Whilst I’ve been writing reviews for a number of films I’ve recently seen for My Big Fat Blog, I’ve felt that I’ve missed out on telling you about all my favourite films. In reality it would be an impossible job to go back and review all my favourites, so instead of that I’ve compiled a top ten. This top ten favourites list comprises an wide range of genres with everything from westerns to SciFi epics so if you have missed any go and check them out.
Here are my Top Ten favorite films:
10. Gattaca: Based in a future where genetic engineering has produced an under class of non-modified humans that are only suitable for menial jobs, Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) dreams of making it into space. This is a beautiful film, which mixes romance, science fiction and the dogged determination of humanity’s struggle for survival. This is a grossly under rated film with absolutely epic performances all round that will keep you on the edge of your seat willing him to succeed.
9. Predator: I’m sure there’s not much I can say that you don’t already know about this 1987 Arnie classic. One of the best action movies ever made that combines so many different genres, action and adventure, SciFi and horror, what more do you need. If you’ve never seen Predator, you’ve never lived!
8. Full Metal Jacket: In making this list I almost forgot about Kubrick’s greatest creation, in fact I even had to oust The Terminator from the list just to fit it in that is how important this film is. Now, I love war films but the reason Full Metal Jacket in particular makes it into my favourites is because it brings something different to the table. Set during the Vietnam War Kubrick somehow manages to keep you on a knife-edge of emotions, swaying back and forth between laughter and tears. This masterpiece takes a deep look inside the brutality of war whilst also entertaining you with the camaraderie of the recruits as they struggle to stay alive long enough to make it home.
7. The Outlaw Josey Wales: Of all the great Clint Eastwood films this is my favourite and in my opinion the one of greatest Westerns ever made. Set at the end of the civil war, Josie Wales becomes a confederate outlaw who is ruthlessly hunted down by Union soldiers and bounty hunters. This tour-de-force is as much memorable for its one liners as it is for its showdowns, an absolute must see.
6. Godfather Pt II: Everyone who has seen the Godfather movies has their own favourite, for me it Pt II simply because I love the duel storyline of the young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). I think, as a story, it brings so much more than either of the other two films. The end scene with Fredo going fishing is one of my all time favourites!
5. American Psycho: Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a young, well to do man working on Wall Street in the 1980’s at his father’s company. As the desire to kill swells inside him his calm exterior crumbles away into a paranoid frenzy of violence and blood lust. This is one of my all time favourite individual performances; Christian Bale’s performance is nothing short of outstanding and a master class in character acting. Having read the book, I watched as Patrick Bateman came to life in front of my very eyes, every part of his character and mannerism was exquisitely portrayed in this epic performance. A much understated modern classic.
4. Die Hard: New York City Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his wife. Unfortunately, it is not going to be a Merry Christmas for everyone. A group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) is holding everyone in the Nakatomi Plaza building hostage. With no way of anyone getting in or out, it’s up to McClane to stop them all. All 12!
This is a 10/10 blockbuster of a movie that you can just watch again and again it’s that good! Alan Rickman is fantastic as the charismatic leader of the terrorist group whilst Die Hard is the original and by far the best action movie Bruce Willis has ever starred in.
3. Fight Club: Call it cult, call it unique, call it whatever, the bottom line is Fight Club is one of these films that has it all. It is a beautifully crafted masterpiece with a perfectly rounded storyline and precision executed script. The acting throughout is unquestionably perfect which says a lot considering those involved Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helen Bonham Carter. With a plot involving an underground fight club created by a schizophrenic anarchist/insurance salesman the film is the ultimate in dark humour and is why it makes it all the way to No.3 on my list.
2. Trainspotting: Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?
This will have your heart pounding and as it leads you on a frantic journey through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life. Without wishing to over state the importance of this film, Trainspotting is the greatest British film ever. If you have never watched Trainspotting, stop whatever you are doing, fake being sick at work, forget about picking the kids up from school, ditch your bride at the alter, go home now and watch it. Forget everything else, this will complete you!
1. Aliens: At the top of my list and my all time favourite film is Aliens. I must confess, I do have a bit of a hard on for James Cameron’s films and have had to be very restrained in keeping others out of my top ten. Aliens however is, in my opinion, his greatest creation and therefore is deserving of this converted spot. Aliens manages to avoid the pitfalls of many a sequel, bringing something new to the table with the silent, foreboding horror of the Ridley Scott original replaced by the action and firepower of the Colonial Marine Corp.
The story starts with the sole survivor of the original Alien film, Ellen Ripley being woken from 57 years in hypersleep, after her mission to LV-426 in which she encountered a deadly new life form. In the years whilst she has slept, LV-426 has been colonized by a group of miners and their families and the ‘Company’ has now lost contact with them. They enlist Ripley to aid a team of tough, rugged squad of Colonial marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed planet to find out if there are any survivors. And so the horror begins…
This film is as close to perfect as you can come. From the story to the effects, that are still fantastic today, to Cameron’s ability to develop magnificent characters. In Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley, he developed the template for the modern action heroine and in almost 30 years since few have been able to measure up. There are so many fantastic scenes, that Aliens will have you either scared out of your wits, as facehuggers scamper towards you, or wishing you could sign up to the Colonial Marines and blast away on one of those carbines.
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