August 26th, 2009 / 11:07 am
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Quentin Tarantino’s Shitty Taste

Weakass list of the famed ex-movie rental clerk director’s top 20 favorite films since ’92 (via Bright Stupid Confetti). Unbreakable? Speed? Really? Knew he was kinda dumb, but good lord.

BTW, who’s seen Inglorious Basterds? Thoughts?

Anybody else want to post a better top 20 since ’92?

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82 Comments

  1. mark

      there will be blood
      brand on the brain
      rodger dodger
      russian arc
      kill bills
      tekkonkinkreet
      howl’s moving castle
      mullholand drive
      redbelt
      big lebowski
      ghost world
      eyes wide shut
      fellowship of the ring
      happy together
      happy go lucky
      batman returns
      husbands and wives
      babe
      the sweet hereafter
      groundhog day
      gerry

  2. mark

      there will be blood
      brand on the brain
      rodger dodger
      russian arc
      kill bills
      tekkonkinkreet
      howl’s moving castle
      mullholand drive
      redbelt
      big lebowski
      ghost world
      eyes wide shut
      fellowship of the ring
      happy together
      happy go lucky
      batman returns
      husbands and wives
      babe
      the sweet hereafter
      groundhog day
      gerry

  3. Christopher Higgs

      Hey Blake, thanks for the shout out.

      My wife & I saw Inglorious Bastards last weekend and I found it really, really interesting. I was thinking about writing something about Tarantino’s use of language — in fact, one could make the argument that I.B. is all about language — but have not had time. Aside from the language thing, there are some great scenes of tension, some truly hilarious scenes, and maybe most interestingly…I cannot seem to recall another instance of “the Jewish revenge narrative.” Surely they exist, I’m just unfamiliar with them. That aspect alone seems to warrant serious consideration, in my opinion.

      But alas, I agree with you. His list of top movies is crummy.

  4. Christopher Higgs

      Hey Blake, thanks for the shout out.

      My wife & I saw Inglorious Bastards last weekend and I found it really, really interesting. I was thinking about writing something about Tarantino’s use of language — in fact, one could make the argument that I.B. is all about language — but have not had time. Aside from the language thing, there are some great scenes of tension, some truly hilarious scenes, and maybe most interestingly…I cannot seem to recall another instance of “the Jewish revenge narrative.” Surely they exist, I’m just unfamiliar with them. That aspect alone seems to warrant serious consideration, in my opinion.

      But alas, I agree with you. His list of top movies is crummy.

  5. sam pink

      is the merchant of venice a jewish revenge narrative

  6. sam pink

      is the merchant of venice a jewish revenge narrative

  7. b. r. smith

      ugh. meant 1991 for My Own Private Idaho

  8. b. r. smith

      ugh. meant 1991 for My Own Private Idaho

  9. krammer

      this list seemed fine, it’s a list. it is what it is
      tarantino talking made it unbearable
      might throw in 7-12 more rom coms

  10. krammer

      this list seemed fine, it’s a list. it is what it is
      tarantino talking made it unbearable
      might throw in 7-12 more rom coms

  11. michael james

      think or know?

  12. michael james

      think or know?

  13. Christopher Higgs

      Good call, Sam. I hadn’t thought of that example because I think I meant to say “Holocaust revenge narrative.” I haven’t seen/read/heard about a “Holocaust revenge narrative.” But Merchant is certainly an excellent example of a precursor.

      On one level it strikes me as really, really weird that Tarantino is the guy who made the first (only?) “holocaust revenge narrative”; but on another level it makes sense given his proclivity for Blaxploitation and other revenge narrative films from the 60s/70s.

  14. Christopher Higgs

      Good call, Sam. I hadn’t thought of that example because I think I meant to say “Holocaust revenge narrative.” I haven’t seen/read/heard about a “Holocaust revenge narrative.” But Merchant is certainly an excellent example of a precursor.

      On one level it strikes me as really, really weird that Tarantino is the guy who made the first (only?) “holocaust revenge narrative”; but on another level it makes sense given his proclivity for Blaxploitation and other revenge narrative films from the 60s/70s.

  15. mike

      top 33 films 1990-present (aka fuck you tarantino)
      33 – beaver trilogy (trent harris, 2000)
      32 – gummo (harmony korine, 1997)
      31 – urbania (jon matthews, 2000)
      30 – crash (david cronenberg, 1996)
      29 – mario movie (paper rad & cory arcangel, 2005)
      28 – speed racer (wachowski brothers, 2008)
      27 – paranoid park (gus van sant, 2007)
      26 – wild things (john mcnoughton, 1995)
      25 – party girl (daisy von scherler mayer, 1995)
      24 – d.e.b.s (angela robinson, 2004)
      23 – the last supper (stacy title, 1995)
      22 – angus (patrick read johnson, 2005)
      21 – problem child (dennis dugan, 1990)

      20 – piano teacher (michael haneke, 2001)
      19 – prospero’s books (peter greenaway, 1991)
      18 – black sun (sue de beer, 2005)
      17 – begotten (e. elias merhige, 1991)
      16 – happy-end (peter tscherkassky, 1996)
      15 – strange circus (sion sono, 2005)
      14 – mary jane’s not a virgin any more (sarah jacobson, 1997)
      13 – all about lily chou chou (shunji iwai, 2001)
      12 – i-be area (ryan trecartin, 2007)
      11 – showgirls (paul verhoeven, 1995)

      10 – comfort of strangers (paul schrader, 1990)
      09 – last days of disco (whit stillman, 1998)
      08 – simple men (hal hartley, 1992)
      07 – love and human remains (denys arcand, 1993)
      06 – lost highway (david lynch, 1997)
      05 – nowhere (gregg araki, 1997)
      04 – the bedroom (hisayasu sato, 1992)
      03 – victory over the sun (michael robinson, 2007)
      02 – inland empire (david lynch, 2006)
      01 – institute benjamenta (brothers quay, 1994)

      top 20 horror 1990-present:
      20 – orphan (jaume collet-serra, 2009)
      19 – lawnmower man (brett leonard, 1992)
      18 – audition (takashi miike, 2000)
      17 – mondo weirdo (carl anderson, 1990)
      16 – silent hill (christophe gans, 2006)
      15 – event horizon (paul w.s. anderson, 2007)
      14 – suicide club (sion sono, 2001)
      13 – cigarette burns (john carpenter, 2005)
      12 – dirty maria (takahisa zeze, 1998)
      11 – twin peaks: fire walk with me (david lynch, 1992)

      10 – der todesking (jorg buttgereit, 1990)
      09 – dead man 2: return of the dead man (ian kerkhof [aka aryan kaganof], 1994)
      08 – naked blood (hisayasu sato, 1995)
      07 – cloverfield (matt reeves, 2008)
      06 – loft (kiyoshi kurosawa, 2005)
      05 – cure (kiyoshi kurosawa, 1997)
      04 – puppet master (david schmoeller, 1990)
      03 – martyrs (pascal laugier, 2008)
      02 – kairo (kiyoshi kurosawa, 2001)
      01 – sombre (philippe grandrieux, 1998)

  16. mike

      top 33 films 1990-present (aka fuck you tarantino)
      33 – beaver trilogy (trent harris, 2000)
      32 – gummo (harmony korine, 1997)
      31 – urbania (jon matthews, 2000)
      30 – crash (david cronenberg, 1996)
      29 – mario movie (paper rad & cory arcangel, 2005)
      28 – speed racer (wachowski brothers, 2008)
      27 – paranoid park (gus van sant, 2007)
      26 – wild things (john mcnoughton, 1995)
      25 – party girl (daisy von scherler mayer, 1995)
      24 – d.e.b.s (angela robinson, 2004)
      23 – the last supper (stacy title, 1995)
      22 – angus (patrick read johnson, 2005)
      21 – problem child (dennis dugan, 1990)

      20 – piano teacher (michael haneke, 2001)
      19 – prospero’s books (peter greenaway, 1991)
      18 – black sun (sue de beer, 2005)
      17 – begotten (e. elias merhige, 1991)
      16 – happy-end (peter tscherkassky, 1996)
      15 – strange circus (sion sono, 2005)
      14 – mary jane’s not a virgin any more (sarah jacobson, 1997)
      13 – all about lily chou chou (shunji iwai, 2001)
      12 – i-be area (ryan trecartin, 2007)
      11 – showgirls (paul verhoeven, 1995)

      10 – comfort of strangers (paul schrader, 1990)
      09 – last days of disco (whit stillman, 1998)
      08 – simple men (hal hartley, 1992)
      07 – love and human remains (denys arcand, 1993)
      06 – lost highway (david lynch, 1997)
      05 – nowhere (gregg araki, 1997)
      04 – the bedroom (hisayasu sato, 1992)
      03 – victory over the sun (michael robinson, 2007)
      02 – inland empire (david lynch, 2006)
      01 – institute benjamenta (brothers quay, 1994)

      top 20 horror 1990-present:
      20 – orphan (jaume collet-serra, 2009)
      19 – lawnmower man (brett leonard, 1992)
      18 – audition (takashi miike, 2000)
      17 – mondo weirdo (carl anderson, 1990)
      16 – silent hill (christophe gans, 2006)
      15 – event horizon (paul w.s. anderson, 2007)
      14 – suicide club (sion sono, 2001)
      13 – cigarette burns (john carpenter, 2005)
      12 – dirty maria (takahisa zeze, 1998)
      11 – twin peaks: fire walk with me (david lynch, 1992)

      10 – der todesking (jorg buttgereit, 1990)
      09 – dead man 2: return of the dead man (ian kerkhof [aka aryan kaganof], 1994)
      08 – naked blood (hisayasu sato, 1995)
      07 – cloverfield (matt reeves, 2008)
      06 – loft (kiyoshi kurosawa, 2005)
      05 – cure (kiyoshi kurosawa, 1997)
      04 – puppet master (david schmoeller, 1990)
      03 – martyrs (pascal laugier, 2008)
      02 – kairo (kiyoshi kurosawa, 2001)
      01 – sombre (philippe grandrieux, 1998)

  17. Derek
  18. Derek
  19. Rebecca Loudon

      All good lists from which to cull my Netflix queue. Prospero‚Äôs Books was amazing as is Greenaway’s Drowning by Numbers and anything else he ever flimed. My money’s on Amadeus and the Wizard of Oz. Who wasn’t affected by that at one point in their ittle jammies life? I stil watch now. Glinda is my A.A. higher power.

  20. Nathan Tyree

      think…

  21. Nathan Tyree

      think…

  22. blake

      killer list

  23. blake

      killer list

  24. Zip

      ZIP’S TOP TEN MOVIES FROM THE LAST SEVENTEEN YEARS
      (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

      -A REVIEW OF ELECTRON MICROSCOPE TECHNIQUE (1994)
      -WASH YOUR HANDS! AN INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO FOR CHILDREN (1992)
      -THE NOISE OF A QUASAR (1997)
      -MRI DYE INJECTION: TO GADOLINIUM OR NOT TO GADOLINIUM? (1998)
      -X-RAYS OF ANCIENT SCULPTURES VOLUME II (2003)
      -CURIOUS ABOUT GRASS (2006)
      -PETER’S DOG (2002)
      -YZABTL, THE GENIUS (2008)
      -AN OPULENT LABYRINTH (1993)
      -FOURTEEN HUNDRED (2005)

      THERE WERE A FEW OTHERS THAT WERE CLOSE (BEN AND HIS HANDS, PLUTO AND PLUTARCH, THE DUKE WOULDN’T TOUCH HIS POCKETS) BUT IN THE END I THOUGHT THIS LIST WAS MUCH STRONGER FOR NOT INCLUDING THEM

  25. Zip

      ZIP’S TOP TEN MOVIES FROM THE LAST SEVENTEEN YEARS
      (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

      -A REVIEW OF ELECTRON MICROSCOPE TECHNIQUE (1994)
      -WASH YOUR HANDS! AN INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO FOR CHILDREN (1992)
      -THE NOISE OF A QUASAR (1997)
      -MRI DYE INJECTION: TO GADOLINIUM OR NOT TO GADOLINIUM? (1998)
      -X-RAYS OF ANCIENT SCULPTURES VOLUME II (2003)
      -CURIOUS ABOUT GRASS (2006)
      -PETER’S DOG (2002)
      -YZABTL, THE GENIUS (2008)
      -AN OPULENT LABYRINTH (1993)
      -FOURTEEN HUNDRED (2005)

      THERE WERE A FEW OTHERS THAT WERE CLOSE (BEN AND HIS HANDS, PLUTO AND PLUTARCH, THE DUKE WOULDN’T TOUCH HIS POCKETS) BUT IN THE END I THOUGHT THIS LIST WAS MUCH STRONGER FOR NOT INCLUDING THEM

  26. sasha fletcher

      dead man. so good.

  27. sasha fletcher

      dead man. so good.

  28. Hayden Derk

      -Army of Darkness
      -Primer
      -Romper Stomper
      -District 9
      -Gran Turino
      -Ichi the Killer
      -Gozu
      -Oldboy (Best and most fucked up movie of all time ever ever ever ever ever)
      -Natural Born Killers
      -Lost Highway
      -Begotten
      -Sukiyaki Western Django
      -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
      -Dune
      -The Machinist
      -Howl’s Moving Castle
      -Interstellar 5555
      -As Good as it Gets
      -Batman Returns
      -The Matrix Original

  29. Hayden Derk

      -Army of Darkness
      -Primer
      -Romper Stomper
      -District 9
      -Gran Turino
      -Ichi the Killer
      -Gozu
      -Oldboy (Best and most fucked up movie of all time ever ever ever ever ever)
      -Natural Born Killers
      -Lost Highway
      -Begotten
      -Sukiyaki Western Django
      -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
      -Dune
      -The Machinist
      -Howl’s Moving Castle
      -Interstellar 5555
      -As Good as it Gets
      -Batman Returns
      -The Matrix Original

  30. reynard seifert

      keanu reeves and sandra bullock

  31. reynard seifert

      keanu reeves and sandra bullock

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