Here’s All the Ways Quentin Tarantino’s Movies Are Connected


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Shared universes are the big thing in Hollywood nowadays thanks to a little studio called Marvel. But Quentin Tarantino was already connecting all his movies long before the MCU dominated the industry and made all the money in world. He was just way more subtle about it. Here’s your map to navigating through the weird, violent, and sometimes funny Tarantinoverse. Pay attention, because this bounces back and forth in true Tarantino fashion.

Reservoir Dogs and Natural Born Killers

Tarantino first broke into the scene with 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, a film about a jewelry heist gone way wrong. The team of colorful criminals hired to pull of this job all go by code names, with audiences never really knowing most of their true identities. But we do learn the name of one of them: everyone’s favorite ear-slicing, milkshake sipping psychopath Mr. Blonde aka Vic Vega, brother to Pulp Fiction‘s Vincent Vega, who happens to be quite the dancer himself.

When we first really meet Vic, we find out that he’s fresh out of jail and has no love for his parole officer Seymour Scagnetti.

Turns out Scagnetti’s got a sadistic brother too, Det. Jack Scagnetti. The other Scagnetti brother became famous for tracking down and catching a pair of star-crossed, serial killing lovers named Micky and Mallory Knox in the Tarantino-scripted Natural Born Killers.

True Romance has a connection to Inglorious Basterds

We also learn in Reservoir Dogs that Mr. White was once mentoring a call girl named Alabama who, as it turns out, is now all loved up with an Elvis super-fan named Clarence in True Romance.

But before those two ride off into the sunset, they have to kill Alabama’s pimp, which leads to them accidentally grabbing a bag of cocaine that they decide to sell to some big shot producer named Lee Donowitz.

But way before Lee was making hit movies and involved in Mexican standoffs, his dad. Sgt. Donny Donowitz, was a super bad-ass that fought in World War II as part of the Inglorious Basterds. But back then people knew him by his cuddly codename, “The Bear Jew.”

Pulp Fiction hinted to Kill Bill 

Hold on! Now we need to jump back and semi-confuse you because, well, it’s a Tarantino list so screw chronological order. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega is tasked with taking Marsellus Wallace’s wife out. Over dinner, she tells Vincent about her short lived acting career which included a pilot for a show called Fox Force Five. Which…


Mind = blown, right? I know.

The Bride’s connection to Django

Speaking of Kill Bill, one of the many times someone tried to kill The Bride, aka Beatrix Kiddo, included a scene where Budd buries her alive in the lonely grave of Paula Schultz.

Paula’s husband is a former dentist turned bounty hunter by the name of Dr. King Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz), who ends up freeing Django and helping him find his wife in Django Unchained.

That is a tasty burger…

Got all that? Good. Now pay attention again, because we need to jump all over the place. Since I can practically hear you calling out the Tarantino movies I haven’t listed yet, let’s tie up some loose ends with these Easter eggs, shall we?

Everyone remembers the scene in Pulp Fiction when Jules helps himself to Brett’s tasty burger breakfast, right? Here’s a refresher:

Well, the fictional chain of Big Kahuna Burger is mentioned in Pulp Fiction, From Dusk til Dawn, Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs and Four Rooms, proving that all these films exist in the same world.

From Dusk Til Dawn also connects to the Tarantino-produced movie Curdled when the Gecko brothers show up on this TV show. (Pushing the connection even further, Curdled starred Angela Jones who played morbid cab driver Esmeralda Villalobos in Pulp Fiction.)

Also, Earl and Ed McGraw play two Texas Rangers in From Dusk til Dawn, Kill Bill, and Grindhouse.

In addition to Son Number One, Edgar has a daughter named Dakota, who we meet in Planet Terror.

The only movie that doesn’t fit into the Tarantino shared universe is Jackie Brown which was an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel. I guess now we get to wait and see how The Hateful Eight fits into this insane puzzle.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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