I was asked what my favorite movie was a while ago. I gave an answer and it was met with some unfavorable jeering and jarring. That exchange has stuck with me since, and I want to make a distinction that I've been thinking a lot about lately, not for any reason than to see what the thoughts look like on a page. Wonder if you'd agree.
"What's your favorite movie?" is a loaded question to someone who is in the movie business. It's not the same as asking someone what's your favorite flavor of Jolly Rancher, yet it often comes across like that. It's loaded because there are so many different film aspects that make up a movie that are interesting to the filmmaker, not to mention the dense nostalgia associated with any such film - so asking that question requires an answer so long and colluded it might make someone's head spin.
Probably the deeper point to this is my (or your) identity isn't wrapped in my job, and my worth as a filmmaker isn't measured by the amount of drool on the ground when I watch a Roger Deakins film. There's a difference between the quality of a movie, and how that movie makes you feel. Sometimes those combine to make something truly extraordinary, and sometimes you just need to see a transformer skate down a highway and bust through an overpass. Anyways, here goes:
My top 5 favorite movies in no particular order: Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Warrior, Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
Notable mentions: Fury, 12 Years A Slave, TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze, Predator, Aliens, Interstellar, Forrest Gump, Spiderman: Homecoming, Prisoners, Her, The Fifth Element, Last Action Hero.