Five Favorite Films with Patton Oswalt

The actor, comedian and co-star of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World picks five movies to watch before the apocalypse.

Between his stand-up comedy, astute writing on pop culture and wonderfully odd performances in movie and TV roles, Patton Oswalt is a something of a modern media renaissance man. He's voiced a rat for Pixar, terrorized a football franchise in the excellent Big Fan, and earned well-deserved praise for his part in last year's Young Adult; and this week, Oswalt appears in director Lorene Scafaria's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, in a small but funny role as an enthusiastic party-goer who's succumbed to his most wanton desires as the apocalypse approaches. In the spirit of impending doom we chatted with Oswalt earlier this week, and asked him to pick five films he'd want to watch if the world was about to end.


The Searchers (John Ford, 1956; 98% Tomatometer)

Right off the top of my head, it'd be John Ford's The Searchers...




Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (George Miller, 1981; 100% Tomatometer)

...The Road Warrior...




The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1943; 95% Tomatometer)

...The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp...




The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974; 100% Tomatometer)

...The Taking of Pelham One Two Three -- the original...




After Life (Hirokazu Koreeda, 1998; 83% Tomatometer)

...and then a Japanese film called After Life.

I mean, they're just movies that I watch when I'm feeling kind of blue and just wanna take more emotional leave of my brain -- so it would just be all about creating a head space where I'm really happy, and enjoying myself. And being really happy that people can put together movies that good. It's all the same thing. It's the idea that mankind can get together and make something that good -- I know how hard it is, how collaborative it is to make a movie, so the idea that all those movies exist is what makes me happy.




Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is in theaters this week.

Comments

Morgan Work

Morgan Work

That had to be the fastest 5 fav. films ever!

Jun 21 - 01:01 PM

Dana Cavanaugh

Dana Cavanaugh

Great choice in "The Searchers"! John Ford was a genius.

Jun 21 - 01:52 PM

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DBrock

David E-Brock

Speaking of rooms,you two should go get one!Burn!

Jun 22 - 02:25 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I think I used that joke two weeks ago.

Jun 22 - 02:12 PM

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Ethan Thoren

ethan thoren

I agree

Jun 23 - 07:05 AM

jan_tran

Jan Tran

I picture these Five Favorite films being answered by Oswalt leaning out of his car while driving past a turnpike, yelling at the toll booth guy.

Jun 21 - 04:45 PM

Reza T.

Reza Trikurnia

wow, after life.....
great....
love road warrior....
i hope more asian movies from other list...

Jun 21 - 05:36 PM

Jason Dormer

Jason Dormer

In honor of Patton's ridiculously long-winded description of these movies, I shall now name my five favorite Patton Oswalt stand-up releases followed by an in-depth reason of why I enjoy them.
5.)Werewolves and Lollipops-it's funny.
4.)My Weakness is My Strong-also funny.
3.)Feelin' Kinda Patton-he does porn jokes.
2.)Finest Hour-it's pretty funny.
1.)No Reason To Complain (DVD)-it's on DVD.

Jun 21 - 05:45 PM

George C.

George Clooney

Perhaps he didn't have time for a full interview, he could only speak to RT quickly

Jun 24 - 09:43 PM

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Nir Shalev

Nir Shalev

You're joking, right? John Ford and William Powell are two of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. And the original Pelham classic, George Miller's greatest film, and After Life are classic films as well.

I'll just pretend that your post is a joke.

Jun 21 - 06:09 PM

Nir Shalev

Nir Shalev

You're joking, right? John Ford and Michael Powell are two of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. And the original Pelham classic, George Miller's greatest film, and After Life are classic films as well; and with many good reasons.

I'll just pretend that your post is a joke.

Jun 21 - 06:11 PM

Adam Baum

Adam Baum

And I'll pretend that your post is a joke.

Jun 22 - 12:30 PM

Nic Steele

Nic Steele

And I'll pretend that your joke is post.

Jun 22 - 03:38 PM

Daniel Boni

Daniel Boni

And I'll pretend that your poke is a jost

Jun 22 - 05:24 PM

Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

And Ill pork the torque with a spork.

Jun 22 - 10:05 PM

Stace S.

Stace Smith

Hahahahaha... awesome :)

Jun 23 - 09:02 AM

Nir Shalev

Nir Shalev

You're joking, right? John Ford and William Powell are two of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. And the original Pelham classic, George Miller's greatest film, and After Life are classic films as well.

I'll just pretend that your post is a joke.

Jun 21 - 06:09 PM

Nir Shalev

Nir Shalev

You're joking, right? John Ford and Michael Powell are two of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. And the original Pelham classic, George Miller's greatest film, and After Life are classic films as well; and with many good reasons.

I'll just pretend that your post is a joke.

Jun 21 - 06:11 PM

Adam Baum

Adam Baum

And I'll pretend that your post is a joke.

Jun 22 - 12:30 PM

Nic Steele

Nic Steele

And I'll pretend that your joke is post.

Jun 22 - 03:38 PM

Daniel Boni

Daniel Boni

And I'll pretend that your poke is a jost

Jun 22 - 05:24 PM

Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

And Ill pork the torque with a spork.

Jun 22 - 10:05 PM

Stace S.

Stace Smith

Hahahahaha... awesome :)

Jun 23 - 09:02 AM

Alvaro Meza De Lama

Alvaro Meza De Lama

no Punisher War Zone?

Jun 21 - 07:01 PM

Seth S.

Seth S.

Not much of a talker i guess.

Jun 21 - 07:25 PM

George C.

George Clooney

Perhaps he didn't have time for a full interview, he could only speak to RT quickly.

Jun 24 - 09:44 PM

Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall

What about Jerry McGuire... when he's watching it with his brother?

Jun 21 - 07:56 PM

Will Lasley

Will Lasley

Yes! Thank you! Definitely one of my favorite bits of his.

Jun 25 - 08:49 PM

Bret Gammons

Bret Gammons

I hate that he couldn't have talked more, but Oswalt's five faves and his reasoning for choosing them are actually pretty great.

Jun 21 - 08:49 PM

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DBrock

David E-Brock

Speaking of rooms,you two should go get one!Burn!

Jun 22 - 02:25 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I think I used that joke two weeks ago.

Jun 22 - 02:12 PM

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