My smashing friend Lisa asked me to post 10 movies that I love and the reasons why, so here goes…
1 ◊ The fall
This film is a visual masterpiece, with stunning cinematography. The use of colour and shape is beatutiful and the composition of the sets and the way the scenes are put together is genial to say the least. The characters are colourful and the visuals are almost upstaged by the little girl, who I dare you not to fall in love with. Fantasy, drama, adventure, sadness, triumph, beauty…what more could you want?
2 ◊ Rumblefish
What can I say? This movie is genius and that is all there is to it. It’s chocker block with great actors, giving performances that they seem to have been born for. It’s dark, brooding and spills over with cool. This film played a big part in my youth and just watching the trailer whisks me back to those golden years.
3 ◊ Starwars IV
If you don’t know why this is on my list, then you must be from another planet. ‘Nuff said…
4 ◊ Flash Gordon
“Gordon’s Alive!?” “Flash I love you but we only have 14 hours to save the earth” “Prepare her for our pleasure” “Go flash go” “Bring me the bore worms… No not the bore worms!” “Onward my brave Hawkmen! Let this be known forever as Flash Gordon’s Day!” With lines like these, a soundtrack from Queen, plus Brian Blessed, how could you not love this film???
5 ◊ 300
Another visual feast for you and in my opinion cinematography does not get any better than this. This film also appeals to the boy in me, dreaming of being a Spartan and fighting the immortals… Brilliant!
6 ◊ Shawshank redemption
A wonderful story of hope amidst adversity, friendships, triumphs, cruelty and strength. The character development is great and the story draws you in superbly. One of the best films of all time
7 ◊ Oh brother, where art though?
I don’t think the trailer does the movie justice but then again, I don’t know how you could summarize this film in just a couple of minutes. Based on Homers Oddysey, this film is full of gentle humour and endearing characters. I am not a fan of George Clooney but this is his finest hour, beyond any doubt. He just acts his socks off and steals the show. This is not your average, run of the mill film but I think it’s a cracker.
8 ◊ Platoon
Hailed as one of the best anti war films of all time, platoon is a rollercoaster ride of good versus evil. A stellar cast brings this movie alive and the battle scenes will leave you breathless. Confusion reigns and battles are fought, not just against the enemy but against each other and also internally. A glorious film that never fails to blow me away
9 ◊ Silence of the lambs
What a film! Jodie foster in her best role and Anthony Hopkins in the role that was made for him. Perfection! Scary, suspenceful, dramatic, dark, moody… Need I go on? Turn out the lights, lock the door and get involved
10 ◊ The unforgiven
Cracking story, great actors, brilliantly directed an dproduced. A classic, modern day Western with all the right ingredients that boils down to a battle between a dying breed of gunslingers out for one last scrap, in a world that has no need for them any more. Smasheriffic!
So there you have 10 films that I rate very highly. This was so difficult for me to write. Choosing just 10 films was harder than Hardy McHard, the mayor of Hardsville (and he is pretty hard let me tell you).
So now it’s your turn! I would love to know 10 films that you love or 5 or even just one. If you have a fave, let me know. If you have anything to say about my selection, then click on that comment button and let me hear it. Me and the rest of the movie watching world want to know :)