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9 Movies that I love…


Okay, after posting this I will pull out the A4 notepad and begin writing I must learn to obey the rules five hundred times, because for the second time in this challenge I’ve bended the rules. Do you have any idea how hard it is for a filmophile to just choose nine movies? It’s impossible, that’s how hard it is!

So, I have chosen 27 of them: nine lesser-known movies that I love, nine well-known movies that I love and nine movies I love/hate in equal measure. To keep the post short I’ve written only a one line comment for each film – I could easily get a whole post out of all of them, especially the love/hate ones – and I deliberately didn’t feature my favourite films (as everyone knows they’re the work of genius, Fight Club and all time classic It’s a Wonderful Life)

So, whack the popcorn in the microwave and take a gander at some of my favourite movies of all time.

Nine lesser-known movies that I love

Young Adam
A masterwork from my equal favourite director and one of the best book-to-screen adaptaions ever.

Box of Moonlight
A movie of quiet perfection from indie auteur Tom diCillo, one of my favourite movies of all time.

Beautiful Girls
Nowhere near as well known as it should be, especially given a scene-stealing performance from Natalie Portman.

The Hanging Garden
One of the greatest Canadian films ever, with a soundtrack so good it practically hurts.

Tucker & Dale vs Evil
I didn’t think I would like this movie. I was wrong. I LOVED this movie. Comedy-horror done to perfection!

The Killer Inside Me
A difficult novel to adapt and arrived to mixed reviews but if you can stomach the content, it’s definitely worth it.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
This Finnish love child of Tim Burton and the Coen Brothers. This evil Santa horror-comedy is an absolute must see.

Never heard of it? Don’t worry, virtually no-one has. A Scottish gaelic movie that is as moving as it is beautiful.

New Waterford Girl
I saw this in Canada with Rachel. I have wanted to see it again for twelve years but haven’t found it anywhere.

Nine well-known movies that I love

Shadow of a Doubt:
Hitchcock’s favourite Hitchcock movie. My favourite Hitchcock movie. Watch it and you’ll understand why.

Local Hero
Some criticise it for being boring. They are wrong. One hundred percent wrong.

Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater is one of my film-making heroes, and this movie is magnificent in every detail.

12 Angry Men
I can watch this classic drama multiple times in a day. If you haven’t seen it, to the naughty corner with you!

The Descent
My favourite horror movie of all time, it’s just a coincidence it’s from a Scottish director!

I don’t care what you think, I adore everythinig about this movie. Best ‘first kiss scene’ ever!

Roman Holiday
One of the most perfect movies of all time!

A marvellous film about obsession from my favourite director, David Fincher.

An Education
My third favourite actress in one of the best films of the last ten years.

Nine movies that I love/hate in equal measure

I love Gaiman, the design, acting and story. But it reminds me of my abuser so much I can’t watch it.

A Dangerous Method
All the elements are there – Cronenberg, Psychiatry, Kinkyness – but it doesn’t work, however much I want it to..

My pet hate is noisy eaters, and there are so many in this film I can barely watch it! Otherwise, brilliant.

The Dark Knight Rises
Too long. Too many characters. Way too obvious ending. But it’s Batman. It just could have been better.

If it wasn’t for the film-makers ‘justifying’ her sadomasochim so it would be accpeted I would simply love this film. But I can’t.

Donnie Darko
I want to love this movie. I understand this movie. But it’s just too darn complicated for it’s own good.

X-Men 2
I love X-Men:First Class unconditinoally, the first three could have been so much better, especially this one.

Given I love Hepburn and Wilder I’ve never been able to work out why this film bugs me. One day I will.

Kill Bill
Every Tarantino film annoys me to the point I just don’t like them. This one however I did like…but it’s Tarantino.

So what about you? Any movies you love, hate or love/hate in equal measure? Are Rachel and I the only people to have seen New Waterford Girl?


2 thoughts on “9 Movies that I love…

  1. I don’t have any lesser known films but my favourite dozen are as follows:

    That’ll be the day & Stardust (followup)
    Films based on the life of a teenager growing up in 50’s/60’s
    David Essex & Ringo Starr & Adam Faith & Larry Hagman

    One flew over the cuckoos nest
    Superb mental health film set in 70’s asylum

    Madness of King George
    Another superb film featuring mental health issues

    Magnificent 7
    US western based on the japanese 7 Samurai

    The Alamo
    based on the true story of the battle between Americans and the Mexican Army under General Santa Ana
    It’s the only film I know where John Wayne gets killed

    Glenn Miller Story
    Fantastic film about the life of the bandleader

    Still Crazy
    based on a band reforming for a reunion tour

    Schindlers List
    in my mind a true masterpiece from Steven Spielberg

    Battle of Britain
    Based on the summer of 1940 during WW2

    The Great Escape
    It’s on nearly every Xmas but it’s a great film based ona true story with a stella cast

    Toy Story
    I cannot have a list without this film in it


    • There’s only three films here I haven’t seen (shall add them to the ‘must watch someday list’):

      That’ll be the Day & Stardust: I don’t think I’ve ever seen these films, I probably should :)
      One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest: a bone-fide classic. It was also homaged brilliantly in the superb comedy series ‘Spaced’.
      Madness of King George: is on my list of the great mental health themed films. Brilliant.
      Magnificent Seven: one of only five Westerns (not a huge fan of the genre) I’ve seen that I can stomach. The others are The Searchers, Mclintock, Unforgiven and True Grut (the Coen Brothers version.)
      The Alamo: still haven’t seen this movie, one day I will.
      Glen Miller Story: j’adore Jimmy Stewart, and this is one of his best.
      Still Crazy: I love one of the songs on this soundtrack. I would possibly rate this as lesser known (especially outside the UK)
      Schindler’s List: pure genius. I will never forget watching this in the cinema and observing in disbelief a man exiting shortly before the central holocaust scene and returning with a giant box of popcorn, thinking ‘how can you eat anything during this scene?’
      Battle of Britain: fantastic war movie (another genre I’m not a massive fan of; The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick) being a major exception, of course!)
      The Great Escape: love this film, love the central theme.
      Toy Story: personally, I prefer Toy Story 2, but that’s a minor quibble.


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