Five Favorite Films with Roland Emmerich
The director of 2012 reveals his inspirations.
We're fairly certain Roland Emmerich's movies hold the record for combined body count. Such a feat is the result of a career built around movies like Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow, bombastic, crowd-pleasing disaster movies that frequently leave the planet in ruins. His latest effort is 2012, opening this Friday and starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as survivors in a world tearing apart at the seams and submerging in water. Rotten Tomatoes spoke to Emmerich to get his Five Favorite Films, and on the following page you can read our interview, where he discusses the upcoming 2012 television show, his thoughts on Avatar, and creating popcorn movies on a global scale.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, 98% Tomatometer)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, 95% Tomatometer)
Cinema Paradiso (1989, 91% Tomatometer)
The Godfather (1972, 100% Tomatometer)
Citizen Kane (1941, 100% Tomatometer)
Next, Emmerich talks about creating movies for a global audience, 3D movies, and his thoughts on Avatar.