Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with Jay Duplass

The other half of the indie team behind this week's The Do-Deca-Pentathalon on his all-time favorite movies.

by | July 2, 2012 | Comments

A couple of weeks back we heard from writer-director Mark Duplass on his five favorite sibling movies, so it seemed only fitting that we give his brother and co-collaborator Jay a chance to add his voice to the family discussion. Following the success of their mainstream-leaning Jeff, Who Lives at Home earlier this year, the brothers Duplass are back in theaters this week with a smaller-scale piece that recalls their mumblecore origins. The Do-Deca-Pentathalon — which was actually shot before the team went “Hollywood” with Cyrus — focuses on the rivalry between two brothers (notice a theme?) as they compete in a homemade version of the Olympics. Cannily timed for the 2012 event, in fact, and sure to appeal to all those fans of both overblown sports circuses and micro-budgeted indie films. To mark Pentathalon‘s release, then, here are Jay Duplass’s five favorite films. Take it away, sir.

American Movie (Mark Borchardt, 1999; 94% Tomatometer)



This is probably the most influential film on Mark’s and my work. Deeply passionate, hilarious and inspired filmmaker Mark Borchardt battles to finish his horror flick despite a lack money and common sense. What transpires is heartbreaking, hilarious and at the same time incredibly inspiring.

Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976; 91% Tomatometer)



Rocky one — it feels ridiculous to have to qualify Rocky with a “1,” but the subsequent sequels have smokescreened the truth that the original Rocky won the Oscar, is a monumental humanitarian story, and most importantly… Rocky does not win the final fight with Apollo. Some people literally don’t believe me when I tell them this. If you’ve forgotten this, please re-watch it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987; 90% Tomatometer)



I think everyone is now aware of this creative meteor, probably the most inspired piece of art I’ve ever witnessed. Think about it: The Coens created two main characters you desperately root for who have kidnapped a baby! Only the masters could pull this off, and make you laugh and cry intermittently throughout.

Dumb and Dumber (Peter and Bobby Farrelly, 1994; 63% Tomatometer)


I know, I know… indie cred is now out the window. But what can I say? Mark and I saw this film at Christmas 1994 in a movie theater, and I laughed so hard I sweat out 5 lbs of water weight and got rock hard abs in the process. We took a camping road trip to the mountains and almost froze to death because of it. I’ve seen it probably 20-plus times and it just makes me so happy every time.

The Horse Boy (Michel Orion Scott, 2009; 79% Tomatometer)



This is a tiny documentary that for me, is so much more than a movie. In short, it’s about an autistic boy who’s Texan parents take him on horseback to inner Mongolia in search of a Shamanic healing. It’s not the easiest film to watch, but in my opinion, a miracle happens on screen.

The Do-Deca-Pentathalon is in select theaters this week and is available through VOD.

Tag Cloud

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