Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a reboot to the 1960's and -70's Planet of the Apes franchise.

While looking for a cue for Alzheimer's Disease, Will Rodman (James Franco) tests his drug on apes in preparation for human trials. After finding his drug enhances the apes' intelligence he prepares to present his finding to secure the funding for human trials - until the intelligent ape escapes, causing havoc.

Any further experiments are off the cards and all of the apes are put down. It is later discovered that the intelligent ape was merely protecting a secret baby which Will decides to adopt.

The young ape, later named Caesar (Andy Serkis), grows up in the care of Will who finds that it displays an abnormally high intelligence rate, but things start to become complicated when Caesar's over-protective nature tears him apart from Will when he is impounded.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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Sherlock Holmes is back to face his old foe Professor Moriaty.

Dr. Watson (Jude Law) is getting married but Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) recognises various crimes around the city as the work of his old foe Professor Moriaty (Jared Harris).

Holmes latches onto a clue - an undelivered letter for a gypsy woman (Noomi Rapace) from her brother who is working for Moriaty - and she agrees to join forces with the pair before the peace summit in Switzerland.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Nightmare at Christmas

The watching of films over Christmas this year has been a nightmare.
OK, so there has been a bit of radio silence on the blog over the past week or so. Here are my excuses:
  • The next film I have to watch - Day For Night - is notoriously difficult to get hold of in the UK and I have now just ordered up my third copy to arrive in from the United States after the two previous versions were only in French audio with the option for French or Italian subtitles. I don't speak either of these languages with any conviction.
  • It's Christmas! There are a number of reviews on the way (the new Sherlock Holmes and an Eastwood special Magnum Force are included), but for the meantime you'll have to accept my silence as me enjoying a nice relaxing Christmas with the family watching those truly awful films that gets shown around this time of year.
Happy Christmas Everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

131 - Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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Dawn Of The Dead is the second of George A. Romero's zombie Trilogy of the Dead.

The apocalypse has started and zombies are now roaming the planet. Anyone they bite will turn into a zombie when they die so the human race is fearing for its life.

Four such survivors steal a helicopter and begin their hunt for supplies. They reach a shopping mall infested with zombies and attempt to hold it for as long as possible - against all foes.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Films 131 - 140

The next ten films in the Empire 5 star 500 Challenge are:
  1. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
  2. Day For Night (1973)
  3. Day Of The Dead (1985)
  4. Day Of Wrath (1943)
  5. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
  6. Days Of Heaven (1978)
  7. Dead Of Night (1945)
  8. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  9. Deliverance (1972)
  10. Departures (2008)
After a slightly disappointing start to the previous ten (I didn't truly understand Cutter's Way despite watching it twice in two days), I was pleasantly surprised by the final few films. The delicious Dangerous Liaisons was the spacer between The Dark Knight and Dancer In The Dark - two films that are polar opposites in terms of theme but both outstanding in terms of their quality. Das Boot was equally good and deserves commendations.

The standout films in the next section are the two from The Trilogy of the Dead. These are the final part of only one of three three-part franchises that have been awarded five stars for each film so I am expecting big things despite not being a big lover of horrors.

The Deer Hunter has come with high recommendations from my girlfriend's mother who, when I first announced the challenge, asked whether it was on the list. Shamefully, The Day The Earth Stood Still is the only other film I've heard of thanks in part to the 2008 remake.

So, until next time!

Friday, December 09, 2011

130 - Das Boot (1981)

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Das Boot follows the journey of a German U-boat for a few months in the middle of the Second World War.

Despite a strong start to the war the tide has turned on the infamous German submarines as the Allies develop tactics to deal with the U-boats in the Atlantic.

One such submarine is led by Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock and his crew of young men. Also on board is a correspondent who is there to gather material to add to the Nazi propaganda machine.

They soon find out that living in cramped conditions under constant threat from drowning is far less glamorous than the honour it was thought to bring.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

129 - Dark Star (1974)

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Dark Star tells of four bored astronauts in space who are on a mission to destroy unstable planets.

Lt. Doolittle (Brian Narelle), Boiler (Cal Kuniholm), Talby (Dre Pahich) and Sgt. Pinback (Dan O'Bannon) are nearing the end of their mission to destroy unstable planets ready for colonisation.

They must cope with a runaway alien that resembles a beach ball, a computer system that is on the blink and a bomb that believes it's God.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

128 - The Dark Knight (2008)

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The Dark Knight is the follow-up to Batman Begins and is the second of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy.

After restoring order to Gotham's streets in Batman Begins, the criminals of old are looking for somewhere to hide their ill-gotten gains. After choosing Lau Security Investments, a new criminal bursts onto the scene. The Joker (Heath Ledger) tells the mobs that the only way to keep their money is to remove the Batman (Christian Bale) which he offers to do for half their money.

As Batman joins forces with district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), The Joker pushes each to their limit as he tries claim the city for his own malevolent reasons.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

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Lurking at the bottom of a lake at the end of an Amazonian estuary is the Creature From The Black Lagoon.

After digging for years for prehistoric beasts, Dr Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) chances upon the fossilised hand of a creature from the Devonian period.

He visits his marine biologist friend Dr David Reed (Richard Carlson) who manages to persuade both his girlfriend (Julia Adams) and a financial backer (Richard Denning) to go ahead with the expedition.

They return to camp to find Maia's support crew dead and, after being attacked by a bizarre amphibious humanoid, they decide to track the creature to its natural habitat to try to unearth the greatest archaeology discover of all time.

Monday, December 05, 2011

127 - Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

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Dangerous Liaisons tells of bored aristocrats that seek revenge using seduction.

Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) seeks revenge on her ex-lover Gercourt. She enlists the help of another of her ex-lovers - Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) to deflower Gercourt's betrothed, the innocent Cécile de Volanges (Uma Thurman). Valmont declines as he has his own conquest in mind, Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Merteuil offers him a reward for his troubles with Trouvel, offering herself for a single night if he can get written proof of his encounter, but as he starts to fall in love with Trouvel he must use Cécile as a pawn in order to lever himself into Trouvel's life.

Friday, December 02, 2011

126 - Dancer In The Dark (2000)

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Dancer In The Dark tells of Selma, a lady who is going blind who is trying to pay for her son's operation.

Shy and retiring Selma (Björk) loves musicals. With her sight slowly getting worse due to a hereditary disease she makes the most of all of the sound around her to transport her to her own private fantasies.

This often gets her into trouble at work as her daydreaming leaves her accident prone in charge of machinery. Much of her work money goes towards saving for an operation for her son to cure him of the imminent blindness.

Her police officer landlord has financial trouble himself and when he finds Selma hiding the large sum of money he takes it, forcing Selma to make a life or death decision for the both of them.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

5plit Reel - 123 Films You Should See

In 2011, 5plit Reel published a list of what is described as "not a list of the 123 best films of all time. This is a list of films, that have quality that everyone should experience. Whether they're uplifting, devastating or intriguing, every single one of these films holds a dear place in [her] heart".

The list may be subject to revision, and this version was correct as at 1st December 2011.
  1. Adaptation. (2002)
  2. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Alien (1979)
  3. An Affair to Remember (1957)
  4. ✓ see review ★★★★★ American Beauty (1999)
  5. ✓ see review ★★★★★ American History X (1998)
  6. ✓ see review ★★★★ Amores Perros (2000)
  7. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Back To The Future (1985)
  8. Beau Travail (1999)
  9. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Being John Malkovich (1999)
  10. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Big Lebowski (1998)
  11. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Blade Runner (1982)
  12. Bloody Sunday (2002)
  13. Blue Valentine (2010)
  14. Brief Encounter (1945)
  15. Broken Flowers (2005)
  16. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Boyz N The Hood (1991)
  17. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
  18. Caché (2005)
  19. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Casablanca (1942)
  20. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Chinatown (1974)
  21. ✓ see review ★★★★ A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  22. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Conversation (1974)
  23. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dancer In The Dark (2000)
  24. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Dark Knight (2008)
  25. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Das Experiment (2001)
  26. Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
  27. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Deer Hunter (1978)
  28. Der Untergang (2004)
  29. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
  30. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Die Hard (1988)
  31. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (1972)
  32. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  33. Du Levande (2007)
  34. Easy Rider (1969)
  35. Efter Brylluppet (2006)
  36. El Aura (2005)
  37. The Element of Crime (1984)
  38. ✓ see review ★★★★ Eraserhead (1976)
  39. The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
  40. ✓ see review ★★★★ Fantasia (1940)
  41. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Fanny And Alexander (1982)
  42. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Fargo (1996)
  43. Festen (1998)
  44. Fight Club (1999)
  45. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Fly (1986)
  46. The Fountain (2006)
  47. Gattaca (1997)
  48. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Gladiator (2000)
  49. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Ghostbusters (1984)
  50. Gomorrah (2008)
  51. The Good, The Bad and the Weird (2008)
  52. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Good Will Hunting (1997)
  53. Goodbye Lenin! (2003)
  54. Half Nelson (2006)
  55. Hellboy II : The Golden Army (2008)
  56. High Fidelity (2000)
  57. Hoop Dreams (1994)
  58. Hot Fuzz (2007)
  59. Hunger (2008)
  60. In Bruges (2008)
  61. Idioterne (1998)
  62. Jaws (1975)
  63. ✓ see review ★★★★ La Haine (1995)
  64. La Pianiste (2001)
  65. Last King of Scotland (2006)
  66. Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (2007)
  67. Lilya 4ever (2002)
  68. The Lion King (1994)
  69. Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
    1. Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
    2. Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    3. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (2003)
  70. Los Cronocrímenes (2007)
  71. Lost Highway (2007)
  72. Los Amantes del Círculo Polar (1998)
  73. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  74. Malcolm X (1992)
  75. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
  76. Mean Streets (1973)
  77. Memento (2000)
  78. Mies Vailla Menneisyyttä (2002)
  79. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Moon (2009)
  80. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  81. Nanook of the North (1922)
  82. Natural Born Killers (1994)
  83. No Man's Land (2001)
  84. Oldeuboi (2003)
  85. On the Waterfront (1954)
  86. Once (2006)
  87. Ondskan (2003)
  88. Pi (1998)
  89. Primer (2004)
  90. Rain Man (1988)
  91. Raging Bull (1980)
  92. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  93. Rear Window (1954)
  94. Repulsion (1965)
  95. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  96. Rocky (1976)
  97. Romper Stomper (1992)
  98. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  99. Satyricon (1969)
  100. Say Anything (1989)
  101. Se7en (1995)
  102. Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)
  103. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  104. Silence of The Lambs (1991)
  105. Sin City (2005)
  106. Solyaris (1971)
  107. Sånger från Andra Våningen (2000)
  108. Schindler's List (1993)
  109. Star Wars (1977-1983)
  110. Submarino (2010)
  111. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  112. Terminator 2 : Judgment Day (1991)
  113. This is England (2006)
  114. Trainspotting (1996)
  115. Training Day (2001)
  116. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  117. 2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)
  118. Un Chien Andalou (1929)
  119. Un Prophète (2009)
  120. The Verdict (1982)
  121. Vertigo (1958)
  122. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  123. The Wrestler (2008)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh James Bond film, and the sixth to feature Sean Connery.

Bond (Connery) follows a seemingly simple diamond smuggling operation under the pseudonym of Peter Franks. He teams up with Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) in order to join the smuggling operation from Amsterdam and the trail leads him to Las Vegas and his old nemesis Blofeld (Charles Gray).

He must try to find out Blofeld's plan and what it has to do with the missing diamonds, whilst avoiding his two hitmen - the bizarre Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

125 - Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)

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When a large-nosed man who is in love with his cousin hears of her shallow tendencies he lives his romantic dream through another.

Cyrano De Bergerac (Gérard Depardieu) is lyrical genius and not too shabby with a sword either. Had he not been afflicted with a large hooter he would be the ideal man for any lady in 19th Century France.

He is desperately in love with his cousin Roxane (Anne Brochet) but is unable to explain his feelings to her and when he learns she finds one of his cadets, Christian (Vincent Perez) attractive he decides to charm her by proxy.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

124 - Cutter's Way (1981)

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After a girl is murdered, Richard Bone and Alex Cutter decide to investigate.

Cutter (John Heard) is a Vietnam war veteran who is minus an arm, a leg and an eye. His friend Bone (Jeff Bridges), a boat salesman and part time gigolo, spots a body being dumped and Cutter takes it upon himself to bring the killer to justice.

Cutter's cynical wife Mo (Lisa Eichhorn) and Bone are dragged along for the ride as they accuse one of the wealthiest businessmen in the region - JJ Cord (Stephen Elliott) - of being involved... but it seems that they have bitten off more than they can chew.

Friday, November 25, 2011

123 - The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

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The Curse of the Cat People is the sequel to Cat People (1941) telling the story of Oliver Reed, the man who married the original cat person.

Having settled down with his new wife Alice since the last film, Oliver Reed becomes certain that there is something wrong with his daughter Amy after she starts to become excluded from her friends' games.

She is living in her own reality, preferring to create herself friends and when she stumbles across a curious old lady along with finding a picture of Reed's first wife Irena, Amy's behaviour becomes more disturbing.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

122 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells of a man who lives his life in reverse; born as an old man, he gradually decreases in age.

Abandoned by his father from birth because of his old looks, Benjamin is brought up by his surrogate parents who work in an old people's home. There he sees people come and go as a lonely child until he befriends Daisy, a young girl visiting her grandmother.

There starts a love story of two people travelling in opposite directions in the life.

Friday, November 18, 2011

121 - The Cup (1999)

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The Cup is a Bhutan comedy about Indian monks who wish to watch the 1998 World Cup Final.

Set during the 1998 World Cup finals, two young men leave Tibet to join a North Indian monastery run by a Lama who dreams of one day leaving to go back to his native Tibet.

Orgyen, one of the youngest monks is football crazy and frequently gets into trouble by leaving the monastery late at night to watch various games in the World Cup. However, once he pushes the boundaries once too far he seemingly jeopardises his chances of being able to watch the final between France and Brazil.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Films 121 - 130

The next ten films in the Empire 500 5-star Challenge are:
  1. The Cup (1999)
  2. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
  3. The Curse Of The Cat People (1944)
  4. Cutter's Way (1981)
  5. Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)
  6. Dancer In The Dark (2000)
  7. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  8. The Dark Knight (2008)
  9. Dark Star (1974)
  10. Das Boot (1981)
...and so marks the end of the films beginning with C. Incidentally, this is also the end of the first quarter of all the films on the list and what a rollercoaster ride it has been. I am beginning to feel as though before watching these films I was a complete and utter film novice as my eyes are opened wider and wider to the varying degrees of world cinema.

As for the last ten films, it really sums up everything that I've currently learnt from the challenge. There are simply films that are just too bizarre for me to comprehend (Cul De Sac, Crash, Cries and Whispers)  but hidden amongst the list are some absolute gems that I probably wouldn't have even considered watching until I took on my personal challenge (Cool Hand Luke, The Crucible).

The next ten films look interesting. Bhutan's first full length feature, Phörpa (The Cup) was an absolute pain to source on DVD so I hope it lives up to its 5-star Empire status. I've never seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button but have heard good things and I'm looking forward to the sequel to Cat People, which I'd watched earlier in the challenge and loved. As for the rest, I've seen both The Dark Knight and Dangerous Liaisons so I'm aware of what to expect and I've heard of Das Boot's ridiculous running time (293 minutes uncut) so that will be a challenge in itself.

So, until next time!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

120 - Cul De Sac (1966)

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Off the coast of Northumberland, two on-the-run criminals hold hostage a sexually ambiguous husband and wife in their castle Lindesfarne.

Richard 'Dickie' (Lionel Stander) and his dying partner in crime Albie (Jack MacGowran) become stranded after attempting to cross between Northumberland and Lindesfarne Castle which is inaccessible during high tide.

Dickie looks to the nearby castle for the use of a telephone in order to phone his mob boss and upon startling the resident owners, the neurotic George and his wife Teresa, Dickie holds the couple hostage as he waits for the mob boss to arrive.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In Time (2011)

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In a world where no-one ages past 25 and the time from people's lives is the only commodity, one man sets out to try and beat the system and make it fairer for those in the slums.

In the ghetto where every man literally lives from day to day, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) lives with his mother working as a labourer earning just enough time to keep him going until the next day. When he and his friend Borel (Johnny Galecki) encounter Henry Hamilton, a 105-year-old who wishes to end his life, Will finds himself being given over a century's worth of life for free.

With his additional life span, Will is able to skip up the social classes - which means a change in geography. There he finds the daughter (Amanda Seyfried) of a 90-year-old time lender and they set about distributing the time in a fairer manner. Meanwhile he must also steer clear of the resident police force, the timekeepers, who accuse him of murdering Henry Hamilton.

Monday, November 14, 2011

119 - The Crucible (1996)

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In 1692 Salem, a young woman accuses her ex-lover's wife of witchery.

After being spotted performing pagan rituals in the woods, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder) coerces Salem's other young ladies into persuading the elders that they were cooperating with the Devil.

Having been saved from the Devil's wicked ways, Abigail goes on a crusade accusing others of witchcraft claiming that she can see those, having been there herself.

Eventually, she focuses on her ex-lover's wife in order to try and win him for herself. The ex-lover, John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) must try everything he can to save his wife from the gallows.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

118 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon tells of two warriors who must track down a mystical sword after it is stolen.

Shortly after Master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) donates his sword to Sir Te for safe keeping it is stolen. Li, and his unrequited love Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) track the sword down to find it has been taken by Li's great rival Jade Fox.

Fox is determined to keep the sword and has enlisted the help of a mysterious young warrior who, in turn, has their own story to tell.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

117 - Crimes & Misdemeanors (1989)

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Crimes & Misdemeanors tells two concurrent stories of a doctor whose life threatens to be overturned by the woman he has been having an affair with and an aspiring director who becomes infatuated with an associate producer.

When successful doctor Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) finds a letter addressed to his wife from his mistress he is forced to take action. She threatens him with revealing their sordid affair unless he marries her, allegedly fulfilling his promise to her. He calls his mafioso brother in order to get rid of her.

Meanwhile, Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) has not had sex with his wife in over a year and in order to boost his career she offers to set him up filming the life of her producer brother - whom Cliff despises. As Cliff decides whether to sell himself out, he comes across Halley Reed (Mia Farrow), an associate producer, who helps him make up his mind.

Monday, November 07, 2011

116 - Cries & Whispers (1972)

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Cries & Whispers tells of a dying sister's wish to unite her two feuding sisters.

As Agnes lays on her death bed, she is attended to by her servant, Anna, and watched over by her two sisters, Karin and Maria. Despite the tragic situation it seems that only Anna knows how to care for Agnes as the cracks between the other sisters' relationship opens to reveal ugly truths.

Anna tries desperately to console Agnes, but as her death approaches she is powerless to prevent the remainder of her family falling apart.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

True Grit (1969)

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True Grit is a Western about a girl who seeks revenge for her father's death.

After teenage bookkeeper Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) discovers that her father was shot and robbed, she goes to the Town Hall to find out what's being done about it, only to be told that the murderer has fled into Indian territory.

She makes enquiries and recruits "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), and they are both joined by La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), a Texas Ranger who also seeks the same man for the separate murder of a Senator in Texas.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Contagion (2011)

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Contagion tells the story of the consequences of a deadly virus that spreads quickly.

After Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) suddenly dies after holidaying in Hong Kong, her son dies shortly afterwards after the same symptoms. Her husband (Matt Damon) appears to be immune from the flu-like disease.

Meanwhile, further cases are being spotted worldwide and Dr. Ellis Cheever (Lawrence Fishburne) of the Center for Disease Control must team up with the World Health Organisation before the situation spirals out of control, sending his agents (Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard) into the field to identify the source of the infection and find a vaccine.

Friday, October 28, 2011

115 - Crash (1996)

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Crash investigates a cult that become sexually aroused by car crashes.

James Ballard (James Spader) and his wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), lead very open sex lives, but when James is involved in a car crash and is left scarred he discovers a raw sexual energy with fellow victim Helen Remington (Holly Hunter).

James is transported into a sub-world of his new found sexual desire where leader Vaughan (Elias Koteas) shows that the cult feeds from the fetish of car accidents.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

114 - Coraline (2009)

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Coraline tells the story of a girl who finds an alternative reality of her life.

Coraline (Dakota Fanning) is not happy with her life. She has just moved house with her parents and the neighbours aren't exactly pleasant. She would like nothing better than a way out, and when she finds a bizarre hole in the wall she is transported to an alternative reality featuring her ideals.

Initially she is happy with her new found life which features more pleasant versions of both her family and her neighbours; but behind every silver lining is a sinister looking dark cloud.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

James Bond Franchise

Current James Bond 007 Logo (Source: Wikipedia)
When Ian Fleming sat down to write his new secret agent novel, he planned to create a character with a boring name, who had exotic things happening around him. When the idea for a film eventually found its way onto Albert R. Broccoli's desk, Fleming could only wish for the franchise he originally penned to become the second highest grossing franchise of all time (behind Harry Potter).

With the release of Skyfall in 2012, Fleming's protagonist has been portrayed by six different actors in the 23 adaptations by Eon Productions and these are listed below.
  1. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dr. No (1962)
  2. ✓ see review ★★★★ From Russia With Love (1963)
  3. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Goldfinger (1964)
  4. Thunderball (1965)
  5. You Only Live Twice (1967)
  6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
  7. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  8. Live and Let Die (1973)
  9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  10. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  11. Moonraker (1979)
  12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  13. Octopussy (1983)
  14. A View to a Kill (1985)
  15. The Living Daylights (1987)
  16. Licence to Kill (1989)
  17. GoldenEye (1995)
  18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  19. The World is Not Enough (1999)
  20. Die Another Day (2002)
  21. Casino Royale (2006)
  22. Quantum of Solace (2008)
  23. Skyfall (2012)
Alternatively, you can see all of the current reviews - out of order - by clicking here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

113 - Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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Cool Hand Luke is a prison film about a man and his struggle against the system.

Lucas Jackson (Paul Newman) is sent to prison after knocking the heads from parking meters. Once there he is incorporated into a chain gang, cleaning the sides of the road. Initially he loses the confidence of his fellow prisoners by refusing to conform to their ways including refusing to take a nickname.

Eventually he befriends another inmate - nicknamed Dragline (George Kennedy) - who begins to respect Luke as it becomes more obvious Luke refuses to conform to the guards methods either. As Luke finds though, every time he tries to beat the system it'll hit him back twice as hard.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

112 - The Conversation (1974)

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The Conversation tells the story of a man who is disturbed by the content of a conversation he is hired to record.

Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is a hired surveillance expert who specialises in spying on people using a combination of his own equipment and the latest in technology. During his personal life he is a recluse, living a life in solitude and even only rarely visiting the woman he loves for fear of commitment.

After being hired to discretely record a conversation between a young couple he becomes aware that his employer may be plotting to murder them. Having already had a similar experience in the past he must decipher the recording to try and understand the motives behind his employment or forever live with the consequences - again.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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James Bond returns to as Britain's favourite spy must save the world once again.

Someone has managed to come up with a system to track the British nuclear submarines and immediately the Russians are blamed. As always, Bond (Roger Moore) must get to the truth - and the microfilm - before the old Cold War enemy.

The Spy Who Loved Me is James Bond's tenth outing (Moore's third appearance as the spy) and features one of the franchise's most famous villains.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

111 - The Conformist (1970)

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The Conformist tells the story of a man who must decide between his morals and his feelings.

In 1938 Italy, Mussollini was in power and Marcello is working underneath him - joining him in his fascist views. In one assignment Marcello is asked to travel to Paris to kill an old professor that fled Italy once Mussollini gained control of Italy.

Marcello learns that the man he is to kill is Professor Quadri, his old teacher from college. Here he learns that he must either continue to conform to the system he has been ingrained in or whether he should abandon the fascist viewpoint in order to save a man he's long been respectful of.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Three Musketeers (2011)

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The Three Musketeers follows the adventures of Aramis, Athos and Porthos in an interpretation of Alexandre Dumas' famous novel of the same name.

After Aramis (Luke Evans), Athos (Matthew Macfadyen) and Porthos (Ray Stevenson) recover secret plans for a war machine, they are betrayed by Milady D'Winter as she joins forces with the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom).

Meanwhile, D'Artagnan has finished his training and moves to Paris to seek the Musketeers, where he finds they have given up hope having found that they had no purpose in the more modern France.

A plan to dethrone the king, however, forces the Musketeers from their early retirement.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Open Water (2003)

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Open Water tells the true story of two divers that were left behind after an expedition in Australia.

Daniel and Susan enjoy their holiday while in the Caribbean and decide to leave on a short scuba diving expedition. While on the boat they are informed that - for safety reasons - everyone should 'buddy up' and leave the boat in pairs.

One diver forgets his scuba mask but after a young couple return from the sea, the diver and one of the couple go back underwater - forcing an error on the headcount for the scuba team.

As the last ones to return to the boat, Daniel and Susan realise that the boat has long since departed, leaving them with just the company of the sea - sharks and all.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Films 111 - 120

The next ten films in the Empire 500 5-star challenge are:
  1. The Conformist (1970)
  2. The Conversation (1974)
  3. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  4. Coraline (2009)
  5. Crash (1996)
  6. Cries & Whispers (1972)
  7. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  9. The Crucible (1996)
  10. Cul-De-Sac (1966)
Wow, so the last lot of ten were pretty impressive. Citizen Kane was naturally brilliant, and it fully understandable why everyone raves about it. Also surprising was Charlie Chaplin's City Lights which I didn't think I'd enjoy - but loved.

Anyway, moving on to the next ten, I'm looking forward to Cool Hand Luke - a film that my father thoroughly loves as a fan of Westerns. I've never seen Coraline, and I'm interested to know why Empire picked this Crash over the Academy Award winner. Perhaps I shall have to find out!

Until next time....

Sunday, October 16, 2011

110 - Come And See (1985)

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Come And See tells the story of the Nazi's homicidal blitzkrieg across Belorussia, wiping out entire villages in their path.

Florya and a young friend dig for weapons, knowing that to find them means they will surely be enlisted into the Belorussian army to fight against the impending Nazi invasion. Florya finds a machine gun and, against his mother's wishes, becomes a young recruit.

He gets left behind on a deadly mission and dips into psychotic hysteria after becoming shell-shocked and partially deafened from a dropped bomb, unhelped when he finds the remains of his village when he returns home with Glasha, a girl whom he met as a recruit.

Florya is enlisted into the resistance, where he further learns of the terrible deeds of the Nazi's move across Belorussia.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Empire's 100 Best British Films Ever

76 remaining
In 2011, Empire Magazine published a list of what they considered to be the Best British Films Ever. Below is that list. You can also view the list on the Empire website.
  1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  2. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
  3. The Red Shoes (1948)
  4. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Don't Look Now (1973)
  5. Brief Encounter (1945)
  6. ✓ see review ★★★★ Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  7. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  8. Trainspotting (1996)
  9. Local Hero (1983)
  10. Withnail & I (1987)
  11. ✓ see review ★★★★ A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  12. This Is England (2006)
  13. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
  14. The Third Man (1949)
  15. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
  16. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Goldfinger (1964)
  17. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Billy Elliot (2000)
  18. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
  19. The Long Good Friday (1980)
  20. A Mattery of Life and Death (1946)
  21. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  22. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
  23. Rebecca (1940)
  24. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Moon (2009)
  25. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
  26. Shallow Grave (1994)
  27. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
  28. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Borat (2006)
  29. Kes (1969)
  30. The Ladykillers (1955)
  31. Performance (1970)
  32. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  33. ✓ see review ★★★★ Zulu (1964)
  34. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
  35. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  36. If... (1968)
  37. 28 Days Later... (2002)
  38. The Descent (2005)
  39. The Italian Job (1969)
  40. Sweet Sixteen (2002)
  41. Monsters (2010)
  42. The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
  43. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Great Expectations (1946)
  44. Sexy Beast (2000)
  45. ✓ see review ★★★★ Black Narcissus (1947)
  46. The English Patient (1996)
  47. The Wicker Man (1973)
  48. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
  49. Look Back in Anger (1959)
  50. Hot Fuzz (2007)
  51. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  52. The 39 Steps (1935)
  53. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  54. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
  55. Tom Jones (1963)
  56. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  57. My Name is Joe (1998)
  58. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  59. Peeping Tom (1960)
  60. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
  61. The Full Monty (1997)
  62. Secrets & Lies (1996)
  63. ✓ see review ★★★★ Chariots Of Fire (1981)
  64. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
  65. Hunger (2008)
  66. Man On Wire (2008)
  67. In The Loop (2009)
  68. Went The Day Well? (1942)
  69. ✓ see review ★★★★ Blow-Up (1966)
  70. Casino Royale (2006)
  71. Control (2007)
  72. The Man in the White Suit (1951)
  73. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Atonement (2007)
  74. Brighton Rock (1947)
  75. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  76. Naked (1993)
  77. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
  78. Henry V (1989)
  79. The King's Speech (2010)
  80. ✓ see review ★★★★ Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
  81. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962)
  82. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  83. A Room With A View (1985)
  84. Hamlet (1948)
  85. Billy Liar (1963)
  86. The Killing Fields (1984)
  87. Hope And Glory (1987)
  88. Gandhi (1982)
  89. The Railway Children (1970)
  90. Dracula (1958)
  91. The Remains Of The Day (1993)
  92. Four Lions (2010)
  93. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Brazil (1985)
  94. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  95. Gregory's Girl (1981)
  96. Nil By Mouth (1997)
  97. 24 Hour Party People (2002)
  98. Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)
  99. The Ipcress File (1965)
  100. Darling (1965)

Friday, October 14, 2011

109 - Cloverfield (2008)

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Cloverfield is a first-person science fiction monster film of a mysterious being attacking New York City.

Rob is leaving to go to Japan on work and his best friend Hudson and brother Jason decide to throw him a party to help in on his way. As a going-away present, Jason's girlfriend decides to make a video featuring good-byes from all of his friends and enlists the help of Hudson to film it.

During the party, a blackout occurs and it appears that all is not right in Manhattan and, after switching on the news to reveal disturbing activity in New York Harbour, the party-goers head to the roof of the apartment to get a better view. After seeing an explosion, they rush outside to see their city being destroyed - by an unknown creature.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

108 - Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind tells the story of a man who has an encounter with alien aircraft and feels compelled to find out more about it.

After a temporary black-out, Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is sent to investigate. En route his truck mysteriously breaks down and the area is lit by strange lights from above.

As Roy investigates further he begins to feel drawn to a certain shape and, after relentlessly following the spacecraft's movements, he finds that other people have the same attraction to the shape as he does.

Meanwhile, the US Government are investigating how to communicate with the mysterious beings, and settle on a strange five-tone piece. The response they receive after pulsing this into space is equally bizarre.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

107 - A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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A Clockwork Orange tells the story of a futuristic violent gang leader's desperate attempt to become good after being caught for murder and rape.

It's a picture of a futuristic Britain and Alex leads his 'droogs' (gang) around the city beating up old homeless guys and robbing and raping younger women.

Eventually his luck to avoid the law runs out and he is captured after his droogs stitch him up and he is led away to prison. While there he learns of a breakthrough treatment that will 'cure' him of performing bad deeds.

After undergoing the treatment, Alex is released from prison with his ordeal far from over.

106 - Clerks (1994)

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Clerks tells the story of Dante, a lazy shop assistant, during a single working day.

After Dante is called into work on his day off and finds that the front shutter doors to his shop will not open, it becomes apparent that this will be one of Dante's more adventurous days.

As if dealing with rude customers, an anti-cigarette preacher and the usual dope-peddling chain smokers, Dante is forced to face certain facts regarding his love life, an impending hockey game and at least one funeral.

Still, it'll be OK as Randal, his equally lazy layabout colleague from the video store next door, is on hand to offer his expert advice.

Friday, October 07, 2011

105 - Cleo From 5 To 7 (1962)

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Cleo From 5 To 7 tells the story of Florence 'Cléo', a French singer who is awaiting her test results for stomach cancer.

Set in 1960's Paris, Cléo sits nervously awaiting her results at a fortune teller and we get the first indication of a lady that is thoroughly superstitious. The fortune teller reshuffles the tarot cards claiming a false reading but Cléo senses that it is bad news.

She heads back to her assistant's house and over the course of the next two hours her outlook on life changes from being utterly self-important to being thoroughly humbled by a soldier about to enter the war in Algeria.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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After being forcibly retired after an operation in Hungary that results in an agent being shot, George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is returned to action to find a mole amongst the highest echelons of Cold War British Intelligence.

Smiley's boss, Control (John Hurt), was also onto the traitor before he was forced out of power and Smiley immediately narrows his search down to one of four people. "Tinker" is new boss Percy Alleline (Toby Jones) with "Tailor", Bill Haydon (Colin Firth) as his deputy. "Soldier" is Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds) and "Poorman" is Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), who make up the final two top employees of the "Circus" - the British Intelligence Headquarters. Smiley learns that he too was a suspect, "Beggerman".

Aided by Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Mendel (Roger Lloyd-Pack), Smiley uncovers a secret Government funded operation, "Witchcraft", which is supplying information from an unknown Soviet source and is linked to one - or more - of the four suspects.

Friday, September 30, 2011

104 - The City of Lost Children (1995)

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The City of Lost Children tells the story of a scientist, Krank, who steals children's dreams in order to slow his accelerated ageing process.

One, a dim-witted circus entertainer and former fisherman teams up with Miette, an abandoned orphan thief after One's adopted brother goes missing.

Their search takes them all over the streets, and occasionally under them as they discover that there is more to the Cyclops than meets the eye.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

103 - City Of God (2002)

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City of God tells the story of one man's attempt to escape from the notorious streets of the City of God.

As Rocket grows up he is fortunate to be the brother of a gang member, for he surely would have been mugged and robbed otherwise. After his brother's gang is disbanded after a rushed heist, it becomes apparant that the balance of power is being shifted to a younger 'hood', Li'l Zé.

Forward ten years and Li'l Zé and his best friend - the coolest 'hood' in the City - Benny take over various drug outlets and begin a regime that is relatively peaceful because most of the residents live in fear. Meanwhile, Rocket is growing up relatively innocent but is frustrated at the lack of opportunities open to him as he struggles to fulfil his ambition to become a photographer.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

102 - City Lights (1931)

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A tramp tries to become a suitor for a blind girl whose family is in financial trouble.

After the tramp (Charlie Chaplin) meets a blind flower girl, he instantly falls in love. As he goes to spend the night sleeping rough at the docks he saves a drunken millionaire from committing suicide.

The millionaire thanks the tramp by offering him use of the car, and the tramp is able to become the young girl's benefactor. When the millionaire recovers from his drunkenness he denies all knowledge of the tramp forcing the tramp to find other means to keep his new love's family financially afloat.

Home Cinema Paradise

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Hong Kong, which involved more than a few forays into their famous markets. On one of my trips I ran into a small technology stall selling everything from lava lamps to remote control helicopters and strobe lighting to speakers bursting with bass. What caught my eye though, was a mini-HD projector. My mind was awash with the possibilities of having up to 200" Blu-ray movies blasting against my wall as my windows begin to explode with the sheer number of decibels being produced by an equally impressive sound system.

The start of a home cinema dream


Projector bought and transported back halfway across the world, and the transition of my world from 22" flat screen to a seemingly infinite resolution began. I was initially preached to by the small Asian salesman on how the projector had its own in-built stereo speakers, but as my 2.1 speakers were moved into the auxiliary socket an immediate improvement on the audio output was produced.

The overloading of a poor wall socket didn't end there; after the Blu-ray player was duly added to the single HDMI input the Xbox was next to be transported away from the viewing wall - followed by the Homeplug Broadband adapter to keep my machine up to date. Alas, I ran into my first problem when there was simply nowhere to plug the Xbox in - on either the wall or projector! As I dug out an old iPod dock as well my imagination ran wild with plugging that into the speakers as well - two inputs for one output. I needed some wires.

Ahh, wires.


After a quick £42 trip to Amazon, the next few days brought a surge of parcels through the door. First up, the Belkin 8-socket surge protection remote control socket. Three thoughts on why I chose this: I refuse to blow up my house, I'm too lazy to turn it off at night and eight sockets run out fast on a home cinema. Following quickly behind this was a couple of extra HDMI cables along with a 3-way smart auto-switch adapter. For those of you who haven't tried this it's very effective. The auto-switching is so efficient in fact that technophobes may be advised to try this rather than using up all the HDMI sockets on their television sets.

Finally, a bit of an experiment but at £0.80 for a headphone splitter it was worth seeing if it could work the other way around. Speakers into one female jack, a male-male adapter for the iPod dock into the other and the final male connection for the projector and it turns out that yes, two inputs can output on the same speakers... and yes, simultaneously for mixing if you so desire.

It's a start, anyway.


The result? A 75" projected screen with full HD compatibility. Halo and Call of Duty look better than ever and the slightly underpowered 2.1 speakers cope well with the immersive sound. Blu-ray movies are equally impressive with Battle: LA's CGI looking immense. My only niggle is the tiny projector's over-imposing fan noise but this is easily overlooked during the higher volume moments in any game, movie or song.

From this experience of clobbering together bits of tech found around my house I can conclude that my hunger for creating a better home cinema is bigger than ever before. Imagine 7.1 speakers, a completely blacked-out room and a 200" projection - in full 3D, of course. First on the shopping list? A new wallet. This one has taken too much of a hammering already.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

101 - Citizen Kane (1941)

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As Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) breathes his last breath he drops a snowglobe while uttering his final word - "rosebud".

After a newspaper editor witnesses a standard obituary reel of the dead businessman's life he orders one of his journalists to investigate exactly what Kane meant with his dying word.

The journalist digs deep into Kane's life revealing a man who had it all and threw it all away.

Friday, September 16, 2011

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (2007)

69 remaining
The American Film Institute produced a follow-up list to their 1998 list of films from the United States of America with the greatest social impact. There are a number of changes due to more films being released.
  1. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
  2. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  3. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  4. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
  5. Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952)
  6. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Gone With The Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited), Sam Wood (uncredited), 1939)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
  8. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  9. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
  11. ✓ see review ★★★★★ City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
  12. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
  13. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
  14. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
  15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  16. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
  17. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
  18. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The General (Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, 1927)
  19. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
  20. It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
  21. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
  22. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
  23. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940)
  24. ✓ see review ★★★★★ E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
  26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939)
  27. ✓ see review ★★★★★ High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952)
  28. ✓ see review ★★★★★ All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
  29. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
  30. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
  31. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
  32. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Miloš Forman, 1975)
  34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937)
  35. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
  36. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Bridge On The River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
  38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948)
  39. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
  40. The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)
  41. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  42. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Bonnie And Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)
  43. Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969)
  44. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
  45. Shane (George Stevens, 1953)
  46. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
  47. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)
  48. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  49. Intolerance (D. W. Griffith, 1916)
  50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
  51. West Side Story (Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, 1961)
  52. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  53. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)
  54. MASH (Robert Altman, 1970)
  55. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
  56. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
  57. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)
  58. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
  59. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
  60. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
  61. Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)
  62. American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)
  63. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
  64. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
  65. The African Queen (John Huston, 1951)
  66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
  67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols, 1966)
  68. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
  69. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
  70. ✓ see review ★★★★ A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
  71. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
  72. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
  73. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)
  74. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
  75. In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967)
  76. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
  77. ✓ see review ★★★★ All The President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)
  78. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
  79. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
  80. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
  81. Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick, 1960)
  82. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F. W. Murnau, 1927)
  83. Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)
  84. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)
  85. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935)
  86. Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986)
  87. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
  88. ✓ see review ★★★★ Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
  89. The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
  90. Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936)
  91. Sophie's Choice (Alan J. Pakula, 1982)
  92. ✓ see review ★★★★ GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
  93. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)
  94. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
  95. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
  96. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
  97. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
  98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  99. Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)
  100. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)