Five Favorite Films with Richard Kelly
The director of The Box and Donnie Darko talks Kubrick and the merits of being ambiguous.
Is it possible that after only two films (his cult hit debut Donnie Darko and his infamously panned follow-up, Southland Tales), director Richard Kelly has already achieved auteur status? Audiences will find out this Halloween, when Kelly's next film, The Box, opens in theaters. Based on Richard Matheson's short story Button, Button, the old-fashioned thriller follows a married couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) who are given a choice: if they push a button they'll receive one million dollars, but someone somewhere will die. Rotten Tomatoes spoke with Kelly in San Diego just hours before he debuted extended footage from The Box and discussed his favorite films, the genesis of The Box, and his hopes to return to Southland Tales with an eventual Director's Cut.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, 96% Tomatometer)
Barry Lyndon (1975, 94% Tomatometer)
Vertigo (1958, 98% Tomatometer)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, 95% Tomatometer)
The Big Lebowski (1998, 77% Tomatometer)
Next: Kelly talks about the merits of ambiguity in cinema, and why The Box is his most personal film.