We’ve just been watching Quentin Tarantino introducing Death Proof on Sky Movies. What can we say – there’s not much on telly tonight.
We were anticipating the usual anodyne ‘this is my film – hope you enjoy it’ kinda crap, but this was actually fairly interesting.
Quentin didn’t really bother getting into the specifics of Death Proof (‘It’s not for the chicken to speak of his own soup’) – instead he took the opportunity to name his favourite 20 movies released since 1992 (the year he became a director).
Given that we were expecting him to come up with a buncha outre choices, we were pretty surprised at how many films on the list we had seen (all of them, we think). Perhaps he doesn’t have time to watch the more obscure efforts anymore – if indeed he ever did.
Anyhoo, we’ve typed them into a list for you – dunno why but we thought you might have something to say. What would you add? What would you remove?
The roundup sounds about right to us, but we always baulk at any attempt to put together a ‘pantheon of greatest movies’. The Godfather might be the ‘best’ film ever released, but Die Hard is the movie we’ve seen the most. So go figure.
(And yes, we do realise that Die Hard is technically flawless, shot by one of the world’s greatest ever action directors with one of the world’s best DoPs and a star-making turn from a hugely charismatic lead – we were just trying to make a point.)
Click through to see Tarantino’s list.
1. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku)
2. Anything Else (Woody Allen – very strange choice!)
3. Audition (Tarantino credits this to Takashi Miike – twas actually Gyeong-min Lee)
4. The Blade (Hark Tsui)
5. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)
6. Dazed And Confused (Richard Linklater)
7. Dogville (Lars Von Trier)
8. Fight Club (David Fincher)
9. Friday (F. Gary Gray)
10. The Host (Joon-ho Bong)
11. The Insider (Michael Mann)
12. Joint Security Area (Chan-wook Park)
13. Lost In Translation (Sophia Coppola)
14. The Matrix (Wachowski brothers)
15. Memories Of Murder (Joon-ho Bong)
16. Police Story 3 (Stanley Tong)
17. Shaun Of The Dead (Edgar Wright)
18. Speed (Jan De Bont)
19. Team America: World Police (Trey Parker & Matt Stone)
20. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan)
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