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Old 08-18-09, 07:13 PM
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Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

Thought this would make for some good discussion, stumbled upon it today.

Some may know, I'm a bit of a Tarantino hater, love some of his work, but he annoys the shit out of me & I do think he overrated.

That said, this is a pretty cool list. A few odd ones, but when you hear him explain, something like Speed, I get where he is coming from. I was a kid when that came out, but it really was a thrilling old fashioned "movie theater" experience. Wouldn't say it was a favorite of mine though, & Anything Else, one of Woody's worst movies ever.

Also, he said what I've said to friends a lot (& posted here at times) about Unbreakable. I've hated every other film the man has made, but I've always felt that Unbreakable is an absolute masterpiece.

Biggest surprise I thought was him not mentioning Oldboy, my personal favorite film of the past 15 years.


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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

The list in case anyone doesn't feel like watching the video.

Battle Royale
Anything Else
Audition
The Blade
Boogie Nights
Dazed & Confused
Dogville
Fight Club
Friday
The Host
The Insider
Joint Security Area
Lost In Translation
The Matrix
Memories of Murder
Police Story 3
Shaun of the Dead
Speed
Team America
Unbreakable

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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

There was some discussion about this in the Inglorious Bastards thread
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Originally Posted by fumanstan View Post
There was some discussion about this in the Inglorious Bastards thread
Sorry, if you've seen my posts about the movie, you'd know I have no interest in looking at that thread

But, maybe people who haven't read that thread might be interested in this.
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

Originally Posted by Sessa17 View Post
The list in case anyone doesn't feel like watching the video.
He mentions Tsui Hark's The Blade. Not the Wesley Snipes film.

Edit: I agree with you about Oldboy. I loved JSA but don't think it compared to it.
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

Must not be that big of a fan to refer to it as 'Fridays.'
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

Originally Posted by Sessa17 View Post
Sorry, if you've seen my posts about the movie, you'd know I have no interest in looking at that thread

But, maybe people who haven't read that thread might be interested in this.
i haven't read any of your posts on the film, are you not looking forward to it or do you just not want anything spoiled?
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

Saw this a few day's ago, intresting how the Matrix sequels ruined the first one for him.
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Anything Else? WTF? Is that a joke or does he just have a hard on for Christina Ricci?

Otherwise, good list. While I'm not a fan of Tarantino's films, he's a true movie lover and that comes across in his strong opinions. Totally agree with him on The Matrix.
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Really surprised to hear that he didn't include "Superman Returns" on this list. Given his recent 20 page review that he wrote.
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I'm surprised there's no Luc Besson on there (specifically Leon).
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The Host? WTF?
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I like Tarantino. I like his movies, and I generally like his rebellious spirit... but my god, he's just dripping in pretentiousness here. I don't mean his choices. I like hearing his opinions... but something in his voice sounds like he's doing the filmmakers he's talking about a favor and gracing us with his wisdom... weird.
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Well, he got Memories of Murder right.
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He likes his Asian Cinema. I agree with Unbreakable. I didn't find The Matrix sequels that demeaning to the original (well, maybe the third one).
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

Battle Royale (still haven't seen it!!!)
Anything Else (haven't seen it)
Audition
The Blade ?
Boogie Nights
Dazed & Confused
Dogville (haven't seen it)
Fight Club
Friday
The Host
The Insider
Joint Security Area (haven't seen it)
Lost In Translation
The Matrix
Memories of Murder ?
Police Story 3 (haven't seen it)
Shaun of the Dead
Speed
Team America
Unbreakable
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

I still haven't seen Battle Royale either. Is the current special edition a good version of it? and what are the features on it?
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

I personally thought Battle Royale was way over hyped. I saw some ultimate cut or something back in 2004 and I wasn't impressed. It was interesting in a "OMG this is that movie where the school kids kill each other!" kind of way, but I didn't think it was a particularly well-done film.

Good for a one time viewing to pique your interest. Nothing more.
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

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Must not be that big of a fan to refer to it as 'Fridays.'
He said Friday. "Friday starring"
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I only thought about it for so long, but here's what I posted on the CHUD boards. Since I posted it, I have reconsidered the inclusion of The Life Aquatic and would probably put I ♥ Huckabees instead, but it is what it is.

The main thing that may differentiate my list from others' is that I tend to favor lighter movies over darker ones. Several dark movies, like Requiem For a Dream fell just short of my list because I didn't consider it a film that I could sit down and watch at the drop of a hat.

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I think when you boil it down, a film can do two basic things: it can speak to you on a personal level, and it can be entertaining. Off the top of my head, here's 20 films made since 1992 that I feel I could sit down and watch at pretty much any minute because they fulfill both of those goals to some degree. The list might have been drastically different if I spent more time on it, but whatever. Everything on the list is a favorite, not a "best".

Almost Famous (2000)
A potent reminder of the thrills and disappointments of meeting those you idolize. It's a movie that captures a lot of feelings, but I think that particular feeling is the one it captures the best.

Amélie (2001)
Poetically written, performed with charm, directed with flair.

Battle Royale [Director's Cut] (2000)
I agree with Tarantino. Even if the film is a victim of its own hype, I do think the violence hits home. Some of the movie (especially the scene in the lighthouse) is stomach-churningly brutal.

Casino (1995)
A host of great performances in a visually dazzling setting.

Chasing Amy (1997)
As someone else said, I don't really give a fuck what anyone thinks about Kevin Smith, and I think all four of his first films are pretty excellent. Since then, he's had highs and lows that are worth debating, but in the 90's, he made excellent movies.

Children of Men (2006)
The most potent thing about the film is how firmly set in reality it is. It's hard to believe almost every part of the movie won't come true in some way or another, more than any other sci-fi movie I can think of at the moment.

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Admittedly, Jennifer Jason Leigh's character gets tiring to listen to, but I have always thought this was one of the Coen brothers' best movies. It's also perhaps the only one with dazzling production design and visuals.

J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
Another one where I agree with Tarantino. J.S.A. is the Jackie Brown of Park Chan-Wook's films: underappreciated and amazing.

Jackie Brown (1997)
I like a leisurely film, and the first two-thirds of Jackie Brown really take their time. Robert Forster is excellent.

Léon: The Professional [International/Director’s Cut] (1994)
A great protagonist and a great antagonist, performed with panache.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
I see Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums on other lists, and I think they're great movies, but I have always felt like the pacing of the former stutters and that Zissou is funnier than Tenenbaums while retaining most of the emotional punch.

magnolia (1999)
I wish other films this long were paced this well. Starting with Aimee Mann's cover of "One", the film moves like a singular force across the screen, and it has the hypnotic narration of Ricky Jay to boot.

The Mist [Black and White Version] (2007)
Scoff if you want, but I think this movie is excellent. To me it felt like a spiritual cousin to Night of the Living Dead, and the black and white version only adds to that.

Office Space (1999)
The epitome of an easy-to-watch movie. The actual plot sucks, but the movie breezes by and remains funny regardless of how often Comedy Central plays it.

Primer (2004)
One of the rarest kinds of movies: a movie that almost reflexively insists you watch it again right after it's over.

The Science of Sleep (2006)
A purely personal favorite. Unlike most of the other movies I listed, I don't expect others to share the sentiment (I bet most people will find it impenetrably quirky) or see in it what I see in it, and I don't care.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
I considered picking Hot Fuzz because of how excellent Edgar Wright's direction is, but Shaun just barely edged it out because it feels a little more fine-tuned.

The Signal (2007)
Another completely personal favorite. It seems like few people saw this one and those who did didn't think it was that great, but I really, really liked it.

Toy Story 2 (1999)
Woody as a collectible is one of, if not the best idea that Pixar has ever had, as far as I'm concerned. It really is genius.

The Truman Show (1998)
Jim Carrey's best performance. I feel like he's a little too aware of the potential accolades in Man on the Moon, but here he really gives it his all, earnestly and honestly, elevating an already-good movie.

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I saw Anything Else long ago, and I didn't think it deserved the kind of flak it took. When I saw the trailer, though, I had the same reaction to Jason Biggs as Devin did. I don't know what changed between the time I saw the trailer and the time I saw the movie. I haven't watched it since, but I thought Scoop and Hollywood Ending were worse than Anything Else (the former because it was basically depressing to watch how long Woody would fumble to come up with a joke).

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Memories of Murder is a masterpiece. The ending is one of the most haunting I've seen. After seeing this, I can't express how disappointed I was with The Host. If anything, I felt more sympathy for the monster than I did for the annoying characters in that mess of a movie.

As far as Tarantino goes, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Death Proof. Other than that, nothing he's done has impressed me.
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Originally Posted by mcfly View Post
I personally thought Battle Royale was way over hyped. I saw some ultimate cut or something back in 2004 and I wasn't impressed. It was interesting in a "OMG this is that movie where the school kids kill each other!" kind of way, but I didn't think it was a particularly well-done film.
I honestly do think Battle Royale is one of the best films of this decade. The "Special Edition" edit of the film is not my preferred cut as all the newly shot footage is more filler for the fans than anything else. It does add more brutality and violence to the flick, which is neat, but the 110-minute theatrical cut is the way to go.

The only decent version of that existing on DVD with English subtitles is the long OOP Tartan R0 DVD which happened to be NTSC. The only DVD that I own two copies of, just in case I lose one version by accident (which almost happened once which caused me to buy the second copy).
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At least he called it "Police Story 3" and not "Supercop".
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Re: Tarantino names his Top 20 movies since 1992

Movies are so subjective; I'm not surprised I don't even like half of them. But just in case I'm wrong here are my top 10 off the top of my head... please forgive my "I can't believe I forgot blahblahblah" that I'm sure will wake me up at night.

Bubba Ho-tep
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Leon the Professional
Unforgiven
Boondock Saints
Fireworks
Oldboy
Seven Samurai
Sin City
Audition
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Originally Posted by Dr. DVD View Post
He likes his Asian Cinema. I agree with Unbreakable. I didn't find The Matrix sequels that demeaning to the original (well, maybe the third one).
I just watched Reloaded again last night. What a truly wretched movie.

I love that Tarantino loves Dogville. It's one of my favorites with incredible performances from Kidman and Bettany.

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