Films To Be Buried With is a podcast hosted by Brett Goldstein. The premise of the podcast is that each week, a special guest pick films for each question. We thought we’d give it a go at giving our own answers just as a bit of fun.
What’s the first film you remember going to see?
Billie: I vaguely remember seeing Madeline (1998) at the pictures, but the first film I properly remember remember watching at the cinema is Stuart Little (1999) with my mum, auntie, and cousins.
Jordan: The first movie I have strong memories of seeing at the cinema is The Parent Trap (1998). One of the main reasons this experience sticks out to me is that my dad wanted to watch it, but couldn’t because my younger sister kept screaming so he had to wait with her in the lobby for the whole film.
What’s the film that scares you?
Billie: I’m going to be very basic and say The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), just because its within the realm of reality. I mean, it’s more likely you could be chased by a chainsaw wielding murderer than some sort of ghoul-poltergeist-demon. Also not a film, but the episode Home of The X Files season 4 always freaked me out. I guess it’s the sense of depravity that frightens me.
Jordan: For some reason, Dracula (1931) always gives me the heebie jeebies. There’s something about the distorted, monophonic rendition of Swan Lake over the black and white picture that unsettles me. It’s not the content of the film per se, but the presentation.
What’s the film that makes you cry?
Billie: I have cried at many films, for context, the Pixar short Kitbull (2019) is nine minutes long and I cried after watching it for a good half an hour. The film I cried the most during watching is probably A Silent Voice (2016) [dir. Naoko Yamada].
Jordan: I cry at any scene that seems too epic. When the Rohirrim arrive at Minas Tirith. When Samwise carries Frodo up Mount Doom. When the Avengers arrive in Endgame. I use this as a bell weather to know whether or not a scene is epic, so when all the ships turned up to save the day in The Rise of Skywalker and I felt nothing, that was a bad indication for the movie.
What’s the film that you love but people hate?
Billie: I thought Killing Gunther (2017) was really funny. Especially the poison guy.
Jordan: Mortal Kombat (1995) is not exactly a hated movie, but it didn’t review well. I think it’s the perfect video game adaption, it’s campy, funny, there’s some great martial arts action and it never takes itself too serious. Not even a guilty pleasure, just a pleasure!
What’s the film that you hate but people love?
Billie: I hate The Favourite (2018) [dir. Yorgos Lanthimos]. It was too long, the score was awful, and it tried too hard to be arty whilst detracting from its own value. There are only so many times a fish eye lens can be summoned as an attempt to cover what is essentially a hollow shell of a film. The best part of the film was the end credits when I could finally leave. Too harsh?
Jordan: Whilst I don’t really hate any films, On The Rocks (2020) [dir. Sofia Coppola], I found to just be a bit of a nothing film. It was just boring and didn’t seem to have much to say.
What’s the film that you used to love but which doesn’t hold up now?
Billie: Can I pick all Disney Channel original movies? With the exception of Halloweentown (1998).
Jordan: I used to love ‘Bean’ (aka, the Mr Bean movie) when I was a kid, but as I’ve got older and eventually watched all of the original series, the film just pales in comparison, as it’s just recycled material from the series, awkwardly shoved into an American setting.
What’s the film that means the most to you?
Billie: I have fond memories of watching The Sound of Music with my great-grandmother. The Wizard of Oz also means a lot to me as I absolutely loved it as a whippersnapper, watching it sometimes multiple times a day and collecting memorabilia.
Jordan: I watched Wayne’s World so much as a kid that it is basically a core part of my persona by this point. Zang!
What’s the sexiest film?
Billie: I have five words for you: Sarah Connor in Terminator 2.
Jordan: When Ripley burns all the alien eggs in Aliens.
What’s the film you most relate to?
Billie: Withnail and I (1987). I feel like I could go on holiday by mistake.
Jordan: The Inbetweeners Movie reminds me so much of how I used to act as a teenager, that I suffer from second hand embarrassment watching it.
What’s objectively the best film?
Billie: Probably Alien (1979). The performances, cinematography, set design, effects – I think it’s pretty much perfect. I also think Anna Biller’s The Love Witch is technically brilliant.
Jordan: School Of Rock is objectively the best film because it has no flaws. That’s not to say it’s my favourite film, just that I can’t think of a single flaw.
What’s the film you have watched the most or could watch the most?
Billie: The film I have watched the most times is probably The Matrix (1999).
Jordan: I used to watch Wayne’s World (1992) pretty much every day before school. I don’t know why, and I don’t know how long it lasted, but there was a point where I could recite the script pretty much verbatim. And I normally have trouble remembering what I had for lunch, so that says something.
What’s the worst film you’ve watched?
Billie: The Favourite…
Jordan: I suppose it would technically be The Room, but that film does have such a high ‘so bad its good’ value that it ends up redeeming itself. The actual worst film would probably be something so boring that I’ve forgotten all about it.
What’s the film that makes you laugh the most?
Billie: This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
Jordan: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988). There’s just so many gags, and it’s exactly my kind of silly humour – especially all the ridiculous sight gags, some of which you don’t even notice until after multiple viewings. Leslie Nielsen gives the perfect performance by acting seemingly serious the whole time, which makes the outlandish situations even more hilarious.