Turning again to the fansite The Quentin Tarantino Archives for a top ten list, Quentin Tarantino himself has revealed his ten favourite films of 2013 so far. I have to say that I’m rather surprised by a couple of these, which is a good part why I find it so interesting.
Do note, also, that these are in alphabetical order and not ranked from least preferred to most or vice versa.
- Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
- Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
- Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
- The Conjuring (James Wan)
- Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
- Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
- Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
- Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
- The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
- This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)
The great shame is that there’s no context provided. The Lone Ranger took something of a whupping so it could use a bit of love, I think. And I have very little patience for Frances Ha and I’d love to know what Tarantino saw in it. He did name his production company A Band Apart, I suppose, so perhaps that’s the only clue we really need.
At the moment I’d be quite sure Blue Jasmine and another film I’m forbidden from naming by a ludicrous embargo would be on my comparable list; Before Midnight was a wonderful, lively and touching too. I’m also very much drawn to Afternoon Delight, mainly because it’s got Kathryn Hahn front and centre. I’m not surprised Tarantino is a fan of her work.
Tarantino didn’t issue a “Best of 2012” list because he spent so much of the year making and promoting Django Unchained. Could he be getting his 2013 list in early because he’s about to dash off and start work on another project? That seems too good to be true, really.
Should a complete end of year list come along I’ll share that too and we can see what, if anything, has changed. I’ve got a hunch that I’ve seen a movie Tarantino hasn’t and when he does, he’ll absolutely love it.