Directors Talk Film Faves
Adam Elliot (Mary and Max)
1.) My Life as a Dog : I first saw this on VHS in the early '90s. I simply adored this simple yet often profound childhood perspective. So funny, original, moving and poetic. It has influenced all my films, especially, <Brother>.
2.) The Elephant Man: One of the first adult features I ever saw as a child. I had no idea who David Lynch was but loved the wonderful balance of light and dark. The black-and-white tones and engrossing cinematography showed me that dark subject matter can be incredibly nourishing and life affirming no matter how tragic the ending.
4.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: I saw this at the cinema when I was about 8 or 9. I was way too young to see it but it deeply impressed upon me and I have seen it many times since: Another example of a tragic yet uplifting end to a film that works perfectly. The conclusion to Mary and Max is my own egotistical attempt to try and emulate this emotive and nourishing ending.
5.) The Piano: Saw it in the mid-'90s and fell in love with the score. Awakened me to the importance of music and how it can be the vehicle that drives the film. Can you imagine this film without music?
Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens)
The most influential movies of my life, in no particular order:
2.) Hedwig and the Angry Inch
3.) Young Frankenstein
4.) Annie Hall
Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens)
This is an impossible question because I don't have five favorite movies, I have 5,000. But here it goes:
1.) Once Upon a Time in the West: Sergio Leone is a master filmmaker. All of his films have been a visual, musical and storytelling influence on me. But this film, in particular, is my favorite for one reason: It has the greatest opening credit sequence I have ever seen.
2.) The Professionals: I love stories about bad guys doing the right thing, and I especially love this one [by Richard Brooks] because of the twist in the middle of the movie, which I don't want to give away if you haven't seen it. I was also heavily influenced by Conrad Hall's cinematography.
3.) Full Metal Jacket: In my opinion Kubrick makes perfect movies and the only reason I listed Full Metal Jacket instead of Strangelove, Paths of Glory and the rest, is because Full Metal Jacket was the first Kubrick movie I saw when I was a kid and it made me go out and watch all his other films.