Kanye West talks about the Sunken Place in his new song “Watch,” and it’s far from the first movie reference he’s made. Here’s a look at his favorite movies.
“I don’t know if y’all have heard of Tesla, and I’m not talking about the car, I’m talking about the inventor. Or if y’all ever heard about Jodorowsky, the director who made ‘Holy Mountain,'” Kanye said onstage in 2013. “But there’s so many amazing creative inventors who weren’t recognized in their time.”
In a since-deleted tweet, West said he “grew up on Tron.”
“Akira and There Will Be Blood are equally my 2 favorite movies of all time,” Ye tweeted in 2015. (That one’s been deleted, too.)
According to Eqsuire, Kanye has seen “Menace II Society” more than any other movie — and, given that he claims to have seen “There Will Be Blood” at least times, he’s watched it a lot.
West went so far as to promote his album “Yeezus” with a short film inspired by this adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel, with Scott Dissick taking on the Patrick Bateman role.
As mentioned, Kanye once said that “Akira and There Will Be Blood are equally my 2 favorite movies of all time.” He says he’s seen it “over and over,” somewhere between “30 times and 40 times.”
“Have y’all ever seen ‘Wreck-It Ralph?'” West once asked on camera, explaining how much he relates to the animated movie starring John C. Reilly.
“I saw a pre-screening of Pacific Rim yesterday and it’s easily one of my favorite movies of all time,” Kanye tweeted on July 4, 2013 (yep, that one’s been deleted as well). “This is not another ‘Robot’ movie. Guillermo del Toro is a master.”
“I know it sounds kind of cliché,” West once said of his love for Steve McQueen’s Best Picture winner. “It’s not only that I like black movies about black people.” He also discussed it on Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast, saying, “For me, I felt like the main character [Solomon Northup] in what I’m dealing with, even as a mega-popular-rich-celebrity-fuck-you-who-do-you-think-you-are-to-complain-about-anything situation that I’m in.”
“I just saw The Walk and it was truly inspiring! The Walk is a modern elegant masterpiece,” Kanye tweeted on October 12, 2015. “Robert Zemeckis is a truly inventive filmmaker and captivating storyteller. He is one of my favorite directors of all time.”