Being a film enthusiast, over recent years I've watched hundreds of incredible films (thousands and thousands in a lifetime!), religiously curating them, searching for screen gems I'd yet to discover, to watch each evening depending on how I felt that very moment.

Forever have I looked to cinema for comfort or inspiration and visual references or nostalgia or adventure or enthrallment or escape or knowledge or heartache or a rad soundtrack or another universe or life to perceive or fulfilment or so many many things.

Being that there are hundreds of favourites, the narrowing down of them to five is quite tricky indeed, especially the more I contemplate it!

That said, the five below are among my most favourites and I am most certainly omitting a significant amount of amazing films that meant a lot to me as an artist and person.

If you haven't seen them, you simply must!

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Nashville (dir. Robert Altman)

A film that truly warms my heart and that I'll watch over and over again! Altman was a great filmmaker (of course) who made many strides within his craft, especially in the realm of sound and this is a good example. It's such a beautiful nostalgic example of America, both in its plot and its documentary feeling, and its overall presence in that place and era. It's such a charming movie with relatable life complexities.

8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini)

In a voluptuous jubilee of whimsical fantasy, nostalgic sorrow comes Fellini's extravagant classic of cinema 8/12 - in my opinion, the director's best film. The entourage of impeccable women (and their outfits my god!) and electric characters could make this film alone, aside from striking visions and visuals and the black and white rabbit hole adventure the Italian director takes the viewer on. Oh and Marcello Mastroianni is such a fox, yowza!

Mulholland Drive / Twin Peaks the Original Series (dir. David Lynch)

Lynch is a favorite of mine (my favourite director) and his aesthetic, usage of colour, incorporative darkness and surrealism feel closer to my own reality than do many representations. His casting is ever impeccable and his plot twists ever intriguing and often a step into a different dimension. These particular works of his I find are among his greatest, glamorous, tragic, beautiful and heart-racingly frightening and suspenseful. Lynch always remains a consistent source of inspiration for my work.

Meshes of the Afternoon (dir. Maya Deren)

An early (originally 1943 I believe!) impressionable short by Maya Deren, one doesn't forget after watching, it is one of the boldest, darkest and graphic avant-garde experiences I've seen packed into a short film. It's an excellent example of early female filmmaking, an abundance of creativity within its minor budget and minimal production/setting but so spooky, surrealistic, complex in psychology and stylishly noir in aesthetic, it evokes almost exactly the feeling of a dream, or perhaps a nightmare.

The shorts and not-so-shorts of Jennifer Reeves and Stan Brakhage

While they're individual artists from different generations I've grouped them together due to a similar visual genre of experimental film. The works are so tremendously graphic and well composed, utilising stupendously innovative methods of film/negative, cinematography and editing, scrumptious in their analogue feel and vibrantly resonating with colour and shape, the films are aesthetically my ideal. Their nonlinear narrative also emphasises the highly emotive, poetic, complex and human stories that are conveyed.

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