Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Month 4 - May 2011

Another dollar, another day. Well, another month, another lot of DVD's watched at least.

Actually, May was an eventful month on the blog front. Firstly I managed to completely screw it up. I figured it would be a good idea to move things around, but instead managed to remove the full list of films. Following this, the whole lot changed. Now it's a nice pretty white blog with a film reel in the background rather than that odd shade of grey.

20 films from the challenge have been watched - along with a "few others along the way". The month began very quickly, but tailed off towards the end as other commitments ended up distracting me. Aeon Flux became my second ever 1-star review, but despite this the films have been rather good. The Bourne Trilogy was always going to be a highlight but I also loved Blood Simple. Hopefully I can get on with watching more films because the piles of unwatched DVDs is becoming very cumbersome and soon I won't be able to get into bed.

After an influx of page views and followers, May continues the upward trend. A few more followers sparked me into adding a second shameless blog plugging post, which links to a whole host of blogs that you ought to read! Honestly, I don't know where you all come from but thanks for stopping by! I do try to get around to replying to your comments but feel free to complain if I forget!

Anyway, until next month!

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

074 - The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

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The Bride Of Frankenstein is a direct sequel to Mary Shelley's original monster tale with the monster now seeking a friend.

Following on from the catastrophic fires of the first story, it now appears that both Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his monster (Boris Karloff) have survived. Frankenstein recovers at home while his creation roams the country searching for a friend.

As Frankenstein recovers he is visited by another scientist, Doctor Pretorius who goads him into building a female monster, who will both help Pretorius gain notoriety in science while giving the original monster someone who is like him to be friends with.

073 - Breaker Morant (1980)

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Breaker Morant is the true story of an Australian's court-martial with two of his fellow lieutenants despite following orders.

Harry 'Breaker' Morant (Edward Woodward)  is a lieutenant in the Bushveldt Carbineers serving in the Boer War with his colleagues Peter Handcock and George Witton. They stand accused of killing seven Boer prisoners and a German missionary who was witness to the Boer killings.

As the trial continues it is increasingly evident that the lieutenants were simply following orders from their superior officer, Captain Hunt. Unfortunately, Hunt was killed in action and the lieutenants were primarily accused of avenging his death.

Further background reading on the true story events can be found on Wikipedia's extensive page.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

072 - Brazil (1985)

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Brazil tells the story of one man's journey to fight against the oppressive nature of the overly-efficient world after an administration error.

Sam Lowry (Jonathon Pryce) is an un-aspiring administration clerk working for a Government that seems to be more interested in creating a society that is as efficient as possible without the need for human emotions. When he sleeps his dreams are haunted by thoughts of an unknown lady who he flies towards without ever making it to her.

Following an administration error - that makes a nod towards computer's first 'bug' - Lowry finds the woman of his dreams and attempts to track her down while trying to correct the Government's first administration error.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

071 - Boyz N The Hood (1991)

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Boyz N The Hood is the emotional story of a black neighbourhood.

Tré Styles (Cube Gooding Jr.) had a misspent youth. Despite being a smart child, his mother is forced to send him to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles so that he can be educated in 'being a man'. There he catches up with his friends, brothers Darrin 'Doughboy' (Ice Cube) and Ricky Baker (Morris Chestnut).

Forward 7 years, and Ricky has settled down and is looking forward to going to college with Tré while Doughboy seems happier wasting his life away on alcohol. Later, events will change all of their hopes and aspirations.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Shameless Blog Plugging!

Since my previous post on February 16th (when I was a meagre 9 films into the challenge), there have been a few more people who have offered their support in the Empire 500 5-star challenge - whether it be words of encouragement or feedback on my reviews. Here's a small shout-out to those guys!

5plit Reel - View Website
Currently undertaking the 30-day film challenge, 5plit reel offers "movie reviews, lists and trailers of great and exciting films". She is based in Scotland and Finland and is a keen movie watcher and reviewer. I often use this blog to help me with some of my reviews as well as when I look for something that looks good in the cinema.

IMDb Top 250 Challenge - View Website
A recent addition to my Recommended Reads, this guy commented on my posts letting me know he was undertaking a challenge to watch the Top 250 on Internet Movie Database. He has fixed the list at the middle of this month and will start soon. Please support him too!

The Rainy Day Reviews - View Website
OK, so this is my girlfriend's blog and she basically copied my idea for starting to review things. She undertook a vow to review every book she reads - which is a good thing because hopefully that'll slow down her relentless reading and pay me a bit more attention. That said, her website does look pretty impressive so give it a view too! If you can increase her page views then she'll be happy with me too.

The Review List - View Website
If you were looking for a blog that basically reviewed everything from movies and books to prawn layered salad and Lady GaGa, then you ought to visit this blog.

Crucial Cinema - View Website
Another website in its youngest stage that give its appreciation to world cinema.


Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Films 071 - 080

The next ten films in the Empire 5-star challenge are:
  1. Boyz N The Hood (1991)
  2. Brazil (1985)
  3. Breaker Morant (1980)
  4. The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
  5. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
  6. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  7. Broadcast News (1987)
  8. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  9. A Bucket of Blood (1959)
  10. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
So, after 9 films in 10 days (excluding the extra two in the Bourne series!), the last ten films went by pretty quickly. The fantastic Blood Simple was a highlight for me, the tension created was just brilliant.

The next ten films will hopefully be taken a bit slowly - I'm completely knackered after this lot. They also complete the group that end in the letter 'B' (which, after 80 films I think this is time enough).

I must say though, I've never seen Brokeback Mountain, so that'll be interesting. There is a good range overall between dates and this sums up what the challenge is about - variety.

By the way, on a side note, hope you like the new design. Hopefully it's a bit brighter and with slightly smaller text I hope it's a bit easier to navigate.

Until next time...

070 - The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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The Bourne Ultimatum concludes the Bourne Trilogy with Jason Bourne returning home.

With the exposure of top secret operation Blackbriar's existence by The Guardian's journalist Simon Ross, the CIA blunder an attempt to kill him and presumed informant Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) at the same time.

This causes Bourne to uncover further truths - from the real informant - before heading back to where his missions all began in order to find out who his old superiors are - and remove them.

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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The Bourne Supremacy continues following Jason Bourne's hunt to find who he is.

Hiding out in Goa, India with girlfriend Marie (Franka Potente), Bourne (Matt Damon) is set up in a crime in Berlin. The group that set him up looks to kill him as well but only succeeds in pulling him out from hiding by killing Marie.

Meanwhile, Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), deputy director of the CIA is investigating the death of politician Neski, who died 7 years previously in suspicious circumstances. As Bourne is alleged to have killed her own leads into the real cause of Neski's death, Landy is forced to hunt for Bourne herself, while uncovering secrets that go deeper into the American secret service that anyone previously thought.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Bourne Identity (2002)

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The Bourne Identity tracks a Government agent's attempt to remember who he is.

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is plucked from the water with bullet holes in his back and a bank account number embedded in his hip. He has no recollection of who he is, but he has a mysterious ability to be very good at a lot of things.

In order to try and piece together his past, he heads to the bank and finds a stash of money, foreign passports with his face and two guns. Leaving the guns, he heads to the American embassy realising he is being followed.

He escapes the embassy and hitches a ride with a gypsy woman named Marie to Paris to find his old house. As he gradually fits more of the puzzle that was his former life together, he must keep one step ahead of Treadstone, a rogue Government operation, that are trying to kill him.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

069 - Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)

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Born On The Fourth Of July is the story of a Vietnam veteran before, during and after the war - based on Ron Kovic's 1976 autobiography.

Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) is the pride of his family; athletic, intelligent and patriotic. His life changes one day when the marine corp ask for young volunteers to serve their country. As they explain that they only accept "the best", Kovic realises that his life is about to change direction.

He is sent on two missions to Vietnam, both of which have an impact on the rest of his life, the first haunts his nightmares and the second leaves him paralysed from the waist down.

Following a long readjustment period back in America and Mexico which almost wrecks his relationship with everyone, he becomes an anti-war protester and pro-human rights activist.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

068 - Borat (2006)

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a fictionalised documentary tracking a Kazakh television reporter on his journey through America.

As an introduction, Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) introduces his family and friends before making his way across to America. There he shows that the culture is very different and he becomes fixated with Pamela Anderson after seeing her on Baywatch.

He convinces his producer Azamat to go to California to meet Pamela under the guise that he wants to find out more about different parts of America.

067 - Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

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Bonnie And Clyde is the romanticised story of two of the most well known criminals.

The film opens with the chance meeting of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty). As Clyde is trying to steal Bonnie's car, she catches him and she immediately catches his eye. In order to impress her Clyde decides to prove himself by robbing a grocery store. They flee, starting their huge crime-wave.

Along the way they collect CW Ross as a getaway driver along with Clyde's brother Buck and his wife, Blanche. Together they form the Barrow Gang, and skit from state-to-state trying to scrape enough money as possible together from robbing banks to get themselves through the hard times.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

066 - Blow-Up (1966)

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Blow-Up is the story of a photographer who makes a potentially huge discovery in his work.

Thomas (David Hemmings) is an artist who has lost interest in his work. While he is still able to appreciate other's work, and frequently visits antiques shops, he never has the patience to appreciate his own - resulting in the mis-treatment of many of his models.

On a whim, he decides to visit a local park where he spots a young couple and decides to photograph them. When the lady spots him she requests the photos and tries to snatch them. Later, he develops the photos, and upon seeing some odd expressions he blows them up to reveal a gun and a body.

065 - Blood Simple (1984)

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Blood Simple is the story of how out of control a simple murder can be.

Abby (Frances McDormand) and Ray (John Getz), her marriage councilor, are having an affair. After finding out, her husband, Marty (Dan Hedaya), sends his private detective (M. Emmet Walsh) out to kill the pair of them.

Instead of performing the murder, the P.I. betrays Marty and kills him instead, starting a chain of events that proves that wherever there is blood, nothing is simple.

Redesign

For those of you who are regular visitors to the blog, you'll notice the drastic change from how the blog looked yesterday.

After becoming increasingly irritated with the margins on the previous template, I decided to move away from that template and onto a simpler one - Blogger's "Picture Window" template. I spent a while looking long and hard for a new background image and settled on this one, which I think reflects the fact that there are more than just Empire's 500 5-star films that are here.

You should still find everything in the same place; the sharing buttons are at the top, the post listings down the right-hand-side and the blog statistics at the bottom of the page.

Comments welcomed below!

P.S. Blood Simple and Blow-Up coming soon!

Monday, May 16, 2011

064 - Blazing Saddles (1974)

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Blazing Saddles is a spoof comedy of Western cowboy films.

Set in 1874, corrupt Governor aide Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) decides that he needs to own some land where a major railway is being built. In order to remove a town that already exists in the area, he persuades the Governor (Mel Brooks - also directing) to install Bart (Cleavon Little) as the first black sheriff in the hope that it drives the townspeople away.

After initially disliking Bart, the townsfolk (all called Johnson) take him in their stride once he saves the town from local bully Mongo with his new friend Jim - who everyone calls... Jim.

As the aide prepares one final assault on the town to wrestle it from the people, Bart must create a ludicrously outrageous plan to save it.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

063 - Blade Runner (1982)

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Blade Runner is the futuristic story of a man who has to fight robots who have illegally entered earth.

Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a retired Blade Runner, a group of elite people that have previously policed the earth looking for robots (known as replicants) that have returned following their expulsion some years before.

He is sent on a mission to annihilate four robots who hijacked a ship in order to return to earth to meet the man that manufactured them. Their motive is clear - as humans made the robots to have a four-year lifespan as a fail-safe against developing human emotions, they want this reversed so that they can live peacefully off earth for longer.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

062 - Black Robe (1991)

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Black Robe tells the story of the struggle to implement Christianity in the Americas.

It follows one Jesuit priest (a 'black robe') and his young French companion as they travel with Algonquin Indians through the hostile and sparse winter country in Canada in the 17th Century.

The priest is looking for a distant mission and in return for his safe arrival the Indians are promised tooling including pots and hammers that will make their lives a little easier. The chief accepts the offer despite being very wary that his culture is very different from the priest's.

Along the way the priest encounter other tribes, a hostile environment and a culture shock as he realises that his young companion, who was at first interested in entering priesthood now seems more concerned with the tribe chief's daughter.

Friday, May 13, 2011

061 - The Black Pirate (1926)

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The Black Pirate tells the story of a man (Douglas Fairbanks) who seeks revenge for the death of his father and the destruction of his ship at the hand of pirates.

After being washed ashore after his ship is destroyed, he finds the pirates attempting to hide the bounty that they received. He offers to join them, while secretly wanting to avenge his father.

As he leads the pirates in taking over another ship - showing that being good with a sword isn't everything - the pirates find a princess on board. He shows the pirates that instead of being individually greedy they could offer the princess and ship as a ransom and gain further money. Meanwhile, he begins to go behind the pirate's back and reveals himself to a select few who can help him.

Films 061 - 070

Here are the next ten films in the Empire 5-star Challenge:
  1. The Black Pirate (1926)
  2. Black Robe (1991)
  3. Blade Runner (1982)
  4. Blazing Saddles (1974)
  5. Blood Simple (1984)
  6. Blow-Up (1966)
  7. Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
  8. Borat (2006)
  9. Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
  10. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Following a seemingly massive week-long break after finding that Black Narcissus was almost impossible to source for a reasonable price, the challenge got straight back on track with The Big Sleep, which was probably my favourite film from the previous ten films. Despite the rave reviews about The Big Lebowski it's humour was rather tasteless, and it dragged so that was probably the biggest disappointment.

Other than Black Robe - which is on its way from Spain since I found that it is not available in the UK on Region 2 - the next ten DVDs have arrived. I have already seen the excellent Bourne Ultimatum (but will re-watch the entire trilogy) and the lewd Borat so I know what to expect from them, but I am also looking forward to Bonnie And Clyde along with the acclaimed Blade Runner.

...until next time!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

060 - Black Narcissus (1947)

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Black Narcissus is about how a young nun attempts to keep her congregation away from temptation in a new environment.

Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) is sent, with a small group of her sisterhood, to establish a new convent in the Himalayas. The building they have been allocated is perched on the edge of a cliff and it transpires that it has been used in the past as a place for the General's father to keep his wives but lately has been used for more religious purposes as the General looks to educate the local people.

They are warned by the General's aide, Mr. Dean (David Farrar), of the dangers of giving the locals medical treatment - if any of them die they are likely to blame the convent if the patient doesn't recover.

As the sisterhood are led further into temptation by their new environment, Sister Clodagh must try to keep to keep control while trying to supress her own desires.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

059 - Billy Elliot (2000)

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Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy's fight against his doubters as he chases his dream of performing ballet.

Billy was brought up in the 1980's miner's strike and, with the fact his mother also died when Billy was younger, his father struggles to bring him and his brother up on very little money.

His father wants Billy to take up boxing, as he did and his father did before him. However, it is clear that Billy isn't particularly good and shows more of an interest in the ballet school.

As Billy develops his talent in ballet, his father and brother struggle to fight against their oppressions and Billy's talent starts to begin to look like another embarrassment his father can't take.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

058 - The Big Sleep (1946)

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The Big Sleep is the story of how a private investigation for blackmail uncovers a trail that leads to murder and deception.

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is summoned to General Sternwood's office with an intriguing case to stop a man from blackmailing the general. The plot thickens when it is revealed that another investigator, who had been hired before, has previously disappeared.

Marlowe is introduced to the General's philandering daughers Vivian (Lauren Bacall) and Carmen (Martha Vickers) where he discovers that despite the General having very little influence in his own family, he is still insistent of keeping up the family honour.

As Marlowe searches for the illusive blackmailer, he begins to find that the case runs deeper than he originally anticipated, but, in order to respect the General's wishes he continues to follow the case regardless.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Frozen (2010)

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Frozen is about what happened when three friends get left in a ski lift too high to jump down.

Parker (Emma Bell) is the only female of the group and has tagged along with her boyfriend Dan (Kevin Zegers) and his best friend Joe (Shawn Ashmore) on their regular skiing trip. Following a successful morning's skiing, during which Joe reveals he never skis with a phone and Parker reveals she frankly can't ski at all, they find themselves halfway up a ski lift after hours as a series of events conspires the resort to shut down before they are off.

As the trio find themselves nearing desperation, having realised that they may be left there for nearly a week, someone must take drastic action in order to get themselves down and away from the circling wolves below.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Æon Flux (2005)

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Æon Flux is the story of a futuristic world where 99% of the world's population has been knocked out by an unnamed virus. Of the survivors that remain, 400 years after the event, they are now being ruled by the tyrant Goodchild brothers, a reign that has somehow lasted the full test of time.

Æon Flux (Charlize Theron) is part of a section called the monicans, a rebellious group who are out to overthrow the brothers who are accused of stealing people from the street.

While Æon is sent to assassinate the eldest brother, Trevor, she uncovers secrets about her past that lead her to resassess her own thoughts about the regime.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Update Your Bookmarks!

In all my wisdom earlier, I inadvertently managed to delete the entire list of films that I plan to watch. Luckily, Google came to the rescue thanks to their cached versions (a method I would highly recommend if you lose anything online).

Unfortunately, Blogger does not allow two pages to have the same link, so, despite the fact that I have the Complete 5-star 500 back up and running, it is not under the same URL.

In your bookmarks, please replace any reference to:
http://empire500.blogspot.com/p/complete-500-001-020.html
with

Actually, this new link makes much more sense anyway, but it's a pain in the backside for anyone trying to find the full list from Google any time soon.

Where I'd started keeping track of the other 500, the Complete list, this has now moved from a static page to a blog post as I intend to add more lists at a later date.

For those of you who don't follow my Twitter (@wizzardSS), I announced two milestones recently - the 4,000th page view and the 100th blog posting. Thanks for your support :)

Empire 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time (2008)

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In 2008, Empire Magazine published a list of the 500 greatest movies of all time based on opinions from their readers and other well-known critics. This list has been used in many movie challenges. One man, Dallas King a.k.a. Championship Celluloid, watched the whole list in just one year.

The complete list is below (ascending order):
  1. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
  3. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
  4. Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
  5. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
  6. ✓ see review ★★★★ GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
  7. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
  8. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952)
  9. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
  10. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
  11. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
  12. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
  13. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
  14. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
  15. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
  16. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  17. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  18. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  19. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  20. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
  21. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
  22. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977)
  23. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Back To The Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
  24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
  25. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
  26. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
  27. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
  28. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
  29. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
  30. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
  31. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Gone With The Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood, 1939)
  32. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)
  33. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
  34. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003)
  35. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991)
  36. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)
  37. ✓ see review ★★★★ A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
  38. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Heat (Michael Mann, 1995)
  39. The Matrix (Andy & Larry Wachowski, 1999)
  40. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  41. ✓ see review ★★★★ The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
  42. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
  43. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998)
  44. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  45. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
  46. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
  47. ✓ see review ★★★★★ E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
  48. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
  49. ✓ see review ★★★★ Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987)
  50. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
  51. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)
  52. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
  53. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001)
  54. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002)
  55. ✓ see review ★★★★ La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
  56. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
  57. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
  58. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
  59. ✓ see review ★★★★ Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
  60. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Come And See (Elem Klimov, 1985)
  61. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)
  62. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)
  63. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
  64. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
  65. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
  66. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990)
  67. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
  68. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
  69. Three Colours Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
  70. Stand by Me (Rob Reiner, 1986)
  71. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
  72. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
  73. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
  74. The Treasure of Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948)
  75. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
  76. Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
  77. Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick, 1960)
  78. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
  79. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)
  80. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
  81. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005)
  82. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963)
  83. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)
  84. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997)
  85. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
  86. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
  87. The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1983)
  88. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes, 1986)
  89. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
  90. When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner, 1989)
  91. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand, 1983)
  92. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)
  93. Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
  94. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
  95. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
  96. ✓ see review ★★★★★ American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)
  97. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992)
  98. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
  99. Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)
  100. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
  101. Raising Arizona (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1987)
  102. The Hustler (Robert Rossen, 1961)
  103. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  104. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)
  105. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
  106. A Man for All Seasons (Fred Zinnemann, 1966)
  107. An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)
  108. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi, 1978)
  109. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
  110. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
  111. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
  112. I Am Cuba (Alexander Payne, 1964)
  113. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)
  114. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  115. ✓ see review ★★★★ Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)
  116. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
  117. Miller’s Crossing (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1990)
  118. Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
  119. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
  120. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Battle Of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
  121. Los Olvidados (Luis Buñuel, 1950)
  122. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
  123. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
  124. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
  125. A Bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
  126. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)
  127. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)
  128. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
  129. Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950)
  130. The Man Who Would Be King (John Huston, 1975)
  131. The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann, 1992)
  132. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
  133. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
  134. Seven (David Fincher, 1995)
  135. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
  136. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)
  137. Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner, 1990)
  138. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967)
  139. Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981)
  140. As Good as It Gets (James L. Brooks, 1997)
  141. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937)
  142. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
  143. ✓ see review ★★★★ Cyrano De Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1991)
  144. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
  145. Sophie’s Choice (Alan J. Pakula, 1982)
  146. Shampoo (Hal Ashby, 1975)
  147. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
  148. Z (Costa-Gavras, 1969)
  149. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
  150. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)
  151. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000)
  152. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
  153. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
  154. Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986)
  155. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973)
  156. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
  157. True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993)
  158. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
  159. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
  160. Being There (Hal Ashby, 1979)
  161. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir, 1982)
  162. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)
  163. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
  164. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
  165. Partie de campagne (Jean Renoir, 1936)
  166. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964)
  167. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Don't Look Now (Nic Roeg, 1973)
  168. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
  169. Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)
  170. ✓ see review ★★★★ La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)
  171. Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
  172. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
  173. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
  174. Superman the Movie (Richard Donner, 1978)
  175. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
  176. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1944)
  177. ✓ see review ★★★★★ City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund, 2002)
  178. Hellzapoppin’ (H.C. Potter, 1941)
  179. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, 1999)
  180. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
  181. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer, 1970)
  182. Performance (Donald Cammell, Nic Roeg, 1970)
  183. Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967)
  184. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dirty Harry (Don Siegel, 1971)
  185. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
  186. United 93 (Paul Greengrass, 2006)
  187. The Big Country (William Wyler, 1958)
  188. School of Rock (Richard Linklater, 2003)
  189. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
  190. Big (Penny Marshall, 1988)
  191. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
  192. ✓ see review ★★★★ Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1976)
  193. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
  194. ✓ see review ★★★★ Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
  195. It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
  196. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
  197. Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991)
  198. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Fargo (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1996)
  199. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
  200. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)
  201. JFK (Oliver Stone, 1991)
  202. The Killer (John Woo, 1989)
  203. Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
  204. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Bride Of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)
  205. The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995)
  206. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
  207. The Misfits (John Huston, 1961)
  208. The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006)
  209. Local Hero (Billy Forsyth, 1983)
  210. Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986)
  211. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
  212. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
  213. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, 2000)
  214. ✓ see review ★★★★ Army Of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969)
  215. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
  216. Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971)
  217. The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960)
  218. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)
  219. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood, 1976)
  220. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
  221. McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
  222. Mother and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1997)
  223. Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)
  224. Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies, 1988)
  225. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Get Carter (Mike Hodges, 1971)
  226. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996)
  227. Léon (Luc Besson, 1994)
  228. No Country for Old Men (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007)
  229. Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998)
  230. Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004)
  231. ✓ see review ★★★★ Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
  232. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  233. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg, 1984)
  234. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass, 2007)
  235. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
  236. ✓ see review ★★★★ Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
  237. Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, 1991)
  238. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
  239. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988)
  240. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
  241. Brighton Rock (John Boulting, 1947)
  242. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  243. Heimat (Edgar Reitz, 1984)
  244. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
  245. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)
  246. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
  247. ✓ see review ★★★★ All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979)
  248. Pandora’s Box (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929)
  249. My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946)
  250. Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
  251. Darling (John Schlesinger, 1965)
  252. The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1980)
  253. First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)
  254. The Verdict (Sidney Lumet, 1982)
  255. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
  256. Le Quai des brumes (Marcel Carné, 1938)
  257. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
  258. The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
  259. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
  260. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Field Of Dreams (Phil Alden Robisnon, 1989)
  261. Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)
  262. The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)
  263. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981)
  264. American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)
  265. ✓ see review ★★★★ A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
  266. Ghost World (Terry Zwigoff, 2001)
  267. ✓ see review ★★★★ Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989)
  268. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)
  269. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
  270. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005)
  271. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985)
  272. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento, 1970)
  273. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
  274. Sin City (Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, 2005)
  275. My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
  276. Layer Cake (Matthew Vaughn, 2004)
  277. On the Town (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1949)
  278. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Carlito's Way (Brian De Palma, 1993)
  279. National Lampoon’s Animal House (John Landis, 1978)
  280. Mad Max 2 (George Miller, 1982)
  281. Interview with the Vampire (Neil Jordan, 1994)
  282. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Godfather Part III (Francis Ford Coppola, 1990)
  283. Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
  284. Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983)
  285. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
  286. L’avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)
  287. Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh, 1996)
  288. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)
  289. John Carpenter’s The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
  290. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
  291. Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti, 1960)
  292. ✓ see review ★★★★ La Belle Et La Bête (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
  293. La maman et la putain (Jean Eustache, 1973)
  294. The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)
  295. The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987)
  296. ✓ see review ★★★★ All The President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)
  297. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
  298. Le cercle rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970)
  299. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)
  300. Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman, 1953)
  301. Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975)
  302. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
  303. Together (Lukas Moodyson, 2000)
  304. Radio Days (Woody Allen, 1987)
  305. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan, 2006)
  306. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg, 1989)
  307. Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969)
  308. The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984)
  309. Transformers (Michael Bay, 2007)
  310. Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984)
  311. ✓ see review ★★★★★ American History X (Tony Kaye, 1998)
  312. Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
  313. ✓ see review ★★★★ Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
  314. Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)
  315. Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee, 1995)
  316. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)
  317. Midnight Run (Martin Brest, 1988)
  318. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)
  319. The Lion King (Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, 1994)
  320. Braveheart (Mel Gibson, 1995)
  321. Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957)
  322. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Aladdin (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1992)
  323. The Last Seduction (John Dahl, 1994)
  324. Lone Star (John Sayles, 1996)
  325. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003)
  326. Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh, 1998)
  327. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993)
  328. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)
  329. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
  330. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas, 2005)
  331. The Green Mile (Frank Darabont, 1999)
  332. The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
  333. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978)
  334. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
  335. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
  336. Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)
  337. 300 (Zack Snyder, 2006)
  338. Jules et Jim (François Truffaut, 1962)
  339. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
  340. High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
  341. The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975)
  342. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
  343. Monsters, Inc. (Pete Docter, 2001)
  344. The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978)
  345. Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987)
  346. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, 1945)
  347. ✓ see review ★★★★★ All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
  348. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
  349. Arthur (Steve Gordon, 1981)
  350. Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
  351. ✓ see review ★★★★ Zulu (Cy Endfield, 1964)
  352. Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, 1948)
  353. Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker, 1976)
  354. Un chien andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929)
  355. Sunshine (Danny Boyle, 2007)
  356. Napoléon (Abel Gance, 1927)
  357. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)
  358. Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2002)
  359. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
  360. The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev, 2003)
  361. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Clerks (Kevin Smith, 1994)
  362. The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)
  363. Good Morning, Vietnam (Barry Levinson, 1987)
  364. Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone, 1994)
  365. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman, 2002)
  366. ✓ see review ★★★★ Predator (John McTiernan, 1987)
  367. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
  368. ✓ see review ★★★★ Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, 1980)
  369. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985)
  370. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)
  371. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski, 2003)
  372. Army of Darkness (Sam Raimi, 1992)
  373. Wall-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
  374. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
  375. Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)
  376. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
  377. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
  378. ✓ see review ★★★★ The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985)
  379. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
  380. Children of Men (Alfondo Cuarón, 2006)
  381. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, 1975)
  382. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
  383. Serenity (Joss Whedon, 2005)
  384. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
  385. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
  386. The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
  387. Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988)
  388. The English Patient (Anthony Minghella, 1996)
  389. Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)
  390. 2 Days in Paris (Julie Delpy, 2007)
  391. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
  392. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)
  393. Garden State (Zach Braff, 2004)
  394. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008)
  395. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995)
  396. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
  397. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968)
  398. Killer of Sheep (Charless Burnett, 1977)
  399. Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)
  400. The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004)
  401. Batman Returns (Tim Burton, 1992)
  402. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006)
  403. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
  404. RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven, 1987)
  405. Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, 1987)
  406. Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008)
  407. The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman, 1967)
  408. Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)
  409. Men in Black (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1997)
  410. A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester, 1964)
  411. Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi, 2004)
  412. Heathers (Michael Lehmann, 1989)
  413. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
  414. The Double Life of Véronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991)
  415. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dawn Of The Dead (George A. Romero, 1978)
  416. Bad Taste (Peter Jackson, 1987)
  417. Lords of Dogtown (Catherine Hardwicke, 2005)
  418. V for Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005)
  419. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Days Of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
  420. Jerry Maguire (Cameron Crowe, 1996)
  421. Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner, 1987)
  422. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
  423. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2004)
  424. To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, 1944)
  425. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson, 2000)
  426. Enduring Love (Roger Michell, 2004)
  427. Spring in a Small Town (Mu Fei, 1948)
  428. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog, 1974)
  429. Danger: Diabolik (Mario Bava, 1968)
  430. Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986)
  431. Electra Glide in Blue (James William Guercio, 1973)
  432. X-Men 2 (Bryan Singer, 2003)
  433. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1997)
  434. The Cat Concerto (William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, 1947)
  435. American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000)
  436. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Beauty And The Beast (Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, 1991)
  437. Spider-Man (Sam Raimi, 2002)
  438. The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher, 1987)
  439. Grosse Pointe Blank (George Armitage, 1997)
  440. Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988)
  441. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999)
  442. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007)
  443. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
  444. Hairspray (John Waters, 1988)
  445. Dumb and Dumber (Peter and Bobby Farrelly, 1994)
  446. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, 2000)
  447. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
  448. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
  449. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (George Lucas, 1999)
  450. King Kong (Peter Jackson, 2005)
  451. Speed (Jan De Bont, 1994)
  452. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000)
  453. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg, 2008)
  454. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  455. Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986)
  456. 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002)
  457. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1987)
  458. Batman (Tim Burton, 1989)
  459. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
  460. Crash (Paul Haggis, 2004)
  461. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
  462. Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2004)
  463. Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007)
  464. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen, 1954)
  465. 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, 1995)
  466. Snatch (Guy Ritchie, 2000)
  467. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)
  468. The Crow (Alex Proyas, 1994)
  469. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)
  470. ✓ see review ★★★★ Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley, 1992)
  471. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuarón, 2004)
  472. Le Doulos (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1962)
  473. Into the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007)
  474. Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973)
  475. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski, 2006)
  476. Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1989)
  477. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
  478. Flesh (Paul Morrissey, 1968)
  479. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Norman Z. McLeod, 1947)
  480. The Son’s Room (Nanni Moretti, 2001)
  481. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh, 1999)
  482. Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)
  483. ✓ see review ★★★★★ The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller, 1980)
  484. The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky, 2006)
  485. The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)
  486. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Blake Edwards, 1961)
  487. Superbad (Greg Mottola, 2007)
  488. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
  489. Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)
  490. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton, 2007)
  491. ✓ see review ★★★★★ Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)
  492. ✓ see review ★★★★ Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2000)
  493. In the Company of Men (Neil LaBute, 1997)
  494. Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004)
  495. Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe, 1957)
  496. Superman Returns (Bryan Singer, 2006)
  497. ✓ see review ★★★★ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
  498. ✓ see review ★★★★ Back To The Future: Part II (Robert Zemeckis, 1989)
  499. Saw (James Wan, 2004)
  500. Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

057 - The Big Red One (1980)

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The Big Red One follows the lives of The Sergeant and the four core members of his platoon - the legendary 1st Division... The Big Red One.

It opens in 1918, and the end of the First World War. The significance of the naming of The Big Red One is explained, and The Sergeant is introduced as the war draws to a close.

Flashing forward to 1942, and The Sergeant is commanding. He is joined by his 'four horsemen': Griff, a gentle but skilled marksman; Vinci, the indispensable Italian; Johnson, previously a medic and a farmer; and Zab, the autobiographical character of director Samuel Fuller.

They move forward through Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium and Czechoslovakia finishing missions assigned to them as the mostly unseen faces of their temporary colleagues get shot down around them.

Monday, May 02, 2011

056 - The Big Lebowski (1998)

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The Big Lebowski tells the story of two bowlers who escalate trouble around themselves.

Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), a self-labeled slacker who calls himself "The Dude", is the victim of mistaken identity when two men break in and demand money that his wife owes them. The men realise their mistake - after one urinates on Lebowski's rug.

Lebowski tells his friends, Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi) which results in Walter telling Lebowski that he is entitled to go and visit the other - "Big" - Jeff Lebowski in order to demand money for the ruined rug.

As The Dude tries harder to remove himself from ever impossible situations, a combination of his friends and enemies start to create even more impossible situations leading to a chain of events that mean that The Dude may struggle to find the time for bowling.

Shallow Hal (2001)

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Hal (Jack Black) and his friend Mauricio (Jason Alexander) spend their lives fixated on the outer beauty of women. They'll go for the ladies that have little in common with them, but are too shallow to understand this.

A chance meeting with life coach Tony Robbins in an elevator enables Hal to see just the inner beauty of women conveyed as their outer beauty as the result of a psychological test. He starts to have more luck with the ladies and falls for Rosemary Shanahan (Gwyneth Paltrow), his boss's daughter.

As his friends believe he is just dating her to gain a promotion, Mauricio decides to track down Tony Robbins in order to reverse the psychology. As the spell is broken, Hal realises that Rosemary is hugely obese and ignores her, but after realising that her inner beauty is perfect enough, Hal realises he wants her back.

055 - Bicycle Thieves (1947)

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Bicycle Thieves tells of the struggles in post-Second World War Italy as a lack of work starts to create poverty.

Antonio Ricci is, like everyone else, looking for work. His luck changes as he is offered a job as a "bill poster" (pasting posters) but he is told that he needs a bike in order to accept the job. His family sell the bed linen in order to buy back the bicycle that he pawned previously and he gets the job.

While out putting up posters, Antonio's bicycle is stolen. He and his son Bruno then go out to search for the bicycle thieves.

Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

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Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery is the first spy spoof in the Austin Powers franchise.

Having failed to kill his nemesis in the 1960's, Austin Powers (Mike Myers) follows Dr. Evil (also Myers) in getting cryogenically frozen and both are thawed in the 1990's.

As Dr. Evil continues his evil plans in the 1990's by settling on asking for one million one hundred billion dollars in return for nuclear weapons (a plan only thought up after his original plans had already happened by chance), Powers struggles to acclimatise himself with the changes in fashion and outlook in the 30-year gap and insists that his ruffled tie and high libido live on regardless.

Standing in Austin's way are well-known James Bond villains - or at least their spoofs - and Austin is aided by Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley).

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Shrek (2001)

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Shrek tells the story of an animated Ogre in his quest to free Princess Fiona.

Shrek (Mike Myers) is a introvert ogre, happy in his swamp where nobody bothers him. It all changes as Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) begins to banish fairy tale creatures onto Shrek's doorstep.

One such creature is the dim, talking Donkey (Eddie Murphy) who invites himself on the journey to visit Farquaad and persuade him to give Shrek back his swamp.

Meanwhile, Farquaad is starting his own quest to find a knight brave enough to rescue the Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from the dragon. On Shrek's arrival he finds himself chosen as the champion and in return for the Princess, Farquaad agrees to return Shrek's swamp.