Although some may just regard director Quentin Tarantino as a defender of trashy exploitation cinema, he often displays a love for all films, from the high brow to the low. With that in mind, the reveal of his Top Ten of 2013 so far from the folks over at the Quentin Tarantino Archives is of interest and some speculation. They are, in no particular order except alphabetical –
Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
The Conjuring (James Wan)
Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
As the list was offered with no commentary, I can not begin to imagine what Tarantino is seeing in something as roundly beat up on by the critics as The Lone Ranger was, but I am sure that the director has a unique point of view that may at least give some pause to reconsider the film.
Now of course there are probably some films that he hasn’t seen yet that would make his list. I know that I haven’t caught up with everything that Tarantino names here. If the director releases a final Top Ten list in December, it should be interesting to see what gets cut and what gets added. In the meantime, it is fodder for some interesting discussion.