Five Favorite Films with Joss Whedon

Summary

What did you do during your last vacation? Between the production and post-production of The Avengers, Joss Whedon decided to direct an adaptation of the Shakespearian rom-com-dram Much Ado About Nothing. Using a hand-picked cast from nearly every production he has ever been a part of, such as TV shows Dollhouse, Firefly, and Angel to name a few, he invited everyone over to his home, picked up a digital camera and some local cupcakes, and made a film. When we asked him about his Five Favorite Films, their influence on his films added another nuance to his numerous projects. Back to Article

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OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

No Science Fiction except the Matrix? C'mon dude.

Jun 14 - 05:02 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

And its Lana Wachowski now.

Jun 14 - 06:23 PM

Kevin P.

Kevin Pitman

he can't hear you.

Jun 14 - 09:32 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He is a she

Jun 15 - 12:27 AM

David Rocha

David Rocha

At the time, she was Larry. It goes by whatever your name was at the time, not what you have it as now.

Jun 15 - 01:28 AM

Jay Vandenburgh

Jay Vandenburgh

amen. no pun intended.

Jun 2 - 05:48 PM

John Magee

John Magee

5 movies, 20% are sci-fi. Joss Whedon has shown the abilities to work in almonst any genre he wants with skill and aplomb. Why would you want to pigeon hole a guy like that. A variety of interests is how one becomes multi faceted and talented

Jun 15 - 07:34 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

It was a joke. I'm actually surprised he actually isn't a sci fi "geek" considering how almost all of his movies are sci fi.

Jun 15 - 11:30 AM

Shaun D.

Steven Harris

Well, he's an 'opera geek' for sure.

Jun 16 - 06:44 AM

HypeWaive487

Ernie Truman

've always seen range in his influences. With Buffy the Vampire Slayer alone he's done romance, a musical, and some comedy based episodes. The fact that he did a space western with Firefly and Serenity shows he loves both space movies and westerns. I think his tastes have to be eclectic in order for his movies and shows to work. He's more of a story geek, the scifi fantasy is just what he does best. His eclectic tastes and talent are what separate him from McG.

Jun 19 - 01:51 PM

Shaun D.

Steven Harris

Characters and dialogue are his strongest points, not really the story.. Though it helps progress the story into something more, with his character development. And his snappy dialogue makes his characters more memorable.. and he cares about them and that's why they feel real.

Jun 22 - 07:47 PM

badblokebob

Richard Nelson

Trust Joss to produce something so seemingly eclectic, but actually have a fairly clear throughline.

And full of awesomeness, too. I hadn't even heard of The Court Jester until last year when I came across it by accident, but it's great fun.

Jun 14 - 05:39 PM

Max M.

The Dude

Magnolia. Such a beautiful and underrated movie. One of my favorites.

Jun 14 - 05:49 PM

Heath Cowart

Heath Cowart

It's my all-time favorite movie! Glad to see it appear somebody else's Top 5! I have even more respect for Joss Whedon now!

Jun 14 - 06:51 PM

Geoffrey Hawley

Geoffrey Hawley

It's my favorite movie too. And my wife's too. It's one of the first things that attracted us to one another.

Jun 14 - 09:04 PM

Chris Gaitan

Chris Gaitan

So happy I'm not alone in placing Magnolia as my #1 film of all time. I saw it when I was about thirteen, and I knew even back then that I'd never see a better film in my entire life.

Jun 14 - 10:15 PM

Harvee Valentine

Harvee Valentine

Underrated? I feel like you might not understand that word.

Jun 16 - 02:24 PM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

Nah, he meant what he said, and I would too.

Jun 16 - 03:16 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

And its Lana Wachowski now.

Jun 14 - 06:23 PM

Kevin P.

Kevin Pitman

he can't hear you.

Jun 14 - 09:32 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He is a she

Jun 15 - 12:27 AM

David Rocha

David Rocha

At the time, she was Larry. It goes by whatever your name was at the time, not what you have it as now.

Jun 15 - 01:28 AM

Jay Vandenburgh

Jay Vandenburgh

amen. no pun intended.

Jun 2 - 05:48 PM

Heath Cowart

Heath Cowart

It's my all-time favorite movie! Glad to see it appear somebody else's Top 5! I have even more respect for Joss Whedon now!

Jun 14 - 06:51 PM

Geoffrey Hawley

Geoffrey Hawley

It's my favorite movie too. And my wife's too. It's one of the first things that attracted us to one another.

Jun 14 - 09:04 PM

Dejan Stojanovski

Dejan Stojanovski

finally someone mentions ... Once Upon a Time in the West .... amazing...masterpiece...

Jun 14 - 07:08 PM

Shaun D.

Steven Harris

Yep.. I myself made my own Top 5 Favorite Films which are:
Pulp Fiction
The Big Lebowski
Pan's Labyrinth
Once Upon A Time in the West
The Truman Show

Jun 15 - 05:02 AM

Daniel Roberts

Daniel Roberts

Very good list. The Truman Show is also one of my top 5 favorites.

Jun 15 - 11:06 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Pulp Fiction is on my top 5 right behind Resivoir Dogs and Scarface (1980 version). Lebowski is just outside of my top 5 at number 7.

Jun 15 - 11:33 AM

Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman

I love all these movies, except for The Court Jester, but only because I have never seen it before.

Jun 14 - 07:57 PM

Dawn Havard

Dawn Havard

You should. It was one of Danny Kaye's best and was a rip off of all the old Robin Hood-type movies. Favorite scene

"The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.:

Jun 18 - 06:25 AM

Eddie B.

Eddie Burkhart

Magnolia is my favorite movie! so glad to see it on here. And the matrix is one of my top 5. I love this guy.

Jun 14 - 08:30 PM

Geoffrey Hawley

Geoffrey Hawley

It's my favorite movie too. And my wife's too. It's one of the first things that attracted us to one another.

Jun 14 - 09:04 PM

Kevin P.

Kevin Pitman

he can't hear you.

Jun 14 - 09:32 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He is a she

Jun 15 - 12:27 AM

Ethan Bott

Ethan Bott

Magnolia is my least favorite Anderson film. I think Altman's "Shortcuts" is a better version of that kind of movie.

Jun 14 - 10:13 PM

Chris Gaitan

Chris Gaitan

So happy I'm not alone in placing Magnolia as my #1 film of all time. I saw it when I was about thirteen, and I knew even back then that I'd never see a better film in my entire life.

Jun 14 - 10:15 PM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

Going to go out and watch all of these now. I know, why am I member of a movie site when I haven't seen the Matrix, I don't know either, leave me alone...

Jun 14 - 10:27 PM

John Serrano

John Serrano

It's OK, I haven't watched the Godfather yet, I save a lot of films as long as I can, it's kind of romantic. But there are other classics I haven't seen just because I've never found the right moment. Enjoy it :)

Jun 15 - 11:13 AM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

Aha! I've seen the Godfather!....about a month ago...my point still stands...

Jun 17 - 01:44 AM

Bradley Timm

Bradley Timm

I'm 35 and I still haven't seen any of the Sergio Leone westerns. Alright Joss, you pushed me...

Jun 14 - 10:56 PM

John Serrano

John Serrano

Dollar Trilogy. Start from the beginning.

Jun 15 - 11:16 AM

Shaun D.

Steven Harris

I'd recommend to watch The Good, The Bad And The Ugly first. If not, just refer to what the guy above just said.

Jun 16 - 06:46 AM

Brian McInnis

Brian McInnis

I envy you. Leone's films are among the worst I'll ever see; don't touch the things with a ten-foot pole.

Jun 16 - 01:09 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

If you save your breath, I feel a man like you can manage it.

Jun 16 - 06:51 PM

Michael Shook

Michael Shook

@ Brain McInnis... you speak the words of a fool. Leone's films are brillant.

Jun 16 - 09:36 PM

Shawn Gordon

Shawn Gordon

If ignorance is bliss, then you must be a very happy man! Leone was a genius!

Jun 17 - 09:38 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"Leone's films are among the worst I'll ever see"

Spoken like a true idiot who doesn't know nothing about movies at all!!! And let me guess, you have never worked in the film industry and that watching films is not your thing because you rather spend more time watching porn!

Jun 17 - 12:48 PM

jasper de large

jasper de large

I can't even say I'm a big fan of Whedon's because I've seen almost none of his work other than The Avengers and Toy Story, and I don't get the impression based on his fervent fanbase that those are particularly his signatures. However, checking this list out and reading his reasoning, I've gained new respect. This is one of the best lists [not necessarily in terms of choice but based on the passion that comes from his descriptions] which I've read in a while.
He sounds like a really cool guy.

Jun 15 - 12:02 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Signature Whedon is probably Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Series, not movie) and Firefly/Serenity. Avengers is very Whedon-esque, but as you'd expect you get a better feel from his TV series'. Angel is also very good because it shows off his love of the classical, operatic and balletic at times.

Jun 15 - 09:38 PM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

Do yourself a favour and watch Firefly. It's his masterpiece.

Jun 17 - 01:45 AM

Nir Shalev

Nir Shalev

His list is incredible. I don't like anything that he'd done outside of FIREFLY but his list is amazing.

Jun 15 - 12:15 AM

David Spencer

David Spencer

My favorite western AND my favorite Sci-fi. Now I love Whedon even more, and Magnolia is going to the top of my must-see list

Jun 15 - 12:18 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He is a she

Jun 15 - 12:27 AM

David Rocha

David Rocha

At the time, she was Larry. It goes by whatever your name was at the time, not what you have it as now.

Jun 15 - 01:28 AM

Jay Vandenburgh

Jay Vandenburgh

amen. no pun intended.

Jun 2 - 05:48 PM

Åsa Larsson

Åsa Larsson

I love The Bad and The Beautiful too!!!
I feel utterly vindicated now! Honestly, if you love the Whedonesque, watch this movie!

Jun 15 - 02:58 AM

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