Friday, December 25, 2009

The best movies of all time

I may not know what's good but I know what I like. After number one they're in no particular order.

  1. Dr Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Apocolyptic nuclear doom that shouldn't appeal to a conservative but does because it's amazingly well executed. (Many younger viewers won't be able to appreciate it being unaware of what the 1960s were like.)

  2. The Maltese Falcon - Worth watching just to hear Bogart say, "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it."

  3. Alien - The "chest-burster" scared the crap out of me.

  4. Chinatown - Long and slow but finely crafted, you gotta pay attention from start to finish.

  5. Fargo - The high point of Joel and Ethan Coen's comedic perversity.

  6. Miller's Crossing - Albert Finney is bullet-proof and his Tommy-gun never runs out of bullets (perhaps the single best movie scene ever).

  7. Kung fu/Kung fu Hustle - Very strange, entertaining and often very funny Chinese-produced martial arts action.

  8. Heat - Robert de Niro as the "bad guy" and Al Pacino as the cop trying to catch him. It's hard to know who to root for.

  9. 300 - Who cares if it's accurate history, it's stunning. Sometimes a man has just gotta do what a man has gotta do.

  10. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Charles Laughton is Captain Bligh.

  11. The Verdict - Paul Newman plays a down and out lawyer given one last chance to redeem himself. Co-stars James Mason and an oddly sexy Charlotte Rampling.

  12. Notorious - Directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. What more could you want?

  13. Goodfellas - The gangster movie, by Scorsese, of course.

  14. North by Northwest - Is Eva Marie Saint a deadly seductress or a damsel in distress? Who cares, she's hot, and Cary Grant knows it.

  15. Lawrence of Arabia - The epic movie.

  16. A Clockwork Orange - Visually stunning futuristic black humour from Stanley Kubrick.

  17. Die Hard - Bruce Willis kicks "terrorist" arse. The original and still the best.

  18. The Usual Suspects - Who is Keyser Soze?

  19. Singin' in the Rain - The musical.

  20. Witness for the Prosecution - Beware the scorned lover.

  21. To Have and Have Not - A great movie worth watching just for the Bogart - Bacall chemistry.

Don't like my choices? Make your own list.


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