What are some films that made you a film lover? I think my first film watching revolution occurred at the tender age of 12 when I saw the Royal Tenenbaums for the first time. But I did not really become “die-hard” until later when I watched Mulholland Dr. extremely high at a friends house.
So what are yours?
I’m not sure which ones made me a ‘film’ lover, but the closest I can come are Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which is probably the film I’ve loved the longest and O Brother, Where Art Thou? which is one of the first ones that made me see movies as ‘films’.
My interest into film began with Pulp Fiction.
Colin B.: I watched that last night for the first time. Do you have a favorite scene? :)
The Incredible Shrinking Man. I saw it on tv when i was about nine, and it blew my mind.
Star Wars when I was 4.
Raiders of the Lost Ark when I was 5.
The Manchurian Candidate when I was 8.
Pulp Fiction when I was 10.
On the Waterfront when I was 10.
Raging Bull when I was 11.
8 1/2 when I was 12.
An oversimplified history of Drew’s cinephilia.
The Ten Most Significant in Paving the Way to my ObsessionApocalypse NowBack to the FutureFight ClubThe Fly (1958)Forbidden PlanetThe Good, the Bad, and the UglyPlanet of the Apes (1968)Silence of the LambsStar Wars (4,5,6 Trilogy)2001: A Space Odyssey
“Apocalypse Now.” It got to my soul.
Big Momma’s House
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Les enfants du paradis
La belle et le bete
The Lady from Shanghai
The Long Goodbye
The Godfather Part II
I remember as a young girl I was completely fascinated when I saw “The Million Dollar Mermaid” with my mom and from that moment on I truly wanted to know the ways of film production….That was such a great movie for me!
Josh S: The Dinner Scene. I love the long take when Travolta walks around the reasturant, and I think the scene was well written. Talking about long takes makes me want to watch children of men….
Colin B.: That was a good one.
I’m not sure if it’s my favorite, but the part where Butch goes back for the watch and, well you know ‘it’ happened really surprised me. I was half-thinking that it couldn’t have been real. :|
Fanny & Alexander
8 ½, biatches.
Drew, you beat me in age, I just saw everything in my top 20 this past year.
Probably either “Storytelling” or “Punch Drunk Love”. Saw them both on the big screen when I was living in Georgia and am forever grateful for the experiences.
i’d have to say Apocalypse Now. every time i watch that i learn something.
also Godfather and Goodfellas. and Amelie,
once I really got into Criterions I’d have to say Spirit of the Beehive and the Cassavetes set.
I always loved film. In fact, my parents have this photo of me when I was like, two years old, walking around with a VHS tape. But I think watching Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory really got me into film. It was on TV every Thanksgiving or Christmas, and it was such a magical experience. I still adore that film to this day.
A Bitterweet Life. Kim Ji-woon bedazzles me. I stood up and sotrmed around the living room. I was frustrated, and amazed, having been completely fulfilled, yet left pleading for more. That film IS cinema.
My early cinephilia revolved around these titles, some of which I’m a little embarrassed by now – but I won’t tell which ones.
It’s a Wonderful Life
I am still in the process of paving my way, but these are what stood out when my dad would watch movies that came on TV:
Leon (The Professional)
The Science of Sleep (this was not on tv)
@Jimmy Paradiso I am going to have to say Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory helped my way along into film too.
Nathan, I don’t see what you should be ashamed of.
Horrorscope, Don’t feel bad, I’m only 15 so I grew up with the internet, which makes discovering films 100 times easier.
Singin in the Rain
Hallelujah the Hills
I would say “Birdman of Alcatraz” and loads of musicals and westerns which I saw on TV in the 80s.
Yeah, Drew, maybe embarrassed is the wrong word. It’s more that a couple on this list wouldn’t get nearly the high rating I once gave them.
I don’t know man Taxi Driver, Rashomon, and Annie Hall remain in my favorite films of all time. Midnight Cowboy has always been a film I love. The two I don’t love are It’s a Wonderful Life and American Beauty but I still like both of them. Seems like a pretty good starting list to me.
In the beginning, God created Toy Story, and my life has never been the same.
Star Wars woke my imagination up… so i guess that’d be it.
Besides that, I got to see The Lion King at the movies when i was just a little boy, and love it to this day. (Yes, I’m still very young.)
American Beauty is the big one as far as igniting my interest goes whilst 12 Angry Men, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Fountain threw fuel on the flames.