Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films With Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich

The man at the helm of Pixar's latest reveals some curious personal picks

by | June 16, 2010 | Comments


One of Pixar’s core creative team, Lee Unkrich joined the studio as an editor in 1994, where he cut Toy Story and A Bug’s Life before moving on to co-direct Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo… not a bad track record, to put it mildly. With this week’s superb Toy Story 3, Unkrich has created what may be his best work for Pixar yet — a rich, layered sequel that extends the characters and adventures from its beloved predecessors and yet manages to feel like an essential third chapter in a unified story. We caught up with the director ahead of the film’s release and asked him to name his five favorite films, which proved to be an interesting — and revealing — list. “This is always such a tricky one,” Unkrich says.”I’m trying to go with different filmmakers and not repeat anybody.”

The Shining (1980,
87% Tomatometer)

The Shining
My favorite film is The Shining, mostly because it was the film that inspired me to become a filmmaker myself.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002,
79% Tomatometer)

Punch-Drunk Love
Really, that just kind of encapsulates all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films for me. I’m inspired by the kinetic energy of his films, and the richness of the characters and the performances especially.

Blue Velvet (1986,
91% Tomatometer)

Blue Velvet
It wasn’t the first film to show a kind of alternate vision of suburbia, but it left an indelible impression, I think, on everybody, and all films like that will forever be measured against Blue Velvet.

An Angel at My Table (1991,
92% Tomatometer)

An Angel at My Table
Here’s an odd one — An Angel at My Table, by Jane Campion. It’s an odd choice and I can’t quite tell you why. I’ve always found that film very affecting. Kerry Fox’s performance is great and it’s such a particular study of such a particular character done in a very stylish way. It’s just always stayed with me.

Raising Arizona (1987,
90% Tomatometer)

Raising Arizona
I need one more, huh? How about a good comedy? Raising Arizona. Remains the funniest movie I’ve ever seen in my life. There you go!

Click here for our extended interview with Lee, in which he discusses the pressure of creating the sequel.

Tag Cloud

Lionsgate Comedy Central Sundance Awards Calendar crime thriller diversity Showtime Interview History Cosplay Musicals 2015 vampires Rock El Rey Sneak Peek American Society of Cinematographers Animation Action DC Comics DirecTV HBO OWN Syfy Cartoon Network E! FXX Comic Book Valentine's Day Logo VICE Election Sci-Fi Marvel Netflix biography Writers Guild of America Year in Review CMT Tomatazos Crackle 2017 CBS All Access Fall TV Nickelodeon Spring TV Starz ESPN USA Disney Channel Country Freeform Super Bowl MTV cinemax Box Office Premiere Dates harry potter TruTV Video Games TNT thriller technology adventure period drama Set visit Mystery CBS Exclusive Video Drama Hulu Superheroes VH1 Nominations ITV Star Wars politics Marathons Esquire Schedule Winter TV crime drama 2016 Reality Competition Thanksgiving Trivia PaleyFest GoT Red Carpet Photos Biopics sitcom Comedy Lifetime dramedy science fiction Nat Geo X-Men discovery GIFs NYCC cooking Watching Series SundanceTV President boxoffice social media Horror Amazon TCM Bravo Tumblr NBC Pop Martial Arts Masterpiece Polls and Games singing competition Disney TBS docudrama Music serial killer Fantasy cops TV Fox News Trailer CNN Extras aliens APB BET Winners Podcast IFC Certified Fresh Toys Rom-Com Pirates ABC Family Summer SDCC TCA sports AMC Holidays TIFF Oscars Best and Worst Infographic WGN 007 BBC Ghostbusters BBC America FX Teen LGBTQ travel Character Guide Mary Tyler Moore TV Land Reality FOX Kids & Family TCA 2017 A&E Opinion The CW Universal Grammys 24 frames Adult Swim police drama RT History war Countdown Food Network Star Trek Rocky ABC First Look GLAAD comiccon MSNBC PBS Emmys