From Kubrick to Scorsese: Milla Jovovich names her 5 favourite films of all time
“I just want to make one really good movie a year. And when I die, to know I was honest as an artist.”—Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich, the actress and musician best known for her influence on the action genre, has selected five cinematic pictures she considers to be her favourites.
Jovovich, who is celebrated for her roles in films such as The Fifth Element, Resident Evil and The Fourth Kind, admitted that her mother had “raised [her] to be a movie star” and began exploring a life in cinema at the age of 10.
After a series of TV roles and some success in modelling from a young age, Jovovich got her major breakthrough at the age of 15 when she landed the lead role in William A. Graham’s film Return to the Blue Lagoon. Two years later, appearing in Richard Linklater’s cult film Dazed and Confused, Jovovich had tapped into a cult fan base and didn’t look back.
Having been a keen student of cinema for the majority of her life, Linklater’s project offered Jovovich a glimpse into the world of independent film and she was instantly enthralled. “I love making independent movies, and that’s pretty much what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my years,” she is once quoted as saying.
Given her passion for the cinema, Rotten Tomatoes sat down with Jovovich to discuss some of the pictures that she considers to be all-time greats. “Mean Streets — Robert De Niro is so gorgeous,” Jovovich said of the Scorsese picture while kicking things off. “Again, the beginning of all these people’s careers. What a full, well-rounded movie.”
She added: I think [what I love about Mean Streets is] just seeing the world, seeing the costumes, the relationships these guys have with each other. I think also just the stories behind—knowing that these actors, this was so many of their first movie breakout performances; it’s unbelievable watching it and the performances are so great.”
With reference to Paul Thomas Anderson, Ridley Scott and a surprise Andrew Stanton appearance, see the full list below.
Milla Jovovich’s 5 favourite films of all time:
Blade Runner – Ridley Scott, 1982.
Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997.
The Shining – Stanley Kubrick, 1980.
Mean Streets – Martin Scorsese, 1973.
WALL-E – Andrew Stanton, 2008.
When discussing The Shining, Jovovich said: “It fucked me up for life. I still can’t walk down a long corridor without getting scared. I always run, and that’s saying a lot. You’re an adult—you’re a middle-aged person—and you’re still like, ‘Okay, let’s just get to my room’.
“I think Kubrick‘s pretty crazy too,” she added after being asked if the film made Jack Nicholson crazy. “Do you know what I’m saying? I think he drove them crazy.”
She added: “I think Jack Nicholson was born crazy but I’m not one to talk. I don’t know him.”