-The Esquire 100 - Mustafa Abbas
The award-winning short-film maker picks our his top five films of all-time:
I saw it when I was 11, and I really connected with the mood and the feel of it. It made me want to live in that world and one day make a movie of my own that reflected that. It is one of my biggest inspirations.
This is the quintessential private detective film, telling the story of a detective who finds out more than he would like to discover, and is not able to do anything about it. I don’t like happy endings, and this one sure isn’t a happy ending.
Point Blank (1967)
This film is genuinely cool. It’s not one of those films that’s trying to be cool or edgy, it just is. There is a timeless element to it where it doesn’t feel like it was filmed in the ’60s, it just exists in the moment.
The Departed (2006)
Jack Nicholson plays a mobster, which is enough reason for this to be on the list.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
A classic tale of good and evil, it shows you that no matter what hell the good guy goes through, in the end good will triumph. Even if it does take 15 years.