Patton Oswalt: My Life in 10 Movies

The comedian and author of 'Silver Screen Fiend' charts his rise from young cinema junkie to successful stand-up via 10 gamechanging films

'Ikiru' (1952)/'Groundhog Day' (1993)/'After Life' (1998)

"I'm going for a three-way tie here, and I'll tell you why. When I think of movies that can instantly make you rethink your life, these three all instantly come to mind. We sometimes forget that these shadows projected on a wall are capable of making you stop and go, 'Hey, maybe I should do things differently. Maybe I should be a nicer person and not be a dick. Those moments I thought were so important and spent so much time building up to them? Maybe, in the end, they weren't — but these other smaller moments, the ones that I sort of blew off? When I get to the end of my life, I'll realize those were the really significant ones!' These films remind me to constantly look at the world from different angles and never stop trying to be better. That's what great art does. That's what movies can do."

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