“ACROSS 110th STREET” from JACKIE BROWN – BOBBY WOMACK
When you list the greatest Tarantino films, Jackie Brown isn’t often on the top of the list but it’s seriously underrated. An Elmore James detective novel brought to life with Pam Grier in the lead role. The movie reminds us of her Foxy Brown days, an homage to the 70’s blaxploitation films like Shaft and Uptown Saturday Night. The opening credits set the tone with a Bobby Womack 1972 soulful tribute to his neighborhood and the struggle to stay alive on the mean streets.
“CAT PEOPLE” from INGLORIOUS BASTERDS – DAVID BOWIE
Inglorious Basterds was Tarantino’s most successful film of all-time at the box office. Quentin loves to pay tribute to his movie favorites, from Spaghetti Westerns to Kung-Fu classics, and here the war themed films of the 60’s and 70’s. The plot to take out the German Nazi leaders was cleverly captured by the dual attempts by a French movie proprietor and a team of Jewish-American renegades including Brad Pitt and Eli Roth. Here’s a scene with Diane Kruger (playing the German film star, Bridget von Hammersmark) as the assassination plot is in full effect at the theater. What a clever use of a often-forgotten Davie Bowie track!
“DOWN IN MEXICO” from DEATH PROOF – THE COASTERS
The two part Grindhouse series, Death Proof and Planet Terror, were Tarantino’s attempt at recreating the B-movie horror films of the 70’s. With director Robert Rodriguez, the films take huge risks including Rose McGowen’s prostethic leg with a machine gun attached and the psychopath stuntman killing women with his souped up death proof car. Here’s a very sexual scene cut from Death Proof as Kurt Russell is given a lap dance by Vanessa Ferlito set to a rare Coasters song from the early 60’s.