My Top Ten
Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen
A cult classic from the brothers Coen that features some of their sharpest writing and eclectic colourful characters. The performances, from a first rate cast, are flawless throughout with not an ounce of dialogue wasted.
Director: Sergio Leone
An multi-layered gangster epic that defines the genre. Masterfully told in the grandest of scales. Based on the novel “The Hoods” by Harry Grey.
Director: Milos Forman
One of only three films to ever win the top Five Oscars, and deservedly so. A free-spirited, anti-establishment classic that perfectly sums up the thoughts of the decade in which it was written. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey.
4: Blade Runner
Director: Ridley Scott
A visionary and existential science fiction film, that despite being made in the 80’s, still surpasses the technological effects of today. Based on the novel “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick.
Director: Danny Boyle
A harrowing, hilarious and surrealistic look at the underground drug culture of Edinburgh, Scotland. Star making roles throughout and a groundbreaking UK film. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.
6: Taxi Driver
Director: Martin Scorsese
A revered 70’s classic that hasn’t lot any of it’s power to this day. DeNiro’s iconic antihero, Travis Bickle is arguably his finest work while Scorsese depicts his psychological turmoil and spiralling decent as a hell on earth.
Director: Curtis Hanson
Convoluted and atmospheric tale of a corrupt Police force in 1950’s LA. Such attention to detail is rarely captured these days. Marvellous performances permeate this rich modern classic. Based on the novel by James Ellroy.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Storytelling conventions are toyed with throughout. The viewer, as well as character, are embroiled in one of the finest psychological thrillers in years. The word “twist” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Director: Jean-Pierre Juenet
A highly original and heartwarming treat that’s impossible not to get swept up in. Told with such visual flair, it borders on art.
Director: Terrence Malick
The brutality of war is ethereally and philosophically handled. Beautifully shot with an endless cast of familiar faces. War captured as a meditation and a surprisingly poetic baptism. Based on the novel by James Jones.