Five Favorite Films with Greg Mottola

Summary

Most directors debut their deeply personal passion project before moving on to studio gigs, but indie helmer-turned-Apatow Buncher Greg Mottola (The Daytrippers, Superbad) flipped the script with Adventureland, his semi-autobiographical tale of love, angst, '80s pop and corndogs that opens nationwide this week. Adventureland follows recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) -- an uptight, overeducated intellectual who reads poetry "for fun" -- who takes a job at a low-rent carnival one summer working with excitable bosses (SNL's Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig), unmotivated slackers (Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks), a surly, punk-loving love interest (Twilight's Kristen Stewart), and lots and lots of righteous retro tunes. (Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" has never borne such loathing, or been heard so often, since 1985.) Back to Article

Comments

MaxFisher14

Jack Essenberg

Great director, boring list. So generic.

Apr 2 - 03:11 PM

cubitfox

Cubit Fox

Just because his favorite films happen to be very well known does not mean it is generic. No one can doubt these are fantastic films, and how he describes his connection to them shows he's not just dropping names and acting pretentious. Dane Cook's list, on the other hand, not so much.

One of the best lists so far.

Apr 2 - 03:20 PM

cubitfox

Cubit Fox

Just because his favorite films happen to be very well known does not mean it is generic. No one can doubt these are fantastic films, and how he describes his connection to them shows he's not just dropping names and acting pretentious. Dane Cook's list, on the other hand, not so much.

One of the best lists so far.

Apr 2 - 03:20 PM

ben a.

ben agee

word, steve s. 'this film school geek list sucks ***.' that it does. however, i, coincidentally, was already just about to watch 'the 400 blows.' everything else on his list is very cliche, though.

Apr 2 - 08:54 PM

Islander

John Watkins

Manhattan was like listening to an auctioneer whine for 90 minutes straight. And then I watched "Annie Hall" and they were practically the same film. Woody Allen has little imagination or variety.

That being said, the rest of the list is solid. Especially "2001: A Space Odyssey." It's very interesting how he said his parents were bored and baffled but he, a 7-year-old, was fascinated by it. I recently showed the movie to my 11-year-old sister over Christmas break. In the past my dad has found it boring and frustrating. I was interested to see how my younger sister would react. She was totally into it! And then when I came back for spring break, she asked to see the movie again! I cry success!

Apr 2 - 11:44 PM

dbruman

Cosmo Nims

Really? Is everyone going to really take the stance that his list is too "geeky and generic"? In case you guys missed the prompt, it is "5 Favorite Films", not "Recommend Some Really Obscure Movies." If these are his favorite movies, and ones that have had the most affect on him as an artist and filmmaker (and he seems to have given more than enough reason for us to believe this in his descriptions) then he should put them on his damn list!

Are you guys really going to sit here and barrage him with insults because his favorite movies are too cliche? Jesus, the pretension of some people here is staggering.

Apr 3 - 12:21 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

No more Happy-Go-Lucky!!! That damn thing won't go away. And it's been out on DVD now for almost a month. Enough with it!!!!

Apr 3 - 08:40 AM

MizzleBrizzle

Mike Bragg

Yeah, I agree about the freaking pop ups. RT pages take forever to load on my computer for some reason (whereas I have no problem with other sites), so when I get that damn ad it takes like two minutes for me to get to what I was going to. Is this just some sad attempt at reducing bandwidth usage? Ha! Seriously, too, it comes up way too often.

Apr 3 - 03:11 PM

Killer Rob

Rob S.

does this guy really go that far out of his way to look that hideous? It scared me a great deal when I clicked the link and saw this guy's picture. What is he Moby's 2nd cousin or something? Please, put a ball cap on or something...thanx

Apr 4 - 07:41 PM

BigEarn

Jeff Earnhart

As much as I wanted to throw a porn joke in about the 400 Blows...I won't. They are some seriously good directors that he mentioned. Kubrick was pretty damn cool, mainly for the fact that he hit almost every genre in film. Sure, Barry Linden blew hard (it did - don't try to tell yourselves it didn't) but it was lit real pretty....and that's Kubrick!
As far as the Adventureland goes....just be happy there's no Seth Rogen in it. I'm sick of that dude's face...and the fat kid, and the Judd Apatow guy who apparently is the new god of comedy. What's up with that? Looking forward to Farrelly Bros "three stooges."

Apr 6 - 04:23 AM

The Lawless Bastard

Devin Lawless

I luv 2001! This dude has an awesome list!

Apr 6 - 03:44 PM

moviesgal

stella marshall

Killer Rob -- why so angry? I'm female and I like the picture and have no idea what you are talking about. Kinda mean. I guess you have some anger thing. Anyway, as to the list - I think it's great. How is it cliche to pick great films? Should he have picked lesser films just to be different? He says in his comments that he didn't want to do that. These are all fantastic films and that's the point.

Apr 6 - 06:40 PM

SmokingAce

Blake Jennings

It's about time somebody put 400 blows into a list. Definitly the best movie about adolescence ever.

Oct 20 - 11:28 PM

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