Blu on Films Photo Courtesy of Johnson Barnes

Underground rap stalwart Blu just released the Amnesia EP, so it makes sense that some of his favorite movies deal with imaginative matters of the mind.

We sat down with the mentally sharp artist as he revealed his Top 5 Movies of all time.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Blu: Eternal Sunshine is probably the best screenplay ever written, next to The Matrix. The screenplay was genius. To have a center, in the very near future, a place where you can go to erase your memory is kind of amazing. 

To think of something so simple as that, but to put it in such a realistic context visually was incredible. Also, the psychic side of how [director Michel] Gondry was able to convert what [writer Charlie] Kaufman wrote and to actually film what Kaufman wrote was amazing.

Kaufman wrote some crazy-ass shit. For Gondry to take it there without doing the whole movie with a green screen is pretty dope, especially such a simply twisted plot like that.

The Matrix (1999)

Blu: The Matrix is one of the best films ever shot. That’s why I think it was amazing, let alone the story. It was just raw.

A lot of the sequels were heavily CGI graphic-ed out the game. But the original had the best storyline and I think it’s probably one of the deepest films ever made, just as far as psychology behind The Matrix, just being able to differ between two worlds and introducing another world through psychics.

That your mind opens up the doors to another world that other people are actually connected to is pretty amazing and pretty crazy.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Blu: That was a dope low-key movie, to take such a humorous actor like Adam Sandler and give him such a serious role. I enjoyed Adam Sandler’s character. He’s a very humble, quiet dude. 

It’s almost like he had tourette [syndrome], but instead of yelling out obscene shit, he would say something meaningful on accident, or do something on accident that made so much sense. But for the most part, he was like an introvert, a recluse.

It was filmed amazingly by [director Paul Thomas] Anderson. That was my favorite movie of his.

Putney Swope (1969)

Blu: It’s an amazing film. I think it’s the greatest blacksploitation film. I thought it was really crazy that Robert Downey Sr. directed it. They put a black dude who was a janitor in charge of a very small portion of a corporation.

The president dies and the black dude, by the flip of a coin, runs the entire company. The entire movie is about what he does with the company. That’s just a powerful film to me, especially since it came out in the early ‘70s.

I appreciated how daring Robert Downey Sr. was to make a move like that and how relevant that became to our future with Russell Simmons and Puff Daddy being able to build their own corporations. Black entrepreneurship grew through the Spike Lees and people like that, so it was a lot of foreshadowing of our very near future.

It was a dope, daring film. It wasn’t like Black Jesus or Black Mustafa. It was more in-depth and it was filmed way iller. It was a dope signature film for that time period.

Putney Swope on Amazon.com.

Rockers (1978)

Blu: I want to be that dude hopping on a motorcycle driving through the Village selling my vinyl to people hand by hand, smoking blunts with Sly & Robbie. Me being a music head, there’s a lot of films for people in music like Wild Style and Krush Groove that were based on the music scene that had to do with the actual artists in the film. 

The scenery in Rockers invites you into a new culture and just puts you up on how they live and how relevant music is to the character’s life, how he makes [reggae] music feed his family.

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