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Quentin Tarantino's Pick For His Favorite Needle Drop
By JEREMY SMITH
Over the years, director Quentin Tarantino has used numerous tracks in his films, such as his use of Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” in “Reservoir Dogs.” Tarantino is justly considered a master of the needle-drop cue, but with so many examples from his 30 years in the business, it’s worth wondering: Which track is the director's favorite?
In “Kill Bill,” Tarantino uses Tomoyasu Hotei's “Battles Without Honor and Humanity” theme for the showdown at The House of Blue Leaves, with the director claiming this to be his favorite needle-drop, but for a surprising reason. During an interview with BBC Radio, Tarantino revealed that his choice was because Hotei’s track was later used in a scene for “Shrek the Third.”
“They use it for 'Shrek 3' and all the Disney Princesses get together and they play the 'Battles Without Honor and Humanity' theme as they walk triumphantly, they kick everybody's ass,” said Tarantino in the interview. Children’s entertainment referencing movies kids haven’t seen is nothing new, as many “Looney Tunes” cartoons reference films like “Casablanca.”