When it comes to the movie auteurs of today, look no further than Quentin Tarantino, as his amalgams of Western, kung-fu and comedy movies are adored by cinephiles and his unique approach has influenced a flurry of cheap imitations.
However, Tarantino’s movies would be nothing without the features that influence him, and it’s no secret that he wears his influences on his sleeve. The filmmaker is as big of a movie fan as the rest of us, and he regularly chronicles his opinions with lists. He did just that in 2013, when he sent his list to The Tarantino Archives, a fan website that he also personally loves.
10 This Is The End
Being one of the last great apocalyptic comedies, from the mind of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, This Is The End unsurprisingly features many of the best cameos of spoof movies from the usual suspects – Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Paul Rudd – and it’s easy to understand why Tarantino loves the movie so much.
Tarantino is big fan of great comedy and loves to create almost randomized ensemble casts. Channing Tatum’s feature in the movie could be what led to him being cast in The Hateful Eight.
9 The Lone Ranger
Inarguably the biggest surprise on the list, The Lone Ranger was lambasted before it was even released due to featuring one of the worst racial caricatures in movies, as Johnny Depp plays the Native American, Toto.
However, that didn’t stop Tarantino from enjoying the movie. And this isn’t actually that surprising, given that Tarantino is a huge fan of Western movies and there are so few of them ever released anymore.
8 Kick Ass 2
Kick Ass 2 is another surprise, as the movie massively pales in comparison to it’s predecessor and often comes off as a cheap imitation.
But Tarantino is a movie fan more than a movie critic, and as Kick Ass 2 is one of the movies that critics hated but audiences loved, so it only makes sense that Tarantino sides with the audience on this one. It also definitely helps that the movie is full of action and violence.
When Gravity was first released, it was revolutionary, and one of the best uses of 3D after Avatar’s release, arguably even better. Though the 2013 movie had a relatively ridiculous ending, the journey it takes to get there is intense and heart stopping.
Though the movie’s execution and high concept is wholly unlike the way Tarantino approaches filmmaking, it’s impossible not to recognise Gravity as the filmmaking feat that it is.
6 Afternoon Delight
This movie received mixed reviews from critics, with many of them negative, and it’s so unheard of that even the Anchorman scene in which the cast sing “Afternoon Delight” appears on YouTube before this movie’s trailer.
Afternoon Delight features no major stars, had a minuscule budget, and is almost unheard of, so the only way it’d be any more up Tarantino’s alley is if it featured martial arts.
5 Frances Ha
Shot in black and white, Frances Ha is arguably the best movie directed by Noah Baumbach and features the breakout role of Greta Gerwig.
As Gerwig plays a struggling dancer, it doesn’t necessarily seem like a movie marketed towards the violence obsessed director, but given that Baumbach shot it in the style of French New Wave cinema and only used the tools that a student filmmaker would have, it makes sense that Tarantino would doff his cap to the movie.
4 Drinking Buddies
Drinking Buddies is a typical run of the mill comedy about friends who work at a Chicago brewery, but it was produced with a micro budget of just one million dollars.
Despite its low budget, it has some huge stars, including Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick. The movie was successful amongst critics, but for some reason, it struggled to find an audience. However, Tarantino is doing the lord’s work by getting the word out there.
3 The Conjuring
The Conjuring is one of the scariest movies of the 21st century and though the director has created everything, from Aquaman to several Fast & Furious movies, it still remains one of the best James Wan movies.
Though Tarantino has never directed a horror movie and probably never will, he has left a paper trail of horror influences throughout his career. The Conjuring could have even had an impact on some of the scenes in The Hateful Eight.
2 Blue Jasmine
Released in somewhat of a Woody Allen renaissance, as the director saw a comeback with movies like Midnight In Paris and To Rome With Love, Blue Jasmine is arguably the very best of this era in Allen’s career.
It’s a given that Tarantino was going to love the movie, as Allen’s snappy dialogue bears many similarities to the way the director writes his lines, and Blue Jasmine also features Cate Blanchett in, arguably, her very best role.
1 Before Midnight
There aren’t many romantic comedies that get a sequel, and there are even fewer that have managed to round the series out to a trilogy, but Before Midnight is the third entry in the ‘Before’ trilogy, following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
Being directed by Richard Linklater, the movies have a unique concept, as they are shot nine years apart. Before Midnight now sees the couple settled down and with children, and it’s one of the most realistic romantic comedies ever made.
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