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The 20 Most Badass Women From Tarantino Movies

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One thing you never have to worry about with Quentin Tarantino movies is having all the female characters in typical “damsel in distress” scenarios, desperately hoping a man comes in and saves them. They take care of themselves and have no problem roughing up a guy or two along the way. In preparation of Pulp Fiction airing this Friday at 7:30 on IFC, we’re counting down the 20 most bad ass women from the man’s filmography.

20. Broomhilda von Shaft, Django Unchained

While she’s definitely not the most independent character on the list, Kerry Washington is such a tremendous actress she somehow finds a way to exude strength and determination out of a character that seemingly doesn’t have much depth. Most of the females in Tarantino’s movies are celebrated for their willingness to attack; she showed strength in his determination to survive.

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19. Arlene, Death Proof

If we’re being honest, the women of Death Proof are some of the most intimidating we’ve ever seen. They’re strong, smart, and attractive, and they definitely realize it. Arlene may not be at the top of their pyramid of power, but she’s willing to step up whenever deemed necessary and won’t back down, even if it involves giving a stranger a lap dance.

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18. Jungle Julia, Death Proof

She’s the type of woman that would tell you to buy her a drink and you’d thank her for it. She’s a local DJ on the radio so everyone knows her, but that doesn’t stop her from doing whatever she wants whenever she wants. TMZ would love churning out story after story on her, but she wouldn’t give them a second thought.

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17. Abernathy, Death Proof 

Besides being a hell of a dancer, Abernathy earns her place on this list by delivering the head-smashing kick of death to creepy ol’ Stuntman Mike.

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16. Kim Mathis, Death Proof

She’s blunt and abrasive, but what separates her from the rest of the group is that her stunt driving abilities rival those of any male counterpart. She knows how to take charge and, as Stuntman Mike found out, never backs down from a fight.

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15. Bridget von Hammersmark, Inglorious Basterds

As a German film star Bridget von Hammersmark could have sat back and let World War II pass her by. Instead, she became a double agent for the Allies and was a major part in taking down the Nazis. Every moment was full of danger because one wrong move and her cover would be blown. It took Hans Landa himself to finally bring her down, but by that point her work had already been completed.

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14. Vernita Green, Kill Bill Vol. 1

You don’t become a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad for nothing. The assassin, who worked under the codename Copperhead, is the lowest member on the list simply because she retired from the business and took on the role of a civilian. Still though, she may not have been in the game anymore, but that didn’t make her any less deadly.

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13. Kate Fuller, From Dusk Till Dawn

She didn’t have any catchphrases or cool tattoos like Clooney’s character, but in one night Kate went from an innocent girl on a road trip with her family, to a vampire slayer on the run with a fugitive. Talk about street cred.

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12. Alabama Whitman, True Romance

You could look at the fact that she’s a prostitute that decides to change her life trajectory in an instant by eliminating her pimp and getting out of the state and that would be impressive enough. However, the moment when she faces off against Virgil, one of the toughest mafia henchmen in the movie, and comes out victorious moves her from inspiring to borderline action star. We’d love to see Patricia Arquette reprise this role. Get on it, Tarantino.

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11. Mia Wallace, Pulp Fiction

She’s the wife of Marsellus Wallace, one of the most power crime bosses in the city, so she’s definitely seen a thing or two that would ruin most of our lives forever. She’s stylized and sleek, but the only thing preventing her from being higher on the list is that, on her first night out, she overdosed and almost died. Other than her endurance, she’s one of the most iconic characters Tarantino has ever imagined. Plus, she knows her way around a corny joke.

Mia Wallace

10. Honey Bunny/Yolanda, Pulp Fiction

If there’s one woman in Pulp Fiction who knows what she wants and will do anything to get it, it’s definitely Yolanda, aka Honey Bunny. She may be insane, but that seems to only fuel her as she pokes and prods at Pumpkin’s psyche, driving him towards acts of spontaneous danger with no regard to consequences or repercussions. She’s a human wrecking ball.

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11. Zoe Bell, Death Proof

Not only does the stuntwoman, who’s playing herself in the role, strap herself to the front of a muscle car and let her friends drive as erratic as possible, she does it for no other reason than because it’ll be fun. She endures a horrendous car crash that would have left most others maimed, then finds the strength to, not just survive it, but to hunt down the one responsible for it and beat him to death.

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8. Santanico Pandemonium, From Dusk Till Dawn

No one could have played this role better than the snake-wrapped Salma Hayek. She delivered the perfect amount of sexuality, mystery, and intimidation that turned what could have been a small, forgettable role into an unforgettable scene. She goes from giving Richard a shot out of her mouth one minute, to devouring souls the next.

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7. O-Ren Ishii, Kill Bill Vol. 1

O-Ren worked her way up from a poor girl whose parents were murdered to the leader of one of Tokyo’s biggest crime organizations. She single-handedly exacted revenge on Matsumoto, her mother and father’s killer, by executing him herself. On top of all that she led the Crazy 88, was one of the deadliest assassins in the world, and gave Beatrix one of the most epic battles in the Kill Bill duology.

O-Ren Ishii


6. Mallory Knox, Natural Born Killers

Unlike most female characters that are partnered with a psychotic killer, Mallory isn’t innocent, a victim, or simply someone along for the ride; she’s just as dangerous as Micky, if not more sinister because of her seemingly harmless demeanor. She was probably the first serial killer you wanted to dress up as for Halloween.

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5. Gogo Yubari, Kill Bill Vol. 1

Do you think Tarantino had any idea how much Gogo was going to steal the show in Kill Bill Vol. 1? Her battle with Beatrix was one of the most exciting ones in the film simply because you felt like she had finally met a foe that matched her in talent and skill. Unfortunately she didn’t last long, but if Tarantino ever decides to do a spinoff film about Gogo’s life, no one would be complaining.

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4. Elle Driver, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2

What made Elle so terrifying is that she possessed all the knowledge and training that Beatrix had obtained, as well as a Hanzo sword, but the difference with Elle is that she seemingly had no conscious and was willing to color outside the lines to reach her goal, while Beatrix was still governed by her morals and honor. Since, technically, we never saw Elle die, there’s still hope for her to return if the constantly rumored Kill Bill Vol. 3 ever comes to fruition.

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3. Jackie Brown, Jackie Brown

The most impressive part of Pam Grier’s amazing comeback performance is that, out of all of her legendary roles, this may be her most iconic. The poise and charisma that Grier exudes every time she appears onscreen feels almost tangible. This was a much more subdued film for Tarantino, but Jackie Brown is one of the sharpest characters he’s ever penned.

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2. Shosanna, Inglorious Basterds

After watching her family be brutally murdered by the Nazis and barely escaping with her life, Shosanna refused to become a victim and slowly planned out a path to revenge. Not only did she get justice for her family, she brought down the entire Nazi party. She locked in Hitler and their leadership, then burned it to the ground as they were forced to stare at a giant projection of her face, laughing, knowing a single Jewish woman was responsible for their demise.

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Shosanna Inglorious Basterds


1. Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bride, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Beatrix is arguably the most iconic character in the Tarantino filmography, and rightfully so. If you need further evidence why she’d be considered at the top spot, simply look back at the number of fantastic characters on the list she battled against in Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2. But what made her so great was that she was a polished killing machine in one instance, and a loving mother in the next. Her ability to compartmentalize her life and turn on assassin mode when necessary makes her the most cunning and dangerous of all. The scariest foes are the ones you trust until it’s too late.

The Bride


Catch Pulp Fiction on IFC this Saturday 4:30p.

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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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