There doesn’t seem to be a list of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films coming out this year — for good reason considering The Hateful Eight is about to enter theaters — but that doesn’t mean he didn’t get a chance to say what his favorite movie of 2015 was while attending the premiere for his latest film. It’s the same film UPROXX chose as its best: Mad Max: Fury Road.
Can you blame him? It’s basically two hours of everything he tried to achieve in Death Proof, hitting you in the head from the start and not stopping until the credits roll. The weird part is that he wasn’t too into it before watching it. Tarantino had his reasons, but even then it seems like a film that’s right up his alley:
“I got a print of ‘Mad Max’ on 35mm and I watched it in my house. And I had it all weekend, and I ended up watching it three different times…”
“I resisted seeing it, for a while, because I was like, ‘Mad Max? Without Mel Gibson? Forget that.’ In a world where Mel Gibson exists, how can you cast Tom Hardy? Then I saw the movie. ‘Okay, it’s terrific.’ And he’s pretty good in it, I have to admit,”
If you ever get a chance to see Not Quite Hollywood, do it. It’s a great documentary on Australian genre films that busted out in the seventies and eighties and features Tarantino waxing poetic about all of these movies that inspired his career, including Mad Max. I can agree with him on the Mel Gibson aspect, only because Gibson has played Max so well over the years, but Tom Hardy took the role and ran with it.
If it doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar, I’ll be highly disappointed.