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Quentin Tarantino's Top 20 Films of All Time... A Perspective

  • Aug 19, 2009
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Recently, Quentin Tarantino released a list of his top 20 favorite films of all time. Since he is one of my favorite Directors, I thought I would give my own perspective of them.  Some of these films I have actually never seen, but the ones I can talk about I will.  Enjoy!
Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
A classic Japanese film that is very special to Tarantino. I'll have to check this one out. He actually is sad that he didn't make the film first.
Boogie Nights
Sadly, I have never seen Boogie Nights... what kind of film buff am I? 
Dazed and Confused
Probably one of the best "stoner" films to date. This was a film where Mila Jovovich could actually act in. 
Tarantino says this is one of the best scripts ever written for film. 
Fight Club
This is the first DVD I ever bought!  I had actually never seen the movie before, but I liked the way the packaging looked and then I also ended up loving the movie a whole lot.  Though the Lunch community has seen my Top 10 films of all time, Fight Club is in my top 20, probably number 11.  Great acting by Ed Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter.
Tarantino accidently calls this film "Fridays", but he was in fact talking about Friday starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.  Quite possibly one of the funniest films ever made.  I was way to young when I first saw this film and I still thought it was hilarious.  I think by now everyone knows Chris Tucker's two famous lines in this film, "Don't You eva....eva eva eva eva eva... come by here again!" and "You Just got knocked the F**k out!!"
J.S.A. - Joint Security Area
I had heard about this film, but I never actually saw it because it looked just plain terrible.... 
Lost in Translation
I think that this is a movie that people really either loved or hated.  It was either to slow, or for fans of the film, just right.  I loved it and had a great appreciation for the dark humor that made up the film that I actually normally don't like.  I thought both Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray were fabulous in this movie. 
DVD front
Tarantino states that for a while, The Matrix was his number 2 film behind Battle Royale, but after both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions came out, he said it had ruined the mythology for him.

I don't know anyone who isn't a fan of The Matrix.  The people who aren't fans are probably the ones who still don't know what was going on ten years later.  I had no problems keeping up with the film and again is most definitely in my Top 20.  I didn't have a problem with the sequels like Tarantino did.
Memories of Murder
Ya know I think I actually saw this one, but it was a such a long time ago I'd have to go back and re-watch it.  It sounds very familiar though. 
Shaun of the Dead
Simon Pegg, British humor and zombies... nuff said.  Along in line with some of the funniest films ever made. 
Not sure what he was thinking with this one... I might have to go back and re-watch it.  I might have a better appreciation for this one now then from when it first came out...  
Team America: World Police
"AMERICA! F**K YA!!"  That's what you get when Trey Parker and Matt Stone are involved.  Brillant, Brilliant stuff. 
Tarantino calls this movie Bruce Willi's best performance ever and a re-telling of the Superman mythos.

While I did like this film, I don't think it deserved all the hype that it got.  While Bruce Willis was amazing in this film, Samuel L. Jackson was even better.  Honestly, after Unbreakable, Shyamalan just got full of himself and his films went down from here.  Good film though.

What did you think of this list?

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October 04, 2009
Your list has inspired me to write a review of another one of the movies you've included in this list! Check out my "Audition" review if you may. I'm still looking at rewriting my  JSA review...
August 25, 2009
Man, I'm not sure that this could possibly be the real QT's list. Where's the Brian de Palma, the Kurosawa, the French New Wave films, the Scorsese? It seems like mostly films from recent years and Tarantino has stated that most of his favorite films were released between the mid-50s and the early '80s. Where'd you find this list?
August 25, 2009
Tarantino listed it off himself during an interview very recently. Look it up, there is video of it everywhere.
August 25, 2009
I'll have to check that out. You have to admit that based upon who he's named as his favorite directors, what films he's listed as being the most influential on his own work, and the films he's constantly referring to, this list is a bit unexpected. I haven't seen "Dogville" yet but I did buy a copy on sale at surplus store, so I may need to give it a view. As for "lost in Translation" I'm not surprised that he listed this since he and the director, Sofia Coppola, had been dating for a while there.
August 25, 2009
Hey Count...actually it's his list of fave films since 1992, so you are right in saying that most of his films he's mentioned as being influential were between the mid-50s and early 80s. Here's the link to the YouTube video with him explaining his choices: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz4K-Rxx2Bk
August 26, 2009
Ah, that makes a lot of sense, these are his favorite films since he himself started his movie career. Thanks for that bit of vital info, deej.
August 21, 2009
very interesting. Nice work, bud. I heard that "Hero", "Azumi", "Versus" and "Iron Monkey" also made Tarantino quite jealous... J.S.A. is quite good, I have a review for it somewhere....
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