Can You Guess What Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Films Of The Year Are So Far?
Okay, now that you’ve mulled it over and made your selections, here is the actual list in alphabetical order (Tarantino evidently hasn’t ranked them yet):
Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
The Conjuring (James Wan)
The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
As you should expect from a filmmaker with as many diverse influences as Tarantino, this list is all over the place. You’ve got critical darlings like Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Frances Ha and Gravity. Though critically loathed, Kick-Ass 2’s inclusion makes sense on some level thanks to its heaps out outlandish violence, of which Tarantino is often a fan and defender of. Then there’s some genre love to the horror hit The Conjuring. A bit surprising is the inclusion of two indie comedies that have gained little notice, Afternoon Delight and Drinking Buddies. And while I wouldn’t have guessed the hysterical This Is The End would be on his list, that too makes sense as it plays into his apparent affection for heated and hilarious dialogue between dudes. Its critique of Hollywood celebrity culture is just gravy.
Lastly there's The Lone Ranger, a movie neither critics nor audiences warmed too, making it one of this summer's biggest flops. I can’t pretend to understand what Tarantino sees in that one, but would be fascinated to hear the garrulous director go off about it. Of course, it’s only October, so this list is still fluid. Maybe when his final ranking comes out we’ll revisit this game and see how well we really know one of our favorite contemporary auteurs.
In the comments, tell us how you did on your guesses, and share what you think will appear on this list by year's end!
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