Oscar-winning writer and outspoken director Quentin Tarantino has NEVER been shy about telling people what he thinks about film (even if we DON’T really wanna hear it) and now he’s back; this time (thanks to The Quentin Tarantino Archives) with his top 10 films of 2013…thus far.
I’m not sure if it can be called a ‘top 10’ as he put them in alphabetical order, but the choices he’s made include films from mumblecore filmmaker Joe Swanberg, horror master James Wan, slacker/chick flick director Richard Linklater and one that I’m not quite sure WHAT to think.
1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
8. Kick-Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
I GET giving films like Drinking Buddies, Afternoon Delight and Frances Ha some love because they ARE good films and an endorsement from someone like QT can draw a little more attention from Tarantino fans who may have given these films a pass the first time around. He’s always been awesome about giving love to up-and-coming or indie filmmakers who make really quality films…and that’s always cool.
He’ll also get no argument from me about Gravity as most of the FREE WORLD is in love with this film and, let’s face it, Alfonso Cuarón knows his shiz when it comes to building heart-pounding and pants wetting suspense. I am DEATHLY afraid of flying and heights and even *I* can’t wait to see it!!
But The Lone Ranger? Are you effing me, QT, or is this just an obvious ass kiss to Verbinski? This film was an absolute JOKE and an insult not only to the Native American community but to actors of color in general and THIS WAS NOT MY LONE RANGER.
I’d like to know why he chose The Lone Ranger over Fruitvale Station (above), based on a very real and very tragic incident that happened at the Oakland Fruitvale BART station where an unarmed 22-year-old man named Oscar Grant was shot dead by a Transit police officer in front of dozens of witnesses (who also recorded the event on their smartphones) in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, 2009.
I remember seeing footage of the Grant killing go down over and over on local news channels AND CNN, so considering QT’s last film (Django Unchained), I’m really disappointed he went with a film that literally white-faced a role in order to make more money over a film about a young man who lost his life simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There’s a couple months left in the year, so I’m hoping this list changes a bit more…
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