Over the weekend, those lucky enough to get a copy of Frank Ocean’s zine Boys Don’t Cry, an accompaniment to his long-awaited album Blonde, found a list within that was a comprehensive overview of each one of the singer’s favorite songs. Well it turns out Frank didn’t stop there. The zine also contained a laundry list of all his favorite films, a catalog that adds up to a grand total of 207.23 hours.
And aside from the the coming-of-age drama ATL starring T.I., it turns out that all of Ocean’s film essentials are bona fide art-house classics. He picked nearly every single one of Stanley Kubrick’s films, and nearly every entry on David Lynch’s resume.
American cinema classics like Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver and Citizen Kane are present, as well as some largely under-seen foreign cuts like the German silent film The Last Laugh, Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman’s divorce drama The Passion of Anna, and the Russian sci-fi classic Solaris.
Frankly, Frank is qualified enough to teach an intro to cinema university course, or at least, he has the taste of someone who has been through one. Check out the full list of his favorite films below:
Un Chien Andalou
A Clockwork Orange
Gods of the Plague
The Last Laugh
Full Metal Jacket
No Country For Old Men
Wild at Heart
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Passion of Anna
Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
On The Waterfront
The French Connection
The Deer Hunter
Aguirre, the Wrath Of God
Devil in a Blue Dress
The Seventh Seal
Paths Of Glory
There Will Be Blood
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Throne of Blood
Dog Day Afternoon
Phantom of The Paradise
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The King of Comedy
Looking at his “Nikes” video, do you think the influence of these films can be felt?
In related Frank Ocean news, his album release has spurred a huge debate on the future of ‘exclusive’ streaming releases in the music industry.
- Cover Image: NME