Known For: Highly structured, stylized, talky and violent movies.
Influences: Jean-Luc Godard, Sergio Leone, and anyone who ever made a Kung-Fu film.
Masterpieces: Pulp Fiction is the easy answer, but in pop-culture years that was eons ago. How about the Kill Bill movies.
Better than you remember: Jackie Brown is already a "better than you remember" classic.
Awards: A couple Best Screenplay Oscars (excuse me, one Best Screenplay Oscar, don't want to jump the gun). A couple Best Direction and Picture nominations. And a Palme d'Or back in 1994.
Box Office: As we all know, Inglourious Basterds is his highest grossing film with over 120 mil to date.
Favorite Actor: Samuel L. Jackson whose likeness (or voice) has appeared in four Tarantino films.
What can be said about Quentin Tarantino that hasn't already been? Not much. But let's not start with the two elements of his films that are most discussed - his stylistic flourishes and his unique dialogue. Instead I pose to you what may be Tarantino's greatest, yet least credited strength as a director. He is a fantastic director of actors. It's fitting to note now as we're expecting Christoph Waltz to earn an Oscar for giving perhaps the best performance in a Tarantino film that all of his actors' performances are uniformly excellent. Unfortunately, too often they're overshadowed by the style and dialogue that everyone seems to obsess over. But in Tarantino's mind, his witty, trademark dialogue is merely a means to the end of a great performance He's said himself that if he truly considered himself a writer at heart he'd be writing novels. But he's not. He's a filmmaker, and his dialogue isn't nearly as important on a page as it is performed out loud.
We root for the violent ladies
Feeding into his revenge fantasies is his love for the plotting of a plan. Tarnatino films often feature large meticulously structured plans. It's no surprise then that he loves making movies. He sits atop the modern indie film world as something of an elder statesman. Really he just wants to have fun. Other modern directors who delight in exploiting B-movie elements seem burdened by their inability to apply them to anything new. But Tarantino knows how to keep giving us something new. He keeps evolving. That's what makes him not just relevant but revolutionary almost twenty years after he helped re-invent the American indie. In that time he's been not only a director but a promoter of great films, helping to bring pictures like Chungking Express, Sonatine and Hero to American audiences. What comes next for Tarantino is somewhat unknown. That's all part of his enigmatic image. He's suggested a desire to make a film entirely in Mandarin. And he's hinted that there will soon be a unified Kill Bill epic and a Kill Bill vol. 3. But it doesn't really matter what comes next. It's already a given that it'll be exciting and interesting and the mark of a director who truly defines his time.