Here on the NewsHour Arts desk, we regularly go to figures in the arts to ask for their recommendations on what we should be reading, listening to or watching right now.
This week, we went to filmmaker Danny Boyle, whose “T2 Trainspotting” — a sequel to the cult classic original — was just released in theaters. Boyle, who also made “Slumdog Millionaire,” “28 Days Later,” and “Millions,” recommended several filmmakers whose movies have astonished him.
Among his favorite directors, he said, was Nicolas Roeg, who was prolific in the 1970s and 80s. Perhaps Roeg’s most well-known work is the 1973 film “Don’t Look Now,” with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, remembered both for a controversial sex scene and stylish and experimental editing. But Boyle’s favorite Roeg film is the much harder to find “Eureka,” which came out in 1983 and stars Gene Hackman, who has now retired from acting.
“His performance in the first half of that film — because that film is split into two parts — is one of the great moments in cinema for me,” Boyle said. But because the studio reportedly didn’t like the film, “Eureka” got little promotion. As a result, Boyle remembers watching the film in a London cinema hall nearly all alone — and few people remember the film today. “It’s an astonishing film, breathless, brilliant,” he said.
Among newer films, Boyle recommended the 2016 horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe,” directed by Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez.
“When you’re a director and you watch movies, sometimes you see a director’s work and you go ‘whoa,’ that guy can really do it, because you sort of understand how films are made,” Boyle said. “Don’t Breathe” was one of them. “You get that shudder moment of thinking ‘whoah, I should retire,'” Boyle said.
And in upcoming movies, Boyle said he was watching the work of French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who made the 2016 Oscar-winning sci-fi film “Arrival” and 2015 crime drama “Sicario.” Next up for Villeneuve is “Bladerunner 2.”
“Given that I’m promoting Trainspotting 2, I’m empathizing entirely with Denis Villeneuve at the moment,” Boyle said, and laughed. Both men are bringing out sequels decades after a beloved and cult classic first film.
Watch Boyle talk about all of his recommendations:
And tonight, watch NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown’s full interview with Boyle on PBS NewsHour.