Quentin Tarantino’s Favourite Movies from 1992 to 2009

For all those of you (yours truly included), who complain that movies got boring and unoriginal these days, here is a top 20 list from Quentin Tarantino.  This was done back in 2009, but I’m sure there are still a few movies on that list that you haven’t seen.  There are quite a few that I haven’t seen.

This was originally in the Miramax article, which only includes links to buy the movies on Amazon.  I though it would be slightly more useful to have the same list with links to IMDb instead  I’ve also created a public IMDb list with these movies.

  1. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
  2. Anything Else (Woody Allen, 2003)
  3. Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)
  4. The Blade (Hark Tsui, 1995)
  5. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
  6. Dazed & Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
  7. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
  8. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
  9. Friday (F. Gary Gray, 1995)
  10. The Host (Joon-ho Bong, 2006)
  11. The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999)
  12. Joint Security Area (Chan-wook Park, 2000)
  13. Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
  14. The Matrix (Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski, 1999)
  15. Memories of Murder (Joon-ho Bong, 2003)
  16. Supercop (Stanley Tong, 1992)
  17. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
  18. Speed (Jan de Bont, 1994)
  19. Team America (Trey Parker, 2004)
  20. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000)

P.S.: Obviously, the fact that Quentin Tarantino liked the movie doesn’t necessarily mean that you will like it too.  This is just a suggested “to watch” list with a bit of variety in genres, directors, and actors.

Inglourious Basterds, art, Haiti

UnrealityMag runs a post with a whole bunch of posters for “Inglourious Basterds” movie.  These posters were drawn by various artists and are now collected into an exhibition.  But not only that!  Quentin Tarantino himself, signs the posters, which are being sold and all the money donated to help with the recent Haiti disaster.  Is that cool or what?  Check the link for more posters.

Natural Born Killers

I just finished watching “Natural Born Killers“.  I’ve seen it before, but it was a really long time ago, and it was with a horrible Russian translation.  Plus, I don’t think it was a director’s cut version that I got my hands on today.

The film was shot back in 1994. That’s 15 years ago.  And it still looks quite well, despite all the advances in the moving pictures industry.  I guess that’s because the true values are hardly ageing – interesting story with drama, true love and romance as well as humor;  and tonnes of good acting and directing.  Of course, some special effects are outdated, but that doesn’t spoil the experience even a tiny bit.

Overall, a highly recommended movie if you haven’t seen it yet.  And still recommended if you saw it a long time ago.  5 stars.

Death Proof

Being a great Quentin Tarantino fan, I’ve been sinning a lot in the last couple of years.  I missed a few works of the Master.  One of the films which I failed to catch in the cinema is “Death Proof“.  Gladly, DVD rentals had a copy.

As I said, I am a bit fan of Tarantino’s movies, so there is no way at all that I can be objective or unbiased.  For what it’s worth, here are my thoughts about this particular movie:

  • Excellent!
  • Anyone who saw other Tarantino movies can recognize his writing and directing in this one.  All you need is about 18 seconds from the start of the film.
  • Outstanding soundtrack, as always.  Maybe even better than usual, since large part of the movie happens around a juke box. Film’s trivia page, among other things, has a list of all tracks.
  • Great dialogs.  Dialogs are one of Tarantino’s talents, and this film has plenty of them.  Practically non-stop talking.
  • Great cars!  If you like cars and car racing, this is not the film to miss.  It has some of the best car chases, car wrecks, and car engine sounds.
  • Great girls!  There are a few really hot babes in this movie, and even with no nudity at all, there are a few places where you’d like a bucket of ice just to chill you down a little bit.
  • Kurt Rassel did a great job.
  • Lots of visual pleasure.  I suddenly remembered that story about Robert Rodriguez doing soundtrack for Tarantino’s “Kill Bill vol.2” for $1 and then, later, Tarantino returning the favor by making one of the scenes in Rodriguez’ “Sin City”.  “Sin City” used a lot of digital technologies, while Tarantino is the Master of the actual film.  So, it seemed like after that story (if it was even true), Tarantino went a little deeper into experiments with film (as in media).  Scratches, noise, cuts, and other effects, which can be achieved digitally, look more authentic when done for real.

If I had to pick one thing that wasn’t perfect about this film, it would for sure be duration.  It was too damn short.  I could watch this film for hours and hours.  And just for that, I’ll rate it as 9 out of 10.

True Romance

Late television features many nice movies recently. I wonder why. And for how long they will keep it up. Today one of my favourite crime movies of all times was PIK2 – “True Romance“.

Directed by: Tony Scott
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Bronson Pinchot, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Victor Argo, Frank Adonis, Paul Bates
IMDB raintg: 7.7
My rating: 9.0 *********

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