The 10 Movies That Maynard James Keenan Picks His Favorites
Maynard James Keenan picks his favorite movies ever. TOOL’s frontman is one of the creative artists and he likes to add cinematic scenes to his music videos for Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle.
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Maynard James Keenan’s Favorite 10 Movies
Maynard James Keenan attended high school and college in Michigan and Ohio. After graduating from high school. He enrolled in his first institution, the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after being discharged from the Army in 1987. In 1988, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in interior design and set construction. After shortly, he co-founded Tool with Adam Jones.
In addition to his professional musical career, Keenan owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars in Arizona, where he plans to live. Maynard James Keenan has been viewed as a loner since his celebrity blossomed. Maynard James Keenan, on the other hand, appears to favor philanthropic organizations. He has also experimented with acting in Screenland Drive, Run Ronnie Run, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Crank: High Voltage, Queens of Country, and Comedy Bang! Bang! and more (IMDb).
During the interview with AV Club, Maynard James Keenan shares his favorite movies of all time:
1. Female Trouble (1974)
The synopsis of Female Trouble:
“A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.”
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “Videodrome was another one of those unexpected films that a friend dropped on me. It actually was together with Female Trouble and Repo Man, all on one videotape. Back when you could do three movies on one VHS tape and they were all kind of grainy but you watched it anyway.
MJK: Yeah. So it was Videodrome, Female Trouble, and Repo Man all on one tape. Those films were just a sneak attack that you didn’t see coming. It was just James Woods killing it and, of course, Divine.”
2. Bliss (1985)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “That was one of those films where it’s college, you’re living in some place that’s barely or a lot below the poverty level with your roommate, you’re drunk a lot, and you stumble down to the 7-11 or whatever to grab something because they happen to have videos behind the counter.
So we rented one just because the box looked ridiculous. We randomly, in an inebriated state, rent a video, take it home and pop it in and it’s just one of those films. It’s an Australian film, and after the first minute, I was hooked. Like, “What the f**k did we just rent?” And it just keeps taking these comedic, weird, dark turns where we were laughing and horrified at the same time. But as it all wraps up, it turns into a love story in a way that would totally hook two dudes in a room who are trying not to show that they’re kind of crying. It’s a curveball, like, “I just got something in my eye, bro!” The whole film is just a crazy ride. It crosses genres halfway through. It’s one of those that stuck with me.”
3. Repo Man(1984)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “Yeah. So it was Videodrome, Female Trouble, and Repo Man all on one tape. Those films were just a sneak attack that you didn’t see coming. It was just James Woods killing it and, of course, Divine.”
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “Blue Velvet was a game changer for me. It brought out some of the darker sides of my friends. They were more into Porky’s and Fast Times At Ridgemont High and then, all of a sudden, they discovered Blue Velvet and it really flipped a switch. They started to really get into film in a way that opened the door for them. It was like a gateway drug for film. They started to understand a more complex dynamic in film and how you could actually embrace a dark story and laugh at it and be kind of scared by it.”
5. Gummo (1997)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “One is in Ohio and the other one is in Idaho, but to me, having grown up in Ohio, there’s one side of the tracks where Gummo is happening, and on the other side of the tracks, Napoleon Dynamite is happening. They’re parallel. There are parallel characters in each of those situations. The dark side of the track happens one way and the other side of the track is where Napoleon is trying to beat up his uncle.”
6. Happiness (1998)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “Happiness, to me, was almost like Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven in that everyone was awful and wonderful at the same time. They all had their interesting sides, but they were all monsters. They were all really f****d up. I had never seen a film like that except, like I said, Unforgiven, where everybody was basically a balanced character, but a little darker than balanced. And it was kind of real. Growing up in Ohio was like a cross between Gummo, Happiness, and The Apostle.
7. Super Troopers (2001)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “Super Troopers was almost like a lightning strike for those guys. I have a lot of faith that they’ll figure it out and make something else great.”
8. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “Napoleon Dynamite is happening. They’re parallel. There are parallel characters in each of those situations. The dark side of the track happens one way and the other side of the track is where Napoleon is trying to beat up his uncle.”
9. The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
In 2014, Maynard told to AV Club: “My wife hates this movie. We were on our satellite dish and I was scrolling to see what was on. If she sees Chronicles Of Riddick she’ll try to distract me. Then she’ll just leave. Half the time I watch it just to bug her.”
10. Anything with Denzel Washington
In 2014, Maynard told AV Club: “The Denzel. Say it properly. The Denzel Washington.”
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This kind of surprised me. I knew mjk was really into film, but his picks were really interesting. It shows a spectrum of different genres which is really cool. I don’t think I could pick just 10 of my favorites but “happiness” is definitely one of mine as well. I’m sure he would pick “the little things”, but the “anything with denzel” covers it.
Sleeping dogs lie is an interesting film with he and brad wilk and ed asner. I’m not sure it’s still available to buy or not but it’s worth watching. Bikini bandits is another one he’s in. Not sure why they didn’t mention it but it’s pretty out there..he plays satan.
Gummo is another one worth watching at least once. It’s a harmony korine film.
Thanks for posting this article.
I also love the audacity of Happiness. I can’t show anyone the film because I know they couldn’t get thru it.
I read MJK’s book a while back, and I thought one of his favorite films was Wings of Desire (not listed). Hmm…
we will add it if he refers.
MJK grew up in Ravenna, OH. Then attended West Point! Get your facts straight before posting the article
we fixed it thanks for notice!
Napoleon dynamite is a must.
Blue velvet never scene it…
Riddick was good.
I’m surprised mjk wasn’t into Prometheus….