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Favorites & Inspiration

To understand me and my inspiration, I’d like to share some of my favorites. As I’m sure it does with everyone at different points in their lives, my favorites do change, sometimes my top 17 (10 is just not enough) will change or 1 or 2 will be added.  But these are the films, directors, screenwriters and others in the industry I grew up on, that constantly inspire me, that I look to for motivation and guidance.


Top 17 Favorites

A Clockwork Orange
Taxi Driver
The Godfather I & II
Seven Samurai
Pulp Fiction
Do the Right Thing
Lawrence of Arabia
Annie Hall
Raging Bull
Apocalypse Now
Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
The Graduate


Other Contemporary Favorites

The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
The Grand Budapest Hotel
American Hustle
Frances Ha
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
Moonrise Kingdom
The Skin I Live In
Blue Valentine
The Social Network
Black Swan
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Where the Wild Things Are
Revolutionary Road
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
Vicki Cristina Barcelona
Burn After Reading
I’m Not There
The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
There Will Be Blood
Pan’s Labyrinth
Children of Men
The Lives of Others
The Incredibles
Good Night, and Good Luck
The Squid and the Whale
Sin City
The Aviator
A Very Long Engagement
City of God
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Hours
Kill Bill Vol. 1
The Royal Tenenbaums
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The Man Who Wasn’t There
Requiem for a Dream
Fight Club
Boogie Nights
Amores Perros
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Insider
Summer of Sam
Eyes Wide Shut
Dancer in the Dark
The Big Lebowski
Schindler’s List
Barton Fink
Raise the Red Lantern
Die Hard
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Goonies
This is Spinal Tap
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Empire Strikes Back


Other Classic Favorites

Sunset Boulevard
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Midnight Cowboy
Citizen Kane
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Sting
Bonnie & Clyde
Once Upon a Time in the West
Mean Streets
Day for Night
The Night Porter
Five Easy Pieces
Easy Rider
Rebel Without A Cause


Favorite Directors

Stanley Kubrick
Martin Scorsese
Frances Ford Coppola
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
Paul Thomas Anderson
Ang Lee
Wes Anderson
Woody Allen
Spike Lee
Akira Kurosawa
The Coen Brothers
Terry Gilliam
Todd Haynes
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Lars von Trier
Zhang Yimou
Anthony Minghella
Darren Aronofsky
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Christopher Nolan
David O’Russell
Wong Kar Wai


Favorite Screenwriters

Quentin Tarantino
Paul Thomas Anderson
Charlie Kaufman
David Mamet
Paul Schrader
Woody Allen
William Goldman
Guillermo Arriaga
Ronald Harwood
Wes Anderson
Noah Baumbach


Favorite Cinematographers

Robert Richardson
Roger Deakins
Robert Elswit
Janusz Kaminski
Rodrigo Prieto


Favorite Producers

Harvey Weinstein
Arnon Milchan
Scott Rudin
Ted Hope
Robert Evans
Richard D. Zanuck
Saul Zaentz
Sam Spiegel
James Schamus
Christine Vachon
Lawrence Bender
Brian Grazer
David Linde
Megan Ellison


Favorite Distributors

The Weinstein Company
Fox Searchlight
Sony Pictures Classics
Focus Features
IFC Films
Magnolia Pictures
Amazon Studios

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