Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

In Tarantino news…

The good people at Dangerous Minds have just dragged out a clip from one of the great unseen debuts. Making Martin Scorsese’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door appear as conspicuous as Avatar, Quentin Tarantino’s My Best Friend’s Birthday has …

Thu, Jan 13, 2011, 15:30

   

The good people at Dangerous Minds have just dragged out a clip from one of the great unseen debuts. Making Martin Scorsese’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door appear as conspicuous as Avatar, Quentin Tarantino’s My Best Friend’s Birthday has come to be seen as a kind of ghost film. It exists in some nowhere-place — half in and half out of the real world. The truth is that most of the film was destroyed by careless staff in some cheap lab. But a few clips do survive. Here’s quite a lengthy slice. It is certainly interesting to note how fully formed the Tarantino aesthetic already is. All that chatter about pop culture and so on. Have a glance…

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In other Quentin news, the great man has released a list of his favourite films of 2010. Here’s the interesting point. Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere is nowhere to be seen. You may remember that Tarantino, an old pal of Coppola Minor’s, got in hot water for handing the top prize at Venice to her soporific flick. Verrrrry interesting (unlike the film).

Mr T’s (surprisingly conservative) list is as follows:

1. Toy Story 3

2. The Social Network

3. Animal Kingdom

4. I Am Love

5. Tangled

6. True Grit

7. The Town

8. Greenberg

9. Cyrus

10. Enter the Void

11. Kick-Ass

12. Knight and Day

13. Get Him to the Greek

14. The Fighter

15. The King’s Speech

16. The Kids Are All Right

17. How to Train Your Dragon

18. Robin Hood

19. Amer

20. Jackass 3-D

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