Five Favorite Films

Corey Stoll's Five Favorite Films

by | October 15, 2014 | Comments


Though he’s been acting in film and television for a decade, Corey Stoll‘s most recognizable roles have come all in a flurry over the past few years. Fans of the short-lived Law & Order: LA knew him as Detective TJ Jaruszalski, but more recently, Stoll impressed as Pennsylvania congressman Peter Russo in Netflix’s acclaimed political drama House of Cards, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. If you missed both of those shows, you may have caught him on FX’s recent hit The Strain, in HBO’s Emmy-winning original film The Normal Heart, or in a brief appearance on the season four premiere of Showtime’s Homeland.

But Stoll’s talent isn’t limited to the small screen; his feature film appearances include the Angelina Jolie actioner Salt, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and the Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, among others. Currently, he stars alongside Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie, a based-on-true-events film about a woman who helps four Sudanese refugees adjust to life after they win an opportunity to relocate to the US. Stoll took some time out of his schedule to give us his Five Favorite Films:

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964; 100% Tomatometer)

No movie is funnier or more scary. Kubrick somehow ramps up both the very real stakes and the increasingly weird humor throughout the movie. Most of the praise usually lands on Peter Sellers’s multiple performances, but don’t sleep on George c. Scott. The man who played the ultimate military authority in Patton plays the ultimate military buffoon. Fun fact: this movie has the longest title in film history.

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989; 96% Tomatometer)

This was the first movie where I was aware of what a director did. There’s a scene near the climax where the camera zooms in and rotates 45 degrees into an extreme Dutch angle close-up on Giancarlo Esposito’s face. “Someone made that decision!” I thought. I also love the fact that it was our last president and irst lady’s first date.

Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins, 1995; 95% Tomatometer)

Sean Penn’s performance is brutally raw. He starts off so cocky and impenetrable and hateful. Slowly he strips away his armor until he’s left with nothing but love. Some actors can give a perfectly calibrated performance and some can strip themselves bare — Penn does both.

Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990; 96% Tomatometer)

Kinetic, profane, and operatic. This movie has the most simply badass shot in motion picture history: Robert De Niro sitting at a bar sucking down a cigarette as the camera slowly pushes in with “Sunshine of Your Love” on the soundtrack.

Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977; 98% Tomatometer)

I find a lot of comedy from this period to be dated, but I never feel that way about Annie Hall. Somehow even references to psychoanalysis and Marshall McLuhan feel vital. And you’ve got to love Paul Simon as the most unlikely lothario in film history.

The Good Lie is currently in theaters.

Tag Cloud

breaking bad doctor who Disney Channel IFC Films Mary Tyler Moore Sundance science fiction Extras USA Network TCA HBO Go Amazon Prime First Look teaser 2015 book PaleyFest politics Disney+ Disney Plus children's TV Adult Swim Emmys dc theme song YouTube Red Mudbound television Sneak Peek Holidays Martial Arts GIFs technology SXSW Britbox El Rey Cosplay Shudder TV sag awards Comics on TV kids video on demand universal monsters free movies National Geographic Fall TV Turner Classic Movies Black Mirror Showtime AMC sports name the review Reality Competition Music WGN Stephen King based on movie serial killer Holiday SundanceTV Television Academy The Purge Marvel Studios BBC One Arrowverse police drama Cartoon Network The Walking Dead Toys comic foreign CBS versus spider-man cancelled TV shows richard e. Grant HBO canceled TV shows Disney streaming service Apple TV Plus romance BBC America Discovery Channel Character Guide First Reviews Election biography south america thriller reboot disaster Mary poppins anime Rocketman TCA Winter 2020 USA cinemax tv talk OWN 21st Century Fox NYCC Opinion Freeform streaming Spike Film Festival Crunchyroll werewolf vampires festivals Comedy Masterpiece natural history Peacock Watching Series Paramount 4/20 historical drama Disney Plus YouTube Premium nature Comedy Central Nickelodeon strong female leads Awards blockbuster aliens Grammys Syfy indie Box Office criterion Family binge TruTV History game show Binge Guide Animation chucky Tumblr cops TV Land harry potter cancelled TV series best a nightmare on elm street Red Carpet Creative Arts Emmys psycho singing competition 2019 PlayStation hist BBC films comiccon indiana jones Lifetime Christmas movies Lucasfilm Rock E3 Lifetime concert NBC mockumentary The CW series Tomatazos BET Awards Bravo child's play casting 2020 20th Century Fox Infographic transformers 007 Ghostbusters Winners Disney scary movies Classic Film RT History renewed TV shows halloween Chernobyl dogs Epix travel true crime critics jamie lee curtis BAFTA Starz Photos crime thriller diversity adaptation Rocky Valentine's Day MTV Walt Disney Pictures Musical OneApp satire Vudu A24 Esquire asian-american Trivia Fox News Superheroe quibi screenings boxoffice Academy Awards American Society of Cinematographers sequel batman X-Men Superheroes Schedule cancelled television sitcom latino Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Fantasy MSNBC cats stoner Horror San Diego Comic-Con Year in Review Amazon Prime Video Rom-Com PBS TNT revenge medical drama ITV Premiere Dates Acorn TV green book YouTube mutant independent Paramount Network DC streaming service Best and Worst Travel Channel christmas movies Hallmark Drama Marvel Television Columbia Pictures Turner Ellie Kemper Mystery DC Universe crossover Spring TV CW Seed Mary Poppins Returns Nat Geo FX Nominations Pirates Women's History Month facebook Hear Us Out Comic Book 2017 ghosts DC Comics war Brie Larson Elton John Polls and Games TCM 2018 Mindy Kaling Calendar Sundance Now See It Skip It Thanksgiving TLC Netflix parents HBO Max adventure YA Black History Month spy thriller TBS Amazon Awards Tour 2016 Lionsgate CMT Logo stand-up comedy Endgame Kids & Family twilight Western period drama Sony Pictures spain witnail Set visit APB Hallmark Christmas movies comics WarnerMedia spinoff Netflix Christmas movies Amazon Studios SDCC Captain marvel Tubi anthology Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ABC Family elevated horror The Witch Food Network Film Warner Bros. game of thrones Dark Horse Comics Trailer Cannes Certified Fresh Writers Guild of America Star Trek finale discovery Biopics dceu what to watch documentary CBS All Access 71st Emmy Awards FX on Hulu FXX VH1 supernatural VOD New York Comic Con directors TCA 2017 movie screen actors guild GoT Action slashers robots crime LGBTQ Sundance TV dramedy political drama 45 Heroines Song of Ice and Fire space cartoon zero dark thirty Marvel Winter TV cancelled psychological thriller justice league documentaries Apple TV+ composers President Apple joker Podcast dark Pixar Crackle MCU all-time hispanic Trophy Talk A&E talk show cults ratings Ovation franchise miniseries 24 frames toy story canceled Star Wars crime drama movies Pop Pop TV Tarantino Hulu Spectrum Originals BET golden globes LGBT unscripted Countdown Pet Sematary social media Teen Shondaland Emmy Nominations Quiz ABC TV renewals TIFF animated The Arrangement romantic comedy Marathons Funimation VICE spanish language Country video Anna Paquin ESPN zombies Video Games die hard IFC blaxploitation E! mission: impossible Baby Yoda Christmas Pride Month GLAAD Universal cooking RT21 CNN Interview DirecTV DGA dragons cars news docudrama Super Bowl Summer FOX Oscars Reality zombie comedies reviews Avengers Sci-Fi award winner rotten movies we love Musicals