Five Favorite Films

Robert Pattinson's Five Favorite Films

by | August 10, 2017 | Comments

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Make all the sparkly vampire jokes you want, but Robert Pattinson has accomplished quite a bit to prove he’s more than just a YA heartthrob. He’s worked with David Cronenberg, Anton Corbijn, and David Michôd, among others, racking up an eclectic variety of roles in the process. Recently, he’s appeared in critically acclaimed titles like The Childhood of a Leader and The Lost City of Z.

This week, Pattinson adds another impressive feature to his resume in Good Time, a Certified Fresh drama from Ben and Josh Safdie about a New York City criminal who spends an increasingly dangerous night attempting to free his younger brother from jail. Pattinson spoke to RT about his Five Favorite Films, initially focusing on characters on the run until we opened it up a bit more, but we also reflected back on the last time we interviewed him, just prior to the release of the first Twilight movie back in 2008.

Deep Breath (Le Souffle) (2001) 67%

There’s this movie called Le Souffle. It was called Deep Breath. It’s a f—ing amazing movie. It’s about a teenage boy who is kind of expelled from school, and he has to live with his uncle, I think, in the French countryside. I remember watching it when I was maybe 18 or 19, and I just loved the performances in it so much, and I think it’s kind of like a kid who’s on the run from himself in a way. I think it’s kind of quite related to Good Time as well. It’s just incredibly, beautifully shot. Yeah, that’s one of them.

Arizona Dream (1993) 87%

Did you ever see Arizona Dream? Johnny Depp and Vincent Gallo? I love that movie. Johnny Depp’s character is technically on some kind of run. It’s just very funny, and I love Vincent Gallo in it so much. It was also another early influence. I love Gallo’s performance when he’s talking about how all the greatest actors have New York accents, and he’s demonstrating to Johnny Depp’s character how to order drinks as a true New Yorker. It’s funny.

Julia (2009) 73%

Julia, the Tilda Swinton movie. Also, I think [the director’s] name is Erick Zonca. I think that’s one of the great performances, and it’s kind of criminally underseen. Is underseen even a word?

De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005) 85%

What was the other one? The Beat That My Heart Skipped, the Jacques Audiard movie. I remember watching that at 20 or 21 or something. Actually, no, I must’ve been younger because I watched that the first time I came to New York, and Romain Duris in that — watching his performance was kind of… Like, “That is a performance which I would love to get anywhere close to.”

Headhunters (2012) 93%

Did you ever see this movie Headhunters? It’s an insane chase movie that goes very, very, very dark. I just love one of the central driving forces behind the main character is just that he thinks he’s too short. [laughs] I love it when a story, when you really break down someone’s essence, and that is their fatal flaw. It’s just so simple.


RT: Just for the fun of it, I want to tell you what you picked last time. In 2008, you picked One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Exorcist, the Godard film Prénom Carmen, Corky Romano, and then you picked Ivans XTC, the Danny Huston film.

Robert Pattinson: I mean, to be honest, that’s probably still pretty close to what my five favorite films would be. I was just watching Corky Romano again. [laughs]

RT: And actually, when you talked about Godard last time, you also mentioned Arizona Dream, and you specifically talked about ordering drinks the way Vincent Gallo does as well. It’s clearly something that stuck with you.

Pattinson: [laughs] That’s how little I’ve developed in 10 years. I’m exactly the same.


Good Time opens in limited release this Friday, August 11.

Tag Cloud

2016 war Disney Horror Fall TV Syfy Dark Horse Comics Rock DC Comics technology Showtime diversity President serial killer Music Extras cops binge PaleyFest Masterpiece talk show discovery Comedy Central Infographic WGN X-Men cooking Crackle Esquire Musicals crime Nominations Winter TV Biopics Food Network USA Superheroes Fox News Winners TV Land YA Lionsgate Opinion Spring TV period drama Red Carpet Sundance singing competition ITV Year in Review Polls and Games ABC Family The CW Star Trek Holidays Action BBC America 2017 cinemax El Rey Nickelodeon dramedy Grammys Warner Bros. Sneak Peek OWN romance TCM Awards Trailer APB 2015 CMT MTV FOX Tomatazos TBS Election travel DC Universe Comic Book boxoffice Comedy NBC vampires E! Pirates Star Wars Thanksgiving A&E psycho Ghostbusters Cosplay Nat Geo LGBTQ CBS supernatural Marvel Musical Martial Arts Bravo TIFF Marathons DirecTV First Look TruTV GIFs Countdown Amazon Trivia ABC social media Reality TCA TLC Adult Swim Photos Video Games Sci-Fi BET HBO Kids & Family CNN FXX composers police drama Fantasy Summer Mystery SundanceTV Watching Series crime thriller TV zombie historical drama History MSNBC Animation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Rocky crime drama adventure Cartoon Network Super Bowl RT History 24 frames cats Tumblr Logo Hulu Ellie Kemper based on movie Set visit Oscars Box Office Netflix Starz IFC Lifetime Mindy Kaling GoT thriller VH1 NYCC Reality Competition GLAAD Teen TNT Rom-Com Universal what to watch Freeform ESPN Emmys American Society of Cinematographers Schedule BBC Best and Worst harry potter Country biography Toys science fiction Podcast AMC Mary Tyler Moore Disney Channel sitcom transformers Writers Guild of America VICE politics Drama political drama E3 FX Certified Fresh 007 45 PBS docudrama CBS All Access SDCC Pop Character Guide Paramount Calendar The Arrangement Interview Valentine's Day comiccon TCA 2017 Premiere Dates sports aliens