Top 10 Best Music Moments from Quentin Tarantino Movies

Pulp Fiction – “Misirlou” Changing to “Jungle Boogie”

While we don’t hear the full song, “Misirlou” by Dick Dale is the tune most associate with Pulp Fiction.

This may be because the song is the first thing we hear at the beginning of the film. It plays during the opening credits before being abruptly cut off by someone switching radio stations, only to stop on “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 – O-Ren Ishii’s Entrance to the House Of Blue Leaves is Accompanied by “Battle Without Honor or Humanity”

“Battle Without Honor or Humanity” by Tomoyasu Hotei is no doubt the theme of the two-part saga, Kill Bill.

Even though many may think of the song’s commanding presence at the House of Blue Leaves even during The Bride’s epic sword duel with O-Ren Ishii, it actually appears sooner.

The extravagant melody plays in the background as the crime boss and Crazy 88 first enter the restaurant. The insertion at a relatively peaceful scene foreshadowed the bloodshed that was soon to come.

Jackie Brown – Jackie Brown Lip Syncing “Across 110th Street”

“Across 110th Street” has a strong presence as a theme.

It begins the film by playing over the opening credits of Jackie Brown. However, the truly defining moment of this movie’s theme comes at the end. After Jackie Brown survives the ‘repugnant shit’ she had to deal with, she’s sitting back behind the wheel of her car, lip syncing the lyrics to “Across 110th Street” by Bobby Womack.

Django Unchained – Django and Broomhilda Looking for “Freedom”

Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton’s “Freedom” is a song filled with heartbreaking lyrics and darker themes that was too perfectly suited for Django Unchained.

The film is a raw portrayal of pre-Civil War in the South before developing into a tale of revenge. Its most noteworthy moment of this is during a flashback Django has of his attempt at escape with his wife, Broomhilda, which is intertwined with scenes of her torture.

“Freedom” plays throughout, making an already dark moment truly haunting.

Reservoir Dogs – “Stuck in The Middle with You” Plays as Mr. Blonde Tortures Marvin

The level of Mr. Blonde’s evil character is shown throughout the film, but its limits aren’t made crystal clear until the infamous warehouse scene.

He takes the time to change stations on the radio until it lands on “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel, then proceeds to torture Marvin Nash by cutting off his ear. Before he can burn the man, however, Mr. Blond is shot by Mr. Orange with a round of bullets, the same moment the song abruptly cuts off.

A tune discussing the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ theme matches Marvin’s predicament quite well.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sharon Tate’s Relationship with Music

Unlike other moments mentioned on this list, this one (or two) involves something much more lighthearted, and it’s all due to Sharon Tate.

Her connection with music is undoubtedly strong, and this is especially shown twice in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This first scene showcases her letting loose and feeling the music as she dances to Paul Revere and the Raiders’ “Good Thing” on her record player.

The second scene shows Sharon in tranquil bliss as her Porsche radio plays Buffy St. Marie’s cover of “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” Plays while Cliff Takes Out the Manson Followers

Vanilla Fudge’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” gets extra attention because of its place during the reimagined night of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Stuntman Cliff Booth plays the song to enjoy his upcoming ‘journey’ when three members of the Manson Family barge into the Dalton household. Cliff, his dog, and Rick’s wife Francesca all jump on the intruders and make them regret ever stepping into the house.

Inglourious Bastards – Shosanna Getting Ready on the Premiere During David Bowie’s “Cat People”

David Bowie’s “Cat People” was the icing on the cake during the explosive ending scene of Inglourious Bastards.

It takes place at the premiere of a Nazi propaganda film held in La Gamaar Cinema, which is owned by Shosanna. She is unaware that her plans are to be sabotaged by Lt. Aldo Raine and the Basterds, who intend to show their own premiere for Third Reich on the same night.

“Cat People” plays over a montage of Shosanna as she gets ready for the event, which heightens the tension as the melody emphasizes both fury and elegance.

Pulp Fiction – Vincent And Mia Dancing To “You Never Can Tell”

Earlier, it was mentioned that “Misirlou” was the theme of Pulp Fiction, but Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” is perhaps the most defining moment in the film.

Vincent takes his boss’ wife, Mia, to the ‘50s-style diner Jack Rabbit Slim’s for fun. However, she eventually talks him into entering a dance contest. Their choreography to “You Never Can Tell” is spontaneous and amateur, but its charm gets them the grand prize.

Pulp Fiction – Mia Dancing to “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”

Urge Overkill’s cover of “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” by Neil Diamond is perhaps one of the most iconic moments.

Why? Because the build-up starts long before the time the song plays. The high from being crowned with the winning dance and holding strong chemistry ultimately makes things awkward for Vincent and Mia. Where Vincent escapes to the bathroom to collect himself, Mia dances to “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” in the living room.

However, the song only adds to Vincent’s conflicted emotions, which prevents him from noticing Mia’s error in mistaking the heroin in his coat for cocaine, leading to an overdose.

The Hottest Tickets at the Red Sea International Film Festival

The Red Sea International Film Festival highlights the unifying experience and richness of Saudi Arabia’s filmmaking talent. The event occurs in Jeddah’s historic old town, with various Arab and international stars attending. This year, the Red Sea International Film Festival released an early ticket bundle, giving enthusiastic movie fans a chance to choose the films they would like to watch. Here is a list of some of the hottest tickets at the long-awaited film festival:

1. Huda’s Salon

Hany Abu- Assad is the director and writer of the Huda’s Salon film. He is one of the popular Palestinian filmmakers who has received numerous Oscar nominations for his movies. With ‘’ Huda’s Salon”, Hany Abu takes viewers to Palestine, focusing on the challenges of Palestinian women.

The film is about a young mother, married to a jealous man, visiting Huda’s salon in Bethlehem. The ordinary visit turns sour after the owner blackmails the mother to work for the secret service of the occupying force.

2. Casablanca Beats

Nabil Ayouch is the writer and director of the film ‘’Casablanca Beats”. It was selected as Morocco’s best international feature film at the 2022 Academy Awards. It’s about a former rapper, Anas, who starts working at a cultural center in Casablanca. Anas uses non-traditional teaching techniques, encouraging his students to express and free themselves from the societal realities and traditions via hip-hop culture. This film shows the pains and challenges of societal traditions that can get in the way of a dream.

3. Feathers

‘’Feathers” is an Egyptian Cinema written and directed by Omar El Zohairy. It has triggered a debate on poverty in one of Arab’s most popular countries, Egypt, and received an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Though it has not received an Oscar nomination, it’s still one of the hottest films to watch at the Red sea festival. It’s about a woman who’s forced into a period of self-discovery as she struggles to support her family. This is after her husband gets turned into a chicken by a powerful witch. This film highlights the real challenges and sufferings that rural Egyptian women go through.

4. Becoming

Becoming is a film that brings to light how the Saudi filmmaking industry has evolved to support female filmmakers. It joins stories from five Saudi women directors to highlight the different sides of an evolving kingdom. Some of the examples in the film include the story of a bride who disappears on her wedding night. Another example is a story of an 11-year-old girl who visits her aunt’s place one day before the Friday prayers and realizes that she can freely talk and express all the things that she couldn’t tell her conservative parents. The stories are uncompromising and bold, featuring women who can change the future of the Saudi film industry.

5. The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter is a psychological drama film directed and written by Maggie Gyllenhaal. It is based on Elena Ferrante’s novel, also known as ‘’The Lost Daughter”. It’s about a woman obsessed with another woman and her daughter while on her summer holiday. It unravels her past as it prompts memories of her motherhood.

There are many other hot tickets at the Red Sea International Film Festival, including Ennio and The Gravedigger’s Wife. Viewers can book these tickets to enjoy the artistic work put in by Saudi Arabia’s Film industry.