It's that merry time of year again! Off a request from one of my cousins, here's a ranking of ten popular Christmas movies I selected. Although I originally planned on making this twelve movies, due to the natural busyness this time of year, I couldn't get to a dozen. So, here's ten!
Well, it's been ten films in twenty-seven years, and this dude still hasn't made a bad film! Most impressive! So now, to celebrate the release of his newest hit, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, I would like to do a tribute for his phenomenal resume, by ranking and analyzing each movie!
Overall, I concluded that the one thing that Tarantino knows how to do best in his films is knowledge and command of the subject matter. Each of these films range in subjects and time periods from the old west to WWII Germany to 1969 Hollywood to present-day LA; yet Tarantino knows not only all about these cultures, but how to put his own zesty spin to bring out the most gritty details. But there are some things he never quite achieves even after ten movies. For one: they still glamorize murder. His movies are also too White, he does more uplifting of Caucasians than he does of most other ethnicities. On a more technical level, these movies either have very little character development or none whatsoever, which is very much core to storytelling. That's really the main thing that keeps his screenplays from being A-quality in my book.
As far as the types of themes his works have in common, Quentin Tarantino seems fairly consistent on promoting a Humanist worldview, saying that the physical ambition to live is more important than the spiritual. In some ways that works to his advantage, because he knows the power of launching a bullet onto someone's head and seeing that red liquid splatter everywhere, it really hits you with the viciousness some humans have against the value of life.
As for the way they stack up in artistic quality, here's the full ranking:
Whew! This only took me almost three years to compile. I first decided to do this March 2016, and that was before I even started my grading scale on how to assess a movie. Back then, I started going through watching all the Best Picture winners mostly by personal instinct, but knew I had to go through again with the ones I already watched and put them through my grading scale. Even then, my grading scale had a lot of massive alterations made over time, which meant some movies I graded I had to regrade so that I could get a more accurate score of the film's objective quality. That's why this took so long to complete. But here it is, finally! Yay!
Just a forewarning: lots of unpopular opinions and hot takes ahead, and there's ninety-two movies that won the prize, so prepare for lots of scrolling.
If you are among the billions of fans of this franchise, then I'm almost 100% certain you have your own ranking in mind for the world's most famous franchise. Well, good news, so do I! But my ordering is a little (a lot) different from what you had in mind. I had more of a meticulous process to go through the judgment toward each of the seven films in the series, which you can learn about in detail at this link. I too have loved the Star Wars franchise over many years, and watching one of these legendary films is an experience yet to be matched by any other generation. I would love for the legacy established by George Lucas to live on for generations to come, which is what my intent in my ranking of the films is for. So this is what I believe, from four years of education towards a film degree (Cum Laude, 2015), is an objective ranking of the films that came to define the heart of America's pop culture: