Quentin Tarantino names ‘Star Trek’ the year’s best

Posted by · 3:34 pm · December 14th, 2009

Quentin TarantinoOf what he’s seen, that is. He hasn’t seen “Avatar,” “The Lovely Bones” or, um, “Invicitus” (his pronunciation). And his film is “out of it,” he says.  Not mentioning it.  Thanks for being stand-up like that, Quentin.

Anyway, here’s the list:

1. “Star Trek”
2. “Drag Me to Hell”
3. “Funny People”
4. “Up in the Air”
5. “Chocolate”
6. “Observe and Report”
7. “Precious”
8. “An Education”

And the video, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, after the jump. (He says he needs to see a few more films again before fully committing, FYI.)




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  • 1 12-14-2009 at 3:40 pm

    Milan said...

    No Hurt Locker here. I thought he might have dug that.

  • 2 12-14-2009 at 3:41 pm

    Chris said...

    I thought he loved “Bright Star”? Strange.

  • 3 12-14-2009 at 3:41 pm

    Corey said...

    LOL!!!!! Observe and Report!!! I thought that movie was aweful. lol

  • 4 12-14-2009 at 3:42 pm

    Baxter said...

    What the crap happened to Bright Star? Et tu, Quentin?

  • 5 12-14-2009 at 3:44 pm

    Brian said...

    This list is kind of awesome.

    He says that he wants to see Bright Star and D9 again before committing to higher spots on the list. So I guess they’re his 9 and 1o.

  • 6 12-14-2009 at 3:45 pm

    Ryan said...

    He’ll probably add Avatar and then add Bright Star as his #10 to complete his Top Ten. Or not, whatever.

  • 7 12-14-2009 at 3:46 pm

    Al said...

    The only reason he ranked Star Trek that high is because he was stuck in Cannes that whole time, and the mainstream sensation (Trek) seemed liked indie art while the Cannes films must have seemed generic. In either case, I can almost get behind this list.

    Drag Me To Hell and Observe and Report made my top 10. I have yet to see A Serious Man, Moon, Hurt Locker, and Avatar though.

  • 8 12-14-2009 at 3:49 pm

    Katie said...

    “Drag Me to Hell” sucked major ass. There’s only so much “Nasty stuff goes into mouth” that can be considered funny or slightly amusing. Waste of money for me.

  • 9 12-14-2009 at 3:52 pm

    Mike said...

    I knew I loved this guy for a reason.

  • 10 12-14-2009 at 3:56 pm

    The InSneider said...

    DMTH blows. Lohman sucked. Sam’s lost IT. Basterds is better than ALL of these movies. Only UITA comes close.

  • 11 12-14-2009 at 4:08 pm

    Nick said...

    Observe and Report was definitely in my top ten back in April, unfortunately (or fortunately) since then so many movies have come out that it’s not even in my top 20 now.

    It’s a really great, really subservise satire though. I’m glad he got behind it.

  • 12 12-14-2009 at 4:09 pm

    Nel said...

    Er yeah what happened to the Bright Star love?

    Not cool to question D9 or Bright Star thats Ingolorious (sp?) to my meh list for 2009.

  • 13 12-14-2009 at 4:16 pm

    Me. said...

    His letter to Jane Campion was the main reason as to why I rushed into the film theater to watch “Bright Star”. I’m really surprised. I loved that film.

  • 14 12-14-2009 at 4:27 pm

    Hans said...

    Random question, why is “Brenda Blethyn” such a popular search term on the left sidebar?

  • 15 12-14-2009 at 4:27 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    I find the nod to Observe & Report inspired. Plus, Drag Me To Hell figures quite prominently in my year-end top ten, so I’m psyched that I’m not alone in that.

  • 16 12-14-2009 at 4:28 pm

    James D. said...

    Quentin couldn’t make it without an Asian film, could he?

    Surprised he wouldn’t like an indie effort like Moon.

  • 17 12-14-2009 at 4:28 pm

    papa said...

    Single most overrated director of all time.

  • 18 12-14-2009 at 4:31 pm

    Me. said...

    Out of topic but I’m making my Golden Globe predictions and, are the following films considered as dramas or comedies:

    Up in the Air
    Inglourious Basterds
    Where the Wild Things Are
    A Serious Man

    Thanks.

  • 19 12-14-2009 at 4:44 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Only A Serious Man is Comedy, I believe. UitA and IB are definitely Drama.

  • 20 12-14-2009 at 4:48 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Chocolate at #5? C’mon, I absolutely love martial arts films but even the fight scenes in that one stunk up the joint.

  • 21 12-14-2009 at 4:49 pm

    Michael said...

    Quentin Tarantino ftw! I fucking love this guy. He is so cool, his list is certainly unique (as are his tastes in movies) and I swear he needs to have a movie commentary show on E! or something.

  • 22 12-14-2009 at 4:55 pm

    P-Dawg said...

    Funny People? Really? That being on the list is 10 times funnier than anything that movie had to offer.

  • 23 12-14-2009 at 4:58 pm

    Emily said...

    My number one would be Star Trek if it wasn’t Inglourious Basterds.

  • 24 12-14-2009 at 5:19 pm

    Ed said...

    Restores my slowly fading faith in the ability of an Academy member to be an “individual”. I mean, come on “Observe and Report”…”Drag Me to Hell”, here’s a guy who doesn’t just consider what’s shipped out to him but actually goes out there to find what he feels is “quality”. A guy who clearly doesn’t believe in an “Oscar” movie. :)

  • 25 12-14-2009 at 5:20 pm

    zoots said...

    this is QT trying to curry favor with the other voters – i like your movie – now like mine so i can win!!!
    maybe jason reitman and k bigelow should give their top ten (excluding their own of course)

    btw – inglourious basterds – neither a great picture or a great movie. has it’s moments, yes, but as a whole v unsatisfying and sketchy. REALLY surprised at the love it’s getting.

  • 26 12-14-2009 at 5:55 pm

    Jim said...

    Not bad, I like the original picks even in some cases the uneven Seth Rogen films Funny People and Observe and Report.

  • 27 12-14-2009 at 6:25 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    According to @popcornreel, San Francisco is going Hurt Locker. Wake me up when it’s February 2nd.

  • 28 12-14-2009 at 6:27 pm

    Scott said...

    Boring list, save for OBSERVE AND REPORT. Not a big QT fan, but I thought he had more interesting taste than that.

  • 29 12-14-2009 at 6:31 pm

    Jane said...

    WTF is Bright Star? He said he loved it!

  • 30 12-14-2009 at 6:31 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Oh, and to be slightly more on topic, Kris, glad to see you’ve finally added Inglourious Basterds to your predicted ten. It’s nomination looks more secure by the day. Granted, it probably won’t win anything outside of Waltz and (maybe) Art Direction, but I’ll just be glad to see it getting some love.

  • 31 12-14-2009 at 6:33 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Update on San Fran:

    Actor – Colin Firth
    Actress – Meryl Streep (J&J)

  • 32 12-14-2009 at 6:39 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    SF Update:

    Supporting Actor – Christian McKay
    Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique

  • 33 12-14-2009 at 7:06 pm

    Josh R. said...

    Still have a bunch to see, but so far Star Trek is my #1 of the year.

  • 34 12-14-2009 at 7:22 pm

    Filmoholic said...

    When do we get to see Guy’s list?

  • 35 12-14-2009 at 7:24 pm

    Filmoholic said...

    I really like Funny People even though the third act is flawed and the film is somewhat structurally messy. As for Observe and Report, I think it’s a great dark comedy with a couple of really shocking and unexpected moments of extreme violence.

  • 36 12-14-2009 at 9:50 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    @Adam Smith: Yay, at least Colin won something else.

    Also, kudos to Christian.

    At least one awards group needs to recognize Tilda.

  • 37 12-14-2009 at 10:47 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    inglourious basterds for best picture kris? welcome to the party, it has become to big to ignore, but now watch you be right all along and have it fail! damn damn

  • 38 12-15-2009 at 1:02 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Filmoholic: Next week, probably. Still catching up on a few titles.

  • 39 12-15-2009 at 6:39 am

    Kate said...

    Wow… Tarantino has slightly awful taste in movies. I mean Observe and Report and Funny People were both awful imo. And I didn’t see Chocolate, but I heard it was awful as well… Ah well, at least he made one of my top 10 of the year, so all is forgiven.