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FILMS  RECOMMENDED BY OUR  INTERVIEWEES

In this topic, you'll uncover a treasure trove of cinematic gems handpicked by a diverse array of interviewed artists. These films aren't just random selections; they're chosen by individuals deeply immersed in the world of creativity, each with their own unique perspectives and influences. Our interviewed artists hail from various corners of the filmmaking and music industries, offering a rich tapestry of insights and recommendations.

As you delve into our curated collection, you'll discover films that have left a profound impact on these artists' creative journeys. Some recommendations may surprise you, introducing you to lesser-known masterpieces waiting to be explored. Others may reaffirm your love for beloved classics, seen through the discerning eyes of those who understand their artistic significance. Whether you're a seasoned cinephile or a casual moviegoer, there's something here for everyone to discover and enjoy.

So, grab your popcorn, settle into your favorite viewing spot, and embark on a journey through the cinematic landscape as seen through the eyes of the artists who know it best. Prepare to be enlightened, entertained, and inspired as you uncover the films that have left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those who create art themselves.

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WHAT TO WATCH?

The Machinist film poster

The Machinist

Year 2004

Director Brad Anderson

Recommended by...

Andrew Osei-Karmen

"I would recommend any serious aspiring actor to watch ‘The Machinist’ with my all-time favourite actor Christian Bale. This movie isn’t for everyone, but Christian Bale’s performance in it is a masterclass of screen acting."

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

Susanne Bartsch: On Top

Susanne Bartsch: On Top

Year 2017

Director Anthony Caronna, Alexander Smith

Recommended by...

Timothy Reyna

"Because her parties have had a huge impact on my life and you will see my wife dancing in it."

Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Year 2010

Director Martin Scorsese

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Year 2011

Director David Fincher

Recommended by...

Heidi Bramwell

"I would recommend watching the Stieg Larsson trilogy of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. There is an American and a Swedish version and I think both are worth a look. They can be very gritty, but from an acting perspective, they can be great for analysis too, as to how they are filmed, with the action scenes and the difference between those and the more graphic scenes. It is a powerful trilogy and definitely worth a watch. I’d recommend reading the books too!"

Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal

Year 2019

Director Darius Marder

Recommended by...

Aaron Joseph Nelson

"And Sound of Metal pretty cool too. Paul Raci acting was so natural, almost like documentary style. I love that type of acting."

One Night in Miami...

One Night in Miami...

Year 2020

Director Regina King

Recommended by...

Aaron Joseph Nelson

"That’s tough… There are so many! I think right now would be 'One Night in Miami…', as it was amazing. The stories and complexities of the characters and relationships are just brilliant. You get to see a lot of different archetypes of people trying to navigate the situation.'

Chicago

Chicago

Year 2002

Director Rob Marshall

Recommended by...

Shaquila Angela Griszell

"I have a lot of favourite movies. But my all-time favourite has to be Chicago  starring Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger. OMG, that movie gives me goosebumps just thinking about it! It’s the only musical I would watch again and again. Because the storyline is so intriguing! The acting, singing, choreography was impeccable!"

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Year 2017

Director Martin McDonagh

Recommended by...

Antonia Woodward

"I like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The story is about a mother’s struggle to get justice for her daughter’s rape and murder. Within this serious topic, there are pockets of comedy, which breaks the sadness of the story. It reminds me that no matter what the circumstances are, you can still take a break to laugh at life."

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Year 2016

Director Tate Taylor

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Year 1979

Director Robert Benton

Recommended by...

Sammy Johnston

"Oh my gosh, I could easily make this the longest answer to any of these questions! I will pick one. Kramer v.s Kramer. It’s the most heartfelt movie, and the acting is amazing! I love movies that can make me laugh and cry."

Black Panther

Black Panther

Year 2018

Director Ryan Coogler

Recommended by...

Dennis Gerald

"Wakanda! If you are like me, more sad than happy: This movie will make you smile and be happy. Go see it, tell them Den’ sent you!"

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

Year 2017

Director James Franco

Recommended by...

Agata Nielsen

"I have recently watched ‘The Disaster Artist’. It’s a funny comedy. The message behind it is that you don’t need to be good to succeed. You just really need to want something badly, go for it and do it."

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Year 2008

Director Woody Allen

Recommended by...

Sara Granato

"Gran Torino and Vicky Cristina Barcellona. Amazing! I personally learned a lot from them. "

Se7en

Se7ev

Year 1995

Director David Fincher

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Year 2008

Director Clint Eastwood

Recommended by...

Sara Granato

"Gran Torino and Vicky Cristina Barcellona. Amazing! I personally learned a lot from them. "

Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

Year 2018

Director Drew Goddard

Recommended by...

Stephanie Silver

"I watched Bad Times at the El Royale in a flight last year and that film was cracking! It had a bit of everything, it had good characters, a good arc to the narrative, some badass singing and twists. A definite must-see!"

Gone Baby Gone

Gone Baby Gone

Year 2007

Director Ben Affleck

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

The Field

The Field

Year 1990

Director Jim Sheridan

Recommended by...

Sarah Lafferty

"I love The Field by Jim Sheridan. The screenplay is brilliantly adapted from the original John. B. Keane play and the performances by Richard Harris, Brenda Fricker, Sean Bean and John Hurt are perfect. I particularly love Richard Harris as the Bull McCabe, because despite all the character’s flaws, he is determined to make a better life for his son and to honour his family heritage. In this film, Jim Sheridan captures a core part of the Irish psyche by exploring our ‘love of the land’, while the final scene when the Bull McCabe walks out into the sea to beat back the oncoming waves is beyond heart-wrenching."

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

Year 2019

Director Jim Sheridan

Recommended by...

Cyran Vergara

"A movie I would suggest watching is definitely Doctor Sleep. It is one of my favourite movies because the cinematography is incredible, and the storyline is way too interesting. When I watched this, I could not turn my head away from the screen because every scene was just so cool to watch!"

Oldboy

Oldboy

Year 2003

Director Park Chan-wook

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

The Muppets

The Muppets

Year 2011

Director James Bobin

Recommended by...

Danny Jackson

"Sometimes you need to take a couple of steps backwards or sideways, in the case of the Muppets. I have always been enchanted with anything absurd or nonsensical, so I bless the day Jim Henson was born and morn the day he died. I think James Bobin (director) manages to keep Jim Henson’s message alive and kicking with this film. Throughout the storyline, there are messages of compassion, humanitarianism, optimism, companionship and faith in menkind or Muppet-kind (sorry couldn’t think of another word for it). All of this and plenty of zany correctors to take you to a place where you can just kick back and laugh at ridiculous jokes “fart shoes, come on!!! Let’s not take life too seriously”."

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

Year 1965

Director Robert Wise

Recommended by...

Diane Keogh

"This movie has struggle, beauty, heartache, love, betrayal, fear, hope and includes all different generations and ages! It is based on a true story in Austria and is full of hope and happiness."

Waves

Waves

Year 2019

Director Trey Edward Shults

Recommended by...

Algina Lipskis

"I would recommend…Waves written and directed by the genius that is Trey Edward Shultz… it was such a journey watching this film, he got it so right."

The Uninvited

The Uninvited

Year 2009

Directors Charles Guard, Thomas Guard

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

Life Itself

Life Itself

Year 2018

Director Dan Fogelman

Recommended by...

Algina Lipskis

"I would recommend…Life Itself written and directed by Dan Fogelman, another incredible story, it fully identifies with every aspect of life, love, loss, it’s a BEAUTIFUL film."

True Romance

True Romance

Year 1993

Director Tony Scott

Recommended by...

Algina Lipskis

"True Romance directed by the late Tony Scott, written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary… One of my favourite oldies, this film has the most incredible cast, as for the story itself, well, it’s in the title, it really is one hell of a romance… but not the gooey type… this one suits everyone, it has a bit of everything, it also has one of my favourite actors, Gary Oldman, he plays Drexl Spivey, by far probably the best character he’s played in my eyes."

Mother Madeo

Mother

Year 2009

Director Bong Joon Ho

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

The Godfather

The Godfather, II, III

Year 1972, 1974

Director Francis Ford Coppola

Recommended by...

Katrina Spencer

"Godfather - especially parts 1 and 2. Part 2 is my favourite. The acting- the storytelling - the truthfulness. It’s more than a gangster movie - it’s an immigrant movie. It’s powerful."

A Tale of Two Sisters Janghwa, Hongryeon

A Tale of Two Sisters

Year 2003

Director Jee-woon Kim

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Year 2003

Directors Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz

Recommended by...

Olivija Arlauskaite

"What a film! I’m all about inclusivity in the industry, and we need a lot more movies like this! There are so many incredible actors with disabilities, but, unfortunately, we cannot see them too often on screen. Time to change this, right?"

Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella

Life is Beautiful

Year 1997

Director Roberto Benigni

Recommended by...

Francesco Samas Tribuzio

"Life is Beautiful. I love that film because it demonstrates that when we change our perception the events and the world change."

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Year 2023

Directors John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Recommended by...

Alexis Mercer

"My go to currently is definitely ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, it’s a great fun adventure film that perfectly captures the experience of playing D&D and is fantastic for those that play D&D and people that have never heard of it. It’s just a great film and amazing adaptation."

The Holy Mountain La montaña sagrada

The Holy Mountain

Year 1973

Director Alejandro Jodorowsky

Recommended by...

Ousama Larbi

"The Holy Mountain – Jodorowsky. It’s a movie that will test your attention and openness to new ideas. It can be a challenging watch for some people due to its eerie feel and odd pacing, but it’s important to challenge your openness if you want to continue being a creative person."

The Others

The Others

Year 2001

Director Alejandro Amenábar

Recommended by...

Wassim Hawat

"I love psychological thrillers because my brain is very stimulated when I’m watching them. I am fascinated by the journeys of the characters. I will mention movies that inspired me to make my psychological thriller. I love Shutter Island, it has so many twists and turns in the story! The Girl on The Train, Se7ev, Gone Baby Gone, The Uninvited, The Machinist, The Others. I also watch Korean thrillers; they are incredible such as Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Mother. These movies tickle my fantasy, I get excited about characters, makes me watch constantly asking and guessing."

Le Otto Montagne The Eight Mountains

The Eight Mountains

Year 2022

Directors Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch

Recommended by...

Luci Lenox

"There are so many movies that I could recommend but if it has to be just one then I would recommend the last movie I saw that fundamentally changed my view on a personal matter “Eight Mountains” Le Otto Montagne directed by Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch."

poor things

Poor Things
Year 2023

Director Yorgos Lanthimos

Recommended by...

Monika Valkunaite

"I loved “Poor Things”. The acting was brilliant, the story and the way the film was made show you how far you can go with your imagination and playfulness. I felt like that film was breaking quite a few rules of typical filmmaking. It was bold and daring, and that was exactly what I loved."

casino

Casino
Year 1995

Director Martin Scorsese

Recommended by...

Cary Mark

"Casino by Martin Scorcese. I think it’s the perfect film. Great story, great acting and it’s shot so beautifully."

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Almost Famous
Year 2000

Director Cameron Crowe

Recommended by...

Lindsey Beier

"Almost Famous is one of my favourite films. I find it to be quite a powerful film and has a lot of iconic scenes to it."

breakfast at tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Year 1961

Director Blake Edwards

Recommended by...

Lindsey Beier

"I would also say Breakfast at Tiffany's - it is one of my favourite films."

Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned
Year 2002

Director Michael Rymer

Recommended by...

M Adams

"I'm a huge Anne Rice fan, so both the vampire movies adapted from her books. Queen of the Damned & Interview with the Vampire."

network

Network
Year 1976

Director Sidney Lumet

Recommended by...

Tekle Baroti

"I am a huge fan of classics. It’s tough to choose just one to recommend, but I guess the one that comes to mind straight away is “Network”. It’s engrossing, powerful in its message and character portrayals — by the end, I was just shocked. I’ve seen a great deal of films from all over the world, different eras and genres, but nothing stuck with me quite as much as “Network”."

Interview with the vampire

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Year 1994

Director Neil Jordan

Recommended by...

M Adams

"I'm a huge Anne Rice fan, so both the vampire movies adapted from her books. Queen of the Damned & Interview with the Vampire."

1917

1917
Year 2019

Director Sam Mendes

Recommended by...

Daniel Ryves

"1917. Not because I’m in it, lol. The film is an absolute masterpiece. It’s an incredibly well shot one-take movie. It is written beautifully, acted superbly and the soundtrack is immense as well."

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