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Tarantino: Why I love Lone Ranger

Quentin Tarantino has justified his reasons for naming panned film The Lone Ranger as one of his top 10 films of the year.

The Oscar-winning director explained to Les Inrockuptibles why he had so enjoyed the Disney film, which starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer but was much criticised.

He said: "The first 45 minutes are excellent. The next 45 minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene. Incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, 'What? That's the film that everybody says is c**p? Seriously?'."

But Quentin, who directed the controversially violent slavery film Django Unchained, did have some criticisms of it: " I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto's backstory - the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that's a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth.

"The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style... That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it... ugly.

"Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me. That doesn't stop it from being a good film, but they could have done without that."

Quentin was a little more critical of the Batman movies, saying he didn't think Bruce Wayne was a great role.

He said: "I have to admit that I don't really have an opinion. Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the 80s."

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