I occasonally need to emit a list of my favourite films, and although
i've seen hojillions of films and liked quite a few of them, i can never
remember any. Therefore, i'm writing a list to remind myself. If you
think there's anything missing let
me know. I really should organise this by director.
- Memento -
probably my favourite film ever
- Eternal Sunshine of
the Spotless Mind - clever, funny, with serious bits; packs it all
in but still manages to be good
- The Legend of Fong
Sai Yuk - fantastic Jet Li HKKF film; superb fighting, but also
entertaining (highly caricatured) characters and finely-honed
- 28 Days Later -
- Basically, if it has zombies, i like it. I really wish they'd make
a zombie movie with Kate
Beckinsale; then, my life would be complete.
- Blade Runner - a
cliche, but a classic
- Π - that's
'Pi' (it's fuck-ugly and barely recognisable on my machine; shame on
Mozilla/Apple/J. Random Font Designer); mental low-budget mathematics
conspiracy theory madness
- Primer - one of
the cleverest time-travel films i've seen, beautifully shot and
- Taxi - this is
the French original; c'est sympa!
- The Terminator -
1984, knows it, big Austrian man in leather, just basically a lot of
fighting BUT a classic film; genuinely very good at what it does, and
notable for having two sequels which do not suck
- Vanilla Sky - i
haven't decided if this is great or rubbish; it has some definite
weaknesses (hugely deus ex machina ending, occasionally clumsy
foreshadowing and exposition), but it's also got some great bits, and
it's impressively weird for a Hollywood blockbuster. And i love that
they hire Tilda Swinton and use for all of five minutes; the audacity!
Also: Penelope Cruz. Mmmm.
Monkeys - so good.
- The Game - don't
think this is very widely known, but it bloody well should be
- Fight Club - look
beyond the violence and the semi-naked Brad Pitt, and see the incisive
story of an ordinary man who responds to the jackboot face-stamp of
modern society by raising an army and destroying it. Something we can
all identify with, i think.
- Silent Running -
Douglas Trumbull finally gets to do Saturn!
- Wings of
Honneamise - slow, odd, gorgeous, thoughtful anime about humanity,
technology, destiny, theology and, above all, rockets.
- Close Encounters of
the Third Kind - Steven Spielberg manages to do aliens without
(much) soppiness and with a decent dose of mystery and scale
- Dark City - not an all-time top
favourite, but a good and often overlooked film
- GATTACA - genius;
tied with Memento for 'probably my favourite film ever'. A really
intelligent film about molecular genetics, but also just a really good
- Being John
- eXistenZ - not a
particular favourite, but deserves an honourable mention
- Strange Days -
don't remember much about it, but remember rather liking it, and
thinking it was underrated.
- The Truman Show -
despite having Jim Carrey in it, is great.
- Children of
Films i haven't seen, but would like to, or feel i should:
- Dark Star -
haven't actually seen this; didn't realise it was a John Carpenter until
i looked it up in IMDB!
- Abre Los Ojos -
the Spanish original on which Vanilla Sky is based, so bound to be
classier - plus, still has Penelope Cruz!
- All the David Lynch i haven't seen, which is most of it - Lost
Highway, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Wild At Heart.
- All the David Cronenberg i haven't seen, which is most of it - Naked
Lunch, The Dead Zone, Videodrome, Scanners, The Brood, Rabid, even
Shivers. But not Spider. Looking forward to London Fields.
Achingly art-house directors the limited amount of whose stuff i've
seen i like:
- Peter Greenaway - Jrmy
gave me, as a christmas present, i think, a copy of 'The Early Works',
which collects 'Water Wrackets' (superb), 'Dear Phone' (a grower) and 'A
Walk Through H' (more than superb - ultrab!). Would really like to see
the other early films ('Intervals', 'Windows', 'H is for House',
'Vertical Features Remake') and 'The Falls'. Could score the lot for 26
marigolds from various online sources; tempting.
- Morgan Fisher - i saw a programme of shorts at the Tate Modern a
while ago, comprising 'The Director and His Actor Look at Footage
Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film', 'The Wilkinson Household Fire
Alarm', 'Cue Rolls', 'Projection Instructions', 'Standard Gauge',
'Production Stills', 'Picture and Sound Rushes', and '()' aka
'Parentheses' (twice); by and large, really wonderful stuff!
- Peter Watkins - i saw 'Punishment Park' and 'Evening Land' at the
ICA a while ago; the former is brilliant, the latter is a trifle slow,
but still rather good - and open to
interpretation. Would very much like to see 'The War Game'.