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Tarantino’s Top 20 Movies Since 1992

This is one of the reasons I love Tarantino: he’s got an amazingly interesting taste in films, and he makes it okay for cinephiles to list Friday (with Ice Cube) as one of their favorite films.  Many of these films are some of my favorites of the past 17 years: Audition, JSA, The Matrix, Boogie Nights, Dazed & Confused, The Host, The Insider, and more.  I’m not on the same page with Tarantino concerning Unbreakable and Fight Club – movies I enjoy but which I think are far, far from perfect – but so what?  They’re interesting choices nevertheless, and this is a fun list.

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  • There’s more videos from this series were Tarantino reviews individual films

    His review of “There Will Be Blood”:

    His review of “Taxi Driver”:

  • I saw “Friday” for the first time one Saturday night in high school when me and my friend Tony were writing a report on Plato for Government class. We re-watched it three times in a row, getting a huge kick out of the movie while we knocked out that paper. So every time I see “Friday” I can’t help but think of Plato. Yeah, I can’t wait to see the Director’s Cut that’s arriving on Blu-ray in a few weeks.

    Anyway, I too love Tarantino for just LOVING film, no matter what it is. I dig “Anything Else” a lot but nowhere near the level Tarantino seems to. But that makes me happy, seeing a real underdog of a film (one that noted as a completely slight film from a classic filmmaker) embraced by Tarantino is awesome. It’s a really fun list. But my two favorite mentions on here are “The Insider” and “Speed.” “Speed” is a movie I love but often times feel like I’m in the minority, and I love it for pretty much the exact same reason Tarantino does (though I give props to the finale). I had it on laser disc as a teen and since I had only a handful of discs due to them being pretty expensive I watched the shit out of it. I’ve watched it again this summer and watching Tarantino talk about it has given me a jones to watch it yet again.

    Though I think I’m one of the few who actually appreciated the original “Matrix” more in the wake of the sequels. Not because the sequels supported the original more but made the original look all the better by comparison.

  • i must say i really expected his list to be much more limited… i’m impressed with his range of tastes… can’t say our lists would sync up much except for the wide variety of movies… partly because there are some i’ve never seen (battle royale, audition, the blade, dogville, the host, jsa, lost in translation & memories of murder) or at least haven’t seen all the way through (fight club & the insider)… as for the others? anything else was entertaining but i’m not a huge woody allen fan or jason biggs for that matter… boogie nights seemed a bit overblown for me, almost like a farce of the 70’s porn era… dazed & confused i totally agree with him on, like revisiting old friends, good times… friday? awesome, hilarious, & so absurdly realistic… matrix is another agreement, a breakthrough in movie making & movie watching as a stand alone movie but the sequels didn’t live up to first… supercop has jackie chan, what more do you need? i’m a stunts & fx junkie so it works for me… shaun of the dead is hysterical, absolute genius, if you love it you should check out hot fuzz, even better… speed was a favorite for a very long time so i have no issues with that choice, a classic… team america gets a nod just for originality & there are funny parts but “south park humor” isn’t really my thing, at least not for extended periods of time… & unbreakable, this i think was more a failure to execute kind of thing, i love the concept but it was somehow not pulled off, could be the casting (although i love both leading men, just maybe not for these roles), could be the writing, could be the directing… i just don’t know, it’s one of those films that bugs me & i’m not quite sure why

  • I was thrilled to see Unbreakable on that list as well. I also think it’s one of Samuel Jackson’s best performances. And I loved the shots in that film. Very underrated in my opinion. I think Bruce Willis’ best performance was 12 Monkeys. Another great film. Surprisingly, I didn’t much care for Battle Royale. I thought it was dully shot and the ending was overly sentimental.

    I do think Tarantino is one of the best filmmakers of our time. Inglourious Basterds was fantastic! Great performances, great cinematography. It may be his best writing yet. It has the long conversations like his previous films, but unlike some of his other films, there’s always underlying tension which gives the conversation purpose beyond what is written. Truly a great film.

  • stateofwhat

    What’s with all the Tarantino hatred? I think his movies are awesome. But Unbreakable blew chunks so I’ll have to disagree with him on that.

  • AgentDesmond

    I think Unbreakable is M Night’s best film… But I would not call it a “masterpiece”. I think Speed though is the most interesting entry though.

  • Tonya J

    Yes, I’m sure there are many cinephiles who wish Quentin would just fuck off and die; a little, pretentious video store clerk with dreams of stardom who bugs people with his aesthetic and is accused of ripping off other directors. Thing is, he has a strong viewpoint and that will always rub some people the wrong way. I don’t much share his passion for martial arts, but if I were doing his list, I’d include Jackie Brown as one of my favorite films of the last 17 years. I do like much of what he does. I love the Superman analogy for Unbreakable. That never really occurred to me but it’s a brilliant thought and now makes the film even more poignant for me. Thanks for sharing that, Jimmy.

  • erin

    I really love Unbreakable. Maybe not for the actual storyline, but more for what lies under it.
    Bruce Willis’ character chooses his relationship over his career. He does so in such a way that, for the rest of his life, he has to suppress his natural gifts. As the years pass, his marriage collapses, he becomes an emotionally uninvolved husband and father, and he has disconnected himself from everything. He moves through life without really touching anything or anyone and he feels an agonizingly deep sadness. Living itself is painful. Maybe its not Bruce’s ‘best’ performance, but I think he absolutely nailed it.

    Acknowledging, expressing, and living your passions and your gifts is the only way to truly live.
    Anything less is hollow. If the ‘you’ of you isn’t living, if who you are isn’t experiencing life, then nothing can be real for you. You have to live who you are.

  • I wont play this video because I neither care for Mr. Tarantino’s opinion nor his voice when he speaks. Now if he wanted to scream in anguish while being sodomized by a dinocock wrapped in broken glass, well, I’m all for that.

    also, I’m exaggerating. I don’t want to hear that, either.

  • I can agree with most of Tarantino’s top twenty. I agree with his assessment of The Matrix and how the sequels hurt the mythology of the original film. I did like Unbreakable, but I do not agree that it was Bruce Willis’ best performance. Fight Club was cool, but I was never a big fan of that film. I saw it a few times, and then after that it seemed to lose its luster.