Tarantino announces retirement plans

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Since his critically acclaimed Reservoir Dogs in 1992, Quentin Tarantino has been one of cinema’s big name directors.

And rightly so. Tarantino has built a niche for himself in a jammed market, becoming known for his gory, awesome, exploitation films that feature crazy Nazis (Inglorious Bastards) and delightfully scary female assassins (Kill Bill).

Tarantino frequently appeared in his films, captured here in Pulp Fiction. Source: Photobucket.
Tarantino frequently appeared in his films, captured here in Pulp Fiction. Source: Photobucket.

To date, Tarantino has completed eight feature films, the last of which being 2015’s Hateful Eight.

And all of them, in my very humble and not-swearing opinion, have been effing great.

Yet it is with great sadness that I announce Tarantino classics may not be gracing our silver screens for much longer. At the recent Adobe Max Keynote event, the director openly discussed his desires to quit film-making in the near future: “Two more. And then drop the mic – boom. Tell everybody. ‘Match that shit’.”

So that’s it then. All of a sudden we have two Tarantino films left.

And I’m not ready to let that go and omg no more Tarantino and I haven’t cleaned my room in weeks and I haven’t been for a run in longer… Basically my life is a mess.

Admittedly, if we remember previous Tarantino comments, this shouldn’t come as such a surprise. In the past, the director has insisted he doesn’t want to become an old man filmmaker, waiting to be booed off stage rather than leaving by his own volition.

Tarantino directing his most recent film, Hateful Eight. Source: The Verge.
Tarantino directing his most recent film, Hateful Eight. Source: The Verge.

Perhaps his retirement is going to come a little earlier than we expected. But we need to accept this as the case, and strap in for two hopefully incredible final films. Tarantino has hinted at his desires to do a horror film, as well as a 1930s gangster movie. Both would be epic. But there’s every chance they will be something completely different.

The reality is, the loss of Tarantino is a loss for Hollywood, and for film lovers worldwide.

It is rare to have such an idiosyncratic, popular director, who manages to smash out hit after hit. Even James Cameron did Piranha II. Yes, Piranha II.

Undoubtably, Tarantino will leave behind a legacy that continues far into the future, and way beyond his resignation date. I just don’t think I am emotionally prepared for that day yet.

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