A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1972)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick and is a satirical science fiction
film adaptation of the 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, by
Anthony Burgess, about Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell),
a charismatic, psychopathic delinquent whose pleasures
may include classical music (especially Beethoven),
theiving, rape and ultra-violence. He is the leader of a small
gang of thugs (Pete, Georgie, and Dim), whom he calls his
droogs - from the Russian term for, 'friend'. Alex narrates
most of the film in ' Russian Nadsat'.
This cinematic adaptation was co-written and produced by
director Kubrick, it's a tame affair that acts as a social
commentary about psychiatry, youth gangs, and other
contemporary social, political,subjects in a dystopian, future
Britain. The controversial cult masterpiece was withdrawn
(not banned) by Kubrick himself in Britain following
copycats and media reactions, it remained so until after his
death and was finally re-released in the UK in 2000
Scorsese's masterpiece crime drama.
Based on the non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas
Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film
with Scorsese. The film follows the rise and fall of
three gangsters, spanning three decades.
Goodfellas performed well at the box office, grossing
$46.8 million domestically, well above its $25 million
budget; it received mostly positive reviews from critics.
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards but
only won one for Pesci in the Best Actor in a
The film is a cult classic deserving of it's reputation,
very well shot, slick photography and a superb
supporting soundtrack of Soul, Rock and Jazz. The
large ensemble cast will be recognisable from other
mob based film and television, notably the Sopranos.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST (1975)
An adaptation of the 1962 novel One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. The movie was the first to
win all five major Academy Awards.
Cuckoo's Nest is frequently called one of the greatest
films in the history of American cinema and that it is.
A fresh viewing of this film regardless of whether you've
seen it before, never fails to blow you away, any
geekish list you may have created in your head
becomes all muddled up as Jack Nicholson's greatest
performance to date carries one of the most
spectacular and thought provoking movies ever made.
In 1993, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or
aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of
Congress and selected for preservation in their
National Film Registry.
The film was shown in Swedish cinemas between
1975 and 1987 â€” twelve years, which is still a record.
British film from director Ken Loach and producer Tony
Garnett. The film is based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave
written by the Barnsley born author Barry Hines in 1968.
The film is ranked seventh in the British Film Institute's Top
Ten (British) Films.
The film focuses on Billy Casper, who has little hope in life
beyond becoming a coal miner and is bullied both at home,
by his physically and verbally abusive brother, Jud, as well as
at school. Both the film and the book provide an authentic
portrait of life in the mining areas of Yorkshire of the time.
Kes is genuine, it's gritty, funny, poignant, tells a story of a
time and place people would rather forget, yet strangely look
back upon fondly.
This film shows school as we knew it, school as it was, it's
spot on, and let's not forget the best PE lesson ever captured
in the history of cinema. Kes is Kes, it's shown in schools, it's
NUTS IN MAY (1976)
Written and directed by Mike Leigh, originally
broadcast as part of the BBC's Play for Today
series. It is the comical story of a nature-loving
and rather self-righteous couple's exhausting
battle to enjoy what they perceive to be the idyllic
camping holiday. Misunderstandings, awkward
clashes of values and, inevitably, explosive
conflicts are the uncomfortable scenarios that
occur when more open-minded and fun-loving
guests pitch their tents nearby.
THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE
tells the story of a rebellious youth (Tom
Courtenay), sentenced to a boy's reformatory
for robbing a bakery, who rises through the
ranks of the institution through his prowess as
a long distance runner. During his solitary
runs, reveries of his life and times before his
incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his
privileged status as the Governor's prize runner
WILD AT HEART (1990)
Directed by David Lynch, a crazy road movie
Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern lead an
ensemble cast, and includes bizarre, almost
supernatural events and off-kilter violence with
sometimes overtly heavy allusions to The Wizard
of Oz and strong references to Elvis Presley.
Based on the Barry Gifford Pulp novel, released
to mixed reviews, this is a classic Lynch movie,
worth watching for Willem Defoe's Bobby Peru
1996 American neo-noir film produced, directed and
written by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. The film is
about a car salesman who hires two men to kidnap
his wife for $80,000. Small-town police chief Marge
Gunderson investigates the crime, which sets off a
chain of murders.
The film stars Frances McDormand, William H. Macy,
Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and Harve Presnell.
Fargo earned seven Academy Award nominations,
winning twofor Best Original Screenplay for the
Coens and Best Actress in a Leading Role for
McDormand. The film also won the British BAFTA
Award and the Award for Best Director for Joel Coen
at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS (1999)
Directed by Shane Meadows, and co-written by frequent
Meadows collaborator Paul Fraser.
The film stars Andrew Shim as Romeo Brass, Ben
Marshall as Gavin Woolley and Paddy Considine as
Morell. It marked the screen debut of Considine, who
went on to star in Meadows' 2004 film, Dead Man's
It was nominated in three categories at the 1999 British
Independent Film Awards.
LA HAINE (1995)
French black-and-white film directed by Mathieu
Kassovitz, released in 1995. It is released under its
French title in the English-speaking world, although
its American VHS release was entitled Hate. It is
about three teenage friends and their struggle to live
in the banlieues of Paris. The title derives from a line
spoken by one of them, Hubert:
"La haine attire la haine!", "hatred breeds hatred."
|RAINING STONES (1993)
Directed by Ken Loach and starring Bruce Jones,
Julie Brown, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom Hickey and
Gemma Phoenix. It tells the story of a man who
cannot afford to buy his daughter a First
Communion dress, and makes disastrous choices
in trying to raise the money.
Arguably Ken Loach's finest film, absolutely spot on,
an amazing role for Bruce Jones later to be more
familiar for his work on Coronation Street.
|RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (1986)
Directed by Alan Clarke, a gritty and very northern film set
during Thatcher's grim Britain, follows two West Yorkshire
schoolgirls Rita and Sue who have a sexual fling with a
married man, Bob. It is adapted by Andrea Dunbar from her
1982 stage play of the same name. Its portrayal of
'ordinary' people's lives made it a cult film soon after its
cinematic release. A superb film which has stood the test
of time, controversial, hilarous and utterly convincing, there
are some fantastic standout performaces from a great
cast, not least from the late Wille Ross as Sue's drunken
TRADING PLACES (1983)
Academy Award-nominated 1983 comedy film
starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie
Lee Curtis. It was directed by John Landis.
Louis Winthorpe III is a successful Philadelphia
commodity broker with mansion, manservant and
girlfriend to match. Billy Ray Valentine is a
hustling beggar. Winthorpe's employers, the
elderly Duke brothers, make a bet which
switches the pair. Thinking Billy Ray will prosper
and Winthorpe will turn to a live of crime.
BUFFALO 66 (1998)
Vincent Gallo's semi-autobiographical full-length
motion picture debut. The retro look, do it
yourself sensibility and the comic mixture of irony
and sentimentality, as well as the casting and
music, have caused the film to be strongly
identifiable with late-1990s hipster culture.
Gallo and Christina Ricci star in the lead roles
with a fine supporting cast. Gallo also composed
and performed much of the music for the film.
|THE DEERHUNTER (1978)
In Clairton, a small working-class domicile in
Western Pennsylvania during the late 1960s,
Russian-American steel workers Michael (Robert De
Niro), Steven (John Savage), and Nick (Christopher
Walken), are preparing for two rites of passage:
marriage and military servic in the Vietnam war.
Whilst dealingwith controversial issues such as drug
abuse, suicide, infidelity and mental illness. The
infamous Russian Roulette scene is difficult, yet
The film won five Academy Awards.
London, 1965. Like many other youths, Jimmy
hates the philistine life, especially his parents
and his job in a company's mailing division. Only
when he's together with his friends, a 'Mod' clique,
cruises London on his motor-scooter and hears
music such as that of 'The Who' and 'The High
Numbers', he feels free and accepted. However,
it's a flight into an illusionary world.
Phil Daniels plays working-class Jimmy, the
drug-induced Mod, who hates his job and is
misunderstood by his parents. But by night, he
comes alive, with the all-nighters, his pills and his
scooter-riding friends. Always on a high, life can't
get any better. Then there's the Brighton scooter
run, where both Mods and Rockers converge,
ending in the battle of the cults on Brighton Beach
RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)
Quentin Tarantino's debut film. It portrays what
happens before and after a botched jewel heist.
Reservoir Dogs stars an ensemble cast with
Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Michael
Madsen, incorporating many themes that have
become Tarantino's hallmarks: violent crime, pop
culture references, dialogue, profuse profanity,
and a nonlinear storyline.
The film has become a cult classic.It was named
"Greatest Independent Film of all Time" by Empire.
Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie
Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, John C
McGinlay, Keith David, and Kevin Dillon.
The story is drawn from Stone's experiences as a
U.S. infantryman in Vietnam and was written by
him upon his return as a counter to the vision of
the war portrayed in John Wayne's The Green
Berets. The film won the Academy Award for Best
Picture of 1986.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
American comedy film written and directed by Joel
and Ethan Coen. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeffrey
Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and
avid bowler, who refers to himself as "the Dude".
After being mistaken for a multimillionaire who has
the same name, Lebowski is commissioned to
deliver a million-dollar ransom in order to secure the
release of the millionaire's kidnapped trophy wife.
The plan goes awry, and the Dude's friend Walter
Sobchak (John Goodman) further complicates the
TRUE ROMANCE (1993)
Romantic crime film directed by Tony Scott and
written by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Christian
Slater and Patricia Arquette with an ensemble
cast; It is billed as a "love story", albeit an
unconventional one, as the plot revolves around
drugs and violence. Clarence Worley and
Alabama Whitman attempt to start a new life for
themselves using cocaine stolen from
Alabama's former pimp and find themselves on
the run from the Mafia.
|THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
Hollywood crime film directed by William Friedkin. The film
was adapted and fictionalized by Ernest Tidyman from the
non-fiction book by Robin Moore. It tells the story of two New
York City policemen who are trying to intercept a heroin
shipment coming in from France. It is based on the actual,
infamous "French Connection" trafficking scheme. It stars
Gene Hackman (as pork pie hat-wearing New York City
police detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle), Fernando Rey (as
the villain French heroin smuggler Alain Charnier) and Roy
Scheider (as Jimmy's partner Buddy "Cloudy" Russo).
TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA (1985)
Directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel
written by former Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich,
who co-wrote the screenplay with Friedkin. The film
features William L. Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John
Turturro, John Pankow, among others. Wang Chung
composed and performed the original music soundtrack.
The film tells the story of the lengths to which two Secret
Service agents go to arrest a counterfeiter.
To Live and Die in LA features arguably the best car
chase in any film, ever.
THE JERK (1979)
American rags-to-riches-to-rags comedy film of
belated self-discovery. This was Steve Martin's
first starring role in a feature film. The film also
features Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh
and Jackie Mason.
In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted
The Jerk the 48th greatest comedy film of all
time. This film is #20 on Bravo's "100 Funniest
|THE GRADUATE (1967)
Directed by Mike Nichols, based on the 1963
novel by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after
graduating from Williams College.The film tells
the story of Ben Braddock (played by Dustin
Hoffman), a recent university graduate with no
well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an
older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and
then falls in love with her daughter Elaine
It ranked as the ninth greatest film of all time on
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies.
Cult film written and directed by Harmony Korine.
The film stars Nick Sutton and Jacob Reynolds.
Set in Xenia, Ohio, a real small town that was hit
by a tornado in 1974. The film, however, was not
actually shot in Xenia. The film depicts Xenia as
the home of various oddball and sometimes
disturbing backwater characters. The loose
narrative follows several main characters,
interrupted by vignettes depicting the other
denizens of the town.
DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)
Directed by George A. Romero, the second film
made in Romero's Living Dead series, Dawn of
the Dead contains no characters or settings from
its predecessor, and shows in larger scale the
apocalyptic effects a zombie epidemic would have
on society. In the film, a plague of unknown origin
has caused the reanimation of the dead, who
prey on human flesh. Several survivors of the
outbreak barricade themselves inside a
suburban shopping mall.
STAND BY ME (1986)
Directed by Rob Reiner, The title comes from a
song with the same title by Ben E. King (which
plays during the closing credits), while the story
itself is based on the novella The Body by Stephen
King. Coming of ageadventure-drama, four young
boys set off on a quest to find the body of Ray
Brower - hit by a train in a bid for stardom in their
small local town,but in the mean time each of the
boys learn more about themselves in a tale of
bonding and self discovery.
|THE SHINING (1980)
Supernatural thriller film directed by Stanley Kubrick,
based on Stephen King's novel of the same name.
Though not initially successful, the film has had
status as a cult film for years. Now being frequently
ranked as one of the best horror films in history and
its iconic imagery deeply embedded throughout
popular culture, The film stars Jack Nicholson as
tormented writer Jack Torrance, Shelley Duvall as his
wife, Wendy, and Danny Lloyd as their son, Danny.
THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY (1966)
Italian epic spaghetti western film directed by
Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van
Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles.
To this day, Leone's effort to reinvigorate the
timeworn Western is widely acknowledged.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been
described as European cinema's best
representative of the Western genre film, and
Quentin Tarantino has called it "the best-directed
film of all time.
THE GODFATHER (1972)
American 1972 crime thriller film film based on the
1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and
directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a
screenplay by Puzo, With a stellar cast including
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan.
The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and
chronicles the fictional Italian-American Corleone
crime family. The Godfather received Academy
Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best
|THE GODFATHER PART II (1973)
The film is both a sequel and a prequel to The
Godfather, chronicling the story of the Corleone
family following the events of the first film while also
depicting the rise to power of the young Vito
Corleone. The film stars Al Pacino, Robert Duvall,
Diane Keaton, John Cazale, and Robert DeNiro..
The Godfather Part II was nominated for 11 Academy
Awards and won six, including Best Picture, and Best
Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro in the role of the
young Vito Corleone.
|GET CARTER (1971)
Michael Caine stars as Jack Carter, a London
based mobster who sets out to avenge the death
of his brother in a series of unrelenting and brutal
killings played out against the grim background of
derelict urban housing in the North Eastern
English city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The film was based on Ted Lewis' 1969 novel
Jack's Return Home. Ranked 16th on the BFI Top
100 British films of the 20th century, Get Carter is
the quintessential British Gangster film, not to be
confused with the ridiculous Sly Stallone re-make
from 2000, which by all intents and purposes
ought to be ignored.
|THE LIFE AQUATIC (2004)
Wes Anderson's fourth feature length film, The offbeat comedy
stars Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, an eccentric oceanographer.
In this ensemble cast, Steve Zissou sets out to exact revenge on
the "jaguar shark" that ate his partner Esteban. Murray's
character is both a parody of and homage to Jacques-Yves
Cousteau, to whom the film is dedicated
Very stylishly shot film, with a soundtrack featuring Seu Jorge
performing David Bowie songs in Portuguese on the acoustic
|WITHNAIL AND I (1986)
Written and directed by Bruce Robinson, it is based on his life in
London in the late 1960s.
The main plot follows two struggling unemployed young actors,
Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and â€œIâ€� (Paul McGann) who
live in a squalid flat in London in 1969 while waiting for their
careers to take off. Needing a holiday, they obtain the key to the
country cottage belonging to Withnailâ€™s flamboyantly gay
uncle Monty and drive there. The holiday is less â€˜recuperativeâ
€™ than they expected, and tests their friendship.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
Space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. The
screenplay, based on a story by George Lucas, was written
by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. It was the second
film released in the Star Wars saga, being followed by Star
Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and the fifth in terms of
The film is set three years after the destruction of the Death
Star. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and
the rest of the Rebel Alliance are being pursued by Darth
Vader and the elite forces of the Galactic Empire.
Here we have our hand picked top 100 films, (revised and updated Jan 2021) in truth it could have easily been, a hundred and fifty or two hundred
even, with a few notable omissions and a few surprise additions perhaps, it's one difficult task to pick especially as the mood changes and you
discover new and old classics. Well this is ours, with the classics and cult and more than a handful of our fave indie films too.
You might have to highlight your mouse over one or two of these as we've tried to keep it stylish looking. T&D
THE WICKER MAN (1973)
Harrowing cult British film, filmed in Scotland,
combining thriller, existential horror and musical
genres, directed by Robin Hardy and written by
Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward
Woodward, Sir Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento,
Ingrid Pitt and Britt Ekland. The Wicker Man is
generally very highly regarded by critics and film
enthusiasts. The climax of this film makes for
difficult viewing, a true horror.
Ignore the US Nicolas Cage remake.
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future
is a clever film, hopping from a family film to a
modern day time travel fable, done well. Set in
both 1985 and 1955 Back to the Future tells the
story of Marty Mcfly trying to repair history and
bring his parents together in love.
This film was huge at the time, and remains a
cult classic, films of this ilk produced today don't
really make the grade, it's certainly not a kid's film.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)
Based on Stephen King's novel, 'Rita Hayworth
and Shawshank Redemption'. The film stars
Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan
Freeman as Ellis 'Red' Redding.
Shawshank is now ranked highly in many
'Greatest movie lists', hailed by critics and film
goers, but was beaten hand's down at the 1994
Academy Awards by Forrest Gump.
The ultimate prison breakout / buddy movie.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
Directed by Jonathan Demme, starring
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine and
Brooke Smith. It is based on the novel of the same name by
Thomas Harris, his second to feature Dr. Hannibal Lecter,
brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.
Silence of the Lambs was a huge hit winning five Oscars,
including Best Actress, Actor and Film.
Just ignore some of the shite it has since spawned.
WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE (1995)
Coming of age dark comedy from Director Todd
Solondz, less familar to his other controversial
works Storytelling (2001) and Happiness (1998)
Dollhouse tells the tale of the unpopular
Dawn 'Wienerdog' Weiner, a seventh grade
middle class New Jersey girl, where she is
bullied in school and deals with crushes and
rejection along with family problems such as
having inattentive parents, sibling rivalry, and the
kidnapping of her sister.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
The ultimate action-adventure movie and head and
shoulders above it's following three sequals.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford stars
as Indiana Jones a full time archaeologist and part
time treasure hunter.
Jones takes on the nazis in a fictional sub-plot
preceding World War Two, in the search for the Ark
of the Covenant, whilst attempt to make their army
invincible, they find it with genuinely scary face
|THE LIFE OF BRIAN (1979)
Written, directed and largely performed by the Monty
Python comedy team in multiple roles.
Life of Brian tells the story of Brian Cohen (Graham
Chapman), a young Jewish man who is born a few
doors down from Jesus Christ and subsequently
mistaken for the Messiah.
The film is regarded as one of the funniest ever
made, yet remains controversial with it's satirical
and blasphemous slant on the New Testament.
The film was banned in Aberystwyth for 30 years.
|THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931)
Starring James Cagney and directed by William A.
Wellman. The movie relates the story of a young
man's rise in the criminal underworld in
prohibition-era urban America.
Cagney was forever labelled with the 'tough guy'
image, despite winning an oscar for the decidedly
pleasant Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), he was
never really able to shake it off.
Tony Soprano can be seen enjoying the film in an
episode of the cult televison show.
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Directed by John Landis and starring David
Naughton, Griffin Dunne and Jenny Auguttter.
The movie won the 1981 Saturn Award for Best
Horror Film and an Academy Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Makeup which gives
the film a real edge over the crap and overused
CGI in modern day movies.
Financers believed that Landis' script was too
frightening to be a comedy and too funny to be a
THE PIANIST (2002)
Directed by Roman Polanski adapted from Wladyslaw
Szpilman's autobiography, this multi award winning film charts
the collapse of one man's world during the outbreak of the
Second World War and the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939.
This harrowing and brutal films shows the true horrors largely
through one man's eyes as he encounters the mass genocide
of Jewish population unravel before him, as their rights are
taken away from them as they are forced into a squalid
Warsaw ghetto at the hands of the sadistic Schutzstaffel.
DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
Produced, written and Directed by Spike Lee who also
stars amongst the great ensemble cast including
Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, John Turturro, Rosie Perez,
Frank Vincent, and Samuel L Jackson in this box office
success from the back end of the eighties which was
nominated for two Oscars.
During the hottest day of the year, tensions in the
Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant are
quickly rising, with such a diverse mix of people,
blacks, whites, Hispanic and Korean, this film tells it
like it is in an unflinching way as racial tension in the
inner city comes to a head. Public Enemy's Fight the
Power hit single of the same year provides the
soundtrack via Radio Raheem's (Bill Nunn) boom box
in this clever slice-of-life social commentary which will
certainly never date.
COME AND SEE (1985)
Directed by Elem Klimov, is a 1985 Soviet war
movie and deeply psychological horror drama
set during the Nazi German occupation of the
Belarussian SSR, in 1943. Aleksei Kravchenko
and Olga Mironova star as the protagonists
Florya and Glasha. The film title derives from
The Apocalypse of John, Chapter 6. With such a
tough subject at hand this film obviously pulls no
punches. This is a true horror film, it's scary
because it happened.
|GROSSE POINTE BLANK (1997)
American comedy movie, directed by George Armitage, and starring John Cusack
and Minnie Driver.
In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Grosse Pointe Blank the 21st
greatest comedy film of all time.
Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which
causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary
and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion.
The film's soundtrack features mainly independent music hits from the 1980s.
Directed by Alan Clarke, this cinematic version was
released after the BBC refused to screen the original 1977
television 'Play for Today version deemed to brutal for a
televison audience and deemed 'unrealistic' by the powers
Scum launched the careers of several young British actors
including Phil Daniels, Ray Burdis and Mick Ford, and of
course, most notably Ray Winstone in the lead role as
Carlin the young ruffian entering the brutal world of borstal,
he we see Carlin's journey as he rises to the top taking on
the system head on.
Scum was a controversial film upon it's release and has
dated very well, exposing the old fashioned institutions
and all their flaws in Britain of that time.
I first saw this when I was at school, it hit me harder than
Pongo Banks ever could, it's brutal, it's ruthless it's stood
the test of time, and is something we can be proud of.
|APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
Based on Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of
Darkness, Apocalypse now is the haunting vision
of Director Francis Ford Coppola. Award winning
in multiple categories, a true epic, set during the
vietnam conflict revolves around two US Army
special operations officers, Captain Willard
(Martin Sheen) is sent into the jungle to
assassinate the other, the rogue and presumably
insane Colonel Kurtz played by Marlon Brando.
Napalm, Valkryies, surfing, the Doors and Dennis
Hopper this film has it all and was as epic to
produce behind the scenes as the final cut,
Sheen had a heart attack, Brando had a hissy fit,
the sets were destroyed by torrential rain.
|MIDNIGHT RUN (1988)
Following suit with what could certainly be deemed
another buddy movie, Midnight Run is an excellent tale,
cheesy and ever so slightly dated, and one you could
argue wouldn't be as great without Bobby DeNiro, but it's
the cleverly teamed chemistry of he and Charles Grodin
which really makes this tick. Jack Walsh (DeNiro) is an
ex-cop bounty hunter who's task it to take Jonathon
Mardukas (Grodin) a sensitive accounted who's wanted
by the mob, Jack has to deliver him from New York to LA,
on time and alive. Sounds like a piece of cake, but it's
anything but, as it turns into a real cross country chase,
with the FBI and the mob hot on their tale, two unlikely
cohorts actually become friends.,
PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
From the late, great John Hughes, Planes, trains tells
the story of uptight ad exec Neal Page (Steve Martin)
trying to get home for Thanksgiving, he crosses paths
with the bumbling and buffoonish, albeit kind hearted
shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John
Candy), a simple journey home becomes the most
farcical of farcery, not helped as these opposites clash
with hilarious consequences, but they eventually get
home in one piece..
This is essentially a buddy movie, and a real seasonal
favourite, very quotable and memorable too, I'd go so
far as to say it's even a bit of a tear jerker at the end,
maybe that's because the superb John Candy left this
planet far too soon..
THE GOONIES (1984)
There's not a single person of our generation who hasn't
seen, or doesn't like the Goonies, it's a kid's film, but it isn't
really, I'll still love this when I'm fifty and no doubt so will my
children. The Goonies has it all, the camaraderie of young
pals, the mobsters, the sense of adventure, treasure,
Pirates, Corey Feldman and Sloth.
We all wanted to be Goonies when we were kids, it's
magical, it shouldn't really work, but by jove! it does.
The Goonies helped launch the careers of several young
actors, some went on to huge things, others didn't, but they
will all be fondly remembered for what is essentially a family
film. This is one of those (almost) unique films I can watch
from start to finish at any given time, even now, right now. So,
no funny looks, The Goonies is in there, no arguments.
|BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Set in
Southern California in the late 1970s and early
1980s, the screenplay focuses on a young
nightclub dishwasher who becomes the popular
star of pornographic films and finds himself slowly
descending into a nightmare of drug abuse when
his fame draws him into a crowd of users and
abusers Mark Wahlberg gives a career defining
performance as Dirk Diggler, clearly based on John
'Wadd' Holmes.I've told friends this is as good as
Goodfellas, albeit with a seventies bongo slant,
they laugh, I doubt myself, then watch it again, and
realise I'm right, it's epic, the cast is superb, the
shots are silky and yeah, a bit 'Scorsese', doesn't
matter though, it's fucking faultless.
|MEAN STREETS (1973)
One of Martin Scorsese's earlier films, set in the
cool backdrop of 70's New York City. A glimpse
of what was to come with a long standing
associtation of mob films.. Charlie (Keitel) a
small-time member of the wiseguy community
who collects protection money. His friends Tony
and Michael are part of the community, but his
other friend Johnny Boy is unreliable and
therefore must be shunned.
De Niro won the National Society of Film Critics
award for Best Supporting Actor for his role.
Watching Mean Streets it's evident that many
filmakers have taken inspiration or even ripped
off this great film.
LE SAMOURAI (1967)
As cool as they come French/Italian hitman film
from Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Alain Delon as
the ice cool hitman Jef Costello who works to a
strict Samurai code. A film that has inspired
many including Walter Hill, Jim Jarmusch, John
Woo with it's technical style and also an influence
on the burgeoning Mod movement at the time.
One of the cool classics of world cinema.
THE EXORCIST (1973)
Chilling, disturbing American horror film directed by
William Friedkin, adapted from the 1971 novel of
the same name by William Peter Blatty and based
on the true exorcism case of Robbie Mannheim
(pseudonym) in the 40's, dealing with the demonic
possession of a young girl and her motherâ€™s
desperate attempts to win back her daughter
through an exorcism conducted by two priests.
Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Famous for its
depiction of a savage insurrection at a public
school, the film is associated with the 1960s
counterculture movement because it was filmed by
a long-standing counter-culture director at the time
of the student uprisings in Paris in May 1968. It
includes controversial statements, It features
surrealist sequences throughout the film. Upon
release in the UK, it received an X certificate.
|THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)
Not to be mistaken with the crass and unneccessary
remake, this 1974 drama is a great thorwback to old
school grimey New York.
The ulitmate heist movie, there's no happy ending.
Clearly an inspiration for future Hollywood movie
makers, the crooks even adopted colourful monikers.
The film made such a mark, New York Transit
stopped any subway trains leaving Pelham at 1:23.
|RAGING BULL (1980)
An astonishing performance by Robert De Niro as
prizefighter Jake La Motta which he deservedly
won best actor for, his methodical approach to
gettng into character is now legendary as he
beefed up and piled on the pounds
. A stunning film throughout, from the script to the
superb soundtrack. The boxing scenes maybe
short but still pack a punch with their graphic
brutal nature and artistically shot.
COOL HAND LUKE (1967)
Paul Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a
prisoner in a Georgia Road prison camp who
refuses to submit to the system. His inability to
conform drives the plot of the movie, in the
same vein as characters such as Winston
Smith from Nineteen Eighty-Four, Randle
McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Nest, Number Six from the British television
series The Prisoner.
Written, directed, photographed, and edited by Gaspar
NoÃ©. It stars Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel. Several
critics declared it one of the most disturbing and
controversial films of 2002. With two very notable graphic
scenes you won't forget in a hurry. Like Noe's recent work
Enter The Void it's a unique and unforgettable piece.
The film employs non-linear narrative. The whirry
soundtrack was composed byThomas Bangalter, who is
best known as half of the band Daft Punk.
American psychological thriller film written and
directed by Christopher Nolan. based on an idea
from his brother Jonathan.
Aussie Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a man
with anterograde amnesia which renders his
brain unable to store new memories in a film with
more twists and turns than the Shining's maze. A
great, clever paranoid indie thriller.
Good cop film directed by Sidney Lumet. It is
based on the true story of New York City
policeman Frank Serpico, who went undercover to
expose the corruption of his fellow officers, after
being pushed to the brink at first by their distrust
and later by the threats and intimidation they went
against him . A really iconic and stylish film which
Pacino excells in the lead, a favourite of Dirk
Diggler and Tony Manero, yep, it's that cool.
Directed by maverick German film maker
Werner Herzog and written in just four days
specifically for lead Bruno S. This crazy and
hilarious, yet depressing journey was shot
from Berlin to Wisconsin, and in North
Carolina. Most of the lead roles are played by
This is noted for being the last film Joy
Division singer Ian Curtis watched, in fact he
hung himself directly after watching it.
STIR CRAZY (1980)
Directed by Sidney Poitier, this is one of the
ulitmate buddy movies, starring Richard Prtyor
and Gene Wilder at their peak, this is an
hilarious take on the Prison genre.
Two old friends aim to leave New York behind
them and set off for the American dream in
Hollywood only to be framed for a bank robbery
and given 125 years in Prison.
Their next aim is to try and get out whether it's
the right way or by escape.
SIN CITY (2005)
Directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Clever film adaptation of Frank Millers' graphic
comics Feauturing an all star cast that includes
Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and the late Brittany
Murphy. Set in Basin City and telling the story of
three different people all caught up in violence
and corruption. Notable for its unique visual look
which saw largely B&W mixed with the splash of
colour where relevent.
THE TERMINATOR (1984)
Directed by James Cameron
A small film that maybe shouldn't have really worked but
didand suprised many at the box office and then went on to
become a multi-million dollar franchise. A cyborg and a
human resistance fighter are sent from the future to the
80s. One a terminator - a cyborg assassin to kill her, the
other Kyle Reese to protect her and save her as yet unborn
son who unbeknown to her is the saviour of mankind.
FIVE EASY PIECES (1970)
Directed by Bob Rafelson, a classic American
drama which tells the story of a surly oil rig
worker (Nicholson), Bobby Dupea, whose
blue-collar existence shadows his privileged
upbringing as a child prodigy classical pianist.
When word reaches that his father is dying, he
goes home on a road trip to see him, reluctantly
bringing along his pregnant girlfriend, Rayette,
a dimwitted waitress with predictable
consequences. A slick and stylish gem.
|KILL BILL Vol. 1&2 (2003)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Non-conventional director Tarantino returned after a
brief abscene with this remarkable two-parter about
a womans revenge. Paying homage to a host of
films including Japanese chanbara, Hong Kong
Martial Arts, exploitation films and even Spaghetti
Westerns all blended together prefectly to creat this
fresh and unique tale of "The Bride" (Uma Thurman)
hellbent on revenge.
|EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Empire of the Sun
is an American coming of age war film based on
J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the
same name. Seen through the eyes of a slightly
obnoxious young British boy (Christian Bale)
living in wealth in Shanghai with his parents
during the outbreak of the Chinese and Japanese
conflict in the Second World War, he loses his
parents and goes on a journey alone from his
comfortable surroundings to a Prisoner of War
|NIL BY MOUTH (1997)
Directed by Gary Oldman, more famous in front of
the camera than behind it, nil By mouth is a
stunning debut. Based around a family of
characters living in South East London's slums. It
stars Ray Winstone as Raymond, the 'orrible, yet
compelling abusive husband of Val (Kathy Burke).
The film was very well received, winning several
awards, with a great support cast including Jamie
Forman and Charlie Creed Miles in a central role,
grittier than a big bag of dirty gravel.
Directed by Mike Leigh, Meantime was an
original play for Today on Birtish telly, getting the
best out of a spiffing young cast including Tim
Roth, Gary Oldman and in his acting debut , Phil
Meantime is a poignant urban tale of Thatcher's
decimation of Britain in the early 80's, class
struggles, unemployment and a day to day sense
of waste, funny, bleak, typically Mike Leigh, a
timeless and relevant capsule of a working class
struggle to survive in old London.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, ET was an
absolute hit after it's release, a massive
movie which still retains that old magic touch
now to grown up viewers, something I just
doubt would happen today. The tale of a
good alien accidentally left on earth who
befriends a young boy. spiritually
autobiographical, Speilberg based a lot of
this on a young vivid imagination. If this
doesn't make you feel like a kid again, then
DEAD MANS SHOES (2004)
Directed by Uttoxeter's answer to Martin Scorsese
Shane Meadows. Dead Man's Shoes was a back to
basics return to form. Starring Burton-Upon-Trent's
answer to De Niro - Paddy Considine, it tells the tale
of vengance in the sleepy Derbyshire town of
Matlock, with an undercurrent of small time crooks
and dealers who tormented returning wounded
squaddie Richard's simpleton brother into death.
Great low budget drama we loved so much we made
Directed by both Donald Cammell and Nicolas
Roeg, Performace is a psychadelic head fuck of a
film set at the end of the swinging sixties in what was
then the grubby Notting Hill.
An acting debut from Mick Jagger and a suave turn
from James Fox in the lead, a film that fucked him up
so much he apparently ran off to be a missionary.
Producers wanted another 'Hard Day's Night' they got
much better, an experimental, clever and unique
vision which has inspired so many others.
|PULP FICTION (1994)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
A crime film from Tarantino that is not just back to front but
sideways too in it's layout.
Telling the intersecting storylines of LA mobsters, small
time criminals and fringe players all connected by a
briefcase with mysterious contents. Also notable for
rekindling an ailing career for John Travolta and firing
Samuel L Jackson into the big time instead of
undeserved small time roles, great film with a very good
THE KILLING FIELDS (1984)
Directed by Roland JoffÃ© a British drama film
about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in
Cambodia, which is seen throught the
experiences of three journalists trying to give
their own truthful accounts of the human
tragedy madness of the civil war in Cambodia.
A Multi award winning touching and hard hitting
drama of friendship and hope against a
backdrop of brutality and the absurdity of mass
genocide. Something you will not forget.
Directed by Martin Scorsese and often likeded as an
unofficial Goodfellas mark two, it's not hard to see
why, with a very familar looking cast as the former
with De Niro, Pesci and Frank Vincent. Ignoring
Goodfellas if you can, this is equally as slick and
stylish with a great cast and score it's another
superb story of greed, power, deception, mobsters,
murder and money. Despite the similarities, it can
still stand up as a superb yet brutal account of a
Vegas they wouldn't want you to see.
Directed by Todd Solondz, who followed up his
excellent Welcome To The Dollhouse with this
film about three sisters and their relationships
and families. Tackling some highly
controversial subjects along the way and yet
being awfully humerous it certainly is a black
comedy in every sense.
Everyone is on form here too with the
ensemble winning an award.
|DON'T LOOK NOW (1973)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg , occult thriller Don't Look Now
stars Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as a married
couple whose lives become complicated after the
accidental death of their daughter. Whislt abroad they learn
of a clairvoyant who claims their daughter is trying to
contact them to warn them of danger.
Notable for it's innovative editing technique and recurring
themes. Don't Look Now also crosses genres from thriller
to psychological drama. Above all a tail of grief, widely
acknowledged today as a modern classic.
BROKEN FLOWERS (2005)
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, this tells the story of
Don Johnston (Bill Murray), a former Don Juan
having made a small fortune in the computer
industry, wants to live in quiet retirement.
He is content to lounge around watching old
movies and listening to classical music.
Until a mysterious pink letter arrives informing
him his has a son, he sets off on a road trip to find
his former lovers and track down the mystery son.
THE THIN RED LINE (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick who returned from a 20 year
sabbatical from his previous film Days Of Heaven to deliver this
massive masterpiece based on the 1962 novel about the conflict
at Guadalcanal during WW2. Featuring a very large ensemble
cast and even more cameos, most of which ened up on the
cutting room floor, such as Mickey Rourke and Gary Oldman as
the first cut ran over 5 hours.
Nominated for 7 Oscars the film wasn't a huge success in
America but was worldwide. a film which will leave you more
than impressed, and possibly with an achy bottom too.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007)
Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
The Coen's adapt Cormac McCarthy's novel
of the same name and bring us a cat and
mouse western crime thriller that scooped
plenty of awards and also gave us one of the
most recent terrifying bad guys in Anton
Chigurh (Javier Bardem on great from), with
his bizarre choice of weaponry and even
weirder-yet-somehow cool bellend shaped
THE KILLING (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Superb film noir from a young Kubrick, starring
Sterling Hayden as a veteran criminal who decides to
plan that one last heist before settling down for good.
He assembles a team to pull off a successful
racetrack heist but it's the aftermath that goes awry.
As clever, cool and cunning as anything ever
released since, don't let the date be a distraction,
many have learned a lot from this.
|RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
Directed by Joel Coen
One of the earlier Coen bros. films and one
of the most hilarious they've done, a crazy
film about a childless couple - one an ex-con
and the other an ex-cop who decided to steal
one of the local rich businessman's new
quintupelets. Chaos ensues, naturally.
THE SUPERGRASS (1985)
The Comic Strip was born out of the alternative
comedy scen in the 80s, whilst most of their
made for TV films were hit and miss The
Supergrass was their finest hour. Bad News
was better than Spinal Tap aswell.
Cream teas and murder by the seaside, a
familiar all star cast (of the small screen) go to
Devon in chase of a drugs cartel that's born out
of the imagination of moron Dennis Carter (Ade
Edmondson) or is it not just his imagination?
MAN BITES DOG (1992)
Blacker than black comedy mockumentary about a
film crew following seemingly charming serial killer
Ben as he carries out his viscious deeds, as the film
progresses the more the documentary crew become
assailants to the crimes. A film that caused a right
fuss upon it's release, filmed in black and white and
made for peanuts by a few student filmmakers.
|THE WANDERERS (1979)
Directed by Philip Kaufman set against the
urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland
subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is
set around the Italian gang the Wanderers.
Slight comedy, slight High School angst and
every bit entertaining with its classic 1950's
Rock n' Roll soundtrack. Not to be confused with
the more gritty gang drama the Warriors, more
charm less fight Also not to be confused with
Grease or any other ponce musical.
BAD LIEUTENANT (2009)
Directed by Werner Herzog
Who'd have thunk that a re-imagining of Abel Ferrara's
sleazy original with a tour de force from Harvey Kietel
would be made? Well this 'companion' of sorts is a belter!
Nicolas Cage tends to pick some rather ropey roles these
days but every so often he makes the right decision and
shows he's a very decent actor.
Bang on form here in this crazy drama, one of the best
films in the last few years.
THE TIN DRUM (1979)
WW2 set comedy drama based on the novel
of the same name by Gunter Grass. Oskar is
a strange fruit, deliberatley injuring himself
as he reaches his third year as he doesn't
want to grow any older, his disdain for the
world around him shows through with his
ability to break glass with his screams and to
upset the applecart with the continuous
banging of his drum. If all else fails he can try
and resolve it with some fizzy sherbert!
THE PASSENGER (1975)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, this
tremendous tale of escapism sees a
frustrated war correspondent, unable to find
the war he's been asked to cover, taking the
risky path of stealing the identity of a recently
deceased and very similar looking man he
shared a hotel with. With a treck across
Europe from London to Seville - it's an
amazing adventure with some of the most
remarkable and slick camera work in cinema
at the time.
THE STRAIGHT STORY (1999)
Directed by David Lynch, quite literally playing it
straight too, well, as straight as an old man driving
across the American heartland on a sit on lawn
mower. Based on a true story, this is a real heart
But what made this film even more so striking was a
superb performance from lead Richard Farnsworth, a
formerly Hollywood stuntman who received a Best
Actor nomination for this role, made whilst suffering
with terminal cancer, not wanting to live in pain - he
tragically shot himself dead just a year later.
Yes, Vacation, it's our list and we're having it.
Directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy
Chase when he was at his peak.
If the hairs on the back of your neck don't jump up
and start dancing when you hear Mr Lyndsay
Buckingham's Holiday Road at the opening titles,
then frankly, you are a miserable bastard, it's
cheesy, but it's cool, it reminds us of growing up
and that funny feeling you get in your pants when
you first see Christy Brinkley in her red Ferrari.
|PANS LABYRINTH (2006)
Guilermo Del Toro has created this excellent gothic
fairytale for grown ups, set agains the post-war era
of Franco's Spain. Told through the eyes of Ophelia,
a young girl who's moved to a military outpost
commanded by her ruthless new stepfather.
Powerless and lonely in a place of great danger,
she confronts monsters of both the other world and
the existing human world. Here she meets Pan, a
fantastical creature who challenges her with three
tasks which he claims will reveal her true identity.
|THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977)
Directed by Wim Wenders - a loose adaptation of sorts of
Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game. Also adding in a
huge nod to the Noir era of cinema and mixing it up with a
homage of his love of American Indie cinema and you've got a
cracker on your hands, especially so given the brilliant
performance from Bruno Ganz as a terminally ill picture framer
who's tricked into becoming an assasin by Tom Ripley, played
by Dennis Hopper who's on usual great form too.
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MONA LISA (1986)
Directed by Neil Jordan.
George (Hoskins), recently released from prison, is given a
good joby job as the driver for a high-class hooker (Tyson) by his
former boss, Mortwell (Caine). As George and Simone find out
more about each other, they form a friendship despite possibly
A great tale of an old seedy London with a stellar British cast,
Hoskins' great performance is often overlooked by his (equally
great) role in The Long Good Friday.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
What can we say about this one? Money, drugs,
sex, more drugs and excession, not to mention
very fucking funny. A star turn from Leonardo
DiCaprio, in fact everyone in this are on form,
deserved best actor and best supporting actor
nods (for Jonah Hill), but was never going to get
them. Did you know after this the google search
for quaaludes went into meltdown. Straight into
our Top 100 list, film of 2014 for us.
Directed by James Toback.
Remade in 2005 as French film The Beat That My Heart
Skipped. We prefer the original with another ace
perfomance from Harvey Kietel as Jimmy Fingers - a
brilliant pianist torn between his dream and his job as a
debt collector for his loan shark father. (Michael V
Gazzo). Jimmy takes his stereo everywhere he goes
playing hits of the 50s very loudly. It's his collecting and
run ins with the mafioso (Tony Sirico) which see's his
life take a different turn.
STARRED UP (2013)
Directed by David MacKenzie
British based prison film about a violent young
offender (Jack O'Connell) being transferred to proper
adult prison early due to his bad behaviour. Amidst
the violence he also has to contend with the fact his
estranged father is also on the same wing as him.
There's been too many modern prison dramas of
late, most of them are bobbins, this though is real
decent and a modern day contender to Scum.
BAD LIEUTENANT (2013)
Directed by Abel Ferrara
The original Bad Lieutenant, though we like them both.
So we prefer to say the Werner Herzog one is a
companion piece. This one is sleazy as fuck, with a
tour-de-force from Harvey Kietel as the Bad Lieutenant.
A bronx based corrupt lieutenant consumed by drugs
and gambling debts, all the while trying to solve a case
of a nun being raped by two hoodlums.
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg.
Why a film with such heavyweight stars in the leads has
been so unseen, until recently it hadn't even made it to
dvd, in fact it still hasn't in the UK is anyone's guess.
That's usually the tell tale signs of a stinker, this gem is
anything but. Al Pacino and Gene Hackman two drifters
initially reluctantly team up to head East.
|THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)
Mock rockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring
members of the fictional British heavy-metal band Spinal
Tap. The film satirizes the wild behavior of a rock band on
tour in the US promoting their new album 'Smell the Glove',
filmed by Director Mart DiBergi played by Reiner himself.
Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, and Christopher
Guest still tour in character as Spinal Tap. The Comic
Strips 'Bad News' from the same era which actually
preceded Tap makes very similar and hilarious viewing.
CITY OF GOD (2002)
Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles
and Ka¡tia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and
worldwide in 2003. It was adapted by Bra¡ulio Mantovani from
the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins which
was based on a true story. It depicts the growth of organized
crime in this Rio de Janeiro suburb, between the end of the
'60s and the beginning of the '80s, with the closure of the film
depicting the war between the drug dealer Li'l Ze and
criminal Knockout Ned.
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951)
Directed by Charles Chrichton and scribed by T.E.B Clarke, from West
London's famous Ealing Studios way back in '51. British cinema were
doing twists and turns in our movies before Tarantino was even
conceived.The always reliable Alec Guinness plays Mr Holland aka
'Dutch' a timid, paranoid but very reliable bank clerk. Be-friending a new
lodger at his residence - Mr Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), together
they hatch the perfect plan to steal gold bullion and mould it in the
shape of Eiffel Tower souvenirs in order to smuggle them away from
Britain and the black market.
|BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
Directed by George Roy Hill, a charming American
Western tale of friendship and camaraderie
between the two buddy leads as turn-of-the-century
Western outlaws and their gang. Loosely based on
fact, the film puts Hollywood icons Newman and
Redford alongside eachother as outlaws fleeing
South to avoid the law, in a critics favourite which
won the Academy award for best Writer William
Goldman. A real timeless favourite that gets cooler
with age and is almost in it's own genre.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
A cult classic that Ken Russell once called the greatest
science-fiction film since Metropolis,Robocop might be a
social commentary of sorts, it's also dead entertaining. Like a
superhero film for grown ups. As well as the part human, part
machine hero Murphy (Peter Weller) , it also features one the
best bad guys in film. Clarence Boddicker. Pure futuristic
ultraviolent sleaze. I'd buy that for a dollar.
TAXI DRIVER (1976)
Directed Martin Scorsese.
Once a british film maker compared his not very good at all film to this
masterpiece and claimed this, like his film got cunted on release.
It didn't. This won huge acclaim the Palm D'Or and was nominated for 4
oscars. Robert DeNiro is on fine form as lonely and depressed former
Marine Travis Bickle working as a taxi driver to try and cure his
insomnia, about to deterioate into madness. He's got some bad ideas
in his head, but is also determined to save a young teenage prostitute
he encounters in his cab.
THE FIRM (1989)
The hooligan movie has now become it's own genre in
the UK and none of them are very good. It's difficult to
really capture that scene on the screen.
This however, has two key ingrediants for succes, the
late, great Alan Clarke and Gary Oldman who shortly after
went to Hollywood. Putting two of British cinemas greats
together and adding some great one liners then it's a firm
favourite. Recently very colourfully reinterpreted by Nick
Love, it wasn't too bad. But the original is always the best.
What, two hooligan films in your top 100? yes, certainly.
Directed by Philip Davis - co-incidentally The Yeti in the Firm
across the page. I.D. was based on the actual accounts of a
Met Bobby who went behind enemy lines with Millwall and got
in deeper than he'd have ever liked too, so much so that the
'buzz' grabbed a hold of him. This is often bemoaned for it's
lack of good labels on show, but it's more a period piece set in
the late 80's and filmed on a tiny budget. More importantly, this
is a very good and highly believable tale though.
We fucking love you Gumbo.
Directed by John McTiernan.
Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by
the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians
trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which
includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent
George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is
gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew
discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with
superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its
surroundings. One of the most macho films ever made,you
simply feel better for watching this.
Directed by Ivan Reitman. A film that is both hugely enjoyable as a child
and even more so as a grown up, genuinely scary and very funny. In the
age of big sets, puppetry and convincing CGI, they don't make them like
this any more.
Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a
university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to
set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping
pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money..
Directed by Steven Spielberg. A man-eating great white
shark attacks beach goers at the summer resort of
'Amity' in New England, prompting police chief Martin
Brody (Roy Scheider) to hunt it with the help of a marine
biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark
hunter, Quint played by Robert Shaw. Stone cold
classic, which genuinely put the willies up people going
for a paddle in the ocean for quite some time. Here's to
swimmin' with bow-legged women.