Jessica Ashman

Artist and Animator

Voted for

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind2004Michel Gondry
20462004Wong Kar Wai
Brazil1985Terry Gilliam
Le Cinquième élément1997Luc Besson
The Nightmare before Christmas1993Henry Selick
Synecdoche, New York2008Charlie Kaufman
Stalker1979Andrei Tarkovsky
Portrait of a Lady on Fire2019Céline Sciamma
Spirited Away2001Hayao Miyazaki
There Will Be Blood2007Paul Thomas Anderson


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004 USA

Beautiful, ethereal, hilarious, childlike. Captures a state between dreaming and waking realms perfectly. Jim Carrey is sincere and affecting in his role as the shy, heartbroken Joel. Jon Brion's soundtrack provides the perfect melancholic backdrop.


2004 Hong Kong, France, Germany, People's Republic of China, Italy

Visually lush mix of science fiction and romantic longing. It's a world I wish I lived in, full of longing stares and beautiful outfits.


1985 USA, United Kingdom

The blueprint for dystopian worlds. Perhaps after Blade Runner. Definitely nails down the bureaucracy of modern British life, even if it's set in the near future.

Le Cinquième élément

1997 France, Ukrainian SSR

Cringey but heartfelt sci-fi that hooked me in with the sincerity underneath all it's dated effects and cheesy one liners. Jean Paul Gaultier's costume design for this film set the standard for neo-futuristic fashion!

The Nightmare before Christmas

1993 USA

Highly original mish mash of Halloween and Christmas themes, with catchy tunes and beautiful set design. Oogy boogie must be up there as one of the funkiest villains.

Synecdoche, New York

2008 USA

Highly cerebral and maybe somewhat pretentious, but managed to sweep me with it's existential charm. The funeral monologue made me happy to be alive.


1979 USSR

Slow burning sci-fi beast. Cinematography is stunning. It's pace might bore people but I found it contemplative and terrifying: like a glimpse into Earth's future.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019 France

Gorgeously shot piece filled with quiet, determined lust and longing.

Spirited Away

2001 Japan

Thinking of this film makes my heart simultaneously break and glow with its beauty and story. A true fairy tale to last for the ages and for me, it's pure, nostalgic comfort for a life i've not lived.

There Will Be Blood

2007 USA

A film which grips you from beginning to end. I couldn't take my eyes off Daniel Day Lewis and every time his presence was on screen, I felt tense. STUNNING score from Jonny Greenwood.