Quentin Taratino‘s passion for movies is one of his most famous qualities. The former video store clerk turned two time Oscar winner (for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained) is often accused of stealing from movies high and low. And he has, but it’s his ability to blend tastes that make him a master. But for many it’s easy to forgive his assertion that, say, 1971′s Pretty Maids All in a Row is one of the best films of all time, versus his more recent top ten lists of the year. And his list of the best films of 2013 so far contains some interesting choices.
The list has arrived in alphabetical order and comes from The Tarantino Archives, so check it out:
- Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
- Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
- Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
- The Conjuring (James Wan)
- Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
- Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
- Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
- Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
- The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
- This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
The two most controversial choices are obviously The Lone Ranger and Kick Ass 2 — both were savaged publicly, but this is the same director who has previous included Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and Kevin Smith’s Red State in his top picks of the year. And there is a case for the former, which already has its defenders. His picks are split evenly between the arthouse and mainstream (half were wide releases, half played in limited release), and — as it’s been noted — QT is a fan of Woody Allen, having previously given high marks to Midnight in Paris and Anything Else.
What’s interesting about this list now is the context of how people consume home video. It feels like most people have moved to Netflix Instant, while Redbox is good for recent releases. But when it comes to older movies, it’s now a culture where you have to monitor what’s on cable, or purchase titles if you don’t have a good video store nearby. Tarantino was a filmmaker that made people scramble to the video store ten or fifteen years ago to watch films like Foxy Brown or Lady Snowblood, because they were referenced in his movies. Now it’s that much harder to get a hold of those films without a video store.
Do you disagree with any of QT’s choices?