We’re getting to the end of the movie year as we are now being thrust into the thick of ‘Oscar Season’. One filmmaker very familiar with this time of year is Oscar winner and film geek God Quentin Tarantino. Despite not having a film released this year, everyone is falling over each other to read what Tarantino thought about those that were released this year.
So far the conversation has been dominated by the fact that Tarantino has apparently committed a cardinal sin by listing among his top 10 films of the year, the epic box office bomb The Long Ranger. The noted Woody Allen fan unsurprisingly had Blue Jasmine in his top 5 and to his credit the film was above The Lone Ranger (even though the list is alphabetical we can assume it’s No. 1), but film fans are conflicted now that critics ripped apart the Johnny Depp film but Tarantino listed it in his top 10 of the year.
Here’s a look at Tarantino’s top 10 movies of the year in alphabetical order:
1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
4. The Conjuring (James Wan)
5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
8. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
The other anomaly that is causing film fans to fret is the fact that Kick-Ass 2 is on Tarantino’s list as well. There are some that won’t pay much attention to this list, but Tarantino has sort of become the ambassador for film and his top 10 list has earned a special place in the hearts of film fans everywhere.
Let’s not act too surprised that Tarantino liked The Lone Ranger, as the self-professed film nerd loves trashy B-movie cinema. Take away the massive budget and the box office bomb label, and The Lone Ranger is exactly the type of film Tarantino will steal the best parts from and use in his further film.
Also, the best part about The Lone Ranger and Tarantino’s affinity for the film gets us closer to the director reviving the career of Johnny Depp by putting him in one of his films.