When we asked Thomas Campbell for his five favourite movies, it was almost a hit and hope.
After all, Tcam’s a busy man. Husband, father, multi-disciplinary artist. Why would he spend time sending us films he loves when he’s probably working on about twelve different projects right now? Yet we must’ve caught him at the perfect moment, within minutes we were inundated with a flurry of texts. And so behold, Thomas Campbell’s five favourite films.
1) Caddyshack, Harold Ramis, 1980
If anyone ever asks me what my favorite movie is, Caddyshack and all the images run in my mind and get in the way of me seeing any other movie. It’s so funny and everyone has such peak performances; Rodney, Bill, Chevy, Ted Knight, it’s insane.
2) Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, 1982
A very poignant piece, very relevant to the environmental and political mind fuck we find ourselves in currently. Phillip Glass’s sound track is excellent.
3) Crystal Voyager, David Elfick, 1973 (for the ‘Echoes’ part)
Not the biggest Pink Floyd fan. Well, I really like the Syd Barrett stuff. But this part of this film is an accurate vision into the very strange and dimensionally transmutative quality that the act of wave riding is.
4) Cry-Baby, John Waters, 1990
I don’t usually go for musicals. but this one is truly amazing and the attention to detail is stellar. So fucking funny and campy as fuck. Johnny Depp, Iggy, Tracy Lord, Ricki Lake, come on….. and the King Smut, perfect combo.
5) X: The Unheard Music, W.T. Morgan, 1986
The documentary about the band “X” is just done so well. One of my all time favourite music makers. The people that made it took a long time and really crossed every ‘T’ and dotted every ‘I’. As good as it gets.