No kidding. I caught this today on Jim Emerson’s Scanners blog at Roger Ebert’s website, though Tarantino originally posted the list to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog. You can watch video of Tarantino presenting his top 8 at either site, if you need to be reminded that even the most brilliant of artists can be spastic and annoying.
I haven’t seen nearly enough movies this year to put together a comparable list, so I can only guess, but . . . Star Trek? Hey, I loved the movie, dude. But come on — was this really that shitty of a year for film? It’s not just Tarantino, who knows everything about movies and doesn’t really give a shit whether something is deemed a serious film or a rip-snorting popcorn flick. Yesterday morning on Dennis Miller’s radio show, film critic James Toto named Star Trek to his best-of list, and reckoned it had an outside shot at snagging a Best Picture nomination thanks to the expanded ten-film field.
You’ve got to be shitting me. The category is named Best Motion Picture of the Year, not Coolest Picture, not Best Reboot, not Best Movie That Should Have Sucked Ass But Didn’t. Sure, with Dances With Wolves and The Return of the King able to boast of winning the Best Picture Oscar, it’s obvious that the Academy has fucked up worse before, but that’s no excuse for not even trying. Star Trek is the sort of movie that wins MTV awards, not Oscars.