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Tarantino Promos Inglourious Basterds, Top 20 Films

Tarantino Promos Inglourious Basterds, Top 20 Films

Thompson on Hollywood

First, Quentin Tarantino is one of the most entertaining people to be around, period. So put him on the campaign trail for a new movie and we get to enjoy the results. (Is he really going to do a Len Deighton movie? The Ipcress File gets my vote.)

Here the writer-director names his Top 20 Movies since since he became a director 17 years ago. Guess what? If you know Tarantino, they all make perfect sense. He’s not pretentious or trendy and he knows what he likes and why. Do I agree with all of them? No. We don’t have the same taste. Anything Else is one of the most irritating Woody Allen movies ever. I love that Tarantino appreciates the craziness of Lars von Trier’s Dogville. I never saw Battle Royale, Blade, Audition, The Host, Memories of Murder or Joint Security Area. Guess I have some homework to do.

First among all others: Battle Royale
Then, in alphabetical order:
Anything Else
Blade (Tsui Hark)
Boogie Nights
Dazed & Confused
Fight Club
The Host
The Insider
Joint Security Area
Lost In Translation
The Matrix
Memories of Murder
Police Story 3
Shaun of the Dead
Team America

And here’s Tarantino on The Today show:

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Bong Joon-Ho is amazing with two movies on there – MEMORIES OF MURDER and THE HOST. I thought MOM was better than ZODIAC. And when I saw TOKYO! it was obvious to me that he’s far superior to Gondry or Carax.


Anne, btw The Blade he is referring to is the Tsui Hark film not the Wesley Snipes vampire thing.


Thanks to Quentin, I can openly express my love for ANYTHING ELSE, which everyone in the world tells me is a terrible Woodman outing, but I found funnier than hell and damn thought-provoking/laceratingly honest to boot. Now I have a major film geek on my side!!! Thank you QT!

Crow T Robot

I love this list. His choices prompt either “Yes! Exactly!” or “Is he kidding?”

But there’s no doubt this movie crazy guy means each one of them.

Speed is also my favorite action film of the 1990s.


Battle Royale – the manga is great as well


Of the five you mention not having seen, I’ve seen four and, while I’m not crazy about all of them, I think they’re fascinating films and should be seen. THE HOST offers some really interesting twists on the theme of giant monsters loose in large Asian cities. MEMORIES OF MURDER is a very downbeat film about a police force’s botched hunt for a serial killer. AUDITION is the Takashi Miike film I found most accessible but I can’t easily sum it up. And Kinji Fukasaku’s BATTLE ROYALE is indeed a masterpiece, one of the most emotionally honest films about adolescence I’ve ever seen. It triggered long-forgotten memories of my own experiences as a 14-year-old (not quite as drastic as those in the film, of course).

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