March 27th, 1963 marked the birth of a film-making legend, Quentin Tarantino. He is an American director, writer and actor. His movies are known to have long, extended scenes that are heavy with dialogue, nonlinear timelines, references to popular culture, aesthetics that pertain to violence, as well as an established cast of a couple of regulars (Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson, for example) with other cast being next to unknown.
His early life was pretty turbulent. His mother divorced his Italian bred father early on and remarried several times. One of Tarantino's stepfathers frequently took him to movies and nurtured his love for them, which accumulated into Tarantino writing his first screenplay when he was fourteen, titled Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit. A year or two later, Taratino dropped out of high school and did several jobs, from participating in theater, being an usher at a cinema, a recruiter for an aerospace industry and working as a clerk in a video store. Famous and not so famous customers at his last job lauded Tarantino as a wonderful employee with a vast movie and television knowledge, a fact that can be observed in various movies that he directed.
His first real screenplay never got turned into a movie. The movie's name was supposed to be My Best Friend's Birthday, but an unfortunate accident of a fire in a film lab result in a complete destruction of a final version of the movie. Only 36 minutes of the movie remained, but the original screenplay was later used as a basis for a movie True Romance.
His first hit as a direction was in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs, for which he also wrote a screenplay and had a part in as Mr. Brown. It was screened at Sundance Festival and was an immediate hit with the audience. After that success, Tarantino was approached to work on several movies, such as Speed and Men in Black, but Tarantino refused all offers and moved to Amsterdam to work on the script for Pulp Fiction for which he later got an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
It seems that there is not a movie from Quentin Tarantino that was not met with critical acclaim or at least tentative approval. Some of the other masterpieces that he is famous for are Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2, Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained and Hateful Eight. They are certainly something else and if you enjoy this kind of genre and are not bothered by excessive gore and use of strong language, they are great movies to watch.