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Movie Picks from Steppenwolf's THE FLICK Cast Members

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Cast members Will Allan and Caroline Neff from Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of THE FLICK reveal their top five favorite films.


WILL ALLAN (Skylar/The Dreaming Man)

My top 5 picks for favorite films. Keep in mind, these are not what I consider to be the BEST five films -- they are just my personal favorites.

1) HOME ALONE - What can I say? I grew up in the early 90s and Kevin McCallister was my hero. He still is. I know every line of this movie. I spent many hours confined to my bedroom due to being grounded after setting up all of his traps in my own house. I even visited the HOME ALONE house in Winnetka and got a tour. I even have an original copy of the script that my sister bought me for Christmas years ago. I've seen it over 100 times. Buzz. Your Girlfriend. Woof.

2) JURASSIC PARK - This is one of the first actual movie theater memories I have. I was only six years old when this film came out and the sign on the front of the theater said "Not Suitable For Children Under 7". Psh. Didn't stop me. I'll never forget how excited I was watching that movie. And I have watched it at least once a year ever since. I had the toys. I had the pajamas. I don't think I've felt that way in a movie theater since. Maybe this should be #1?

3) THE SANDLOT - The only thing I loved more than movies when I was a kid was baseball. My parents had to scream at me to come in for dinner or for bed. I grew up in a Kentucky subdivision filled with kids who had one passion - America's greatest pastime. So, it's a no-brainer that THE SANDLOT hit close to home. I lived this movie every day. And while I never made it to the major leagues, I did manage to find a gal as magical as Wendy Peffercorn.

4) DUMB AND DUMBER - Needs no explanation.

5) O' BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? - Saw this with my dad at a huge multiplex in Houston, Texas, and I've probably seen it 30 times since. In terms of storytelling and using music to advance and aid that storytelling, this movie is tops. The characters are just incredible. Clooney is brilliant. Turturro is hauntingly good. And Tim Blake Nelson delivers one of the best comedic performances I have ever seen. And in typical Coen brothers fashion, it is packed with non-famous actors giving memorable and creative performances. Plus, that music. Oh, that music. Watching the Soggy Bottom Boys belt out "I bid fare well to old Kentucky, the place where I was born and raised" just after I moved from my hometown for good left quite the impression on this kid.

CAROLINE NEFF (Rose)

1) THE WIZARD OF OZ - One of the first movies I ever saw, and we watched it annually in my family.

2) ROPE - I'm a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan, and this is one of the best. It's loosely based on the Leopold and Loeb murder, and looks like it was shot in one continuous shot. It's highly theatrical and beautifully done.

3) HOOK - Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Bob Hoskins in a retelling of one of my favorite books of all time. Bangarang.

4) THE BABADOOK - One of the scariest movies I've ever seen and a superb meditation on grief conceived, written, and directed by women.

5) BIRDMAN - I don't always love movies about actors, but this was so strange and beautiful and funny and melancholy that I walked out and needed to think for a long time about this movie.

THE FLICK runs through May 8 in the Upstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 North Halsted. For tickets, visit Steppenwolf.org or call 312.335.1650.

Photos by Michael Brosilow.


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