The short film Who Do You Think You’re Fooling? makes the convincing argument that Quentin Tarantino, um, borrowed concepts from the 1987 Hong Kong actioner City on Fire for Reservoir Dogs.
But what other films did the wildly successful auteur draw inspiration from? That question is answered in Karharine Rife’s If You Like Quentin Tarantino, a entertaining reference guide that has the uneviable task of examining works that have either influenced or been influenced by QT.
Spanning chronologically from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, the book suggests a Netflix queue-busting amount of movies that span from the original Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 (from which Tarantino took the idea of naming criminals after colors) to the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite.
By contextualizing each of these films within a different part of Tarantino’s career, Rife is clearly looking to immerse readers into the world of unknown cinema that the director has found so much guidance from. Elsewhere in the tome, she provides an appendix of exploitation and cult releases from Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder distribution hub, offers up a rundown of every film ever to have been screened at his QT Fests, and even finds time to pay tribute to Grindhouse’s under-appreciated Planet Terror.
If You Like Quentin Tarantino won’t win the director any new fans, yet for those who are caught in his cinematic web it is yet another opportunity to learn about lesser-known films that could become obsessions.
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