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Sunday, August 08, 2010

49-11

And so to the final stretch. 49 down to 11...

49Scarface (1983)
Scarface (Widescreen Two-Disc Anniversary Edition)Al Pacino doing his very worst. Evil man. "You wanna waste my time? Okay. I call my lawyer. He's the best lawyer in Miami. He's such a good lawyer, that by tomorrow morning, you gonna be working in Alaska. So dress warm." and "Say hello to my little friend."


48Star Trek (2010)
Star Trek (Three-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray]Re-ignited the franchise with this one. A great piece of work. Even the most die hard trekky fans loved it too. Sky High Sci Fi at it's best.


47The Thing (1982)
The Thing [Blu-ray]One of the scariest movies I ever watched. One or two moments that are glued to the "terror" part of my brain. Specifically, that head with legs. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. A remake that was worth remaking - Kudos to John Carpenter.


46V for Vendetta (2005)
V for Vendetta [Blu-ray]An alternative reality to the political landscape of the United Kingdom. Fascinating stuff with some excellent performances. "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."


45Bladerunner (1982)
Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]Ridley Scott's chocolate box full of Androids. Do they dream of Electric Sheep ?. It's just a test... designed to provoke an emotional response. Deep Sci Fi nonsense that works on so many levels.


44Fargo (1996)
Fargo [Blu-ray]A car salesman in need of money. A wealthy father-in-law who doesn't like him. Some bumbling kidnappers and pregnant cop "Frances McDormand" being directed by the Coen Brothers. It doesn't get a lot better than this. "Oh, for Chris'sake here. The heck do ya mean!?" - Poor Jerry.


43No Country For Old Men (2007)
No Country for Old Men [Blu-ray]More Coen brothers work here. The intricacy is what keeps them interesting I think. Great work and wonderfully self-annotated by Tommy Lee Jones. What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?


42The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Sixth Sense [Blu-ray]Sadly this was M. Night Shyamalan's only decent movie so far. The studio's keep coming back for more though, so maybe there's another winner in there somewhere. This one however hits all the right buttons and has the twist to end all twists. Terrible to think he's gone ot to make the "Last Airbender" - Oh My God!....


41There Will Be Blood (2007)
There Will Be Blood [Blu-ray]The soundtrack.  I mean, where the hell did they dream up this soundtrack. It's intense. Great piece of work, wonderful visuals and Daniel Day-Lewis on excellent form as the man with the plan for oil.


402001: A Space Oddesy (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray]In 1968 this represented the way things would be in 2001.  Well, was a bit wide of the mark, but still, a really enjoyable piece of Sci Fi with that Stanley Kubrick intensity running through it. Weird and Wonderful stuff. Oh yes and HAL. H+1=I, A+1=B, L+1=M... IBM. Cool.


39Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]A convoluted plot that keeps you coming back for more over and over again. And then there's that really odd thing of the kid pointing at his pee-pee in the last scene of the final movie. (watch it for yourself - the kid stood on Doc Browns footplate - freaky stuff) Still three great all round entertaining movies.


38Die Hard (1 to 4) (1988)
Die Hard [Blu-ray]Yipee-Kai-Ai. No one does action quite like this. All four are instant classics. Bruce Willis saves the day consistently.


37The Great Escape (1963)
The Great Escape (2-Disc Collector's Set)Christmas isn't Christmas without this movie. "Good Luck", "Thankyou" - D'oh...  I mean't "Danke"


36Up (2009)
Up (Single Disc Widescreen)Pixar excel with this original story and superb character definition. There's something about the way -squirrel!!!- that doug the dog is that means he pretty much steals the show. A desperately sad beginning with a heart warming end. beautiful.


35Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy GrailSurreal beyond belief. Where death awaits ye with big pointy teeth. Genius.


34Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (15th Anniversary) [Blu-ray]A new breed of ultra-violence in the 90's headed up by Quentin Tarrantino. Incredible script, shocking scenes make for an all time classic. Not for the family, or the squeamish.


33The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [Blu-ray]Yearning back for the old days of cinema ? I'd recommend an afternoon with this classic. You won't need a badge, but you might get paranoid about your gold. Quality Bogart.


32Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (Sapphire Series) [Blu-ray]More Spielberging. This time a war story. His work on the opening 15 minutes of this film brought the storming of the beaches in WWII vividly to life. Veteran's claim it's the closest thing to the real thing. Amazing.


31The Shining (1980)
The Shining [Blu-ray]Stephen King & Stanley Kubrick now how to scare me properly. Add a shout Jack Nicholson and I almost can't watch it alone in the dark. Please kid, don't ride your trike in there alone.... I can't stand the suspense. Terrifying. I love it.


30Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen KaneWest coast American newspaper magnet goes banana's and build a castle full of treasure in California in the 1930's. Allegedly not based on William Randolph Hearst, it's pretty much a dramatised biopic. Rosebud.


29North By Northwest (1959)
North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Book)Hitchcock's turn. A great chase movie. New York in the 50's looks incredible. Still stands up to some of the biggest chase movies of all time.


28Se7en (1995)
Seven [Blu-ray]Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play cops. Evil, sadistic killer needs catching. Has a twist from hell in the end. Classic stuff.


27Star Wars (1,2 & 3) (1999)
Star Wars Prequel TrilogyThese three were bolt-on's to the original three and pretty good they are too. The third one is clearly the best of them, but you sometimes get the feeling there's an awful lot of loose ends being tied up in a hurry. You can still feel the force though.


26The Matrix (1999)
The Ultimate Matrix Collection [Blu-ray]WoW! What an amazing idea! What great photography.  What the hell did the camera just do there??  Bullet-Time!? OMG!  No wonder it's so high up the list.


25The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs [Blu-ray]More terror and Sir Anthony Hopkins bringing a literary figure to life so vividly that you could almost believe he's real. Carful Clarice.


24Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca [Blu-ray]The classic love story. Set against the backdrop of Rick's Bar in North Africa just before the war. "We'll always have Paris." And "You played it for her, now play it for me." But no sign of "Play it again Sam".


23Goodfellas (1990)
GoodFellas [Blu-ray]Da Mobsters incarnate. The faster/shorter version of the Godfather with a bit more violence.


22Indiana Jones (1,2,3 & 4) (1981)
The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark/ Temple of Doom/ Last Crusade) - Widescreen EditionAction & Adventure for all the family. Courtesy of the Jones' and a dog named Indiana. Cracking stuff that you can just watch over and over and never get bored of. "Why did it have to be snakes?"


21Psycho (1960)
Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]Alfred Hitchcock's original black and white horror. Still creeps you out today and fills you with dread of shower curtains for the rest of your life. Poor old Mrs Bates.


20Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window (Universal Legacy Series)More Hitchcock - and this time a study out of the rear window of James Stewart's apartment building. Amazing what a photo journalist with a broken leg can see. Unavailable for 30 years until Hitch's daughter sold the rights to Universal in the early 1980's.


19Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club (10th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]What just happened there??  1st rule of Fight Club, is you don't talk about Fight club....  other than to say it is a masterpiece that might put you off using soap for ever.  Ask your single serving friends about it.


18Lord of The Rings (1,2 & 3) (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Theatrical Editions + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]Be warned, you won't get the full 24 hours it will take you to watch this back again. But then, why would you want to ? If you've ever read any of the books, this is a good as it gets when it comes to adaptations. Also put New Zealand back on the map.


17Star Wars (4,5 & 6) (1977)
Star Wars TrilogyThe original Saga is by far the most entertaining. Not stop Droid & Wookie action with Dark Lords and Stormtroopers all over the shop. "These aren't the droids we're looking for" though. Sci Fi perfection.


16Toy Story (1 & 2) (1995)
Toy Story 1 & 2 Blu Ray Combo PackPixar's 3rd entry in my list and rightly so. This one one of the very first fully digitally animated feature films and it works on every level. Disney should be very proud of Pixar's achievement. A full on family entertainment spectacular.


15Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (Import) [Blu-ray]More Tarantino violence here. Although to be fair, it's more script than violence this time. A classic piece of mis-direction and re-ordering of timelines gives us a movie you'll be glued to throughout.  How is that going to work out ?


14Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)Serious, Dark and moving. Spielberg artfully tells the story of part of the holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Far from lighthearted, but can restore your faith in human kind.


13The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration Giftset (The Godfather / The Godfather Part II / The Godfather Part III) [Blu-ray]The ultimate Gangster movie(s). Nothing else to say.


12The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (Blu-ray Book)With a shortened title and a longer story, messing with the original Stephen King work could have been considered very dangerous, but have no fear. What was "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" became cinema gold in the hands of Frank Darabont. If you only ever watch one movie in your life - it should probably be this one. It's not my number one, but it does doe everything you want from a movie.


11Inception (2010)
Inception: The Shooting ScriptI promise this will mess with your head. I left the cinema in a state of shock, unable to fully grasp the depth of the story until later on. Pure brilliance from the man that gave us the Dark Knight.



So after all that lot...as a reminder - here's the top 10... I'm considering moving 11 further up into the top 10.....  possibly to the detriment of number 9.  Ho hum....

10.
The Dark Knight (2008)
9.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) and The Terminator (1984)
8.
Leon (The Professional) (1994)
7.
Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)
6.
Close Encounters of the Third kind (1977)
5.
The Dam Busters (1955)
4.
All the Presidents Men (1976)
3.
Jaws (1975)
2.
The Ladykillers (1955)
1.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
 

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