Five Favorite Films

Jeremy Renner's Five Favorite Films

by | October 7, 2014 | Comments


Jeremy Renner stars in the new drama thriller Kill the Messenger as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, a different type of hero than, say, his Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers. Between spoonfuls of onion soup on an interview-heavy day, Mr. Renner took a few minutes to share with us his five favorite films. Here’s hoping the soup was almost as hot as these films; take a look:

The Jungle Book (1967) 87%

I love the music and the archetypes represented in the movie stick with me. Strong character. The characters just stand out as some of the best, and I love, love, love the music. There’s really good bad guys, really good good guys. I love it. Love it, love it. And it’s a cartoon so it’s one of those things that stuck with me as a kid and still watch it to this day.

Do you remember what it felt like to watch it for the first time?

I’d say Christmas, to me. The memory of, you know, dancing around with my dad, goofing around, he was pretending to be Baloo and I was pretending to be Mowgli. Then we’d switch roles and I’d be Kaa and he’d be, you know, Shere Khan. And it was awesome, man. It’s really, really cinematic and a big part of my childhood and now my big adult childhood.

Anything that brings back good memories of childhood is always a good choice.

Yeah, I’m teaching my daughter to learn how to play “The Bare Necessities” on the piano. Love it! And the themes, of course, are all great as they are in all those movies, and all the songs.

Braveheart (1995) 77%

Braveheart was another one that sort of encapsulates a lot of themes, and it’s very cinematic, it’s beautiful. I love the simplicity of that world, I’m a cowboy at heart. And I just love the idea of sort of, like, meat and hands and dirt and filth. I think the action was tremendous and violent and brutal. I thought the love story was delicate and romantic and beautiful and deeply felt. I love the sort of underdog themes: every man in his circumstance, these are things that sort of run deep in my body. The performances were great. I feel like if I was born in another era, it would be in that time or it’s a time I would like to be in. Really, really fantastic.

A Clockwork Orange (1971) 90%

A Clockwork Orange I’ve seen about 35 times. I remember first seeing that and I certainly didn’t get half the movie, but when I was young, I just thought it was just kind of weird and strange and I really appreciated it as I got a little older and saw it more often and more often. Then it became this sort of like a party background movie, something that just became part of my life. I certainly appreciated the language. Not profanity or anything but its own language, and the visual of it, I really appreciated the visual, because the visual is such a storytelling part of it and the language was so bizarre in its own kind of language. I really appreciate the work that goes into that.

This is more like a highbrow sort of snobby film pick, but a sick demented sense of humor is kind in that movie as well. Ultimately it’s the visual storytelling and the language that I thought was so tremendous. It’s an absolute acid-trip fantasy weird thing. I never did drugs growing up because I watched Clockwork Orange enough so I didn’t have to do drugs. There’s a lot of shock value to it, but I really appreciated it for that. It was really kind of interesting for me and it all was put together in a very smart way, I believe. It’s not just sensationalism or anything like that because that kind of s— bothers me. But anyway, there’s a lot of things in that movie that I really like and appreciated.
it really well in that film.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 90%

Simple storytelling at its best, character driven, beautiful and cinematic. The ending of that movie, if you’re not feeling good and your heart’s not twisted up and then melted back together then, I mean, I dunno, you don’t have a heartbeat. It’s one of the best feelings walking away from a piece of cinema. It’s all chalked up to really great characters. A really simple story, really. And that’s why I really enjoy it. It’s a beautifully… it’s a masterpiece. It’s a masterpiece of filmmaking in its simplicity. Its characters are lovely and tormented and flawed and beautiful and heroic. And I, again, love the themes of it.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 98%

I remember going in, this was back when they had VHS, and you go to the movie rental place, and that was probably the last time I saw it, and ET was playing on the TV. I had to finish it there. ET came out and it would stay in the theater for, like nine months. Remember those days, you pay like two dollars, God I’m dating myself, but pay two bucks for an afternoon movie, and go see ET, and it would be there for, like, nine months. I saw it, probably 10, 15 times in the theater. Let alone the rentals afterwards. It’s just one of those things that encapsulates a time period in my childhood, when I had a lot of freedom on my bike and was allowed to go to the theater. It certainly is a throwback to a really good time in my life. Being a young man, coming of age. And, come on, it’s a classic Spielberg movie. It’s beautiful and the music, it’s great. Fantastic.

It’s one of those where you go back and re-watch it to see if you like it the same way you did when you were a kid. That’s one where you always do.

Yeah I’d be curious to watch that again. Obviously the effects are really going to kind of be, whatever, weird.

I love the old school effects. And it was a much darker tone than I remembered. ET is so cute and cuddley now, but when you go back and watch the movie, it just looks darker than I’d remembered it.

Yeah it’s pretty dark. The themes of it are dark.

Tag Cloud

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