Movies

In no particular order, here are some of my favourite movies

Click on the images to see the IMDb pages for each title

 

Seven Samurai (1954)

Every time I watch Seven Samurai I notice little things that set each character apart. Considering this was made in the 50s it provides an incredible example of characterisation, sophisticated action sequences and fantastic cinematography that a lot of modern films fail to achieve. Make no mistake; this a true cinematic masterpiece.

 

Fight Club (1999)

Considering the name of the film there is actually very little fighting. Instead it is a mind bending trip into the human psyche that is as gripping as it is entertaining. Fight club also comes with a stellar cast of Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter and Edward Norton but I shouldn’t be talking about fight club – Rule 1.

 

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1937)

This is the film that inspired the fight scene in The Naked Gun where the sword fighters take a break but their shadows continue to fight behind them. Sit back and enjoy old school Hollywood stunts without the safety of wires or mats. Errol Flynn is also a delight as our Robin Hood especially the bit where he beats up guards with a deer!!!

 

The Fifth Element (1997)

I really love the fifth element. From the moment that Milla Jovovich get’s wrapped in her iconic orange strappings and shouts “leeloo” through to the extroverted Chris Rock hosting a space opera sung by Sonic the Hedgehog’s cousin. This might not rank among the best of film culture but it’s firmly a guilty pleasure of mine.

 

Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

I used to think the comedy of Donald O’Connor’s character was the star of the show but on closer inspection I realised that Gene Kelly is one of the tightest dancers there has ever been. Singin’ In The Rain has iconic dance sequences, fantastic performances and it still holds up today as something that is funny today. “I caaan’t staaand ‘im”

 

Mr Nice Guy (1997)

The film that started it all… for me at least anyway. I watched this Jackie Chan film as a kid and it inspired me to take up breakdancing, go to university to study film and therefore is the main reason I’m writing here and now. It’s a decent enough Jackie Chan film even if it’s not his best but how could I not include this on my list!?

 

Moon (2009)

Nowadays it’s rare that I am truly blown away by a film but a little, unassuming film called Moon did just that. A fantastic storyline, epic performances, a brilliant reveal and decent special effects. You wouldn’t know that this film was made for 5 million dollars. Absolutely peanuts compared to Interstellar’s 165 million for example.

 

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1976)

I’ve got a good feeling that this is still the best of the Star Wars films, Empire nails everything that is awesome about the Star Wars universe without coming across cheesy, childish or just gross like the prequels. It’s worth watching this film for the battle of Hoth alone so it’s good news all around that there is a lot more to hold your attention here.

 

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Cap 2 is not only a surprisingly good superhero film it’s a surprisingly good film. Period. Full stop. Cap 2 also made Captain America totally badass – something that was sorely lacking in the first Cap film. He’s pitted against The Winter Soldier who is an even match for Captain America so the fisticuffs are balanced yet jaw dropping.

 

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Still my favourite Tarantino film. The way that the timelines are played with so you have no idea what is happening until the end was, and still is, fantastic. Like most Tarantino films this contains generous amounts of violence, some incredible dialogue and a brilliant soundtrack. This one also comes with a wallet that says bad mother fucker on it!