Bands reveal their favourite films ever


1Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees

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Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees - Tarke The Otter "It’s a film about the lift story of an otter. It’s beautiful. If it’s just one otter playing the part, it is the James Dean of otters. There’s a heron and there’s a love interest, White- Tip. It’s multicultural because there’s an owl family. It’s an animal melting pot, by the side of a river."

2Jonathan Pierce, The Drums

Jonathan Pierce, The Drums
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Jonathan Pierce, The Drums Tree Of Life "I have two different answers. For all time, it’s a tie between Opening Night by John Cassavetes and Elephant by Gus Van Sant. But currently, my favourite movie is Tree Of Life. They’re all kind of the same thing- very poetic, very linear and very natural, with a lot of non-actors in them."

3Jesse Hughes, Eagles Of Death Metal

Jesse Hughes, Eagles Of Death Metal
Jesse Hughes, Eagles Of Death Metal The Quiet Man "I love that romance. I love that fact that Maureen O’Hara actually broke her wrist when she slapped John Wayne in the face."

4Anna Calvi

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Anna Calvi My Own Private Idaho "Gus Van Sant is one of my favourite directors of all time, and My Own Private Idaho has this genuine sense of humour. I also think if River Phoenix is really incredible in it."

5Mark Hoppus, Blink-182

Mark Hoppus, Blink-182 The Empire Strikes Back. "This is the darkest of the Star Wars franchises, it’s the best of the films, it has the best vehicles, the best planets, the best characters."

6Wolf Gang

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Wolf Gang Amadeus "It’s a brilliant film about Mozart. If you don’t really know much about classical music, you hear the songs but you don’t think about the people behind them. This film turned that concept on its head, and turned him into this licentious part animal. The actor’s got this amazing high-pitched laugh that’s so funny."

7Rachel Zeffira, Cat’s Eyes

Rachel Zeffira, Cat’s Eyes
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Rachel Zeffira, Cat’s Eyes The Godfather Part 2 "I change this all the time. The film I feel comfortable saying because I’ve seen it so many times is The Godfather, particularly the second part. I like everything about it, especially the soundtrack. The composer is one of my heroes and the acting is great."

8Nathan Williams, Wavves

Nathan Williams, Wavves
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Nathan Williams, Wavves Space Jam "It's that or Looney Tunes: Back In Action. It’s a tough call. I’m looking at the DVDs on our bus. Osmosis Jones, that’s got a really funny joke on the front - ‘he’s one cell of a guy’. And then there’s Funky Monkey, which is apparently about a monkey that’s funky."

9Toddla T

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Toddla T Boyz N The Hood "I used to watch it all the time as a kid. It led to my obsession with hip-hop as a teenager. I probably watched it like once a week for two years. I watched it again the other day. Even though it’s super cheesy, it’s still really well done and well shot."

10Alex Trimble, Two Door Cinema Club

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Alex Trimble, Two Door Cinema Club Pulp Fiction "It’s one of those films I can watch over and over again and never get tired of it. Every time I watch it I notice something different that I hadn’t seen the last time. Amazing cast, amazing script, amazing director - and it’s very rare to get a film that encompasses all of that."

11Cee-Lo Green

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Cee-Lo Green Snatch "I like a good Brit gangster flick, so I like all of Guy Ritchie’s stuff. I like American gangster movies too, but for me, as an American, I feel like the British ones have an added quality to them. Because the culture is unfamiliar you get away from a lot of the clichés. They’re more gritty, less stylised."

12Lee Newell, Viva Brother

Lee Newell, Viva Brother
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Lee Newell, Viva Brother Full Metal Jacket "It’s a toss up between Requiem For A Dream or Full Metal Jacket. I love my war films, so I’d say the latter ‘cos it’s like two films in one! I’ve certainly felt like Private Pyle in my life. Especially in the media eye."


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Slash Trilogy Of Terror "I’ve been doing a lot of horror stuff because I recently started a horror production company. My favourite is a movie that came out on TV called Trilogy of Terror. Karen Black was in it. That was some serious shit. That and The Omen."

14Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp

Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp
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Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp It's A Wonderful Life "My dad is a big film buff, and he really got my sister and I into films. I go to the cinema at least once a week, but watching the movies my dad introduced me to is like coming home. We try and watch this every Christmas and we always cry our eyes out. We even call our dog Zsu Zsu after the little girl in it."

15Daniel Blumberg, Yuck

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Daniel Blumberg, Yuck Tarkovsky's Stalker "It's by far my favourite film and so different to anything I’ve seen before. It feels like an artform in itself. I think I could just watch that movie and no other for the rest of my life and not feel as though I’d missed anything. It’s basically three men walking around a field. That’s all it is, yet it’s utterly mind- blowing."

16Harry McVeigh, White Lies

Harry McVeigh, White Lies
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Harry McVeigh, White Lies Blade Runner "I like everything Harrison Ford does. It’s one of the few films you watch and you think that could be what the future is like. I’ve probably watched it well over 100 times."

17Alisa Xayalith, The Naked And Famous

Alisa Xayalith, The Naked And Famous
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Alisa Xayalith, The Naked And Famous Wild At Heart "Out of all of David Lynch’s films this one is my favourite, along with Blue Velvet. I especially love his use of songs by Elvis. The closing scene of the film is so romantic and always makes me go weak at the knees."

18Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit "I don’t know what it is about it, but I just love Whoopi Goldberg. She’s amazing - every role that she does, she’s so underestimated and underrated. When she’s given a script she always goes through as a black woman and asks for things to be changed if they’re not accurate to life. And I love the idea of nuns running around and going wild."

19Frank Turner

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Frank Turner Big Fish "I like Tim Burton, but this is one of his that gets me every time. It’s a movie about the relationship between fathers and sons and about storytelling, and those are two things that I have particular interest in. It makes me cry like a little girl every time I see it. It has three denouements in it - after every one I’ve got tears on my face."

20Frankie Francis, Frankie & The Heartstrings

Frankie Francis, Frankie & The Heartstrings
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Frankie Francis, Frankie & The Heartstrings Saturday Night And Sunday Morning "It’s got Albert Finney in and it’s about living for the weekend and having that kind of hedonism, but not really because it’s a small town and they go to the same haunts every time. There’s an unusual gritty realism about it too. It’s about fighting, shagging and drinking."

21John Lydon

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John Lydon The Lion In Winter "I think Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole are amazing at that. They’re so swiney! And that corruption of it all!"

22Charlie Fink, Noah And The Whale

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Charlie Fink, Noah And The Whale Breaking Away "It’s the best coming-of-age film ever made. It’s the story of these four guys who drop out of school and decide not to go to college, and it follows what they do that summer as they try to figure out what to do with their lives."

23Jenny Lee Lindberg, Warpaint

Jenny Lee Lindberg, Warpaint
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Jenny Lee Lindberg, Warpaint Harold & Maude ‘It's a platonic love story about an old woman and a 17-year-old who go to funerals even though they don’t know the deceased. It’s just fucking awesome."

24Blaine Harrison, Mystery Jets

Blaine Harrison, Mystery Jets
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Blaine Harrison, Mystery Jets The Qatsi Trilogy "They’re directed by Godfrey Reggio, with a soundtrack by Phillip Glass, and they’re just three-hour-long never-ending loops of psychedelic imagery. I remember I was pranging out after a gig once and I couldn’t sleep, so I watched six hours of it back to back."

25Tom Cohen, S.C.U.M.

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Tom Cohen, S.C.U.M. Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders "It’s from a book by Czech surrealist Vitazslav Nezval, and was made into a film that came out in 1970. It’s about a young girl who’s just got her first period, and all the things surrounding that. Her father’s a vampire and she’s in love with her brother. It’s very incestuous."