guillermo del toro twitter thread quarantine filmmakers watch list

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has always been vocal on social media about his favourite films and celebrating the work of his peers and quarantine is certainly no exception.

Last evening the Oscar-winning filmmaker started a Twitter thread asking people to share what they’ve been watching and reading, whilst also sharing his own recommendations. The thread quickly became a filmmaker group chat of sorts with the likes of directors such as Taika Waititi, Edgar Wright, Brad Bird, Ava DuVernay, Ari Aster, Rian Johnson, James Gunn and others joining in and trading recommendations. The result is the mother of all quarantine watch lists.

A selection of the filmmakers’ Tweets are listed below:

Ari Aster

The Hereditary and Midsommar filmmaker recommended HBO’s iconic crime drama The Sopranos as well as sharing his reading list including authors such as Walter Benjamin, Robert Walser and Jack Handey.

Ava DuVernay

The celebrated filmmaker shared her strange tastes in quarantine which includes a back-to-back binge of Notting Hill and Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse. 

Darren Aronofsky

The Mother! director shared his watch list which includes Amelie and Rashamon as well as reading Henry David Thoreau and Pablo Neruda.

Edgar Wright

The mind behind the Cornetto trilogy has been watching multiple films a day working through his extensive BluRay collection of films from around the world which he shared a picture of.

Guillermo del Toro Trades Quarantine Watch Lists With Filmmaker Friends Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi, Rian Johnson And More, Film Companion

James Gunn

The Guardians Of The Galaxy director has been busy engaging with all kinds of art, sharing book, music and streaming recos including Amazon Prime Video series Patriot.

Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi, on the other hand, says he’s been using this time to catch up on writing while sharing a list of the few things he has managed to catch in lockdown including Armando Iannuci’s The Death Of Stalin (to which Iannuci responded with talking about his love of Jojo Rabbit).

Brad Bird

The mind behind The Incredibles says he’s been busy watching old films as well as reading about the making of films he loves such as Chinatown and Casablanca

Rian Johnson

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