Monster Inc by Pixar, directed by Pete Docter.
Lost has plot elements we all desire to achieve. The Mighty Boosh as accomplished a comedic style that we can only hope to mimic it's uniqueness. More of our favorites include Toys, Amelie, Howl's Moving Castle, The Fountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Stranger Than Fiction, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Chungking Express.
Dogville more perpetuated my desire to work in the field rather than spark my interest. It showed that a really good story can be incredibly engaging without much production. It focused on what actually makes a movie good, rather than what makes a movie look cool.
With that said, growing up watching adventure movies of the early 90s like The Rocketeer and comedies like Tommy Boy originally sparked my interest in making movies.
What Have I Done To Deserve This? by Pedro Almodovar
I would have to say the First Jurassic Park is really what got my mind moving.
So many to count! I've been a big fan of the old classical Westerns such as The Searchers, Fort Apache and She Wore Yellow Ribbon. Sergio Leone's Man with no name trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West made a big impact. I've been a huge fan of Steven Spielberg's films especially for their uniqueness and fun nature often avoiding the realism of the world but containing human emotional stories. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings is in my top ten films of all time. There are so many more to name, the Harry Potter series, Star Trek, Dr Who. My pick of the moment has to be a film made in 1986 called 'Lucas' which is a film I can relate to closely and it is worth a look for those who haven't seen it.
The Toxic Avenger
Danny Roane: First Time Director
Movies: Pretty much anything from classic Hollywood, especially films starring Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, and Marlene Dietrich.
TV: Star Trek and all of Joss Whedon's endeavors.
Manoj Kumar's films - Do Badan , Upkar , Pehchan
Dilip Kumar's Films- Naya Daur , Raam Aur Shyaam , Ganga Jamuna
and other films like Anand , Namak Haram....
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Vicar Of Dibley and Doctor Who.
I think growing up I was really interested in the films of Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, Sidney Lumet.
As I have gotten older I am often more inspired and interested by a much wider film palate and I take a lot of inspiration from the works of Paul Thomas Anderson, Tom Tykwer, Russell Mulcahy, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, Pitof, Mathieu Kassovitz, F Gary Gray, Oliver Stone, Steven Sodenberg, Takeshi Kitano and many others.
In terms of television when I was getting into film the only shows I really watched were Doctor Who and The Incredible Hulk.
Now I am inspired by shows like: Criminal Minds, CSI, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Dexter.
I am trying to watch the all movies in the world because I think every good director must do this. Fight Club, Lord Of The Rings, Leon , Titanic , Shawshank Redemption, Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is the best film that effected me.
I grew up in the 60's on a steady diet of Hanna-Barbera and Saturday morning cartoons, so my most inspiring works were Jonny Quest, Spider-man, and Space Ghost. Not that I'm saying they were great animation, I think my juvenile imagination filled a LOT of cracks in those shows, but when I developed an interest in drawing and illustration, that sense of design became my reference. But when I saw Disney's Sleeping Beauty on the big screen, that was pivotal in my awareness of the dramatic impact that animation can have.