Tarantino's a notoriously off-kilter dude, sure, but he's also a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter and a well-respected (albeit strange) director, so you might think he's at least somewhat on the "12 Years a Slave"-"Fruitvale Station"-"The Butler"-"Inside Llewyn Davis"-ish bandwagon, but noooooo.
Not. even. close.
Just wait 'til you get a look at some of these crazytown title choices (brace for the anomaly votes, Academy)!
Meanwhile, we'll try to make a 'lil sense out of why it is that these are his picks (where possible), since he didn't offer up his own reasons when passing this list along to his fans.
10. "This is the End" (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg)
Celebrities getting mangled en masse in an apocalyptic hellscape that also happens to be pretty hilarious? It's like a page ripped out of one of his own scripts, so we definitely get why he'd heart this one. And maybe he likes the idea of BSB at the pearly gates, who knows.
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9. "The Lone Ranger" (Gore Verbinski)
It was a weird, wannabe spaghetti western that nobody saw but everyone hated. Sounds like a lot of those movies Tarantino references. Otherwise, we're stumped on this one.
8. "Kick-Ass 2" (Jeff Wadlow)
Two words: excessive violence.
7. "Gravity" (Alfonso Cuarón)
Well, hell, just about everybody likes "Gravity." Even a kook like QT.
6. "Frances Ha" (Noah Baumbach)
It was a sweet little summer dance-slash-coming-of-age movie. And it was black and white.
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5. "Drinking Buddies" (Joe Swanberg)
Maybe Tarantino was once a wayward brewhop with twisty relationship entanglements and this brought it all back home for him? Or maybe he just has a mancrush on
Nick Miller Jake Johnson, like everyone else in the world.
4. "The Conjuring" (James Wan)
3. "Blue Jasmine" (Woody Allen)
No one is immune to the compulsive magical skillz of Cate Blanchett.
2. "Before Midnight" (Richard Linklater)
Beneath that vicious and uberviolent movie-making mojo, maybe ole' QT's a rom-com-lovin' softie at heart? Shouldershrug.
1. "Afternoon Delight" (Jill Soloway)
Momma bear brings home a stripper to get back in touch with her ... something. That descriptor and the suggestive little title probably lured him in from the get-go.