So we are into the top 20 films on the list! It’s worth noting there are actually 12 films here, but I’ve included The Lord Of The Rings films as one. If I had to pick one it’d be the Fellowship, but as it’s my list, I’m having all bloody three! Elsewhere we’ve got Jedis, Hitmen, mad scientist and one “ugly looking mother fucker”. Enjoy…..
20 –The Red Shoes (1948) Dir. Powell / Pressburger
I came to see The Red Shoes quite late into my twenties, probably only three or four years ago, but it was a film which struck me instantly. Here was a film pushing seventy years old that felt modern, with mesmerising performances and cinematography to die for. Powell and Pressburger’s films have always been great, but this for me is their greatest achievement.
19 – Die Hard (1988) Dir. McTiernan
Some say it’s the greatest action movie ever made. There may be some truth in this. The bad guy is perfect. The setting is simple but effective. The script is both action packed and funny. The action star in question however, was the thing that made the least sense. He was a regular guy with no muscles bursting through his top. He wasn’t invincible either, with a blooded head and cut up feet, he limps around for most of the film. For the first time, a generation felt for once they could actually be the action hero. Game changing, and destined to be a Christmas classic.
18 – The Blues Brothers (1980) Dir. Landis
My Grandfather had the Blues Brothers on VHS and it became ritual to watch it every Saturday night before going to bed. My cousin and I used to skip the long prison walk intro, and kick in with the “duh duhhhhh” greeting outside the prison between Jake and Elwood. It’s a really amazing film, mixing up genres with ease to tell it’s story, whilst remaining a musical at heart. John Belushi may have had a short life, but he left us with a unique gem of a movie.
17 – Oldboy (2003) Dir. Park
The ultimate tale of revenge, Oldboy is a film which is best watched with someone who has never seen it. The concept is a simple and effective one, and the lead performance is played with a world weary vulnerability and insanity by Min-sik Choi. A vulnerability neatly resolved with the use of a hammer. I’ve never seen the remake, but I find it strange as to why someone would even bother. Perfect cinema.