Musings on Quentin Tarantino’s 12 Favorite Films

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Earlier this month, Sight and Sound magazine asked many of the well-known filmmakers today to list their favorite films, you can see the list here.

QT_cameraFor this article, I would like to just focus on Quentin Tarantino‘s favorite films. If you read most of my articles on this site (i.e. ranking favorite Tarantino’s films) then you know that I’m a big fan of QT. Sure I thought Django Unchained was quite disappointing but it’s still better than most films I saw in 2012. If not for Tarantino, I may not have seen some of the classics from the 60s and 70s. Because of his recommendation, I discovered the films of the great late director Sam Peckinpah and some of the lesser known spaghetti western and action films from said decades.

If I remember correctly, Tarantino tends to put out his best of list yearly but I think this list is his top favorite films of all time. I was surprised to see a couple of films on his favorite list, but before we get on that, here are twelve of his picks:

  1. Apocalypse Now (1976) – Francis Ford Coppola
  2. The Bad News Bears (1976) – Michael Ritchie
  3. Carrie (1976) – Brian De Palma
  4. Dazed and Confused (1993) – Richard Linklater
  5. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – Sergio Leone
  6. The Great Escape (1963) – John Sturges
  7. His Girl Friday (1939) – Howard Hawks
  8. Jaws (1975) – Steven Spielberg
  9. Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) – Roger Vadium
  10. Rolling Thunder (1977) – John Flynn
  11. Sorcerer (1977) – William Friedkin
  12. Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Out of the 12 films on the list there, the one I’ve never seen or heard of before is His Girl Friday. Otherwise I’ve seen all of them and four are on my all favorite list films: Apocalypse Now, Rolling Thunder, Sorcerer and Taxi Driver.

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A couple of films that surprised me to see on his list are The Bad News Bears and Dazed and Confused; for the kind of films that he tends to make, I wouldn’t think he’d include a comedies on his list. Over all it’s a good mix of genre and it’s great seeing what kind of films he truly enjoy.

As mentioned earlier, the four films on his list that are also on my list, two of them are well known and highly regarded as some of greatest films ever made, Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver. No doubt those two were excellent films and deserves all the praises from critics and fans alike. Now other two films were not as well known, Rolling Thunder and Sorcerer, both also came out in the late 70s but they didn’t garner any critical or box office success. I think these two films deserve to be seen by more people and if you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend you seek them out. Particularly Sorcerer which was a remake of a French film from 1953, Wages of Fear. To be honest with you, I prefer Sorcerer over Wages of Fear. It was well directed by the then hot director William Friedkin, who’d just made two very successful films, The Exorcist and The French Connection. I think the film failed because I believe audiences were expecting to see some sort of supernatural thriller not an action thriller about men versus nature.

Rolling Thunder on the other hand, was a gritty shoot’em up revenge action thriller, a genre that was quite popular at the time. For anyone who’ve never seen either of these films, the good news is that both are coming out on Blu-ray real soon. Friedkin has tweeted that he has raised enough money to do a digital restoration on Sorcerer so it can be release on Bluray.

I can’t wait to see it on HD and in widescreen!
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– Post by Ted S.
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So what’s your opinion on Tarantino’s favorite films? Have you seen some or all of them? If so, share your opinion on the comments section.

January Weekend Viewings & Everybody’s Chattin’

Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to another edition of Everybody’s Chattin’!

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It’s been a week filled with sub-zero temps here, and indeed it’s been brutal waking up to – 12˚ F in the morning but hey, it makes us all Minnesotan tough! I’ve lived here about a year longer than anywhere else in the world, including my home country, so I count myself a Minnesotan now 😀

Well, we’re still smack dab in the middle of movie dumping grounds of the Winter months, so I’ll definitely be skipping all of the new releases this weekend. Yet another Hans Christian Andersen’s butcher-job adaptation Hansel & Grentel: Witch Hunters, Jason Statham’s Parker and the Farrelly brothers’ star-studded Movie 43 all looks like they’re only worth a rental, at best.

I plan on watching the BBC’s Emma starring the lovely Romola Garai that my co-worker lent me, and hopefully catch up on a Jimmy Stewart movie and more of The IT Crowd!

Now it’s time for links!

ApocalypseNowPosterYou know I adore my pal Michael‘s TMT series and this week he reviewed Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam-war themed classic Apocalypse Now. I’m not a war movie buff, but I might have to give that a watch at some point.

Another classic review of a film I haven’t seen yet, but I’m definitely intrigued as I quite like Chuck Heston. Jeff of The Stalking moon recently wrote an in-depth review of The Omega Man (1971). This one also deals with the ‘apocalypse’ but this time involving a plague caused by biological weapons! Reminds me of 28 Days Later, but with Moses, er I mean Heston being the only one left to save the human race. Yeah, I’m game for that!

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AnthonyMackieManyFacesAnother favorite blog series of mine is Nostra‘s ‘The Many Faces’ and today he’s highlighting one of my favorite actors, Anthony Mackie. I’ve only seen about five of his films so far, and though he didn’t have a leading role in most, he’s always great to watch. I missed Night Catches Us at TCFF a couple of years back where he’s actually the lead, so I have to catch that soon. I’m thrilled that the 33-year-old Louisiana native will be in Captain America: Winter Soldier!

Eric just posted a few rental mini reviews and I’m glad to see he has some nice words for Headhunters! That’s one of my favorite films of 2012. Haven’t seen the other three though, I’m pretty sure Killer Joe is not my cup of tea.

UpstairsDownstairsPosterYou can always count on Terrence to post the latest movie trailers every week, but this sci-fi drama is one I’ve been wanting to see: Upside Down. I love a sci-fi star-crossed romance, which is why the premise of this one intrigues me. Check out the latest poster and trailer of the movie starring Jim Sturgess and Kristen Dunst. I really hope this turns out good!

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I carry this picture with me always… that’s Floppy sitting on my lap

Lady Sati recently reviewed another winning clay-mation feature from Tim Burton, Frankenweenie. The premise should appeal to every dog lovers, and as someone who lost my beloved Floppy in grade school, I know it’ll be quite emotional for me. Sati actually rated it higher than Corpse Bride which I like, so I definitely need to rent it soon!


Keith is apparently a huge fan of French Cinema. His recent review of Girl on the Bridge sounds quite intriguing. What he said here really sold me “… the real magic of this picture lies in the unusual relationship between these two lost souls.” The film stars Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp’s former flame).


Now lastly, I’d like to highlight a new blog I discovered recently. Mr Rumsey happens to be a fellow Bond fan as well, so it’s been fun ‘chatting’ with him about Bond, even though I need to get him to come around on his thoughts on Dalton, ahah. In any case, check out Mr Rumsey’s Film Related Musings blog.

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He recently did a sweet review of one of my 2011 favorites, Warrior.

I’ll be doing this for future Everybody’s Chattin’ post whenever I come across a new blog I like.


So what are you going to see this weekend? Whatever you do, hope it’s a good one!