Quentin Tarantino’s Top Eleven (Well, Twelve) Of 2011

As I supposed it might, it seems that the slight delay in shooting Django Unchained has given Quentin Tarantino time to file his Films of the Year list. He’s gone for a top 11, but thanks to a tie, there’s actually12.

He’s also gone ahead and added some “nice try” and “worst film” selections as well as suggestions for best director and screenplay. From my point of view there’s only one big surprise – you’ll probably know it the second you see it.

Top 11 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

 

Nice Try Award

Drive
Hannah
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
Beginners

Best Adapted Screenplay

Moneyball
The Skin I live In
Carnage
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Hugo
X-Men: First Class

Worst Films

Sucker Punch
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
Miral
Insidious
Rampart
Straw Dogs
Paranormal Activity 3
Meek’s Cutoff

And there was me thinking – genuinely – that he’d have been on Team Sucker Punch.

I can fully understand why the rest of his “worst list” has shaken out how it has: despite there being some utterly, loopy fun bits in Insidious, there’s a lot of rubbish too, and the other films really are bad.

All of these lists were submitted by Tarantino to the fansite Tarantino Archives, through whom he has published a few lists in the past.

Perhaps allowing for Tarantino to name and fame a few more Weinstein pictures, there’s also a list of other films he “considered”:

50/50
Beginners
Hugo
The Iron Lady
Carnage
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
Contagion
The Sitter
War Horse

I don’t think the implication is necessarily that Tarantino considers these “runners up” – surely that’s what Nice Try was about – but that he wants to name them as other films he chewed over, for whatever reason.

One of those reasons being that a couple are Oscar contenders for his chums Bob and Harvey, right? The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn certainly do seem conspicuous.