Quentin Tarantino Picks The Best of 2013

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Quentin Tarantino isn’t really a critic, but there are few people in Hollywood that possess an encyclopedic knowledge of film like the director of Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds does, so a list of his top ten films of 2013 (thus far) is a must-read for any fan of cinema. His lists aren’t identical to almost any critic’s assemblage, nor is it made up of solely Oscar-bait or box-office titans, it is pure Tarantino.

The list below is in alphabetical order and still only a partial list as there is still plenty more waiting to be seen in this young year.

Afternoon Delight 

Before Midnight 

Blue Jasmine

The Conjuring 

Drinking Buddies

Frances Ha 


Kick Ass 2 

The Lone Ranger 

This Is The End 

Before readers get their hackles up, yes, The Lone Ranger and Kick-Ass 2 are not considered great movies, but a bad rating on Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t mean that a film is incapable of being liked, just that the overall reaction leans toward one end of the spectrum more than another. Few attitudes are more annoying to mainstream moviegoers than the condescension that comes along with discussing a movie and soon getting the response than “I didn’t like it, so if you did, your taste is worse than mine.”

The mentions of Kick-Ass 2 and The Lone Ranger stand out in a year that has included such delights as Mud, RushThe World’s End and Prisoners, but given the last two lists that Mr. Tarantino put out in 2010 and 2011, the inclusion should not be such a surprise. Genre rollicking features are common is his year-end lists and this particular year has been rich with them.

Now to ask readers: What makes up your top-ten list of 2013 thus far?

Source: TIME

  • Sebastian

    My top ten are…

    1. Gravity

    2. Pacific Rim

    3. Much Ado About Nothing

    4. Stoker

    5. Iron Man 3

    6. Man of Steel

    7. This is the End

    8. Only God Forgives

    9. The Great Gatsby

    10. Trance

  • Jake Pitre

    Spring Breakers
    The World’s End
    Upstream Color
    Blue Jasmine
    The Bling Ring
    Berberian Sound Studio
    The Conjuring
    Drinking Buddies
    The Lords of Salem

  • The Vern

    Once I see Gravity. Im sure that will be number one on my list, but right now. in no order

    Spring Breakers

    Fruitvale Station


    You’re Next

    Blue Jasmine

    Before Midnight

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Pacific Rim

    This is The End.

  • Matt

    The Great Beauty
    12 Years a Slave
    Blue is the Warmest Color
    Frances Ha
    Before Midnight
    Blue Jasmine
    The Conjuring
    All is Lost

  • Adriana Floridia

    before midnight
    spring breakers
    short term 12
    the dirties
    frances ha
    in a world…
    this is the end
    like father, like son

  • Jay

    1. Gravity
    2. Short Term 12
    3. The Conjuring
    4. Evil Dead
    5. Maniac
    6. Stoker
    7. Prisoners
    8. Afternoon Delight
    9. Now You See Me
    10. Europa Report

  • Ryan McNeil

    Is it just me, or does the timing of Quentin’s list seem strange? I mean, “The year so far” lists tend to happen mid-summer.

    Why didn’t the guy just wait three months and wrap up 2013 as a whole?

    • http://nevermindpopfilm.blogspot.com/ Colin Biggs

      That was my same thought, a mid-year list would be best in July, not October.

  • http://thevoid99.blogspot.com/ Steven Flores

    My top 10 films of 2013 so far are:

    1. Gravity
    2. Before Sunset
    3. The Grandmaster (Chinese Cut)
    4. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
    5. Fruitvale Station
    6. Behind the Candelabra
    7. Trance
    8. The Bling Ring
    9. The World’s End
    10. The Spectacular Now

  • http://nevermindpopfilm.blogspot.com/ Colin Biggs

    Gravity looks like it made a big impression in its short time in theatres already.

  • James Bearclaw-Lewis


    1. Before Midnight
    2. Spring Breakers
    3. The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears (technically not out, but has premiered in festivals)
    4. The Selfish Giant
    5. Exhibition
    6. Klip
    7. A Field In England
    8. Upstream Colour
    9. L’inconnu du lac
    10. Harmony Lessons

  • Brad

    There’s still a whole lot I need to see. Slowly catching up on the under-the-radar festival favorites. And I have no idea where to see Blue Is the Warmest Color and Only Lovers Left Alive.

    1. Spring Breakers
    2. Gravity
    3. The Act of Killing
    4. Blue Jasmine
    5. Pain & Gain
    6. Before Midnight
    7. Fruitvale Station
    8. Don Jon
    9. The World’s End
    10. The Place Beyond the Pines