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Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Films of 2011 (What Are Yours?)

01.17.12 @ 4:36PM Tags : , , ,

It’s film awards season (here’s an ongoing scorecard), which also makes it a good time to reflect on your personal favorites from the past year. I wish Netflix would let me sort the films I’ve rated by the date I rated them, which would allow me to provide an easy answer to “seen anything good lately?” Even this very handy script does not allow that. But I have some issues with Netflix, and this post is not about them but about Quentin Tarantino, who recently shared his own personal top 10 movies from 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

Okay, so it was a top twelve, really. I haven’t yet seen all of these, but I would definitely have Contagion, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Beginners in my own personal top 10. What about you?

Link: The Quentin Tarantino Archives

[via FilmmakerIQ]

[Tarantino photo by Siebbi]


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  • Very interesting picks…

    Koo, so glad to hear someone else saw/liked Beginners. I was straight up smitten – I’d also throw Drive into the mix.

  • Brian Geiger on 01.17.12 @ 4:50PM

    QT just went up that much more in my eyes for putting Midnight in Paris as #1- what a perfect movie. His picks definitely seem more action-orientated (as one would expect). Glad to see that Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy wasn’t on there. After all of the positive reviews, I went to see it yesterday with high expectations and can say without doubt (and having seen Delta Farce) that it is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Boring, confusing, little clarification (never knew most people’s name), and overall just terrible. I couldn’t give a plot summary if asked to- I had no idea what the hell was going on. Costumes were cool, though…

  • He never seemed the type to get a kick out of a movie like The Tree of Life or Melancholia, but I know I did. Particularly the creation of the universe sequence inTree and the opening slow motion sequence to Melancholia. Definitely my most memorable movie moments of 2011.

  • I agree with adding Margin Call, I also think The Debt deserves to be up there

  • There are still several I’ve yet to see (The Artist, Shame, Another Earth, Margin Call) but of what I have seen, here are my top 10 (since you asked). The first five are in order, after that they’re not.

    1) Hugo
    2) Midnight in Paris
    3) Beginners
    4) 50/50
    5) Super 8
    6) X-Men: First Class
    7) Rango
    8) Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    9) Bridesmaids
    10) Attack The Block

    I’m sure I forgot something.

  • Rune Christiansen on 01.17.12 @ 5:09PM

    I’m agreeing on ‘Midnight in Paris’, but i think ‘Drive’, ‘Melancholia’ are missing ;) Oh and ‘Our Idiot Brother’, should be replaced with ’50/50′…

  • Hmm, damn, I hate when I haven’t seen these films. My smaller list would be:

    Tree of Life
    Margin Call
    The Descendants
    13 Assassins
    Biutiful (2010 but it takes a while to come to nc)
    Meek’s Cutoff
    Jane Eyre
    The Interrupters

    Special Mention
    Least favorite movie: Melancholia

    • Seriously, what did you like about Meek’s Cutoff?

      • What not to like? Great performance by Michelle Williams but I think what really struck me is the reality of the situation. So often westerns overlook the day to day struggle of being a pioneer woman. I love the scene where the Native American and the Westerners have trouble communicating. It was so well written. It felt so real. And I think it captures the spirit of the early pioneers: blind faith.

  • I didn’t think midnight in paris was that good. I would say my favorites were Source Code and Hugo. 50/50 was also good.

  • In my opinion, no list is complete without Drive, Tree of Life, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’d also include Bill Cunningham: New York, Bridesmaids, and If a Tree Falls. That’s just six and there were plenty of others I enjoyed, but hey, “curation, baby!”

  • Will Gilbey on 01.17.12 @ 5:44PM

    Kill List. Drive.

  • No “Drive”? Suspect!

    3. Midnight in Paris
    4. Harry Potter 2

  • Lance Bachelder on 01.17.12 @ 5:53PM

    Haven’t seen everything on his list yet, but we were pleasantly surprised by Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Biggest missing show would be Deathly Hallows 2 which was brilliant from beginning to end – every performance was award worthy and the direction, photography and fx were beyond great.

  • Crumbs – this list makes me realise that I’ve hardly seen any recent releases. I’m not sure I can even make a ’10′, let alone a top 10. In my defense, I’ve been catching up on a lot of older, vintage stuff. Like stuff from 2009…

    Did see Jane Eyre though, and thought that was pretty darn good. Re-reading the book at the moment, and the scriptwriter (think it’s Moira Buffini) did quite a job with it. Also saw a bit of Attack The Block but didn’t think much to it at all – Hated the characters and thought it was a bit naff and charmless. Nice to see so many people loving a Woody Allen film again though – I’ve not seen Midnight In Paris, but have enjoyed quite a lot of his recent output (including the stuff the critics have hated…)

  • John Jeffreys on 01.17.12 @ 6:18PM



  • DrIve was marginal…at best. It’s really not that good of a movie.

  • tree of life
    Midnight in paris

    best ive seen this year

  • Quentin is by far one of the best directors out there, but his taste in movies is a bit questionable.
    I have not seen all of those movies, but from the ones I have seen, my list would definitely differ.

    (In Order)
    Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    Midnight in Paris
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    A Dangerous Method
    The Help
    Like Crazy

    To me personally, I believe X-men first class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes were very good film, for what they were. Summer blockbusters. Much more well done than Green lantern, Green Hornet, or Captain America. But they were still just big budget commercial films that didn’t quite have the dynamic of the films on my list. I am sure people will disagree, but that is just my opinion. And if I had to select a least favorite movie, it would certainly be Young Adult. I think it was well made technically, but the content was boring, the themes were shallow, and it wasn’t entertaining. I couldn’t connect with it in any way.

    • I would definitely nominate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for best cinematography… gorgeous film (literally — Fuji stock, Panavision cam/lens).

  • No drive? bad list:) and melancholia!

  • Beginners – Freaking Hipster Crap…the only good thing about it was the performance from Christopher Plummer who actually bought some life to the movie when he was on screen. Outside of that it was just Ewan McGregor (who I normally like) moping around. I don’t know, I just thought that was Hipster Garbage personally.

    My list

    1.) We Need to Talk About Kevin
    2.) Super – Controversial pick but this is the movie that Kick-Ass should have been in my opinion
    3.) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Gets better with every re-watch
    4.) Drive
    5.) 13 Assassins – Very surprised to see this wasn’t on Tarantino’s list since he is apparently a huge fan of Miike…best thing that Miike has done in quite some time
    6.) In a Better World
    7/) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – My “Blockbuster” pick of the year
    8.) Submarine – I liked it, I like Dry Humor and this hit the mark for me
    9.) Hanna – I’m surprised to see the backlash on this…I really enjoyed the hell out of it and have enjoyed it thoroughly with subsequent re-watches
    10.) 50/50

  • I’d have to go with:
    1. Warrior
    2. Drive
    3. 50/50
    4. Midnight in Paris
    5. War Horse
    6. Source Code
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    8. The Descendants
    9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    10. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

    My worst being, in no particular order:

    Cowboys and Alines
    Transformers Dark of the Moon
    Green Lantern
    The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence

  • 1.Drive
    4.Jane Eyre
    5.A Dangerous Method
    6.We Bought A Zoo
    7.In The Land of Blood & Honey
    9.Sucker Punch
    10.Dragon Tattoo

    This was a really slow year. After the amazing 2010 I was heavily disappointed in the movies this year.

  • Dustin Sims on 01.17.12 @ 11:29PM

    Am I the only one who didn’t care for Midnight in Paris? It felt too much like a first draft to me. Didn’t really care for how many old artists/writers were conveniently crammed in. And Owen Wilson’s character was really the only one who changed at all throughout the story. I didn’t hate it, just thought the script was mediocre script, at best. It seemed a bit contrived–almost as much as Crash.

    And Take Shelter was awesome.

  • Over a good list. I would have had A Tree of Life on there ( not Academy Award Winning) but beautiful in its presentation.

  • 1.melancholia 2.attack the bloack 3. The Devils Double. 4. Martha Marcy May Marlene 5. Hesher. 6. Tree of Life
    7. The Future 8. Girl with Dragon tat 9. Descendents. 10. bellflower

  • Here is mine:
    1 « The tree of life » by Terrence Malick
    2 « Black Swan » by Darren Aronofsky
    3 « La guerre est déclarée » by Valérie Donzelli
    4 « Une séparation » by Asghar Farhadi
    5 « Tomboy » by Céline Sciamma
    6 « Pater » by Alain Cavalier
    7 « Essentiel Killing » by Jerzy Skolimowski
    8 « Somewhere » by Sofia Coppola
    9 »The murderer » by Hong-jin Na
    10 « Wasteland » de Lucy Walker and « Woment are heroes » de JR

    It was an amazing year! I need to see Hugo Cabret and Shame now, the second one has a chance on my top.

  • Latham Arnott on 01.18.12 @ 3:05AM

    Here is one that would be in my top 10, Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn. To me that film is what I would want to be creating if I had a budget to do so. Everything just melded together so well. It was a one in a kind film for 2011 in my opinion.

    • Drive and forget about everything else unbelievable movie plus the soundtrack was so on point. Be real how many of you became Ryan Gosling fans after that movie…yup me too LOL well to be fair I thought he was dope in Half Nelson too.

  • Shame
    Tree Of Life
    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo/ Drive
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Young Adult
    Rubber (USA didn’t get a theatrical release until 2011)
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    A Dangerous Method
    Stake Land

  • where is DRIVE in all this lists? :-)

  • “where is DRIVE in all this lists?”

    Probably because Michael Mann was doing the same thing but better 20 years ago

    • When you said:
      “Probably because Michael Mann was doing the same thing but better 20 years ago”
      Which film you really referred to?

  • chettar1214 on 01.18.12 @ 11:51AM

    It would be nice to see Hobo with a Shotgun on some lists. It really stood out to me anyways.

  • ouch, this post made my head hurt.
    it was called a top 10, but then it was actually a top 11, and then the blogger said it was in fact a top 12..

    • “The blogger” said it was a top 12 because there are 12 films on the list. Why does your head hurt?

  • Martha Marcy May Marlene FOR SURE!! Movie is pure brilliance!

  • Midnight in Paris and The sking I live in are my favourite from that list.

  • Another Earth
    Blue Valentine
    Animal Kingdom
    Midnight in paris
    My Idiot Brother

  • lmao same
    Drive was definitely a DOP’s movie, lighting was creative, shots were great and CCing was beautifully done and fit the moods

  • These are ones I watched in 2011.

    Blue Valentine
    Of Gods and Men
    A Dangerous Method
    The Yellow Sea
    Elite Squad 2
    Beautiful Lies
    X men/Planet of the Apes
    The Artist

    Just saw “A separation” last night. It’s amazing, but it’ll have to go on next year’s list.

  • Drive: Worst movie of 2011

  • Tree of Life and Blue Valentine for sureeeeee

  • choucroutman on 01.19.12 @ 3:51PM

    In France we HATE “midnight in paris”….

    But we do love “a separation”

  • Ask yourself…how many people in the general public have even seen 10 movies…let alone 12…this year…???

    • er, people who like movies?
      now, if the question were “how many people have paid to see movies this year?”…. :-}

  • Melancholia
    Film Socialisme (made me think)
    How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire
    the Artist
    All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Adam Curtis)
    Surviving Life (Jan Svankmajer)

  • I am so glad that drive is not on his list. Such a bore,slow,dull,visually pretentious movie that was.

  • 1. Le Quattro Volte
    1. Le Quattro Volte
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    2. Le Quattro Volte
    3. Le Quattro Volte
    4. Le Quattro Volte
    5. Le Quattro Volte
    6. Le Quattro Volte
    7. Le Quattro Volte
    8. Le Quattro Volte
    9. Le Quattro Volte
    10. Tree Of Life

    Honorable mention to Kill List, Senna & Source Code

  • There’s only eight on my list that I can think of, but it’s the first four that really stood out as future classics:

    1. Tree of Life (Terence Malick)
    2. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
    3. Poetry (Lee Chang-dong)
    4. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar)

    5. Midnight In Paris (Woody Allen)
    6. L’Artiste (Michel Hazanavicius)
    7. Bill Cunnigham New York (Richard Press)
    8. El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (Gereon Wetzel)

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