Favourite Films

My Favourite Films

Lets kick things off with my favourite film of all time, Blade Runner, which I saw at the cinema
when it was released in the 1981 and it remained top of my list through it's obscurity in the 80s,
while it gained recognition in the 90s and through to its almost universal acclain now...



... and my favourite World Cinema film, Betty Blue (37°2 Le Matin) with the visually intoxicating arrival of Béatrice Dalle


I'm a big fan of World Cinema and this is another favourite Drama, Arbre Los Ojos, the Spanish original and better version of Vanilla Sky, also featuring Penélope Cruz...

I discovered The Walking Stick a long time ago amd fell in love with it's theme music, Cavatina by John Williams, way way before it was used for The Deer Hunter... this is an intriguing mixture of a love story and an antiques heist, based on the book by Winston Graham and set in London of the late 1960s


... as for romantic comedies, Barefoot in the Park ranks high on my list and Charles Boyer as Victor Velasco almost steals the show from Robert Redford and Jane Fonda

"If you don't hear from us in a week, we'll be in the National Hotel in Mexico City... room 703"

I am not a massive fan of Tom Cruise but he is excellent in The Last Samurai,which is is a gorgeous feast of cinematography, matched equally by it's heart-rending tale of honour and tragic loss of tradition and, what's more,  it is made only more emotional by Hans Zimmer's wonderful musical score
"The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life. [With his dying breath] Perfect... They are all... perfect..."


I was raised on old RAF films, like The Dambusters and Reach for the Sky but A Matter of Life and Death is an intriguing mixture of a war story, a love story and and indeed life and death, Heaven and Earth

Carry on Screaming - is it comedy? horror? titivation? I don't care, I just love it   and I watch it every Halloween!     

Rest In Peace Fenella Fielding

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Peter Sellers performance in several parts borders on genius comedy

First Blood is probably my 2nd favourite film. It was actually filmed in Hope, British Columbia, Canada

The Long Good Friday is without doubt the best British Gangster film and it's got to be in my top three films

... and now for a Steve McQueen double bill

The Thomas Crown Affair was an unusal role for Steve but may well be his best - it's another heist/love story, like The Walking Stick (I seem to be drawn to these...) - the ending is truly memorable and the enigmatic words "samba, sugarloaf, jungle, piranha" describing a getaway in Brazil always fascinate me

Le Mans is criticised by some but never by motorsport fans and for good reason - For me it's a fabulous insight into the physical world and the mind of the racing driver - and the racing footage is irresistable and unmissable

and my favourite modern(ish) comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy...