THE BEGINNING

In honour of our cover star David Lynch, 9 artists share their favourite ever movies.

Getting-To-Know-You

James Holden
24 Hour Party People
“I’m not sure I believe in the concept of favourites, but a film I hold very dear is 24 Hour Party People, the Winterbottom/Coogan film about Tony Wilson and Factory Records. It seems that whenever the music industry drops some sort of drama on us Film4 decide to reshow it, and every time a different part of the film speaks personally to me and my particular problems. Tony Wilson was a wise man – his Manc zen has something to teach everyone – but the whole film shows something more: that no matter how terrible things get in all the shit surrounding music, the magic at the core of it still holds and what looks like failure or a mistake doesn’t matter in the bigger picture.”

Simon Tong of The Magnetic North
Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein was the first film I ever bought, aged 11. It cost £15 on VHS from HMV in Liverpool and I had to go for 3 weeks without school dinners to be able to afford it, but it was worth the starvation. Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks are at the very peak of their game, Marty Feldman gives his finest film performance along with the fabulous Terri Garr and Peter Boyle – Gene Hackman even makes a brief cameo. Beautifully shot in black and white on the set of the original 1930’s Hollywood Frankenstein film, it’s just the right side of ridiculous – something Mel Brookes has struggled to do since. It’s a spoof that is actually better than the original.”

Camille Bennet of Throwing Up
Labyrinth
“I cried during Labyrinth the other day – that’s got to be a strong contender for my favourite film. It’s definitely been amongst my favourites for the longest. I remember one of the reasons I liked [bandmate] Clare when we first met was that she told me I looked like Sarah, Jennifer Connelly’s character. There’s lots of surreal beautiful imagery. I think I even based my final project at art school on the masked ball scene. David Bowie has the tightest trousers, the songs are great and it was directed by the genius Jim Henson, plus “prince of the land of stench” is a great phrase that I need to start using more often.”

Washed Out
Dazed And Confused
“My favourite movie of all time is probably Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, and I really love how its appeal has changed over the years as I’ve gotten older. I saw the film for the first time when I was probably 14 or 15 years old, right around the time I was starting high school and it was totally THE fantasy of how I imagined high school-life to be ­– mainly a lot of parties, girls and drugs. As I’ve gotten older I see it more how I imagine Linklater viewing the project – glorifying the feeling of being young and how simple life is at that age. Also, the ’70s wardrobe and soundtrack are both amazing.”

Stephen McRobbie of The Pastels
Masculin Féminin
“What do you want to know about Masculin Féminin?  It looks and sounds incredible; it’s Godard; it’s Paris. 1966. You want to be there. At its core are two compelling protagonists, Paul (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Madeleine (Chantal Goya), a somewhat mis-matched couple endeavouring to play out their own total film; she a ye-ye popstar girl and hipster, he a serious-minded music fan (Bach) and anti-American Communist.  Ideas and images flow fast and suddenly in this new kind of cinema, which Godard made in a dizzying run of 13 films in eight years. Maybe you could say that for him it’s a smaller work, but it’s a smaller work with everything. Godard then, and Godard forever.”

Baths
Primer
Primer is the only movie I’ve seen that I chose to watch again immediately after my first viewing. I was obsessed. I kept wanting to take it apart further and further – I ended up seeing it around 8 times or something. Shane Carruth directed, starred, wrote, and scored the entire film on his own – such an inspiring thing to hear. That fact had a profound effect on my workflow. I’m so excited to see his new film, Upstream Color, just haven’t found the time yet!”

Lois of PINS
If…
If… is a film about revolution and youthful rebellion. A British Film directed by Lindsay Anderson, set in a 1960s boarding school for boys. I’d describe it as Dead Poets Society on a date with A Clockwork Orange. It’s one you can watch over and over and see something new every time. The black and white scenes remain a mystery – was it conceptual, a lighting issue from the church’s large windows, or simply that the production was low on funding? Who cares, it’s great. Favourite scene: Mick (Malcolm McDowell) romances The Girl (Christine Noonan) in the café. The two circle each other like tigers, clawing away in playful lust.”

Charlie Hilton of Blouse
Cinema Paradiso
“My favourite movie is Cinema Paradiso because it’s full of cute Italians and kissing and extreme doses of melancholy. When I watch it, I feel like I’m in an attic reading an old book with a gold emblem on it, like the kid in The NeverEnding Story (my childhood favourite, by the way). I love how self-reflexive it is, that it’s a film about film. I like that it feels like an old classic, even though it was made 1988. I love the character Alfredo – I wish I had an Alfredo. To me, his friendship with Salvatore seems like the true love story in the film. The only thing I don’t like about Cinema Paradiso is the extended cut. I’ll just pretend it never happened.”


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