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The man who gave us Steve Buscemi, a 2Pac-James Brown mash-up and a dubious Australian accent is anything but dull

He has gone from being a video-store attendant to the guy who gave Leonardo DiCaprio his first role as a villain. He still appears in each of his movies, and once impersonated Elvis in an episode of Golden Girls. And now Quentin Tarantino is 50.

While Tarantino may walk an uncomfortable line between empowering auteur and blowhard copycat, nobody could argue that his career has been dull. To mark the half-century since he entered the world in Knoxville, Tennessee, here are just a few things we should thank him for:

Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

Tarantino remains one of the kings of modern mainstream film soundtracks, with musical stylings that are similar to, but funkier and more fun than, those from Wes Anderson. A little less 60s British rock, »

- Amanda Holpuch

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