A conversation on the radio about favourite films got me thinking about my top ten, and now behold, the list of all lists.
10. Rent (2005) dir. Chris Columbus
Starting off with a musical. Adapted from the broadway spectacle written by Jonathan Larson, Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians surviving a year in the life with the issues of AIDs, sexuality, jobs and rent looming over them. Told with a brilliant cast and musical numbers.
9. Battle Royale (2000) dir. Kinji Fukasaku
This is probably the most fun I’ve had during a film. Take a group of angsty teenagers, a deserted island, and a fight to the death and you have golden entertainment.
8. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) dir. Jim Jarmush
“The simpler the idea, the better the film”, I stand by this saying and Coffee and Cigarettes delivers. The idea, coffee and cigarettes. Result? Eleven funny and well done shorts with a star studded cast.
7. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) dir. Ashutosh Gowariker
The first bollywood film I enjoyed. Growing up with an asian family in an English country you can sometimes forget the joys of asian culture. Part of which is bollywood cinema. Known for being over the top in performance and length, Lagaan manages this well. Yes it’s long and yes it’s over the top in parts, but it’s managed and used to enhance the story. With culture clash and cricket and the center, Lagaan came along at the right point of my life.
6. The Social Network (2010) dir. David Fincher
Now when they said someone was making a film about Facebook, much like others I laughed. Then I saw the cast and it went down to a chuckle. Then I saw the director and it went to a “whaaat?”. Then I saw the film and my mind was blown away. Such drama, such intensity, such emotion, all from a film showing guys typing at their computers. Madness!
5. Blade Runner (1982) dir. Ridley Scott
One of the original dystopian science fiction films. Told by the mastermind himself Ridley Scott. Flying cars, robots and Harrison Ford. Doesn’t get better than this.
4. Alien (1979) dir. Ridley Scott
Ok, I lie, it does. Ridley’s best film in my opinion. The original alien film. Seven civilian crew members, a multi-billion dollar ship and an unstoppable alien with acid for blood. What can go wrong?
3. The Karate Kid (1984) dir. John G. Avildsen
The original karate kid. Not that rubbish that came out recently. This was where those dreams were made. A teenager moves to a new town and finds himself harassed by the local bullies. A strange elderly maintenance man is his way to overcoming his adversaries. A heart-warming underdog tale that will live out through history.
2. Her (2013) dir. Spike Jonze
Have recently just reviewed this, but in short: one of the most moving and emotional tales I have ever seen in my life. The relationship between man and computer in this film is more real and romantic than any human relationship I have seen in films to this date.
1. Once (2006) dir. John Carney
The big one. The most independent film in this list but my favourite film of all time. Tells the story of two unnamed characters and how they form a wondrous relationship through the language of music. A film I will endlessly recommend to all. If you have not seen this film then get on to it right now, and after which head down to the west end and check out the fantastic stage adaptation.