Quentin Tarantino’s List of Perfect Movies, Ranked by IMDb | Pretty Reel

Quentin Tarantino recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new film review book, Cinema Speculation. Kimmel referred to a passage from the book in which Tarantino describes The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as one of Hollywood’s only “perfect” movies. When Kimmel asked what other films would qualify as perfect, Tarantino replied, “Well, there aren’t many – it’s just a pity that the cinematic art form is difficult.” »

The writer-director then listed seven examples of what he considers perfect films, ranging from other horror films like Jaws and The Exorcist to comedies like Annie Hall and Young Frankenstein.

7/7 Texas Chainsaw Massacre (7.4)

The first title to appear on Tarantino’s list of perfect movies is described as such in the pages of his new book, Cinema Speculation. Since its release, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been hailed as one of the greatest horror films ever made. With its effectively simplistic storytelling, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has influenced generations of slasher directors.

With a speedy 83-minute runtime, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre doesn’t waste a second. The sequels ended up being ridiculously bloody, but the original is relatively bloodless; Hooper creates terror with fear and tension alone. The film’s documentary-like shooting style brings a haunting realism to the macabre proceedings.

6/7 The Savage Band (7.9)

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Western genre tropes and conventions were being challenged in anti-Westerns such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In 1969, Sam Peckinpah’s dark revisionist western epic The Wild Bunch turned the genre upside down by turning outlaw villains into heroes.

Tarantino clarified that The Wild Bunch is technically not a perfect film, but added that “its imperfections” – the brutality of the violence, the frenzy of the editing, the brutality of Peckinpah’s vision – “are part of its glory “.

5/7 Young Frankenstein (8.0)

Mel Brooks is the first name in the parody genre. From Blazing Saddles to Spaceballs, Brooks has made all the funniest parody movies and ridiculed just about every major genre and franchise. The Brooks film that Tarantino considers a perfect movie is Young Frankenstein, his perfect satire of Universal’s black-and-white monster movies.

Gene Wilder wholeheartedly engages in every absurd element alongside Peter Boyle’s iconic turn as a monster. Brooks’ keen ear for comedy and keen eye for cinematic visuals became perfect bedfellows in the production of Young Frankenstein. As silly as the humor is, Brooks nails the old-school horror aesthetic.

4/7 Annie Room (8.0)

Woody Allen revitalized the romantic comedy genre with the groundbreaking hilarity of Annie Hall. The film begins with Alvy Singer telling the audience that he and Annie just broke up, so this non-linear love story is doomed from the start. Ultimately, the message is that relationships are painful and difficult, but people go through them again and again because “we need the eggs.”

Annie Hall is packed with pointed observations about dating, falling in love, falling in love and breaking up, and it’s all carried by Allen’s spectacular and time-tested chemistry with Diane Keaton.

3/7 The Exorcist (8.1)

When it first arrived in theaters in 1973, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist became a widespread cultural phenomenon. There were rumors that exhibitors were handing out bags of vomit at screenings, and the film became the highest-grossing horror film of all time, a record it would hold for decades. Audiences had never seen demonic possession portrayed with such startling realism before.

While there are plenty of scares in the story of Regan MacNeil possessed by Pazuzu, The Exorcist is really a story about the lengths a desperate single mother will go to to protect her child. Chris will do anything to save Regan, including inviting two priests into her house to exorcise the demon inside her.

2/7 Jaws (8.1)

Steven Spielberg invented the summer blockbuster with his 1975 hit Jaws. Moviegoers turned out in droves to watch a giant great white shark terrorize the residents of Amity Island. Every summer since then, Hollywood studios have rolled out their high-concept tent poles in the summer window to recapture the appeal of Jaws.

The genius of Jaws is that the shark is just the plot that has three very different men stuck together on a boat in the middle of the ocean. The Shark offers plenty of Hitchcockian thrills, but the substance of the story is the character dynamics.

1/7 Back to the Future (8.5)

When Kimmel asked Tarantino to name some perfect movies, Tarantino came back to a title that Kimmel himself mentioned earlier in the interview: Back to the Future. When Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years in the past, he unwittingly interferes with his parents’ first meeting and must arrange them to ensure his own existence.

Robert Zemeckis’ time travel comedy boasts one of the most meticulously crafted scripts ever written. Thanks to plants and gains and well-balanced characters, every line of dialogue counts. And Michael J. Fox’s endless on-screen dynamic with Christopher Lloyd brings this story to life.

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