List: Plan B Shares Three Influential Movies
Wed, 01 Aug 2012 10:15:18
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Plan B remains one of the most cinematic rappers in modern hip hop.
On The Defamation of Strickland Banks and most recently Ill Manors, he tells stories that would make Quentin Tarantino proud. Yet, he does it via an airtight flow and brilliant lyrics. The UK MC galvanizes the entire genre with intelligence and a much larger vision than most of his counterparts. Now, with the film accompanying Ill Manors which he wrote and directed, he belongs at the top of the game…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Plan B shares three movies that impacted and influenced him.
3 Movies that Impacted Plan B
I love how the mundane conversation about fucking McDonald's can be so interesting. You know what I mean? Quentin Tarantino made people talking shit worthy of being in a film. I also loved the amount of characters and different stories. I got into The Sopranos first. Then, I watched The Wire and Lost and became a big fan. I love watching multiple storylines where characters are unaware their actions affect other characters. In life, that happens so often. Whenever anybody says, "It's a small world", it's because they find out some shit they can't believe. Something somebody else did affected what they were doing. They go traveling in a remote part of the world and bump into someone they know. Whenever that happens, I'm always interested to know how that person happened to be in the same place. I feel that we're all connected, and every action affects someone else down the line. I love showing that in film, and I feel Pulp Fiction does that really well. The film Ill Manors is six different stories that mix into each other.
Pusher, Pusher II, Pusher III
Nicholas Winding Refn's first film was called Pusher. He did Drive. The movie was shot very handheld and almost documentary-style, but the characters and story were really interesting. Even though it was in Danish, I loved it. It had subtitles. He's done three of those movies. I saw the third one first. I don't know which one is my favorite. I was definitely influenced by that style of making films.
This Is England
I think it's influenced me because of Shane Meadows's approach to making films. He writes the script as a treatment. Then, he casts the film and puts the cast in rehearsals. He gets them to input the dialogue. Although there was a script for Ill Manors, whenever I felt a scene was wooden and unnatural, I'd tell the cast to throw the script out the window and remember the beats and content. By doing that, magic happened that I didn't expect. How Shane Meadows makes movies inspired me to do that. This Is England is my favorite of his work. It's a testament to the way he works. It's a masterpiece.
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