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QT's Favorite Films of 2011

Santino

over 2 years ago

I know discussions about Tarantino is sort of a joke around here and certainly his taste in films has been a source of endless pointing and laughing. But I thought it would be mildly amusing to at least point out that once again, he’s come up with a list of his favorite films of the year. While it comes as no surprise that some of these films are ridiculously bad, I was a bit surprised that this year he really didn’t include many films that were not out of Hollywood. It seems to me that in past years he’s peppered his list with big films and smaller films. But this year he’s only got one film that’s not in English (not counting The Artist, which is silent). What is surprising here is that a couple years ago, when he was doing press for Inglorious Basterds, he said that Hollywood was essentially dead and that the best films being made right now were coming out of other countries. If such were the case, why the hell is The Three Musketeers one of the best films of the year?

Maybe the answer to that question is, “Who cares, he’s full of shit”?

Tarantino’s Favorite Films of the Year

Robert W Peabody III

over 2 years ago

“Who cares, he’s full of shit”.

Whoa there Mr Santino, not so fast….

List makers care – that is why they make lists, to show they care.
This thread will explode with alternate lists.
Bigger lists: lists of 12, 14,15, 20 films
Better lists: films no one has ever seen.

Santino

over 2 years ago

I’ll change that to a question, to not offend the listmakers.

lol

Ari

over 2 years ago

Didn’t he used to at least have a few token Asian or Italian films? Wow, his list is really boring.

I wonder why Meek’s Cutoff made his worst list. I guess he has no patience for slow pacing.

Monsieur Zom

over 2 years ago

Looks like Stephen King wrote this list. :D
But seriously, I uh… I’m confused.

bracko

over 2 years ago

Midnight in Paris is my favorite movie too (along with A Separation, Melancholia).

Jirin

over 2 years ago

Yeah, my eyes glazed over at Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. And Drive on the ‘Nice try’ list, Meek’s Cutoff on the worst list. Looks like Tarantino has more trouble distinguishing ‘Not my bag’ from ‘Terrible’ than certain people on Mubi.

The least necessary prequel of all time that seems to exist just to have a bunch of apes killing humans and a pissed off looking monkey on the cover. One of those prequels that retroactively soils the original.

Bobby Wise

over 2 years ago

Still would very much like to see “Midnight in Paris”. I like European Allen. Glad Tarantino gave it a vote of confidence.

Robert W Peabody III

over 2 years ago

How do we know it is his list or is someone just claiming it is his??

Polaris​DiB

over 2 years ago

That article links to

The Quentin Tarantino Archives

which according to their about page is not moderated or maintained by Tarantino but they keep up correspondence.

—PolarisDiB

Santino

over 2 years ago

“Looks like Tarantino has more trouble distinguishing ‘Not my bag’ from ‘Terrible’ than certain people on Mubi.”

hehe

Robert W Peabody III

over 2 years ago

not moderated or maintained by Tarantino but they keep up correspondence.

So for all we know he isn’t even aware of it….

Brad S.

over 2 years ago

Well, at least he got number one right. Gets a little sketchy after that. (Red State?)

Santino

over 2 years ago

Robert – This is legit. QT releases a list every year and it’s picked up and reported by all the reputable news orgs.

Tøkk

over 2 years ago

Boring list, but I like the “Nice Try Award” for Drive (as in: I’m disillusionized and i don’t care about film, but I still know how to make postmodernist giallo-inspired b-flicks and Drive didn’t pass the test).

like2sl​eep

over 2 years ago

that total film website looks cool :O)

Matheus

over 2 years ago

I just can’t think about Tarantino revealing to the internet his worst movies of 2011, these people are too corporative to do that.

Miasma

over 2 years ago

Yes, the list is certainly the least intriguing Tarantino-best-list I’ve seen. Maybe he didn’t get out a whole lot, making his new film and all.

I do understand the “Nice Try” for Drive, though… the film was tremendous fun to watch, but the story itself is something I could recite in my sleep, and when the 3rd act fell back on Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman, I was genuinely quite bored. I loved watching it – but I really don’t desire to watch it again. It was just nice to watch Gosling being super super cool. Very Melville.

Nathan M...

over 2 years ago

I regret paying $1 to see Our Idiot Brother.

Santino

over 2 years ago

^If it’s any consolation, I ordered Our Idiot Brother on pay per view in a hotel when I was in Boston. And it cost me $14. :(

Ben Simingt​on

over 2 years ago

Holy shit, that’s right: THE BEAVER exists and was released! Did anyone see this?

Santino

over 2 years ago

I saw The Beaver.

It was stupid.

Miasma

over 2 years ago

^To say the least.

Polaris​DiB

over 2 years ago

“Robert – This is legit. QT releases a list every year and it’s picked up and reported by all the reputable news orgs.”

No, Santino, this is the Internet, where the question as to the root of the reference can be traced infinitely to no real center or source, including the man himself, for which we can assume somebody just felt like it was a good idea to publish QTs opinions for him and everyone else just believed it, as that is an easier and smarter solution than assuming it’s real.

After all, you didn’t hear it from his face, did you? DIDJA?!

(Did you guys know that my degree focus was on “epistemology of mass communication”? Le sigh)

—PolarisDiB

flat screen cinema

over 2 years ago

I look forward to QT’s lists, thoughtful or inane, real or fake. He picked some under appreciated ones and some crap in reviewing 2010, too.

Favorite movies are not necessarily the same as the best movies. My enjoyment of a movie has more to do with the actual film in a vacuum. (Therefore, I’ve got to assume QT had some kind of experience around watching Green Lantern. Drugs may or may not have been involved.)

Santino

about 2 years ago

“After all, you didn’t hear it from his face, did you? DIDJA?!”

Actually, I did. I try not to name drop but since you asked. :)

Rupert Pupkin

about 2 years ago

Didn’t realise there was so much hate for ROTPOTA. Thought it was half decent. Nothing Special Mind.

Alex

about 2 years ago

Surprised to see Drive that low.

Nadafingah

about 2 years ago

When you think about Drive, which is an attempt at taking a genre picture seriously and trying to bring it the level of art, it really does seem like the antithesis of everything Tarantino believes in. I can definitely see him being irritated by it, since his films like to poke all kinds of holes and self referencing jokes in things.

Pleasantly surprised by his liking Midnight in Paris.

And I guess he didn’t see Melancholia.

Nadafingah

about 2 years ago

When you think about Drive, which is an attempt at taking a genre picture seriously and trying to bring it the level of art, it really does seem like the antithesis of everything Tarantino believes in. I can definitely see him being irritated by it, since his films like to poke all kinds of holes and self referencing jokes in things.

Pleasantly surprised by his liking Midnight in Paris.

And I guess he didn’t see Melancholia.