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Saturday, 4 February 2012

My Top Ten Films

I've finally decided to get round to writing a blog about my top ten films. Now being a film lover and film studies graduate, this is subject to much change! However, most of the films on this list have been my very favourites for a very long time. The list is in no particular order, apart from the first one, The Shining, known to me as the greatest film of all time!

1. The Shining (1980)
I adore everything about this film. It is perfect in my eyes and I would never let anyone tell me otherwise. I adore Stanley Kubrick and his obsessive attention to detail. I love Jack Nicholson and his believable psychotic breakdown. I love the massive, isolated Overlook Hotel. I love little Danny. I love the blood elevator scene. I literally would kill whoever it took to be able to say I'd made this film.
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2. Danse Macabre (2009)
This was one of those films that I literally watched with my mouth hanging open. I'm very interested in the portrayal of death in artistic and experimental films and this satisfied this interest perfectly! The cinematography is perfect, one of the most beautiful films I've ever watched. I love the score and the movement in the piece.
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3. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
I love video nasties. People who know me well will know that at every opportunity throughout university I tried to write my essay on video nasties and censorship. I'm hugely interested in censorship, but that is a story for another time. I love this as it has a couple of storylines going on, the 'found footage' and the people watching it. I like the fact that it pushes what most people would tolerate from the average film and the scandal that surrounded its release (the director was required to go to court to prove that he hadn't actually killed any person during the making of the film!).
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4. Cropsy (2009)
This is a feature length documentary rather than a fiction film like others on this list. But is genuinely one of the few films that have ever left me feeling creeped out! I saw it at a film festival and adored it. I was completely unsettled by it. I really hope they decide to do more work like this as I love a good scare!
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5. Jaws (1975)
So most people have seen this and if you haven't its a pretty simple plot to guess. Shark eats a few victims, the heroes track down the shark, heroes nearly get outsmarted, shark gets blown up.  But I love sharks and this features the classic 'head popping out the the boat scene' that made me jump a mile when I first watched it as I was sat way too close to the tv.
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6. Curse Of The Golden Flower (2006)
Again, just visually stunning! The attention to detail is incredible. Even though it is a longer film, it doesn't drag, all the story is played out well enough in order to sustain interest without going overboard or getting too complex.
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7. Street Of Crocodiles (1987)
I'm a big fan of creepy, dark animations. I'd love to one day be able to create something of this nature myself. I really love the score and lack of dialogue. Sometimes it's nice to just be visually stimulated without needing other senses being overloaded too.
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8. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
This is one of a few films I watched for the first time and then immediately had to put on and watch again. The whole way through. I love the language of the characters, I've tried to read the novel version but it is pretty hard going! Another of Stanley Kubrick's films and another controversial release, anyone spot a pattern here?
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9. Innocence (2004)
A French film about a secluded girls school. I like the fact that you're never really told what the school is or where the girls end up. I'd love to go back to that time of total innocence and really revel in it.
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10. Ichi The Killer (2001)
Takashi Miike is one of my favourite non English speaking directors. I love the characters in this film, they're all so defined and interesting to watch. I love the fact that it's hard hitting and fast paced (definately for an Asian film anyway). I even have the tag line tattooed on me!
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