Today special for HF Storm Kevin talks about his favorite films that have influenced life and creativity .He is a professional session guitarist working with bands like Shining (se), Kalmah, Equilibrium and many more.
From the moment the camera flies you through the actual logo, and Danny Elfman’s fantastic score plays, this movie has been burned into my brain. Forever quotable, and iconic. Tim Burton has been a visionary moviemaker and the Batman world has never been the same after. I’m a comic book creator myself and would not have been had I not dived into extremely dark stories that happen in the world of Batman. This movie was my kickstart.
Halfway this movie I completely broke down. I’ve never met someone who liked this movie, or felt it in the way I do. The inability to control your life and that eternal wish for someone to pick you up and say “here let me help you” is so deep and palpable in this movie. I look at my own body of work, and the many, many years I’ve spent trying to overcome certain struggles, or to simply give a place to things that simply won’t go away, and in all these stories, albums and comic books, you can always read the person behind it. “Synecdoche, New York” I feel, understands the person I am to a depth no other movie has.
Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
Robin Williams has played many iconic movie roles, and you’ll see him again in this list, but Dead Poet’s society has been a very big influence in my life. In my life I have felt like both the lost poet, and the guiding teacher. It’s one of the reasons I teach today and stepped away from the school system to form my own company and teach children about what I feel really matters. Creativity, heart, love. Fantastic film.
The Fisher King (1991)
Robin Williams (again) and Jeff Bridges in a heartfelt, somewhat overstated way of acting, but intense and theatrical, is Robin Williams at his very finest. The “crazy” leaks through the cracks more than in “What dreams may come” and simply shows what the struggle with inner demons can feel like. Dramatised? Yes. Curing? Absolutely.
Epic in scale, Christopher Nolan is the new Spielberg, in my eyes. So much work went into it and I guess the wide variety of moviegenres in my list shows also exactly what kind of person I am myself. I have never bothered with “styles” or mediums, I am a storyteller, and sometimes a story is a book, sometimes it has to be a metal album, a video, in this list here I see a red line of stories about finding your own inner truth. Interstellar is a movie about the man who leaves everything behind in pursuit of the greater good, only to come to the conclusion that what’s most important is already there, BUT, and this is why I love the movie so much, HAS to be left behind sometimes.
The Night of the hunter (1955)
Robert Mitchum. I dare you to google some of his quotes and read through his “too cool for school” attitude. He was a brilliant actor and always humble, downplayed his talent his entire career. Saw acting for what it was, and many of his words have changed my way of thinking forever. I have a drawer in my studio desk, with portraits of people who inspire me most. Whenever I am stuck with a song or a story, I open that drawer and look at those people. The Night of the Hunter is the kind of movie you can pause ate ANY moment and every still of that movie is a piece of art.
I name Yojimbo, but I basically mean all of Kurosawa’s movies. I’ve drawn at least a hundred scenes from his movies. Kurosawa has taught me many things about what it is to be man, to be both greater than life and still humble. I have my mistakes, many of them, but without his movies, perhaps there would have been many more.
They shoot horses, don’t they? (1969)
You haven’t heard of this movie. And it’s a shame. In this 2 hour movie contestants are in an absurd and murderous dance marathon, hoping for a better life. Could have been a Stephen King story, but this very grim movie directed by Sydney Pollack is much more horror and real. It’s about the REAL horror of people struggling with poverty and how hope can drive man crazy.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Henry Fonda, The father of Jane Fonda in the movie I wrote before, is very much like Yojimbo, Batman, Cooper in Interstellar. A man struggling with the harshness of life, an American family on the run from poverty, into new and unknown pains of being held down by “the man”. A hero arises and I suspect many movies you’ve seen have been built around these exact themes. The Grapes of Wrath is life through the lens.
Perhaps another one of those movies where I overthink too much, but the symbolism in this movie is so overwhelming it HAS to be on my list. I’ve drawn so many scenes from this movie, but the moment where the monster has come to life, sees the light for the first time, only to have it literally be taken away from him, those raised arms, that gesture. Even if for that scene alone, you must watch this film. And if you ever find yourself to be the villain in life, or perceived as one, trace your mind back to the moment where the took something from you that you needed. What was it? Do you still need it? Then go get it. Were you mistaken perhaps? Aah, I think too much. go watch Netflix instead, these movies will drive you crazy if you think about them too long :)