It always surprises me that Quentin Tarantino, as talented and renowned as he is with his own master work of film, has some really odd tastes. The dude’s a lover of cinema, a fact that’s pretty prevalent in all of the movies he has created. And well he’ll love the things we all love because he’s a film fan, there’s always oen or two films in his best of the year list that are completely baffling to me, and pretty much everyone else everywhere. And this year, there’s TWO: Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, and Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2. Certainly baffling choices yeah but, when you think about Tarantino and his sensibilities well…I guess there’s a little more evidence there to support his choices. Hit the jump to find out the other eight films that occupy his list for the best of film this year so far, hit the jump.
Fansite The Quentin Tarantino Archives got the exclusive on this list straight from the filmmaker himself. Tarantino always releases a favorite movies of the year last as a big movie watcher, but I guess he figured he would get in on it early this year before everyone else started to make there list. Tarantino: Always the first to do everything ever. Here’s the list, in alphabetical (not numerical) order:
1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
4. The Conjuring (James Wan)
5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
8. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
Honestly the list isn’t THAT bad, and has a few great film like Before Midnight, Gravity, Blue Jasmine, Frances Ha, and This Is The End. But The Lone Ranger and Kick-Ass 2 do stick up like sore thumbs as critically reviled films that very few people actually liked. But like I said before, I’m not too surprised to see them make Tarantino’s list—he’s always had some oddball choices. Like 2011 for instance, where Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers made his list, and Drive was merely a “nice try” (whatever the fuck that means). And in 2010, he included films like Knight and Day and Get Him To The Greek on his runners up list. Tarantino clearly sees something we don’t see in these films…or maybe he’s a simple man of simple pleasures. For what it’s worth, a Western and a hyper-violent gross out action film on the list of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite movies? Yup, I can see that.
And hey, the year’s not over yet, so maybe by the time it is, those two will be bumped off the list in exchange for something like 12 Years A Slave or Captain Phillips. We’ll see what happens, since this one man’s favorite films are newsworthy, I guess.