If there’s one director in Hollywood who likes to push through the Fourth Wall, reference obscure flicks only he’s ever heard of, comment upon pop culture and, in general, make meta-self-referential movies, it’s Quentin Tarantino. Everyone knows Tarantino likes to push the boundaries in his films and impart an all-knowing authority to his characters. In fact, that directing trait was evident in his very first movie, Reservoir Dogs during the infamous “Madonna” scene.
No other director would have had the nerve to have his characters so blatantly discussing the relative “Virgin or Whore” sensibility of Madonna as seen in her own music in such a straight-forward manner. The fact that he was able to pull off such an inspired but weird scene has set the tone for all of his movies. But what about the pop culture nuggets he hides in his films? What about the meta-references we don’t even notice the first time around?
With The Hateful Eight in theatres now, we take a look at 10 of the biggest easter eggs found in his movies.
10 The Hateful Eight: That Title
9 Reservoir Dogs: Big Kahuna Burgers
8 Reservoir Dogs: Referencing Characters in the Tarantino ‘Verse
7 The Hateful Eight: The Thing Homage
6 Pulp Fiction: Foreshadowing Kill Bill
5 Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2: Five Fingers of Death Homage
4 Inglourious Basterds: Trunk Shots
3 Django Unchained: Cowboy Dentists
2 Jackie Brown: Foxy Brown
1 Tarantino’s Foot Fetish
We’re not quite sure if this is an Easter Egg but it sure is prevalent in his movies. You need look no further than the infamous “Cinderella” scene in Inglourious Basterds when Nazi Colonel Landau checks out (in an extended, fairly creepy sequence) Bridget’s foot with the incriminating shoe from the tavern shootout. Imagery like this crops up constantly in Tarantino’s work. There are certainly stranger fetishes out there so we’ll give the director a pass on this one.
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