Tarantino’s Top 20 Films Since 1992

In other film related news today – no, not everything must be about Avatar Day (I did get my pass for two though… may or may not go – not exactly thrilled) – Quentin Tarantino capped off the last seventeen film going years of his life by discussing his top twenty features since that year. Why 1992 you may ask? Well, Quentin first broke onto the film scene that year with Reservoir Dogs – a cult hit that grew into a mainstream sensation.

Of course, this is all brought on by his latest Inglourious Basterds, and as well all know, Mr. Tarantino loves to soak in all of the press that comes with it. So without further adieu, his top twenty (since 1992).

“Anything Else?” (Woody Allen, 2003)
“Audition” (Takashi Miike, 1999)
“Battle Royale” (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
“The Blade” (Tsui Hark, 1995)
“Boogie Nights” (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
“Dazed and Confused” (Richard Linklater, 1993)
“Dogville” (Lars von Trier, 2003)
“Fight Club” (David Fincher, 1999)
“Friday” (F. Gary Gray, 1995)
“The Host” (Bong Joon-ho, 2006)
“The Insider” (Michael Mann, 1999)
“Joint Security Area” (Park Chan-wook, 2000)
“Lost in Translation” (Sophia Coppola, 2003)
“The Matrix” (Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, 1999)
“Memories of Murder” (Bong Joon-ho, 2003)
“Supercop” (Stanley Tong, 1992)
“Shaun of the Dead” (Edgar Wright, 2004)
“Speed” (Jan De Bont, 1994)
“Team America: World Police” (Trey Parker, 2004)
“Unbreakable” (M/ Night Shyamalan, 2000)

Battle Royale is emboldened because Tarantino proclaims it as the best of the past seventeen years – he doesn’t rank the rest.

Alright, so that’s a pretty fine list – disappointing, but half-expected because it is Tarantino; a man with a strong taste for the entertaining. Somewhat disappointing because with his film knowledge and vast amounts of films seen (or I assume) from the past decade and a half, I’d assume it’d be more refined. So the entire point of this post was to rate the films Tarantino chose and to give a bit of insight to whomever is reading as to my taste within the 17 year restriction. So as for Tarantino:

“Battle Royale” [A]
“Boogie Nights” [C+]
“Dazed and Confused” [B-]
“Dogville” [A]
“Fight Club” [A-]
“Friday” [B]
“The Insider” [B]
“Lost in Translation” [B-]
“The Matrix” [C+]
“Memories of Murder” [A-]
“Supercop” [C+]
“Shaun of the Dead” [D+]
“Speed” [B]
“Team America: World Police” [B]
“Unbreakable” [B-]

Certainly a fine list by any standards – one that will please most people and one that contains a slew of fun flicks. If you’re going by number ratings, it’s just like school. 5 or less and its an F, so nothing here is below mediocre, fortunately. As you notice there are five films missing – Anything Else, Audition, The Blade, The Host & Joint Security Area – but I’ll be sure to see those soon (two of which were already in my possession before the announcement) and update with my thoughts.

As for my list – a much less anticipated one, I’m sure, but one I’m fond of nonetheless:

“The Aviator” (Martin Scorsese, 2004)
“Be Kind, Rewind” (Michel Gondry, 2008)
“Catch Me If You Can” (Steven Spielberg, 2002)
“Dancer in the Dark” (Lars von Trier, 2000)
“Deconstructing Harry” (Woody Allen, 1997)
“The Departed” (Martin Scorsese, 2002)
“The Hudsucker Proxy” (Joel/Ethan Coen, 1994)
“In Bruges” (Martin McDonagh, 2008)
“Leon: the Professional” (Luc Besson, 1994)
“Love Me If You Dare” (Yann Samuell, 2004)
“The Puffy Chair” (Jay Duplass, 2006)
“Rosetta” (Jean-Pierre/Luc Dardenne, 1999)
“The Royal Tenenbaums” (Wes Anderson, 2001)
“Shadow of the Vampire” (E. Elias Merhige, 2000)
“Sin City” (Robert Rodriguez, 2005)
“Sleuth” (Kenneth Branagh, 2007)
“The Son” (Jean-Pierre/Luc Dardenne, 2003)
“Swoon” (Tom Kalin, 1992)
“There Will Be Blood” (P.T. Anderson, 2007)
“Thirst” (Chan-wook Park, 2009)

With my favourite of the past seventeen years emboldened.

So here’s where I ask you – whoever is reading this… what are your favourite films made post-1991?

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2 thoughts on “Tarantino’s Top 20 Films Since 1992

  1. Someguy says:

    You gave Shaun of the Dead a D+ and then expect us to respect your opinion and continue reading? Are you retarded?

  2. forizzer69 says:

    D+ = 6/10.

    Anything below a 5 is an F – I just did that school grading style. Big deal, it wasn’t that funny – good spoof, but not filled with enough humor to make watching it that worthwhile. Same goes with Hot Fuzz, but at least that had different levels of humor (ie. intellectual and typical ‘dumb’ humor). Neither are that good, though.

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