Alfonso Cuarón – Influences & Favorite Films

The favorite films of the Oscar-winning Mexican screenwriter, director, and producer Alfonso Cuarón - unquestionably, one of the most talented filmmakers working in Hollywood today - are examined below. Over the past two decades, Cuarón has directed and released a diverse number of films to international acclaim, including A Little Princess (1995), Great Expectations (1998), Y …

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Denis Villeneuve’s Favorite Films

The favorite contemporary films of Denis Villeneuve, one of the most passionate and talented filmmakers working in Hollywood today, are examined below.  Villeneuve's films, including Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival and, most recently, Blade Runner 2049, have been met with both critical acclaim and commercial success at the box office.  He is currently adapting Frank Herbert's …

Damien Chazelle’s Favorite Films

A comprehensive list examining the favorite films of Damien Chazelle, one of the most talented young directors in Hollywood today, can be found below (courtesy of CBS, SFGate, IndieWire, and the LA Times).  Chazelle is best known for his critically acclaimed films Whiplash and La La Land.  His next film, First Man, based on James Hansen's book First Man: The Life …

David Lynch’s Favorite Books, Films & Artist

A selection of the favorite books and films of director, actor, artist, and musician David Lynch are detailed below (courtesy of WelcometoTwinPeeks.com) [UPDATE (October 23, 2018): Favorite Artist of Lynch].  Lynch is perhaps best known for his films Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive and the cult-classic television series Twin Peaks. For more information on a …

Woody Allen’s Favorite Books & Films

The favorite books and films of actor, comedian, and the prolific Academy Award-winning director, Woody Allen, are examined below (courtesy of The Guardian).  As a director, Allen is probably best known for the films Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Match Point, and Crimes and Misdemeanors.  Allen's next film, Wonder Wheel (starring Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, and Juno Temple), …

Paul Thomas Anderson – Favorite Films

Paul Thomas Anderson is, unquestionably, one of the most talented and respected filmmakers working in Hollywood today.  His films, which span several genres - from historical dramas (There Will Be Blood) to neo-noir comedy-dramas (Inherent Vice) - are cited by his contemporaries as masterpieces and personal favorites.  Anderson is currently filming a yet-to-be-titled film starring …

Jim Jarmusch’s Favorite Books

Jim Jarmusch has developed a cult following over the past 2-3 decades, directing films such as Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery Train, Broken Flowers, Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai, Only Lovers Left Alive, and, most recently, Paterson.  Jarmusch's favorite books showcase the eclectic tastes that make him one of Hollywood's most unique and visionary filmmakers.  UPDATE (July 13, …

Rian Johnson’s Favorite Films & the Films that Inspired The Last Jedi

Disney's The Last Jedi (Star Wars - Episode IIX), starring Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and the late Carrie Fisher, is scheduled to be released this December.  The eagerly awaited film is written and directed by the talented Rian Johnson, writer and director of Looper, The Brothers Bloom, and indie-favorite, Brick.  Below is a selection of films …