For those intrepid movie and media fans who honor the history, present, and future of the greatest industry in the world, the entertainment industry, there is a podcast that must be checked out. Movies That Changed My Life, hosted by producer Ian de Borja, is a compelling digital think piece, which features interviews with actors and filmmakers about the movies that inspired them and informed their ambitions. A simple concept for sure, but executed beautifully. Blessed with a very inquisitive nature and childlike curiosity, Borja mines pearls of wisdom and unique insights on a weekly basis from some of the best actors and filmmakers working today. 

In one particular podcast, Ian chats with Clerks auteur and longtime comic book fan Kevin Smith about the unexpected benefits of the coronavirus quarantine and the artistry of the Masters of the Universe cartoon. It appears Smith has been making best use of his time at home (something all creative types should be doing) by writing a number of original projects and shoring up some back burners. He’s apparently finished his Mallrats sequel, Twilight of the Mallrats (hopefully he gets it right this time), executive produced the follow up to the seminal sword-and-sorcery TV show Masters of the Universe for Netflix, and he’s even gotten some time in on the third installment of his horror trilogy Moose Jaws

Not sure where your career might be heading at this moment in time? Take a page from old Silent Bob himself and get to work! Smith went on to say the films that most influenced and inspired him were the pop-culture phenomenon Slacker, the strange and beguiling love story Trust, and Quentin Tarantino’s blood-drenched debut Reservoir Dogs

In a podcast posted on May 7th, Westworld star Jeffrey Wright says that Gary Oldman’s performance in the punk rock classic Sid & Nancy influenced his own breakout role in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 biopic Basquiat. To see Gary as the excitable and moribund Sid vicious just “getting after it” really inspired and motivated Wright to achieve his own level of commitment and mastery of the craft. “That movie hit in a way that really changed some things for me,” the Tony, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning actor concludes. And of Apocalypse Now, the Vietnam-era surrealist nightmare, Wright says, “It’s dense and exciting and singular…and every moment of this film is a masterpiece portrait of itself.”

Elle Fanning has essentially been acting all of her young life.  She has starred in Super 8, Ginger & Rosa, Maleficent, and Mary Shelley among many others. And although her family rarely went out to the movies in her youth, she was nevertheless intrigued by the German fantasy film The NeverEnding Story. She explains that she wasn’t attracted to the film for the acting because “the acting really isn’t good,” but rather, “I think I love the feeling of the film more than the specific moments, it’s just such an escape. It takes me to this other place.”

And when it comes to romantic comedies, there is a movie that holds a special place in Elle’s heart. Of the Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta musical Grease, Elle says, “This movie has always been a part of my life.” Indeed, it seems Grease held a tidal pull over the young actress’s spirit as she would obsessively dress up like Sandy and sing along with every lyric of the movie. The third film on Elle’s list is the Sofia Coppola-helmed The Virgin Suicides. “It completely changed my life,” she insists. “I could relate to the dreamlike quality of youth and the mystery. It just spoke to me.” 

There are seven episodes of Movies That Changed My Life, and each episode holds a treasure trove of sly humor, sage acting advice, keen observations, juicy insider information, and a whole lotta love—of movies!

Is there a movie that changed your life? If so, which one and why?