Quentin Tarantino has been immersed in the process of filming and now promoting his latest western, The Hateful Eight for the majority of 2015. Although this task has kept him out of the loop (by his own admission) regarding many of the new releases this year, he has somehow found time to name his favorite - lending even more applause to George Miller's brilliant action epic, Mad Max: Fury Road.
The eccentric director has made it an infrequent tradition in recent years to share his “Top 10” lists rating the year in film. Although no such list has emerged for 2015, French outlet Premiere were keen to question Tarantino on his “Best film of 2015” at the Paris Premiere of The Hateful 8. Watch his response in the clip shown above.
Fury Road stormed onto screens this summer after a long and difficult production journey that was originally planned back in 2001. Miller's dream of a Mad Max franchise “renaissance” suffered through changes in production company, lead actors, enforced location swaps and eventually a grueling shoot in Namibia before it was completed. The movie stars Tom Hardy (Max Rockatansky), Charlize Theron (Imperator Furiosa) and Nicholas Hoult (Nux) along with some impressive, fully functional vehicles that are almost characters in their own right (being so integral to the movie's chase-themed plot). Miller revisited many of his filming techniques from his previous Mad Max films, favoring practical effects to achieve his post-apocalyptic world's iconic style and visual richness, combined with modern CGI.
Tarantino is not the only one to have highly rated Fury Road. The movie has received significant critical acclaim since its summer release, having been named the year's best movie by the National Board Of Review, received two Golden Globe nominations and thirteen Critics Choice nominations. Having surfaced on these awards lists improves the likelihood that Miller's high octane, futuristic action vision will be acknowledged by the Academy with Best Picture and/or Best Director nominations as well as the probable cinematography, music score and costume nods.
Tarantino's film making talent is inspired by his avid love of movies with the art of paying homage to his favorite films and genres a key theme within his work. His top 10 lists have been an eclectic mix in the past with surprising additions to both his best and worst categories but his vocal praise of Fury Road (despite his initial reservations described in the clip) is unsurprisingly in accordance with the films many other have advocated - including, fans, critics and Miller's noteworthy filmmaker peers.
If Fury Road does take home some major award season prizes and possibly even achieve Oscar glory then it will be a refreshing change of pace - as fantasy and sci-fi genre fare is typically overlooked, when it comes to the highest of award accolades. With the televised Oscars ceremony having under-performed in ratings in recent years, inclusion of critical/commercial hits such as Fury Road and The Martian could certainly earn a bigger draw to reflect this climate where those movies' genres are certainly peaking in popularity.
Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Blue-ray and DVD. The Hateful Eight will premiere in a limited theatrical release on December 25th, 2015, before going into a wide release in the U.S. on December 31st.