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Tarantino Loved X-Men, Liked Green Lantern and Green Hornet

Anyone who knows about Quentin Tarantino’s love of movies will know his tastes range from classic examples of the medium to exploitative schlock. So it should come as little surprise that his list of favorite films, directors and screeplays of 2011 is pretty varied.

According to the Quentin Tarantino Archives, his favorite dozen films had some award contenders, like his No. 1 pick Midnight in Paris, but some more genre-oriented flicks also made the cut: Rise of the Planet of the Apes at No. 2, X-Men: First Class at No. 5, Attack the Block at No. 7, Red State at No. 8 and Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers rounding out the list.

The Pulp Fiction director also liked Captain America: The First Avenger, Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Hugo and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol as well.

When it came to Tarantino’s original screenplay awards, he gave nods to Red State and Attack the Block as well as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class in the best adapted screenplay category. It’s a good showing for geeky movies, but then again, 2011 was a pretty good year for them in general.


  • Paul

    Even I, as a die-hard longtime Green Lantern fanboy, cannot defend the Green Lantern movie.

  • Statham

    Kudos to him for liking Rise of The Planet of the Apes. That was a way better film than I expected, and was fresh without being completely divorced from the classic movies, like Burton’s abortion was.

  • David

    As a long-time fan, I can quite easily defend the Green Lantern movie

  • Mixed Tape

    I always feel the movie’s critics would have loved the exact same movie if starred someone other than Ryan Reynolds

  • Phil

    Green Lantern did NOT make the cut.  This article is misleading.  Go to the actual link and you will see Tarantino put Green Lantern in a separate list, not in his “Best” category.

  • oliver clothesoff

    Who cares – Tarintino lost it a long time ago

  • Kev From Atl

    It doesn’t say Green Lantern was in his “Best Of” (or Loved) list, it says that he liked it, and on the site it is listed under the category “Others he liked-no particular order”. So how exactly is that misleading?

  • Happily LS

    You mean his work is a step down from contender-for-best-movie-of-all-time Pulp Fiction? No shit. How many best movies of all time can you make?

    His movies are still better than 95% of what’s out there. Death Proof, aside from being a great movie, has the best chase scene of modern times.

  • Brian

    Captain America was easily my favorite movie of 2011. I’ve read the comics for years so I already loved the character, but the movie gave me the same feeling and excitement I had as a kid when I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time.

  • oliver clothesoff

    No – I mean he essentially made 2 or 3 good movies in his carer – and has been coasting on that reputation ever since.

    Outstanding directors usually have a 10+ year run of making good/great
    films before they burn out. Tarnetino burned out very early, and has
    been making just-ok movies ever since

    Thus, that’s why I said – why should I care about a  “best of” list from a guy who lost his eye for quality many years ago

  • idleprimate

    that’s exactly what the article states.  what is misleading?

  • Toni Goodman

    ^ This.  I have a friend that is severely critical of films, and I almost expected her to *hate* Green Lantern.  She liked it a lot.  It’s a bad film.  I honestly think people expect Nolan-esque films from comic book movies now.  The film shouldn’t be held to Nolan standards, but never should be the level of Schumacher standards.

  • oliver clothesoff

    riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight – because the only thing wrong with the movie was
    Ryan Reynolds. Not the crappy CGI, the TERRIBLY stupid-looking costume, the weak plot, …

  • Orphan

    Death Proof was a screaming piece of garbage.The kind of film that serial killers will watch to vindicate their actions.

  • Kev From Atl

    Well let’s see. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Parts 1 and 2 were all great.

    Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds were both good. 

    As a screenwriter he wrote the excellent True Romance. 

    I’d say he’s done better than 2 or 3 good movies. Looking forward to Django.

    Now as an actor he should never act again. You will get no argument there.

  • oliver clothesoff

    aaaaaammmmpppp (giant buzzer sound). Kill Bill was the movie equivalent of fanfic. Inglorious Basterds was an overrated, pointless, and poorly-executed.

    So yes, nothing since Jackie Brown – thus proving my point. The guy is
    done. You guys are giving him a float for making 3 good movies YEARS ago

  • lead_sharp

    People are allowed to like the Green Lantern movie, there’s no law against it. These people should be cared for and looked after and kept safe from sharp objects and fire because they tend to get over excited if there’s a pattern on the toilet roll. 

  • Kev From Atl

    Well to each his own but I loved Kill Bill. I believe I would have loved it even if I had never seen anything by Tarantino before but that is impossible to say.

    I like both Death Proof (except for the ending) and Inglourious Basterds (except for the nonsense ending). So yes he has a problem writing good endings lately but overall his stuff is still immensely entertaining.

  • Neil

    Attack the Block is surprisingly good — the story holds up well and the cinematography is absolutely excellent.

  • Nick

    He must’ve been tripping balls when he watched GL if he liked that crap.

  • sephy

    Greent Lantern isnt as bad as people like to say it is. It could have been better, but its far from the Ghost Rider/Fantastic Four/Batman & Robin tier of bad.

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  • oliver clothesoff

    Comparing one pile of dog crap to other piles of dog crap does not bode well for the film

  • Jimmy D

    I love this list. Why? Because it’s reflective of the common fanboy, not critics trying to impress their readers or editors. Not self-indulgent reviewers trying to appear cool.  It’s real.  Sure, there are some crap movies listed in there (chief amongst them Green Lantern), but my own list has some movies most people would consider crap, too.  We all have our guilty pleasures and it’s nice to see Tarantino wear them on his sleeve.

  • D.Smithee

    What I love about Quentin: he’s a geek just like us.

  • Hyperstorm

    To be fair it WAS Ghost Rider/Fantastic Four bad, but I love those movies so that’s fine by me. It’s an origin story and if X-Men and Spider-man taught us anything it’s that the sequel is always better (and the threequel far worse).

    BUT the hate that Green Lantern gets you would swear it was The Spirit/Superman Returns/Catwoman bad.

    I would say Man-Thing bad, but again: I have a soft spot for that movie too.

  • Lord Prong

    As can I

  • Jonathan Nathan

    Yes, comic book films should be held to Nolan standards. All movies should be held to Nolan standards. Films should be good.

  • Hazgeorgatos

    tarantino is intitled to his opinion but how could he have THE GREEN LANTERN and GREEN HORNET in his top films and leave out INCEPTION and SHUTTER ISLAND. With INCEPTION I suspect professional jealousy as it was the film of the decade along with Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT!!

  • Angelageorgat

    I agree with hazgeorgatos, Tarantino is highly overrated brought up on junk film pop culture. Christopher Nolan is the elite filmmaker on the world stage today. Nolan is a true, organic filmmaker. Tarantino films have no subtext. All the truly great films have a subtext below dialogue and imagery, Tarantino pays superficial visual homage to other movies. Pulp Fiction was a one-off film!