Oh yeah, the only "perfect" films were all made in America between 1969 and 1985 - it's a sort of "to be expected" Tarantino list but it's not horrible. Only one I dislike among them. But only one (Texas Chainsaw) maybe two (Jaws) that I'd agree may be "perfect."
Ununique list..... I prefer QT's taste in b-movie mode, when he's defending stuff like The Slams, Lady in Red, Silver Bullet, kung fu....... Love his New Bev write-ups..... and oh yes I'll be buying his Cinema Speculation book this week!
Well I like a lot of these but I'm not sure I would call any of them "perfect". They're just good movies.
The three things that always stick out to me as perfect films are The original Godfather, The Graduate, and Citizen Kane. Wouldn't cut a frame or change a single line in any of them. Perfect is a tall order.
Post by RiverleavesElmius on Jan 19, 2023 21:59:05 GMT
Honestly, I take the word "perfect" very seriously & literal when it comes to movies. To give you an idea, I consider 77 of the 100 movies on My Top 100 to be flat-out masterpieces, yet I really would only call 7 of the films on my list literally perfect.
Basically, just my #1 to #6, and then my #13 as well:
1. Almost Famous (2000) 2. Annie Hall (1977) 3. Nashville (1975) 4. Mulholland Drive (2001) 5. Boogie Nights (1997) 6. The Player (1992) 7. Fargo (1996)
So, just like Quentin, I also have only 7 films I consider "perfect." If you're wondering how I could rank six "imperfect" films ahead of a perfect one like Fargo, here's why: Even with their small flaws, the sum of their brilliant parts add up to more for me than the perfection of Fargo. For example, in Tarantino's own Pulp Fiction (my all-time #7 and I guess my highest ranking "imperfect" film), after Esmeralda drops Butch off at the motel, I could do without everything that happens right up until Butch starts asking his girlfriend about the watch. I've never counted how many minutes that is, but I find it to be a complete & utter waste of time in a movie that, barring that short space, is pure brilliant, exciting, hilarious, nerve-wracking perfection. Honestly, though he still deserved the writing Oscar he won 100%, that cringefully infantile & vapid "pillow talk" between Butch and his GF might be the most boring & gratuitous writing of Tarantino's whole career. But, like I said, it's probably less than 15 minutes of a 2 and a half hour long film. Fargo has zero unnecessary scenes, imo, and that's why I consider it perfect, but the brilliant & flawless parts of Pulp and the other films ranked ahead of it add up to an overall more remarkable project, flaws and all.
Through the darkness of future past The magician longs to see One chants out, between two worlds: "Fire Walk with Me"
Post by RiverleavesElmius on Jan 19, 2023 22:11:58 GMT
As for thoughts on Q.T.'s own list: Obviously Annie Hall is the only one I agree with him is perfect. Honestly, the only one that even comes close to perfection. That being said, Jaws, The Exorcist, and Young Frankenstein are all truly great films. Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Wild Bunch are also both superb and near-great. Back to the Future is the only one I can't get behind. Don't get me wrong, I like it enough to recommend. It's a fun & clever summer popcorn flick with some interesting ideas, but I still think it's one of the most OVERRATED films ever made. It could have been soooo much more, and I definitely feel it doesn't always use it's fascinating concept to it's full & most intriguing potential. Everytime I see it in an all-time Top 50 or even Top 20 list sometimes!?! Wooosh! Right over my head.