Saturday, January 14, 2012

Quentin Tarantino’s best and worst films of 2011

Quentin Tarantino has released a list of his picks for the best and worst of 2011. As you would expect from one who has such diverse tastes as Tarantino, the list is a bit all over the place. Surprisingly though, there is a scarcity of foreign films.

From his top eleven (really twelve, since there's a tie for the tenth spot), Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris comes out on top. Other awards-season contenders on the list are Moneyball and The Artist. But he includes films that have not been strong candidates thus far such as X-Men: First ClassOur Idiot Brother and The Three Musketeers.

His list of runners-up include films that received poor reviews. Both "Green" films, Green Hornet and Green Lantern, make an appearance. So too does the deplorable The Hangover Part II.

The "Nice Try" category has films that you'd expect him to like. You'd think that Drive especially would be right down his alley, since it's an action film done in the style of a spaghetti western, rather like Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

His Best Director list contains no surprises and wouldn't seem much different that anyone else's. His Best Screenplay lists are more varied, while his list of Worst Films includes the highly regarded films Potiche (Trophy Wife), Rampart and Meek's Cutoff.


Quentin Tarantino’s official Top Eleven of 2011

1. Midnight In Paris
2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
3. Moneyball
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack The Block
8. Red State
9. Warrior
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother (tie)
11. The Three Musketeers

Others considered in no particular order
The Iron Lady
Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Captain America
The Descendants
My Week With Marilyn
Fast Five
Tree Of Life
The Hangover Part II
Mission Impossible 4
The Beaver
The Sitter
War Horse

Nice Try Award
Drive Angry
Real Steel

Best Director
Pedro Almodovar
Bennett Miller
Woody Allen
Jason Reitman
Michel Hazanavicius

Best Original Screenplay
Midnight In Paris
Young Adult
Red State
Attack The Block
Our Idiot Brother

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Skin I live In
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
X-Men: First Class

Worst Films
Sucker Punch
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
Straw Dogs
Paranormal Activity 3
Meek’s Cutoff

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