Anders makes no distinction between high- and low-art, surreal or classical. He enjoys the transcendent cinema of Tarkovsky and Malick, yet holds a special place in his heart for the pop-cinema of Lucas and Spielberg. He enjoys American indie films and contemporary world cinema, as well as visiting and studying the canonical classics. He completed a PhD in English and Film Studies in 2017. His research and writing interests are in critical theory and philosophy, religion, science fiction and horror, and East Asian cinema.
His favourite films include:
- Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
- North By Northwest (1959)
- Days of Heaven (1978)
- My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
- Seven Samurai (1954)
- The Third Man (1949)
His favourite directors include:
Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Wong Kar-wai, and Martin Scorsese.