Every Great Movie You Should Watch, According to Bill Hader
Films from Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, and Ridley Scott make the Emmy-winning star of Barry's list.
Bill Hader, fresh of his second Best Actor in a Comedy Emmy win for HBO's Barry, is a huge film nerd. Like, he's up there with Tarantino and Scorsese -- the latter of which made his list of essential movies all filmmakers and film fans need to see.
Hader (via Collider) joins the ranks of Spike Lee, Tarantino, and Scorsese among those filmmakers using their watchlists -- the movies that shaped theirs -- as curriculum for helping other filmmakers shape their own. For a filmmaker, there is arguably no better education that watching movies. Because filmmakers are film watchers. Learning about craft in action, watching screenplay structure unfold in real (read: movie) time, or the hard work of a DP and his crew pulling off a shot like the Cabana oner in Goodfellas, is a vital part of the process. Sure, it may seem unproductive -- sitting on your couch, watching movies. Or TV shows.
But, it's actually background processing. Your research involves studying and observing the craft of others so that you can build your own. As we watch X scene or Y sequence, we're likely watching films in the vein of our work -- hoping some sort of inspiration or clarity strikes. And as we do so, we're often constantly background processing -- turning the mind over and over on a dialogue scene you can't crack in your script, or trying to come up with a visually exciting way to shoot exposition. Film watching is an essential, must-have component of the filmmaking process. You never know when it may come in handy -- or how it might help you win your second Emmy.
Before Hader shared his list of influential films, he prefaced it with:
"These are movies that, after seeing them, inspired me to go make…something, anything! Since I don’t know how old you are, you should know there’s some titles that are incredibly adult (Clockwork Orange, Enter the Void, Chopper, Come and See, Blue Velvet come to mind) so beware. But enjoy and be open; that’s how I like to approach a movie. And turn off you phone and don’t check your email, it affects the experience."
Gotta love a guy who puts RoboCop AND Y Tu Mama Tambien on the same list. How many of these films have you seen? Moreover, how many of them have helped or inspired you? Let us know below in the comments.
And please, share your list of films all filmmakers should see to help them hone their craft.