Every year it's become something of an event when Quentin Tarantino reveals his ten favorite movies, mainly because his choices often run counter to consensus picks. But that's what also makes them so interesting. Who else had Paul W.S. Anderson's critically-panned The Three Musketeers on their list a couple of years ago? He took off from it last year because he was neck deep in Django Unchained, but now the Quentin Tarantino Archives have convinced him to reveal his top choices for the year so far, and again he makes some wild selections. Here's the list....
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)
These are in alphabetical order rather than ranked, which works out in the favor of the genuinely charming Afternoon Delight, a small-scale dramedy that most everyone seems to love. It leads a list that includes mostly indie films, such as Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, and the critically-acclaimed Drinking Buddies. We shouldn't be surprised that someone like Tarantino would split from the critics by praising the disappointing Kick-Ass 2 and The Lone Ranger. He falls back in line by giving some more shine to Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.
Hopefully he'll drop a fuller list at the end of the year once all of the Oscar contenders have been released.