J.J. Abrams Lists His 5 Favorite Films for Rotten Tomatoes

April 28, 2009
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

J.J. Abrams

Sadly, J.J. Abrams is not doing any online press for Star Trek, so I have to resort to pulling his best quotes from other non-online press outlets. This selection today comes from Rotten Tomatoes (they got away with this by recording it early in London), where they have a video interview with Abrams that is fairly fascinating to watch. If any of you have seen Abrams' talk at TED (if not, watch it here), you'll remember that he talks about one of his all-time favorite films, Jaws, at one point in his presentation. Well near the end of this interview, Abrams talks about his own five favorite films - one of which, of course, is Jaws.

In case you might've missed those five, here they are again: Jaws, Philadelphia Story, Star Wars, Tootsie (what the?), and Rear Window. One of my other favorite parts of the interview is how Abrams mentions that he's "still learning" as he goes and that he uses the phrase "in my limited experience." That's a very humbling statement, especially coming from someone who just finished directing a $150 million reboot of a beloved sci-fi franchise. Even at this point (this is only his second film), Abrams still says he's a director who is constantly learning from his mistakes and improving every single day. He certainly has my respect.

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two jimmy stewart movies! havent seen tootsie or the philadelphia story...i'll have to get on that.

manxome on Apr 28, 2009


I feel old now, but Tootsie is a great movie... kind of groundbreaking at the time, all-time great director and fantastic cast. I can see why it is on his list.

Trip on Apr 28, 2009


Tootsie is easily one of the best comedies ever made. Screenwriters wish they could come up with screenplays like that one nowadays. chuck

entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com on Apr 28, 2009


Why isn't he doing online press interviews?

adam on Apr 28, 2009


Add Tootsie to the list of "what-the's," along with that weird Rebel without a Cause movie.

Dolly Dahmer on Apr 28, 2009


J.J. Abrams, Liz Lemon,... I guess I have to check out Tootsie...

captain subtext on Apr 28, 2009


i want to see the girl that was asking the questions, abrams was trying his best to be charming. hope you nailed her J.J.!

brian on Apr 28, 2009


Tootsie is a great movie and is actually on a few well respected director's favorite films lists.

Kristina on Apr 28, 2009


Rear Window - great call. In my Top 5 for sure. But instead of Philadelphia Story, I'd throw a different Jimmy Stewart movie in the mix. Vertigo.

Tom Brazelton on Apr 28, 2009


J.J. Abhrams got my respect he is a very humble person.

Fisherr on Apr 28, 2009


Either he's humble or smart enough to act it. I'm going have to say the latter. I know he's talented but you know he has an ego. People wouldn't like that though so, what else would you say?

Hey Ya on Apr 28, 2009


"He certainly has my respect." That and a buck fifty will get him a coffee at Tim Hortens.

WingcommanderIV on Apr 28, 2009


i would subscribe to the jaws network, and i cant wait much longer for star trek...which is strange because i am pretty much the furthest thing from a trekkie

harrison on Apr 28, 2009


I always loved J.J. Abrams because he created my favourite tv show - LOST 🙂 I am not a trekkie so don't think i will watch Star Trek but I hope it does well for him.

M on Apr 28, 2009


Watch this video where JJ Abrams speaks to Popcorn Taxi about Star Trek: http://tr.im/jYxV

Popcorn Taxi on Apr 28, 2009


Tootsie is one of the greatest comedies in cinema history for good reason. I would easily rate it above the crusty comedy favorite Some Like It Hot.

avoidz on Apr 28, 2009


#6 - 30 Rock rules and Tina Fey is a goddess!! Yeah Tootsie is great, I saw it for the first time recently. I was blown away how good it was. R.I.P. Sydney Pollack. J.J. Abrams is good in an interview, that's for sure. But he's still a mediocre producer and filmmaker. Cause I thought MI:3 was shit.

Conrad on Apr 28, 2009


Rear Window, omg one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films ever. The cinematography and the use of light made the movie that much better!! Good choice JJ

Nikhil Hariharan on Apr 28, 2009


I like JJ so much more than Zack Snyder, he sounds so much more competent.

Tom on Apr 28, 2009

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