Anyone who has consumed even a small portion of Tyler, the Creator’s art, will be able to see how films have influenced his work, and thankfully, he once revealed a list of his favourite movies.
Tyler has a striking visual aesthetic that knits all of his work from a specific project. This instinct has helped make him become the rapper of his generation. He’s more than just a rapper and delicately crafts a whole universe in which every album exists within that audience can lose themselves inside. Tyler always goes the extra mile, and we have cinema to thank.
In a conversation with Billboard in 2013, Tyler revealed his ambitious plans to one day become a film director and said he was open to doing more commercial work.
It’s been almost a decade since he made that bold statement, and he’s stayed true to his word. Last year, Tyler was at the helm of an advertising campaign for Converse, and he’s also directed all of his videos for over ten years under the pseudonym Wolf Haley.
In the same interview, he also said Wes Anderson is his favourite director of all time. If you look at Tyler’s work, his love of Anderson is clear, and the way he uses vibrant colour is a direct steal from the Bottle Rocket director’s playbook.
Surprisingly, Tyler refrained from naming any of Anderson’s films among his favourites. However, it’s extremely hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the rapper, and perhaps, this list is just another one of his innocent plays.
The former Odd Future ringleader revealed this in a characteristically bizarre interview with himself which was part of the Adobe MAX 2020 Creativity Conference live stream. He revealed that Napoleon Dynamite and Scary Movie 2 were his two favourite films of all time, with third place a toss-up between 20th Century Women or The Cat In The Hat.
In true Tyler style, he didn’t explain why he feels such a strong affinity with each film and immediately moved on to another topic. All of the films, bar 20th Century Women, have an acerbic nature, which undoubtedly appeals to the rapper, and it’s easy to understand why they’ve made his list.
Tyler, the Creator’s favourite movies of all time
- Napoleon Dynamite
- Scary Movie 2
- 20th Century Women
- The Cat In The Hat