Five Favorite Films with Fred Durst

RT talks with the Education of Charlie Banks director and Limp Bizkit singer.

Fred Durst

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said there are no second acts in American lives. Obviously, he never met Fred Durst. Best known as the lead singer for rap/rockers Limp Bizkit, Durst has always had a passion for movies. His debut, The Education of Charlie Banks (out this week on DVD), tells the tale of an uneasy friendship between Charlie (Jesse Eisenberg) and Mick (Jason Ritter), a tough kid from his old neighborhood. When Charlie goes to an elite college, Mick follows him there, and for a while it appears he's smoothed out his rough edges, before old tensions come back to the surface. (Charlie Banks was shot before, but released after, The Longshots, Durst's second film, which starred Ice Cube).

Durst (who spoke to RT from Poland while on tour with his band) reflected on five of his favorite films, as well as the differences between making music and making movies, and why he chose The Education of Charlie Banks to be his first film.



The Bicycle Thief (1948, 95% Tomatometer)
The Bicycle ThiefIt's hard to have favorites because I just have so many that I like and I respond to them differently with different moods and different pieces of memory, but I tried to name five that just came to my head. So I came with Bicycle Thief. It's amazing. It's very touching and so ahead of it's time, it seems, but so simple, yet so complex. Just a very, very unique film that someone turned me onto years ago and that I had no idea about.




The Shining (1980, 87% Tomatometer)
The ShiningI like The Shining. There's just so many things about composition and breaking the mold, the innovative steady-cam work and the character and the performances, and the master behind it putting it together, Stanley Kubrick, who I love.


RT: I've read elsewhere that you're a big Kubrick fan. What is it about his work that you particularly enjoy?

Fred Durst: I dunno, I guess it's his perspective on the world, his eye that we're being able to experience the story through, his take on things. He's diverse; you see his collection and lots of different styles, but then again, they all just sort of seem to fall under the same umbrella somehow. It's pretty amazing. I mean, I love 2001: A Space Odyssey a lot, I love Dr. Strangelove. I just really love his movies, and The Shining had an effect on me when I was very young, and watching it as an adult, someone who is exposed to the magic of filmmaking, the technical aspect of different things, I think it's just a really wonderful piece of work. I just watch it anytime it's on, flipping through, or "I'm just gonna throw on a DVD." I mean, I've watched the movie quite a few times. I remember watching the making of it; he's just so brutal on Shelley. He's such a different type of director than I am, but that's just the way he worked. Powerful guy; it just seems like his mind's very complex. He had a wall up around him and only a few people got close, and that fascinates me.




Chinatown (1974, 100% Tomatometer)
ChinatownI love Chinatown. Great movie, I mean, it just is what it is. Unbelievable, just a classic. I just really respond to that movie. It's real; it has this heightened reality about it. Very powerful. It's something that sticks out in my head. Seeing it, and watching it again and again, then seeing it as an adult. Something I can continue to watch through the years and be inspired by, and get lost in, and just forget about everything and say, "I just had a movie experience."




Harold and Maude (1971, 84% Tomatometer)
Harold and MaudeI love Harold and Maude. [Hal Ashby's] amazing. His characters, just the way he tells his story, the way he lets them breathe, the way he makes them so real. There's just something about it I identify with. All his choices seem to speak to me.



RT: One of the things I really liked about Charlie Banks was the way you integrated the music into it, and Harold and Maude seems to have that sort of thing too. It doesn't overwhelm what's going on on the screen, and it's not telegraphing the action.

FD: It sort of becomes a character in the film. It's sort of vital to the whole experience, but it doesn't take you out of the movie; it just enhances the experience, and telegraphing things I don't really believe in so much. Sometimes when it's just part of the process and that's what makes the movie fun, but not in the case of Charlie Banks. You know, if I had Cat Stevens in my hands, it would have been amazing. Charlie Banks, man, you should have heard the music before the studio bought it and took out all the music and made me replace most of it. You should have heard the original. Oh my God, I just felt so good about it. I mean, still, I love it; a lot of the original themes like Mick's theme [hums song]. But some of the source stuff that was timeless and classic, but they just didn't want to pay for it. I still love it, but I just thought it was better before they made me replace it. I mean, you know where they go, "Hey, we have $10,000 in music budget." You go, "Whoa, well that's definitely gonna be impossible." I'll call these publishers myself, I'll pull any favor I can, but we need a little more than that. But, you know, when it still has the music, the character, and Charlie Banks is still there, and it's the feel and overall tone and tension of those vibrations, I still think it works for it. The movie, personally, is a little long to me. I wish they would have let me finish editing it; I would have taken out 10, maybe 12, 15 minutes of it.




Taxi Driver (1976, 100% Tomatometer)
Taxi DriverComing off my head, I could just go on, but... Taxi Driver. I was really moved by the unraveling of this guy, and the interesting choices Scorsese made, the things he used to tell the story. You know, like zooming in to the bottle of Alka Seltzer fizzling, this guy's about to really cross over to the next layer of dementia. Just amazing choices, and for him to be so meant to be a filmmaker. Be it and feel it. And De Niro, just, oh man, I just get carried away. Every time, in the beginning of that movie, when he -- he's just so not self aware -- he goes in to ask the girl out at the campaign center, and the feeling's so uncomfortable. I loved him also as Rupert Pupkin in King of Comedy. Man, I love the way De Niro can sorta just play a guy that's not aware.



So those are five. I wouldn't say they're my favorite movies of all time. I just say it if I had to, off the top of my head. It just came, and if you asked me again tomorrow, it might be maybe one of those, maybe a bunch of others.



Next: Durst talks about how filmmaking was his first passion, how he identifies with the characters in Charlie Banks, and what kinds of stories he wants to tell.

Comments

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

I can't believe he picked Harold and Maude. I was forced to watch that in my film class and practically puked in my mouth. It's the worst film ever made by man. Hell, I'd pick an Uwe Boll film over it any day. Mabye, I'm just a bit too conservative to buy into a movie about a teen having sex with a 90- year old woman and then laugh at the kid pretending to off himself over and over(which made no sense). But, I digress. Limp Bizkit is a crazy band and I still listen to some of their stuff today. Plus, I actually thought The Longshots was a decent family film.

Jun 29 - 06:47 PM

Spurple

Zach Stephens

Hehehe, first poster insults the quality of Harold and Maude, and then admits to liking Limp Bizkit...

Jun 29 - 08:58 PM

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

Ya, I'm not gonna be a stupid prick like everyone else and pretend like I didn't like one or two the band's songs. they were huge for awhile and of course there were people like you who thought they were just oh so brilliant denying the new wave ****, while they watched their porn called Harold and Maude with teens and 90 year old women. I hope you and your grandmother are very happy...

Jun 30 - 05:20 AM

Orbulas H.

Orbulas Harding

That last post was impressive for it's bold logical flights of fancy; first he equates Harold and Maude to granny porn (I won;t even start on how incredibly dense he sounds when complaining about the film, suffice to say, he probably doesn't understand anything that isn't painstakingly explained to him, all: subtext is lost on him)And then he goes on to say that not liking Limp Bizkit means I like Harold and Maude... logically speaking, it's a false dichotomy, but I gotta give it to you 'cause in this case it rings true. I hate Limp Bizkit and I love the granny porn that is Harold and Maude... and I'm incredibly proud to say it.

Jun 30 - 07:33 AM

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

No, I believe in films having a subtext and true meaning. I believe in all that good **** in films. In fact some of my favorite films have a hint of what you might call subtext. But, Harold and Maude is crude and pretentious once you get past the whole "teenage lonely kid discovers who he is through his love to an older, wiser woman." I mean what the **** is wrong with this film? First off this lady seems to be crazy on some deep psychlogical level. She lets this young teenage kid fall in love with her and even seduces him only to set her mind on dying and taking all that love away from this kid which should **** him up beyond all reason. Beyond that this movie made no sense. The film asks you to laugh at the fact that the kid repeatedly fakes his own suicide. I'm sorry, but suicide is not a funny thing. Especially thoughts of suicide for a kid so young. I don't find that funny. Also, it made no sense. How did the kid hang himself and live from it. Could he really survive after hanging there for so long. And how can I find it funny when a mom(a mean one no doubt but still a mom) walks into a bathroom and sees her son and blood scattered all over the bathroom like he cut his wrists. Hey, I like my comedy dark, but that's just bad taste. Also, how does he clearly shoot himself in the face and live. And the granny finds herself such a "free bird" that she just goes around stealing people's cars and even a police car. Oh yeah, I'm sure that's real funny for the family whose car she stole. Believe me I like subtext and meaning in a film. But Harold and Maude is just crude and disgusting.

Some of my favorite films that come to mind, which are much better than your granny porn:
Reservoir Dogs
Buffalo '66
The Graduate
On the Waterfront
The Twilight Samurai

Jun 30 - 08:31 AM

Orbulas H.

Orbulas Harding

I couldn't believe somebody was raggin' on a film as cinimatically unimpeachable as Harold and Maude until I got to the part where the poster said he enjoys Durst's "music", or rather the muscle headed, self-glorifying chauvinist frat-boy dross that Durst stumbles through singing over.
The list itself is impressive; here I thought this cromagnon holdover would whip in to a frenzy when confronted with the talking light box.
His publicist picked out a pretty decent list for him.

Jun 30 - 07:19 AM

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

Look, i'm not saying he's some kind of artistic genius when it comes to music. But, some of their songs are pretty fun. and their cover of "Behind Blue eyes" is actually pretty great. And as for the Harold and Maude thing, please read my above comment to other granny loving prick.

Jun 30 - 08:35 AM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

rambo-killer #2: I completely disagree with you about Behind Blue Eyes, I hated it, but I also name Who's Next as one of my favorite albums of all time.

Jun 30 - 02:37 PM

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

Ya, it seems like most Who fans I meet don't really like any covers of the song. But, I've never been a big fan of the Who and I like the covers done by Limp Bizkit and Sheryl Crow. But, hey, to each his own man to each his own...

Jun 30 - 04:56 PM

sundancekid77

Ricky Mainville

are you aware that your a fucking retard i beleive you didnt understand shit from your film class!

Nov 15 - 07:26 AM

railroad wino

Spencer Bennett

Wait.... what?

Jun 29 - 06:54 PM

BlueLobster

Aaron Dean

LOL Fred Durst!

But this is a surprisingly good list...

Jun 29 - 07:04 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

Fred Durst is lose.

Jun 29 - 07:15 PM

Chris B.

Chris Bellew

wow. all this coming from a guy who once told us to stick cookies up our @sses

Jun 29 - 07:15 PM

Michael K.

Michael Kowzun

*insert witty pun involving Limp Bizkit lyrics here*

Jun 29 - 07:23 PM

Adam M.

Adam Mowder

Fred Durst, singer for the most annoying band in recent memory, has good taste in movies. Who would have thunk it?

Jun 29 - 07:23 PM

pabscm

Cory McCormick

Great films but his reviews are laughable.

Jun 29 - 08:00 PM

pabscm

Cory McCormick

Good films but his reviews are laughable.

Jun 29 - 08:01 PM

Rob D.

Rob DelMedico

You do realize filmmakers aren't the same thing as film critics, right? Just hoping you owned a dictionary.

Jul 1 - 02:48 PM

Grisu

Jason Eyland

ur double post is laughable

Jul 2 - 11:33 AM

thedownstar

ryan brown

one of the better lists

Jun 29 - 08:02 PM

inactive user

Jared King

I know nothing of this guy. Excpet people don't seem to like him. Still, one of the more agreeable list in my opinion.

Jun 29 - 08:05 PM

Shaun G.

Shaun Griffin

he still sucks. they still dont play him on the radio in here in chicago.

Jun 29 - 08:35 PM

Joshua G.

Joshua G

haha might have something to do with the one of thr greatest bootlegs I ever picked up called "fred durst vs chicago." Its not the performance that makes this a classic.

Jun 30 - 12:26 AM

Joshua G.

Joshua G

I think the elitist movire goers most people dont give a crap about yet post here bash everyone except betty white. I do wonder do yuo all have responses saved to a word pad and you just change the names but really you have like 5 negative posts you use for everything on here?

Jun 30 - 12:28 AM

BMS1234

brandon sideleau

I used to listen to his band when I was 15 or 16 back in 1998/99....until I realized the best music wasn't on television and that his band was tepid pop rock. But, as has been stated already, this is a surprisingly decent list. I have never seen Harold and Maude, but the rest of the films are great choices.

Jun 29 - 08:58 PM

Spurple

Zach Stephens

Hehehe, first poster insults the quality of Harold and Maude, and then admits to liking Limp Bizkit...

Jun 29 - 08:58 PM

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

Ya, I'm not gonna be a stupid prick like everyone else and pretend like I didn't like one or two the band's songs. they were huge for awhile and of course there were people like you who thought they were just oh so brilliant denying the new wave ****, while they watched their porn called Harold and Maude with teens and 90 year old women. I hope you and your grandmother are very happy...

Jun 30 - 05:20 AM

Orbulas H.

Orbulas Harding

That last post was impressive for it's bold logical flights of fancy; first he equates Harold and Maude to granny porn (I won;t even start on how incredibly dense he sounds when complaining about the film, suffice to say, he probably doesn't understand anything that isn't painstakingly explained to him, all: subtext is lost on him)And then he goes on to say that not liking Limp Bizkit means I like Harold and Maude... logically speaking, it's a false dichotomy, but I gotta give it to you 'cause in this case it rings true. I hate Limp Bizkit and I love the granny porn that is Harold and Maude... and I'm incredibly proud to say it.

Jun 30 - 07:33 AM

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

No, I believe in films having a subtext and true meaning. I believe in all that good **** in films. In fact some of my favorite films have a hint of what you might call subtext. But, Harold and Maude is crude and pretentious once you get past the whole "teenage lonely kid discovers who he is through his love to an older, wiser woman." I mean what the **** is wrong with this film? First off this lady seems to be crazy on some deep psychlogical level. She lets this young teenage kid fall in love with her and even seduces him only to set her mind on dying and taking all that love away from this kid which should **** him up beyond all reason. Beyond that this movie made no sense. The film asks you to laugh at the fact that the kid repeatedly fakes his own suicide. I'm sorry, but suicide is not a funny thing. Especially thoughts of suicide for a kid so young. I don't find that funny. Also, it made no sense. How did the kid hang himself and live from it. Could he really survive after hanging there for so long. And how can I find it funny when a mom(a mean one no doubt but still a mom) walks into a bathroom and sees her son and blood scattered all over the bathroom like he cut his wrists. Hey, I like my comedy dark, but that's just bad taste. Also, how does he clearly shoot himself in the face and live. And the granny finds herself such a "free bird" that she just goes around stealing people's cars and even a police car. Oh yeah, I'm sure that's real funny for the family whose car she stole. Believe me I like subtext and meaning in a film. But Harold and Maude is just crude and disgusting.

Some of my favorite films that come to mind, which are much better than your granny porn:
Reservoir Dogs
Buffalo '66
The Graduate
On the Waterfront
The Twilight Samurai

Jun 30 - 08:31 AM

Hamboner

Brian Lorenzen

Always had a soft spot in my heart for Limp Bizkit... it wasn't high art but it was definitely fun to listen to if you're looking for musical junk food.

As a director... I don't know... his insight into these picks left a lot to be desired. Oh well.

Another music video director trying to do features... here we go again...

Jun 29 - 09:01 PM

spiraleye

Kevin Baytos

Sigh. Nice list Fred, yes. Though your reviews are full of 'me's', 'my's', and 'I's. You're all audience.

You're not a filmmaker, Fred. You're a guy with connections, because even a 'has-been' in the entertainment industry has those.

But I digress, Fred. You're not a 'has-been'.

You're just a very lucky 'never-was'.

Which is fine, because most of us are.

But don't take off your red cap and pretend it's ok. You know what you did. Apologize to us all for Limp Bizkit, then commit seppuku.

You've shamed yourself.

You're still about as real as a three-dollar bill.

Jun 29 - 09:04 PM

Raziel5000

Lee Mountford

"Sigh. Nice list Fred, yes. Though your reviews are full of 'me's', 'my's', and 'I's. You're all audience.

You're not a filmmaker, Fred. You're a guy with connections, because even a 'has-been' in the entertainment industry has those."

Is it just me or is this comment completely self righteous and, well, wrong.
Have you seen any of his work (movies I mean)? I'm not Limp Bizkits biggest fan but EOCB is a good film. It has very good reviews. So who are you to say he isn't a film maker? What gave you the right to make that call?
I don't know the guy, but after seeing EOCB then I'd say he has a talent for it. Was he the most articulate person in this article? No. Maybe he isn't in real life, but he has enough to get his view across to actors and crew. And thats what matters.

Sorry but it irks me when people take this holier than thou stance, and probably have no working knowladge of movies or the business. As I say, I'm hardly a Lim Bizkit fan, just going on what I saw in his film.

Jun 30 - 03:33 AM

Bret C.

Bret Caputo

Wow. That was so powerful.

Jul 3 - 01:04 AM

Bob S.

Bob Saccomano

HOLY CRAP, FRED DURST LIKES THE BICYCLE THIEF? Wow...I am impressed. Excellent list. Really, really excellent.

Jun 29 - 09:06 PM

Kudos Mooney

Jeremy Mullins

"Just...so real...it's like reality, but realer, in a realler sense of real, you know? Oh my god. It really moved me into a reality of the moving real, so real, you know? Oh my god."

That was Five Favourite Movies with Fred Durst in 4 sentences.

You're welcome.

Jun 29 - 09:13 PM

arendr

Arend Anton

I expected Godfather, Godfather 2, etc.

Happily surprised.

Jun 29 - 09:55 PM

Spaced

Justin Howe

Who knew Fred Durst was such a champion??

Jun 29 - 11:02 PM

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