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Quentin Tarantino Adds New Movie to Ten Best, Defends 'The Lone Ranger' UPDATE (TRAILER)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2013 at 3:36PM

Quentin Tarantino has spoken up about his picks for his recent list of the Top 10 Films of 2013 (So Far). And he keeps elaborating. Now at the Busan Film Festival, he's adding a new pick. It's Israeli film "Big Bad Wolves."
"Big Bad Wolves"
"Big Bad Wolves"

Quentin Tarantino has spoken up about his early picks for his recent list of the Top 10 Films of 2013 (So Far). And he keeps elaborating. Now at the Busan Film Festival, he's adding a new pick. It's Israeli film "Big Bad Wolves," written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. "Not only is this the best film in Busan, this is the best film of the year," Tarantino gushed. Magnet Releasing has picked up stateside rights.  

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

EARLIER: Recently Tarantino elaborated on his inclusion of Gore Verbinski's much-maligned box office dud "The Lone Ranger," saying "the first forty-five minutes are excellent... Then comes the train scene -- incredible!" 

Despite its potholes and needlessly bloated running thime, there's some serious craftsmanship on display in "The Lone Ranger." It's hard to disagree with Tarantino when he says, "When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What, that’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?’” (TOH liked the movie, and even thinks it could pick some tech Oscar noms.)

Speaking with Les Inrockuptibles (via the Playlist), Tarantino does have some criticism for the film, however: 

"It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares...

I like Tonto’s backstory—the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that’s a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it…ugly."

He then switches gears and shifts to Ben Affleck as Batman. He wishes the actor luck in the tricky role, but has his own ideas about the ideal actor (and era) for donning the Bat Suit:

"I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion. Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ’80s.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.