂

  • French Predator

    Tarantino ‘s movies are more complex than they seem to be.
    Inglorious Basterds might help the libtards to masturbate because the germans are killed but in the same time the best and really human characters are the germans.
    In Django Unchained the real vilain is black, and Hateful Eight is a masterpiece for spag western buffs.
    Death Proof can sound first like a boring feminazi flick, but it’s nothing more than a love letter to the machismo from the 60ies and taking a shit on the use of cgi.

    • Mucho Macho

      I just realized something bro,
      I forgot to watch “the hateful eight”.
      I have not seen that movie for whatever reason I never got around to it, kinda fell off my radar.
      It’s playing on cable on TV in the U.S. recently. I need to finally watch that movie.
      it’s the only one of his films I have not watched.

      • French Predator

        U can also watch My best Friends Birthday, wich is his first flick but only 36 min are watchable.
        Hateful Eight’s main problem is the BJ scene, but the rest is 10/10.

        • Mucho Macho

          I think that’s what turned me off to it when I read you guys talking about it.
          I just went like “No thank you”LOL
          and I just kinda forgot about gradually😂

          But it’s back on the “need to watch” list.👍

  • ColonelBobi

    The script was so tight because it borrowed heavily from the Elmore Leanord book. No-one ever wrote better books for movies than him. I probably agree with you on this being his best movie. Pulp Fiction was over stylized and self-indulgent. This is an old school crime thriller that grips you from minute one.
    Gotta say I dug Django though mainly for Christoph Waltz. Did you forget that one or genuinely dislike it Night?

  • David Barber

    His most mature film to date and has that ’70s gangster/crime thriller vibe about it plus a heroine who is smart, vulnerable and tough at the same time. DeNiro and Jackson were excellent as well but could have done without Fonda. Tarantino should have done more movies like this scripted by himself.

    • Mucho Macho

      Tarantino should definitely do more stuff like this. However I never really thought much of Bridget Fonda, she was alright in movies like “single white female” for example but I have to say that in this movie I thought she was at her “hottest”.

      She played her part really well IMO. She was supposed to be at times annoying and immature and that’s what made Robert De Niro snap for example.

    • The Night Rider

      Yes. The vulnerable, feminine heroine. Nowadays heroines are not allowed to show vulnerability.

  • David Barber

    When I was at uni in 1998, a mate of mine who worked as an usher at a cinema offered to take me to see Jackie Brown so that we could both get a discount. Sadly, it didn’t happen.