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Tarantino Promos Inglourious Basterds, Top 20 Films

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 18, 2009 at 7:07AM

First, Quentin Tarantino is one of the most entertaining people to be around, period. So put him on the campaign trail for a new movie and we get to enjoy the results. (Is he really going to do a Len Deighton movie? The Ipcress File gets my vote.)
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Thompson on Hollywood

First, Quentin Tarantino is one of the most entertaining people to be around, period. So put him on the campaign trail for a new movie and we get to enjoy the results. (Is he really going to do a Len Deighton movie? The Ipcress File gets my vote.)

Here the writer-director names his Top 20 Movies since since he became a director 17 years ago. Guess what? If you know Tarantino, they all make perfect sense. He's not pretentious or trendy and he knows what he likes and why. Do I agree with all of them? No. We don't have the same taste. Anything Else is one of the most irritating Woody Allen movies ever. I love that Tarantino appreciates the craziness of Lars von Trier's Dogville. I never saw Battle Royale, Blade, Audition, The Host, Memories of Murder or Joint Security Area. Guess I have some homework to do.

First among all others: Battle Royale
Then, in alphabetical order:
Anything Else
Audition
Blade (Tsui Hark)
Boogie Nights
Dazed & Confused
Dogville
Fight Club
Fridays
The Host
The Insider
Joint Security Area
Lost In Translation
The Matrix
Memories of Murder
Police Story 3
Shaun of the Dead
Speed
Team America
Unbreakable

And here's Tarantino on The Today show:


This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Independents, Summer Movies, Quentin Tarantino, Cannes, Weinsteins


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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.