Five Favorite Films with Taissa Farmiga

We have come to know Taissa Farmiga as young witch Zoe Benson in the Certified Fresh American Horror Story: Coven. Taissa, who discovered her passion for acting when sister Vera cast her as her younger self in the 2011 film Higher Ground, now stars in Jamesy Boy, with Ving Rhames, Mary-Louise Parker and James Woods. Taissa shared with us her five favorite films, after contemplating what it is exactly that makes a film a favorite. Here is the final list.



Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 2012; 85% Tomatometer)

I loved the book. I'm probably one of those readers who judges movie adaptations far too harshly, but I was very excited to see the movie and when it came out, not disappointed at all. So incredible. I loved Logan Lerman, and Ezra and Emma as well. The cinematography, the acting, everything was just spectacular. A special film, especially to teenagers growing up in this world and finding out completely who you are.




Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2010; 87% Tomatometer)

I thought Natalie Portman was sheer perfection. I loved, you know, the obsession, the twists, the play of good and evil; I love things that mess with your mind in a way.




Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010; 86% Tomatometer)

Another movie with layers of deception and truth and dreams and reality, and everything is just so interwoven. The plot was intricate, but intricate in an amazing way. You can't just sit there and watch this movie. You have to be engrossed, sort of taken with it. I love those kinds of movies.

You have a sort of fascination, it seems, with films about deception.

Ha, yeah. What does that mean? What does that mean? I'm learning more about myself every day.




Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004; 93% Tomatometer)

I just rewatched it a little while ago. With Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. I thought that was incredible. A love story with, again, layers of intricacy and just figuring out all these little details. It was also the first time I saw Jim Carrey when he wasn't being funny or doing a comedy, and that really pulled me in. I was like, "Wait what's this?" I was captivated.




Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes, 1986; 84% Tomatometer)

I have to say, I do remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off on days when I'd skip school. My mom was actually really awesome about that. Really awesome about that.

She let you ditch school?

Maybe that's why I started being home-schooled. No, not too much. She would give you that one moment like, "Oh, you know what, you can have it, but don't you dare try to pull it again." Know what I mean?

It's one of the only movies that I've seen, like, 20 plus times. One of my favorite moments is when they drove the car and they're trying to reverse the miles. Even when I was watching it at, like, eleven years old, I was like, "You can't reverse the miles. It's going in reverse," and then it crashes out the back. I don't know, it brings back memories of my childhood and that's such a warming feeling.

Seeing a movie 20 plus times would constitute it being a favorite.

You know what, you're right, you're right! I think I've figured out what makes a movie a favorite!



Jamesy Boy opened in limited release on January 17, 2014.


Comments

Dave J

Dave J

It sometimes feels odd to see someone's 'Five Favorite Films' without seeing a single thing the actor/ actress has been in!

Jan 24 - 12:24 PM

Ian Malcolm

Ian Malcolm

I didn't ah do that when I did it. Not even ah... Annie Hall.

Jan 24 - 12:40 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I hope by the time of the Body Snatcher remake, you got your act together.

Jan 24 - 01:25 PM

Izzy Reynard

Izzy Reynard

Because that would be a bi narcissistic, don't ya think?

Jan 26 - 09:47 PM

Ian Malcolm

Ian Malcolm

I didn't ah do that when I did it. Not even ah... Annie Hall.

Jan 24 - 12:40 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I hope by the time of the Body Snatcher remake, you got your act together.

Jan 24 - 01:25 PM

Adam Feisel

Adam Feisel

Fix Your description. Taissa Farmiga played Violet Harmon in Season 1 of American Horror Story. She now plays the character of Zoe Benson in American Horror Story: Coven.

Jan 24 - 12:58 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Fix your face.

Jan 24 - 01:26 PM

Adam Feisel

Adam Feisel

You're a good guy. Your mother would be proud

Jan 24 - 03:37 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

She's proud I don't get petty over TV soap operas.

Jan 25 - 08:37 AM

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis

Pick up the pace with youre cracked out face!!

Jan 25 - 08:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I hope by the time of the Body Snatcher remake, you got your act together.

Jan 24 - 01:25 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Fix your face.

Jan 24 - 01:26 PM

Adam Feisel

Adam Feisel

You're a good guy. Your mother would be proud

Jan 24 - 03:37 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

She's proud I don't get petty over TV soap operas.

Jan 25 - 08:37 AM

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis

Pick up the pace with youre cracked out face!!

Jan 25 - 08:00 PM

Stef

Stefan N

Has she seen a single film that has been made before the 21st century - oh wait, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. No foreign film??

Jan 24 - 02:23 PM

What Zit T.

What Zit Tooya

It's called "Five Favorite Films", not "Five Films I Don't Actually Love But I'll Mention Them Because I Want To Seem Like I Have Artistic Taste And Complete Hatred For Modern Mainstream Movies".

Jan 24 - 05:21 PM

Stef

Stefan N

I'm not judging her opinion, I just think with a list like this she MUST not have seen a lot of films such as foreign films or older films.

Jan 25 - 04:05 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Are you implying that makes her an ignorant or something? 3 out of her 5 favs are mind fuck movies. That's a sign of intelligence and culture.

Jan 25 - 11:21 AM

Stef

Stefan N

Personally, I disagree with her list...but it's her opinion. I'm just mentioning that she has not seen a lot of films. This is disconcerning considering her age and career.

Jan 25 - 04:08 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Her age? She's 19, I don't think the majority of 19 year olds are foreign film experts or film experts in general. I know I had little or no appreciation for foreign film when I was 19, outside of Leon of course and I didn't really even think of it in terms of foreign or domestic film at that time.

Jan 25 - 07:23 PM

Bradley Roberts

Bradley Roberts

It's her list, not yours. So there is no agreeing. What if she saw foreign films and didn't like them? Does it mean she is less cultured? No. It's just her opinion .

Jan 26 - 04:58 AM

Shannon Wright

Shannon Wright

Maybe she has seen older/foreign films, but doesn't count them among her favorites. Personally, I've seen movies from both genres, and the majority of the movies she listed I would count in my favorites too. It all comes down to what you prefer -- I don't think anyone should be slammed for what they like. Besides that, choosing your top five favorites is always hard, and I don't think lists like these should totally stand for what a person's "movie exposure level" is.

Jan 25 - 05:29 PM

Dave J

Dave J

What do you expect- she's only 19! She has her studies as well as work(act), how do expect her to find time to watch movies on a consistent basis!

Jan 27 - 12:34 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I like all these movies too.

Jan 24 - 03:33 PM

Adam Feisel

Adam Feisel

You're a good guy. Your mother would be proud

Jan 24 - 03:37 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

She's proud I don't get petty over TV soap operas.

Jan 25 - 08:37 AM

Mike Barbas

Mike Barbas

Eternal Sunshine..., FTW.

Jan 24 - 04:25 PM

What Zit T.

What Zit Tooya

It's called "Five Favorite Films", not "Five Films I Don't Actually Love But I'll Mention Them Because I Want To Seem Like I Have Artistic Taste And Complete Hatred For Modern Mainstream Movies".

Jan 24 - 05:21 PM

Stef

Stefan N

I'm not judging her opinion, I just think with a list like this she MUST not have seen a lot of films such as foreign films or older films.

Jan 25 - 04:05 PM

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson

Oh dear I fear Taissa is gonna get slammed for not having a foreign movie on her list. Good list of films especially 'Perk of being a wallflower" and 'Inception".

Jan 24 - 11:31 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

List seems very genuine and is full of quality movies.

Jan 25 - 12:37 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

She's proud I don't get petty over TV soap operas.

Jan 25 - 08:37 AM

Czar Gabriel

Lee Augustus

Good list, I'm glad she is pandering to the snobby art house audience.

Jan 25 - 09:59 AM

mrs. fantastic

ariel pearson

I agree, but I didn't think those types were even on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jan 25 - 01:49 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Are you implying that makes her an ignorant or something? 3 out of her 5 favs are mind fuck movies. That's a sign of intelligence and culture.

Jan 25 - 11:21 AM

Stef

Stefan N

Personally, I disagree with her list...but it's her opinion. I'm just mentioning that she has not seen a lot of films. This is disconcerning considering her age and career.

Jan 25 - 04:08 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Her age? She's 19, I don't think the majority of 19 year olds are foreign film experts or film experts in general. I know I had little or no appreciation for foreign film when I was 19, outside of Leon of course and I didn't really even think of it in terms of foreign or domestic film at that time.

Jan 25 - 07:23 PM

Bradley Roberts

Bradley Roberts

It's her list, not yours. So there is no agreeing. What if she saw foreign films and didn't like them? Does it mean she is less cultured? No. It's just her opinion .

Jan 26 - 04:58 AM

mrs. fantastic

ariel pearson

I agree, but I didn't think those types were even on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jan 25 - 01:49 PM

Omar Lucero

Omar Lucero

cool list

Jan 25 - 01:52 PM

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