Quentin Tarantino… the man’s got a resume like no other, including some of the best and zaniest films in recent memory. With films such as Inglorious Basters, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Jackie Brown, the controversial director has made no qualms about critic’s opinions, thoughts, or insults. Love him or hate him, people are still intrigued by the director’s annual list of top films.
Last year, Tarantino gave the top crown to Toy Story 3 for being the best film of 2010, while many would agree to some extent, others were left a bit baffled by Tarantino’s choice. Last year’s list also included The Social Network, Animal Kingdom, The Town, Tangled, and True Grit.
Quentin Tarantino’s official Top Eleven of 2011
1. Midnight In Paris
2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack The Block
8. Red State
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother (tie)
11. The Three Musketeers
I’m in love with this list, not because I necessarily agree with Tarantino, but because, as many already know, the man doesn’t give a donkey’s ass what the critics or others think. While many may feel obligated to include the year’s heavy dramas and tear jerking melodramas — The Descendants, The Help, War Horse, Hugo — Tarantino said, I’m going to do what I wanna do despite what others may feel about my list… he didn’t really say that, but I’m pretty sure it crossed his mind at least once.
Like other onlookers, the list makes me happy and a bit confused. Films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Attack the Block and Our Idiot Brother left some aloof upon first glance. However, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a pleasant surprise for theater goers. I’ve yet to see Attack the Block, but the reviews and the fact that the film has made its way into other’s top list leaves no doubt in my mind that Tarantino may be onto something.
Three Musketeers is only film that leaves me baffled. Due to the film’s piss-poor promotion, The Three Musketeers underperformed at the box-office; many people didn’t even know the film hit theaters. The action was brilliantly choreographed, but the story was a bit lackluster. This list only leaves me wanting to pick the mind of the virtuoso director.
As many may know, I’ve been a fan of X-men for a long time, and I smiled from ear to ear when I saw X-men: First Class sitting at number five on Tarantino’s list. This is proof that the film deserves a place along side The Dark Knight, X-men 2, and Spider-Man, in the list of the best superhero films ever.
Check out which films Tarantino enjoyed this year, but weren’t quite good enough to enter his top 11.
Nice Try Award
Others He Liked (No Particular Order)
The Iron Lady
My Week With Marilyn
Tree Of Life
The Hangover Part II
Mission Impossible 4
What did you think of Tarantino’s List? Which films are questionable? How did you view the ranking?