Lewis Pullman knows the power of a good summer movie. His last movie Top Gun: Maverick, practically saved the summer box office. That long awaited sequel starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller and tons of jet fuel, brought audiences back to theaters and critics wonder if going to the movies wasn’t dead after all.

When the actor, who can be seen below on the starling girl (in theaters now), asked about his own list of summer movies, Pullman’s picks are less concerned with the spectacle associated with summer blockbusters (the fighter planes, the explosions, the missions of near-death rescue) and more focused on the feelings and memories that these films create. He remembers the ritual of renting movies from Blockbuster and Rocket Video, watching them with his dad, actor bill pullmanand the rest of the family, and then dissecting them with ice cream.

“It was as much about the conversation afterward as it was about the movie. It’s almost like the movie is the appetizer for the discussion,” he tells UPROXX. “That’s where my love for movies really grew. My brother and sister, mom and dad all talking about our favorite parts, what we wish would have happened, what our favorite performances were, and what we would have done differently. My parents always pushed us to think critically. So going to the movies was like going to church for me.”

The latest from Pullman, the starling girl, is a charged coming-of-age drama about a young woman named Jem (Eliza Scanlen) who grows up in a religiously strict community. It’s another summer sale, although his fans probably won’t be expecting it. After playing brooding cowboys and lovable cockpit pilots, the actor embraces the dark side of himself, so to speak, playing a youth pastor named Owen whose friendly facade belies his sinister nature. And when he begins a taboo relationship with young Jem, she suffers the most.

“I think the hope was that maybe there are some people in the audience who have been involved in a relationship like this and have acted like Owen has,” Pullman says of why he accepted the role. “Hopefully we can make Owen accessible enough that they can see themselves in him a little bit and be a reflection of his actions. Because I think if he’s just a pure villain, they’d come out and say, ‘Well, that’s not me. I don’t have to associate with that guy. I would never do something like that. And perhaps they would lose the opportunity to look within.

Below, UPROXX invited the actor to share his favorite summer movies and why he thinks they are worth watching.

And Your Mother Too
20th Century Fox

And Your Mother Too

Alfonso Cuarón’s sexy, smart and subversive story about two teenage friends in Mexico looking to make the most of their summer through a spontaneous road trip with an older woman is Pullman’s original recipe for a great summer watch. “[It] it makes you want to go out, it makes you want to travel,” says Pullman. “[It] It makes you want to sunbathe.”

dazed and confused
Universal

dazed and confused

“That’s great,” says Pullman of Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age comedy that gave Matthew McConaughey his iconic turn of phrase. The film follows a group of high school freshmen in the ’70s who enjoy a night of keg parties and pool hall showdowns and all sorts of scoops associated with young adulthood. “You want to hang out and stay up late with friends [to] Look at it.”

Boogie Nights
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Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson’s porn odyssey featuring a standout performance by Mark Wahlberg might seem like another surprising choice for a quintessential summer movie, but Pullman is here to convince you. “Boogie Nights it’s about finding your purpose, even if it means being a porn star,” she explains. “It’s about the possibility of who you can be and what you can become.” Point made, but his strongest argument for Boogie Nights What belongs on his binge list is this: “Anything shirtless Mark Wahlberg is a great summer movie.”

Speed ​​Keanu Reeves Sandra Bullock
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Speed

The action thriller starring Sandra Bullock with Keanu Reeves taking on a bomb-happy psychopath while riding public transportation in Los Angeles is another high-ranking blockbuster Pullman admits to watching over and over again. “I have to blow up Speed inside,” he says of his summer movie choices. “It’s timeless.”

Hot Rod Andy Samberg
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race car

An Andy Samberg-starring comedy about an accident-prone wannabe stuntman? “I don’t know, I love race carPullman replies. “It’s a sun stroke.” He also has an amazing cast and the same kind of comedic genius that can be found in other projects associated with Lonely Island members like Pop star.

Independence Day
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Independence Day

In a spirit of honesty, we have to disclose that Lewis Pullman did not initially name this Roland Emmerich-directed action flick as a must-see summer movie. He took some memory and verified the name of the epic of his father, Brave heart-Speech given before humanity’s final battle against alien invaders for Pullman to add to the list. “Oh my god. That’s the ultimate. I mean, you can’t even say it because it’s so obvious,” he jokingly explains. “On the 4th of July, show it on the big screen and sit with a Bud… I’m going backwards now.” .

the starling girl
Bleecker Street

the starling girl

Filled with impressive performances and insightful storytelling, director Laurel Parmet’s intimate look at religion and the limitations it places on young women isn’t your typical summer watch, but it might inspire you to put a new status on your bucket list. journey. “We shot this in Kentucky and it was one of the most beautiful summers I’ve ever had because it’s so lush there,” Pullman explains. “It is full of life. It has this liveliness. It feels like a fresh plot of land that is ready to plant a new crop. And it translates into the movie. There are so many beautiful moments where Jem, Eliza’s character, experiences freedom, expression, agency, and power. And I think those are all the things you want to feel in the summer.”

‘The Starling Girl’ is already in theaters.

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