Art and Experience: The top 10 list I always look forward to the most towards the end of any year is the one from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. His taste is not only varied, but sometimes a little outside of the box. The director once included Woody Allen‘s Anything Else on a list featuring his favorite movies of the past 20 years or so — which, ever since he did that, has made me want to reevaluate Anything Else. Unlike the past few years, Tarantino has yet to reveal his top picks of the year, but he has declared his love for director George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road.

By Tarantino’s own admission, he hasn’t seen many films this year; he was busy working on The Hateful Eight. Then again, even if he saw most of the movies from 2015, it’s likely the highly-exhilarating Mad Max: Fury Road would remain his no. 1 pick.

A French outlet, Première, spoke with Tarantino on the red carpet for his latest picture. When asked what his favorite movie of the year is, here’s what the director had to say:

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, and 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? So, I even wanted to get all defiant about it and #NotMyMax. Then I saw the movie and, ‘Okay, it’s terrific,’ and he’s pretty good in it, I have to admit.

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