Beth Cannon of genre-mashing pop experimentalists LibraLibra shares with us 5 of her favourite films, and her memories attached to them. Stick around to check out LibraLibra's new video for 'Tongues' at the bottom.

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The Shining (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

I may sound cliché but I don’t care, Kubrick is my hero. To be honest, this was hard because I think The Shining, Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey -  are all on par for me, for different reasons. But The Shining you can’t deny its greatness, the constant build of tension in this film that keeps you on tenterhooks is phenomenal, and when I watched it for the first time I was completely drawn in, just captivated by the exquisite attention to detail. Every single shot is stunning and from that moment I just wanted to see the world through the eyes of Kubrick. I also fancied Jack Nicholson so much after watching this… don’t know if that’s ok or not haha.


Zardoz (dir. John Boorman)

The trailer alone is fantastic, and when I saw it I dropped everything then and there to watch the film. Haha, it’s truly great in its madness. Sean Connery running around in the tightest red hot pants makes this film a winner, its goes on and on in its pure 70s sci-fi glory and by jove the plot the twist at the end. Just you wait.


The Royal Tenenbaums (dir. Wes Anderson)

Obviously everything Wes Anderson creates is magic, but this film was my everything at 14. It reeled me in and changed my whole perspective. I bought the soundtrack the next day, and it introduced me to the Velvet Underground and Elliot Smith. I had ‘Needle in the Hay’ on repeat for a whole year. The scene with Luke Wilson in the bathroom was so iconic to me. I just honestly feel that film got me through a lot of teenage angst.


Napoleon Dynamite (dir. Jared Hess)

My mum is from a small prairie town called Neepawa outside Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada and we used to go visit our family most school holidays. My Uncle Todd was always taking us to see films that hadn’t yet come out in the UK and this one holiday he was buzzing about this film “you guys have to see it, it’s just come out and everything about it screams Neepawa and was like how high school was for me and your mum!”

So we all went, and had the cinema entirely to ourselves. I have never cried with laughter so much, howling and screaming, because it was too much, so funny and it was so similar to life in a small town in the middle of nowhere. It was a really special moment watching that film, because sadly Uncle Todd passed a few years later and I will just always remember what absolute joy this film brought to him, seeing him laugh so much. Sorry to be so soppy! But in all honesty its comedy gold.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (dir. Michel Gondry)

Michel Gondry is one of my all-time favourite directors. He creates this world of beauty and nostalgia that sucks you right in. The concept of wanting to forget, erase the hurt, ahhhhh the script is impeccable! Obviously Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet just slay in this. I feel this film is the best romance film of all time. It tugs at my heart strings, I’ve watched it so many times and without fail always cry, that bit with Kate and Jim as children, fuck!!! I well up like a baby, (if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean).

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