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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
One of the most perfect movies of all time!
A marvellous film about obsession from my favourite director, David Fincher.
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.
I want to love this movie. I understand this movie. But it’s just too darn complicated for it’s own good.
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.
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?