Five Favorite Films

Friday, Sep. 17 2010, 04:59 AM

Documentary or skilfully edited fiction? We can?t really talk too much about Catfish, the Sundance hit that swims into theaters this week on a wave of word-of-mouth, because, well, it would ruin the experience of watching the film?s events unfold. What we can say is the film -- which charts the unlikely online friendship between New York photographer Nev Schulman and an 8-year-old Michigan girl -- taps into a social phenomenon wholly particular to our time, keeping its audience guessing as it twists and turns into unexpected revelations. Or? are they? Rather than spoil the film, we caught up with co-directors Henry Joost and Rel Schulman (Nev?s brother) and asked them to run through their five favorite films.

Thursday, Sep. 16 2010, 03:46 PM

Michael Shannon has made an impressive mark on Hollywood in the past few years. The noted character actor picked up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his small-but-crucial role in Revolutionary Road, and this year he?s had two new movies in release -- Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, an unconventional police procedural that examines the mind of a man who slowly went mad, and The Runaways, playing the legendary (and legendarily piggish) rock impresario Kim Fowley. As Brad in My Son, My Son, Shannon convincingly embodies a deeply disturbed man whose life was changed during a rafting trip in Peru; upon his return to the States, he becomes consumed by religious fervor and his performance in a community theater -- and the result isn?t pretty. And in The Runaways, Shannon plays Fowley with a carnival-barker?s sense of showbiz -- as well as a shrewd head for the music business.

Thursday, Sep. 09 2010, 04:22 PM

After a long hiatus from the Resident Evil director's chair, Paul W.S. Anderson returns with Afterlife, fourth in the series, which sees survivors Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) mowing down zombies and monsters and entering their most horrific location yet: Los Angeles. Between the original Resident Evil and Afterlife, Anderson directed AVP: Alien vs. Predator and Death Race, all part of a long body of fanboy work that includes early efforts like Mortal Kombat and Event Horizon. With Afterlife hitting theaters this Friday, Rotten Tomatoes sat down with Anderson to talk about his Five Favorite Films, what compelled him to return to direct this installment, and what it was like working with James Cameron's 3D technology.

Wednesday, Sep. 08 2010, 04:03 AM

Wentworth Miller rose to recognition with his role in TV's hit series Prison Break, in which he played the jailhouse architect trying to bust out his falsely imprisoned brother. He's no stranger to horror franchises, though, having appeared in 2003's vampires-versus-werewolves showdown Underworld, and this week he's back among the land of the undead in Resident Evil: Afterlife -- the fourth installment of the enduring video game-inspired series. In Paul W.S. Anderson's 3-D actioner, Miller is Chris Redfield, older brother to Ali Larter's Claire -- and, not incidentally, one of the original heroes from the very first Resident Evil game. We recently spoke to the amiable (and absurdly well-toned) Miller and asked him to name his all-time Five Favorite Films.

Tuesday, Aug. 31 2010, 04:36 AM

If Harry Shearer isn't a household name, he really should be. The well-rounded entertainer has focused his talents on film, on radio, in music, and on television, among others. Among his many credits are roles in This is Spinal Tap, Saturday Night Live, and The Simpsons, for which he voices such popular characters as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner. This evening (Monday, August 30th), Shearer's latest directorial project, The Big Uneasy, a documentary about the truth behind the New Orleans catastrophe during Hurricane Katrina, engages a special one-night screening in theaters across the country on the five-year anniversary of the tragedy. Shearer was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to give his Five Favorite Films and talk about his film. Read on for the full interview!

Friday, Aug. 27 2010, 02:15 PM

Ice Cube (aka O'Shea Jackson) made a huge splash in the music industry when he debuted alongside fellow hip hop legends Dr. Dre and Eazy E in the pioneering gangster rap group N.W.A. more than twenty years ago. Just a few years later, Cube made his critically acclaimed film debut in John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood, jumpstarting a Hollywood career that would include everything from family comedies to action flicks to inspirational sports dramas. Further expanding his repertoire, his latest role came just last week in Lottery Ticket, in which he plays an elderly mentor to a young man who's just won a lottery jackpot. Cube took a break from his schedule to stop by The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current and share five of his favorite movies. Check them out in the article!

Monday, Aug. 23 2010, 09:43 AM

As Piranha 3-D chomps into theaters in all of its glorious B-movie gore, we caught up with the man behind the Roger Corman's decidedly more modest 1978 original -- director Joe Dante, then making his third feature film ahead of hits like The Howling, The Twilight Zone and, of course, 1984's horror-comedy classic, Gremlins. RT spoke to Dante recently in Melbourne, which was hosting a retrospective of his career, and asked him to name his all-time five favorite films. Though his picks are now regarded as classics, many weren't well-reviewed or even financially successful upon their first releases. ?Psychologically, maybe it reflects my career,? Dante laughs. ?No, I?m a firm believer that movies are not best appreciated at the time they?re released. They need to age a little, like wine, and people can?t really assess a movie until a couple of years have passed, at least.?

Friday, Aug. 20 2010, 05:42 AM

The cabanas at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego make for a much-needed dose of tranquility, compared to the chaos across the street at the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con. Recent Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges warmly welcomed us in to his temporary haven, and offered to share the fresh fruit and vegetables he was having for lunch. For this particular Five Favorite Films, we thought we'd try and change things up a bit; Mr. Bridges has an extensive filmography, so we thought we'd ask him to share five favorite films that he himself had appeared in. He was game for that, saying "I think the five I'll give you will be ones maybe ones that are little more obscure, ones that people might not know about." With that, here are Jeff Bridges' Five Favorite (Jeff Bridges) Films.

Sunday, Jul. 25 2010, 06:32 PM

After doing a number of small roles on television shows, Ali Larter turned heads with her performance in Varsity Blues, where she played Darcy Sears, aka "the girl with the whipped cream bikini." From there, Larter expanded her resume to include parts in films as diverse as Final Destination, Legally Blonde, and A Lot Like Love. She got perhaps her biggest break as one of the central characters on NBC's Heroes, which then led to a role in 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction. This September, Larter once again steps into the shoes of Claire Redfield in Resident Evil: Afterlife, and we were able to catch up with her at Comic-Con to talk about her Five Favorite Films, as well was what it was like coming back to the franchise. Read on for the full interview.

Saturday, Jul. 24 2010, 04:32 PM

The cabanas at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego make for a much-needed dose of tranquility, compared to the chaos across the street at the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con. Recent Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges warmly welcomed us in to his temporary haven, and offered to share the fresh fruit and vegetables he was having for lunch. For this particular Five Favorite Films, we thought we'd try and change things up a bit; Mr. Bridges has an extensive filmography, so we thought we'd ask him to share five favorite films that he himself had appeared in. He was game for that, saying "I think the five I'll give you will be ones maybe ones that are little more obscure, ones that people might not know about." With that, here are Jeff Bridges' Five Favorite (Jeff Bridges) Films.

Friday, Jul. 23 2010, 04:55 PM

Karl Urban isn't a household name... yet. But the rising star has had his share of memorable roles in some pretty iconic movie franchises. Chances are you'll recognize the native New Zealander as Eomer, the exiled leader of the Riders of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings trilogy; or as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the 2009 Star Trek prequel; or as Kirill, the Russian assassin on Jason Bourne's tail in The Bourne Supremacy. This October, Urban stars alongside such premiere talent as Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich (among others) in the action film Red, based on the comic series of the same name. We were able to sit down with Urban at Comic-Con to talk about his Five Favorite Films, as well as what it was like to work with Ernest Borgnine and Bruce Willis. Read on for the full interview!

Friday, Jul. 23 2010, 04:33 AM

Speaking to Jane Wiedlin on the phone, one might find it hard to believe the sweet and perky voice on the other end belonged to a sci-fi geek and punk rocker who got her start as early as 1978, when she and Belinda Carlisle first formed The Go-Go's. One might also be surprised to discover that, after some acting stints and a solo singing career, Wiedlin reunited with her former bandmates to tour, at age 42, once again with the Go-Go's. This month, the band kicked off their "Happily Ever After Farewell Tour," and Wiedlin released the first issue of a comic book, titled Lady Robotika, starring herself as an alien-abducted rocker who is turned into a cyborg and forced to perform music for the emperor. Sound intriguing? We thought so, and decided to chat with Wiedlin about her Five Favorite Films, as well as what it was like working on the comic. Read on for the full interview!

Friday, Jul. 23 2010, 04:31 AM

"I really wouldn't know a good movie if it bit me in the face -- up to a certain point," laughs Tim Burton, recalling his childhood movie watching experiences. We recently caught the filmmaker behind such iconic work as Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas as he unveiled his exhibition of art in Melbourne, Australia, where he revealed his all-time personal five favorite films. "These kinds of films, there was something that harkened back to when you read a weird kind of pulp or fairy or folk tale," he explains. "They've got kind of rough edges around them. There's something primal about them. A lot of these movies, for me, some of their flaws are actually their strengths. These are the kinds of films that if they're on, I'll watch them. Call it masochism, I don't know. They're a part of me."

Saturday, Jul. 17 2010, 02:47 PM

Floria Sigismondi may not be a familiar name to movie audiences, but there's a good chance you've encountered her work. Over a 20-odd-year career, the Italian-born photographer turned director has made music clips for artists including David Bowie, The Cure, Bjork and The White Stripes, priming her for her debut feature this year, 'The Runaways'. Written and directed by Sigismondi, the film charts the combustible short life of influential '70s all-girl band The Runaways, with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning rocking out of character in the lead roles of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. We spoke with the director recently and asked her to name her all-time five favorite films.

Friday, Jul. 09 2010, 03:47 PM

One of the most compelling women in the profession today, Tilda Swinton has stuffed a ton of excellent performances and movies in her filmography, including recently Broken Flowers, The Chronicles of Narnia movies, Burn After Reading, and Michael Clayton, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Her new film, I Am Love, an opulent romantic tragedy that has gone Certified Fresh. Swinton took a break from her schedule to stop by The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current to share five of her favorite movies. Check them out in the video below!

Friday, Jul. 02 2010, 04:32 AM

With a diverse filmography that includes films like "Atonement," "Wanted," and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe," James McAvoy has certainly kept busy over the past decade. Starring alongside Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer in the period flick "The Last Station," now available on home video, McAvoy has proven to be both adaptable and capable on the big screen. With a diverse and fresh list of films, check out James McAvoy's five favorite films!

Friday, Jun. 25 2010, 05:40 AM

With roles in this year's "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Get Him to The Greek," which have both been Certified Fresh, Jonah Hill has continued to find success on screen since his earlier roles in films like "Accepted" and "Superbad." With the recently Certified Fresh "Cyrus" and the upcoming animated flick "Megamind" expanding his filmography even more this year, Jonah Hill has continued pressing forward on his accelerated Hollywood career.

Friday, Jun. 18 2010, 05:10 PM

Happy Friday Harvest, a weekly round-up of the best pictures, posters, and videos that have become available for viewing/download on Rotten Tomatoes. Each section features the favorite or most interesting item we've added for the week, along with several other new highlights. Enjoy!

Wednesday, Jun. 16 2010, 03:58 AM

One of Pixar's core creative team, Lee Unkrich joined the studio as an editor in 1994 where he cut 'Toy Story' and 'A Bug's Life' before moving on to co-direct 'Toy Story 2', 'Monsters, Inc.' and 'Finding Nemo'... not a bad track record, to put it mildly. With this week's superb 'Toy Story 3', Unkrich has created what may be his best work for Pixar yet -- a rich, layered sequel that extends the characters and adventures from its beloved predecessors and yet manages to feel like an essential third chapter in a unified story. We caught up with the director ahead of the film's release and asked him to name his five favorite films, which proved to be an interesting -- and revealing -- list. "This is always such a tricky one," Unkrich says. "I'm trying to go with different filmmakers and not repeat anybody."

Friday, Jun. 11 2010, 11:56 AM

With roles in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," the recently Certified Fresh "Get Him to The Greek," and the upcoming "Despicable Me," Russell Brand has made his mark in recent big screen comedies. And well, it certainly doesn't hurt to be romantically linked to pop superstar Katy Perry, one of People's Most Beautiful for 2010. With both "Greek" and "Despicable" in theaters this Summer, Brand's brand (too easy?) of comedy will continue its raucous romp through your local cineplex this year. With a very diverse list of films and a Five Favorites first, Brand stopped by The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current to share five of his favorite movies.


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