Quentin Tarantino reveals his top films of 2013

Director Quentin Tarantino continues his recent tradition of ranking the year’s films as he revealed his favorites of 2013 so far, and the list is as unpredictable as the man himself. A diverse choice of films, it features a ghost-horror film, big-budget actioner, black-and-white indie, superhero movie, ensemble comedy and science-fiction epic. Tarantino has previously compiled lists for 2010 and 2011, notably skipping 2012 due to the making of his film Django Unchained. In previous lists, Tarantino has also singled out films he sarcastically labels a “Nice Try,” including Drive and Hanna in 2011. It is likely he will adopt that ratings system again come the end of the year. Here is the list in alphabetical order – vote below if you agree or disagree with his choices.

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)

Despite Tarantino’s eclectic and varied taste, the list still manages to confound. The likes of Drinking Buddies and Kick Ass 2 have been panned by critics, while The Lone Ranger was both a box-office and critical disappointment. The writer-director, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay in 2012 for Django Unchained, will release a list presented in order of preference at the end of the year. We’ll have to wait and see which films don’t make the cut. ~Raj-Kabir Birk

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  1. dude • October 7, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

    Drinking Buddies has an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71 on Metacritic indicating generally positive reviews. I wouldn’t say it was panned.

  2. Dan • October 7, 2013 @ 1:05 PM

    The Lone Ranger over Man of Steel or Star Trek? C’mon, QT, what the hell? I love ya, buddy, but what the hell?

  3. Dan • October 7, 2013 @ 1:05 PM

    Kick Ass 2 is aces.

  4. ChristeneB • October 7, 2013 @ 2:31 PM

    My husband and I just watched the movie “MUD” and I cannot believe it is not on the list. All critics that I have read say it “Blows the others out of the water” !! I agree !!

  5. Gin • October 7, 2013 @ 2:39 PM

    I only saw Kick Ass 2 and This is the End from the list and they are amazing!!! As for the others I can’t say!

  6. LZH • October 7, 2013 @ 3:15 PM

    Drinking Buddies was great and widely enjoyed from audience members and critics. COME ON TRIBUTE!

  7. Karen Famulski • October 7, 2013 @ 4:15 PM

    I disagree with Drinking Buddies. I did not like that movie at all. It seemed to go nowhere fast. I agree with another comment that Mud should have been included on that list. That was one of the best movies I have seen in years.

  8. Checkit • October 7, 2013 @ 5:55 PM

    Does this mean he’s seen EVER movie that came out? Why not Star Trek over Kick-ass2? Good story and acting and action and effects.
    Oh well, QT does have crazy taste in films and his taste may not suit everyones but at least HE makes great flicks.

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