Whether you like it or not TikTok is the hottest app right now, bringing with it a brand new generation of social media stars. One of the brightest of these stars is Antonio Rojas, whose TikTok account @DapperCrapper currently has 4.7 million followers. We sat down with Antonio recently and asked him the five films that have most influenced his artistry and his TikTok account. Here’s what he told us:
1) The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums was a real game changer for me and my craft. The use of symmetry and medium shots in Wes Anderson’s cinematography has really impacted the way I film my videos. I really want people to feel they’re watching something that had some effort put into it when they watch a video of me lip-syncing a Doja Cat song while decorating my hair with butterfly clips.
2) Joker (2019)
This is the film that has most directly influenced me. I’ve probably done fifty videos of me pretending to be the Joker while a Billie Eilish song plays in the background. As a man of average attractiveness with a successful TikTok account, I really like to fetishizie violence for attention.
3) Rock of Ages (2012)
This film has such a great soundtrack! So many classic 80’s rock songs! I actually got the idea to use “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake in my video of me pretending to get ready for school, even though I’m twenty-three, from this movie!
4) Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
Comedically, no movie in the history of film has influenced me more than this movie. The delicate balance of drama and comedy and the liberal usage of falling down as a punchline has influenced my art substantially. This movie actually inspired me to try making comedy videos in a longer format than what I’m used to. Who knows, if I try hard enough, I might make something five minutes long by the time I’m thirty.
5) Citizen Kane (1941)
I’ve actually never seen it, but I feel kind of like I have to say I was inspired by this movie. Whatever the thing about the snow globe is seems cool though.