29 September 2010

Top 10 Tarantino Characters

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie

Day 03 — Your favorite television program

Day 04 — Your favorite book

Day 05 — Your favorite quote

Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy

Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Wow, where have I been? It's been a while, huh? Anyhow, let's get down to business...
Quentin Tarantino. When you hear his name you immediately think of amazing films, superb characters, and incredible dialogue. I have two favorite film directors- one "classic" director, and one "modern". My favorite classic director is Frank Capra. Without a doubt, Quentin Tarantino is my favorite modern director. I also think that he is by far the best filmmaker of today, and I don't say that just because he happens to be my favorite director. I think that he just brings something else to the table. He's so unique, and no two films are the same.  I think he's so brilliant, and so talented, and I love to listen to him talk. I love how excited he gets when he talks about films. He's just like a little boy. You can see how passionate he is about movies, and I see myself in that. I would love to interview him. 
He's known primarily  for his incredible dialogue. He's so good at making his characters talk like normal everyday people. A prime example is in Pulp Fiction when two hit men are driving to "work". They're not talking about taking people out. They're talking about McDonald's. Or in Reservoir Dogs, when the bank robbers are sitting at the table eating breakfast in a diner. They're not talking about robbing banks. They're talking about Madonna! Madonna, and what her songs mean. See, normal people don't talk shop all day long. They talk about stupid, mundane everyday things. Tarantino is brilliant at making his characters talk like real people. 
I think his best quality though is the characters he writes. Every character is so dynamic and interesting. I don't think he's ever written a boring character, or someone that you don't really care about.  Be they good guys, bad guys, or totally despicable guys, or just straight-up bad asses, one things for sure - they are all amazing characters. So without further ado, here's my pick of the top ten Tarantino characters. 
 10. Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction.  Vincent Vega isn't your average run-of-the-mill hit-man. Sure, he wears a cool suit and carries a gun, but he also shoots heroin and can twist like nobody's business. Oh yeah, he's also pretty good at giving adrenaline shots too. 
9. Stuntman Mike, Death Proof.  Stuntman Mike fits the category of total bad ass. He drives the sickest cars ever- a Chevy Nova and a Dodge Charger respectively- and they're totally safe. Matter of fact, they're death proof. But let Stuntman Mike tell you about that: "This car is 100 percent death proof. Only to get the benefits of it honey, you really need to be sittin' in my seat."
8. Cl. Hans Landa, Inglourious Basterds. Hans Landa: Totally vile, yet oddly charming. Known as The Jew Hunter, he prides himself on his ability to "think like a Jew" and find them by searching places "only a Jew would think to hide". However awful a person you know he is, you can't help but be drawn to him. It's sort of a strange feeling, but makes for a great character. As Hans would say, "That's a bingo!"
 7. Winston Wolf, Pulp Fiction. The house is thirty minutes away. He'll be there in ten. He solves problems. "Get it straight, Buster. I'm not here to say please. I'm here to tell you what to do. And if self-preservation is an instinct you possess, you better do it and do it quick. I'm here to help. If my help's not appreciated, lots of luck gentlemen. If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast, and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please, with sugar on top, clean the fucking car."
 6. Sgt. Donnie Donowitz AKA The Bear Jew, Inglourious Basterds. Can you think of anybody much cooler than a guy who busts Nazi soldier's heads open with a baseball bat? Yeah, I had a hard time too.
 5. Shoshanna Dreyfus, Inglourious Basterds. She's got a bit of a bone to pick with the Germans. See, she watched them murder her family. So she trapped hundreds of Nazis in a movie theater and burned it to the ground. "My name is Shoshanna Dreyfus and this is the face of Jewish vengance." Yes.

4. Mr. Blonde, Reservoir Dogs. Vic Vega, brother of Vincent Vega, is better known by his codename, Mr. Blonde.  He's a bit impulsive and tends to shoot at will.  After a failed bank robbery he kidnaps a cop and stops at Big Kahuna Burger for lunch before returning to the warehouse, cool as a cucumber. "Are you gonna bark all day little doggie? Or are you gonna bite?"
 3. Lt. Aldo Raine, Inglourious Basterds. He does one thing, and one thing only. Killin' Nazis. 'Nuff said.

2. The Bride, Kill Bill. During a wedding rehearsal, she was attacked by her former boss and boyfriend Bill and his other 'employees'. Her last words to Bill before he put a bullet in her head are "It's your baby". Four years later, she awakes from a coma induced by Bill's bullet. Her baby is stolen and she is totally pissed. She then goes on "What the movie advertisements refer to as a roaring rampage of revenge." 
 1. Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction. "Say what again! I dare you! I double dare you motherfucker! Say what one more goddamn time!"
So there you have it. My pick of the coolest Tarantino characters. How's my list compared to yours? Did I leave someone out? Or do you feel like someone is on this list that shouldn't be? Let me know, I love debating this kind of stuff!

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