The Formative Films Project

100 interviews. 100 movies. 100 firsthand accounts of how and why the movies we watch shape us, entertain us, and help tell the stories of our lives. This is a 20-part podcast series unpacking what our favorite movies are and why they mean so much to each of us.

Check it out: open.spotify.com/show/2wzQcBpTfkD1sJUveBN8bt?si=7fvVnGRHTZCYwJPP6rc8-g&dl_branch=1

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  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Spirited Away
  • Inside Out
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • mid90s
  • Moonlight
  • Menace II Society
  • Lady Bird
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Spring Breakers
  • Animal House
  • The Graduate
  • Frances Ha
  • Little Women
  • La Ciénaga
  • The Color Purple
  • Harold and Maude
  • Up
  • Auntie Mame
  • Love & Basketball
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Love, Rosie
  • About Time
  • Weekend
  • Roman Holiday
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Modern Romance
  • Her
  • Marriage Story
  • White Christmas
  • The Sound of Music
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • Les Misérables
  • La La Land
  • Head
  • Rocketman
  • School of Rock
  • ¡Three Amigos!
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Almost Famous
  • Nashville
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • The Princess Bride
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Life of Pi
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Megamind
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Dark Knight
  • Elle
  • Pee Mak Phrakanong
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Descent
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Alien
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Blade Runner
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Inception
  • Seven Samurai
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Malcolm X
  • Forrest Gump
  • National Treasure
  • The Social Network
  • Moneyball
  • Spotlight
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Uncut Gems
  • Knives Out
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Tombstone
  • Die Hard
  • Miami Vice
  • Drive
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Boondock Saints
  • GoodFellas
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Blue Velvet
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Black Swan
  • mother!
  • First Reformed
  • The Master
  • Phantom Thread
  • Roma
  • Parasite