Monday, November 26, 2012

favorite movies

I've been thinking a lot recently about my favorite films.

The new Sight and Sound movie lists came out a while back. I never knew the criteria for those. How did each person choose? To someone like me – movie enthusiast and aspiring filmmaker – what does it mean to have a favorite film? Is it something I consider to be a great work of art? Or is it something I can watch over and over again, that maintains the same level of enjoyment every time? It could be a movie that influenced the way I look at films and filmmaking and storytelling as I pursue my career, or it could be something that just rocked the way I look at the world. Maybe it just something that's nothing but deep sentimental value.

I can't really say which is which on this list. Honestly, I think each are a combination of the significant elements previously stated. In any case, here they are (excluding movies by Pixar or Stanley Kubrick), the 13 films, obvious or not, that currently make up the style that is Praveen J. Collins:

(Otomo, 1988)

Annie Hall
(Allen, 1977)

Die Hard
(McTiernan, 1988)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(Kaufman/Gondry, 2004)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade/Jurassic Park
(tie, makes a sweet double feature) (Spielberg, 1989/1993)

(Schrader, 1985)

(Bong, 2009)

(Lumet, 1976)

Once Upon a Time in the West
(Leone, 1968)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(Forman, 1975)

Pulp Fiction
(Tarantino, 1994)

There Will Be Blood
(Anderson, 2007)

The Third Man
(Greene/Reed, 1949)

I find it interesting that no movies from the 50s made it on the list, though my favorite era aesthetic is probably from that decade.

I'll end this with a scene I always look to whenever I start making a movie:

1 comment:

  1. you forgot this one: