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INTOLERANCE

To make a film like Intolerance now would be a daring, hugely expensive and highly risky project. To have made it in 1916, when feature-length cinema...
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THE KILLERS

It's a bit of a movie nerd cliche, but there's something irresistible about indulging in film noir so thick the shadows seem to drip off the screen...
8

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE

Though it's very much a product of its time, the original version of this story still has a unique and unusual feel to it, far more nuanced and oddly...
8

THE KILLING FIELDS

As we sit and stare in horror at the repercussions of American intrusion into Middle Eastern affairs, as regional instability leads inexorably to...
9

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

There's been a lot of criticism directed at the recent Hobbit films, the first one especially, some of it deserved but a lot of which is pretty...
7

WESTWORLD

Michael Crichton was interested in the idea of a theme park going wrong long before his dinosaur-related ideas were put down on paper. In the early...
8

DUEL

There is some dispute amongst pedants like myself as to what constitutes Steven Spielberg's first film. Technically, he made a home movie called...
8

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

Of all the films from Steven Spielberg's glittering career, E.T. is arguably his most personal. In fact, the more you learn about his early life, the...
9

JAWS

I convinced a friend to watch Jaws for the first time recently - she'd never seen it before because she thought it sounded silly, ridiculous even....
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JURASSIC PARK

Steven Spielberg is often credited for inventing the template for the modern summer blockbuster, and is certainly responsible for some of the best...
7

THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET

Jean-Pierre Jeunet has never been a subtle filmmaker. From his early career collaborations with Marc Caro on the dazzling Delicatessen and the...
8

FRUITVALE STATION

Stop me if you've heard this story before - Oscar Grant was a young, unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a police officer while harmlessly...
9

GHOST IN THE SHELL

It's hard to overestimate the impact of Ghost in the Shell. It's probably the most influential and internationally celebrated Japanese animated film...
7

FRANK

Frank Sidebottom was a comic persona created by British comedian Chris Sievey as a bizarre kind of satire on the nature of ambitious wannabe...
7

BLUE RUIN

It's encouraging to see a film like this get made from a Kickstarter fund, especially so when it's as daring and innovative as this. It's a violent...
8

GHOSTBUSTERS

One of the results of the advent of DVD over the last 15 years has been the regurgitation of many beloved films and televisions shows from the 80s...
7

TRACKS

Based on memoirs written in the late 70s which have been gestating as a film project pretty much ever since, this is a strange dramatic...
9

FAUST

Many so-called "classic" silent films have not aged very well, and while they can certainly be appreciated from a detached and historical point of...
8

CALVARY

I enjoyed John Michael McDonagh's previous film The Guard, so I was intrigued by what looked like a more ambitious follow-up, also starring the...
9

THE DEER HUNTER

The Deer Hunter is often talked about not just as a classic piece of Vietnam cinema, but as a cultural barometer of American society in the wake of...
8

STARRED UP

I didn't catch Starred Up in the cinema because I pigeonholed it, dismissing it without giving it a chance. I labelled it as something it was not,...
8

SOPHIE’S CHOICE

There are many reasons why Meryl Streep is generally considered the world's greatest living actor - she has built up an incredible body of work and...
7

BOUND

Before the success of The Matrix catapulted them into global superstardom and quite possibly made them both certifiably insane, the Wachowski...
7

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

I don't always do very well with my Oscar predictions, but this year I felt very smug indeed - out of every single category (except the three short...
7

THE DRIVER

Although it's a dated and somewhat clumsy 70s crime thriller, The Driver has a legion of admirers within the filmmaking community who have used it...
9

HAROLD AND MAUDE

A romantic comedy about a man in his early 20s having a relationship with a woman in her late 70s might sound a little creepy (though not as much as...
9

BLACK NARCISSUS

In this modern age of CGI and digital jiggery-pokery, where post-production effects are so advanced that things like light and colour can be altered...
8

NASHVILLE

If you want an example of why Robert Altman is held in such high esteem, and an understanding of what he basically tried to do with all of his films...
7

THE ABOMINABLE DR PHIBES

Vincent Price was a truly glorious screen presence. Never recognised by any major award ceremonies due to the snobbery shown toward the genres he...
7

SLEEPING BEAUTY

In light of Disney's recent live-action re-imagining of this film's antagonist, it's worth a look back to see how the original still stands up. It's...
8

MILLER’S CROSSING

"Look in your heart!" pleads Bernie Bernbaum (a wonderful, weaselly turn from John Turturro), as he sinks to his knees and begs Gabriel Byrne's...
8

THE FLY

Everyone loves to say that remakes are never as good as the originals, and as a general rule of thumb that's probably true, but there are a handful...
8

IF….

Without getting into the whys and wherefores, it appears to be a heartbreakingly tragic fact of American life that the phenomenon of school shootings...
8

NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE

The original silent film Nosferatu (out of copyright these days and therefore in the public domain, hence viewable in its entirety here) is quite...
9

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

For what is generally perceived to be a safe, Sunday afternoon movie that the whole family can enjoy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is in many...
8

THE THIN RED LINE

When word got out in the mid-90s that Terrence Malick was making another film, having effectively disappeared from the industry for 20 years, there...
7

BIG

Everybody likes Big. Even now. Unlike a lot of 80s nostalgia, which hasn't aged well at all and makes us wonder just how we ever enjoyed it in the...
7

SPEED

I've talked before about Akira Kurosawa's wide-ranging influence on cinema, but it's a little-known fact that he had a hand in the making of Speed,...
7

SISTERS

Brian De Palma went through a period in the 70s and 80s when he was essentially imitating Alfred Hitchcock, not just drawing influence from him in...
9

ACE IN THE HOLE

In recent times, certainly in the UK, the role of the establishment print media has come under a lot of scrutiny, and with good reason. So it's...
7

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL I

Lars Von Trier is a filmmaker who is very easy to admire and just as easy to despise, and it's pretty apparent that he wants it that way. Few...
10

SEVEN SAMURAI

Really, what else is left to say about this film? It's probably the best film in the career of arguably the greatest director that ever lived. That...
8

NEBRASKA

Alexander Payne has spent fifteen years carving a particular niche for himself on the American independent scene, showing an impressive consistency...
8

THE OMEN

In the wake of William Friedkin's brilliant adaptation of The Exorcist, an unexpectedly enormous critical and commercial success worldwide, the mid...
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THE DESCENT

It's funny how much of a difference one bold casting choice can make. Originally intended to be a mixed-gender cast, the decision to make this film...
8

THE KING OF COMEDY

Out of all the handful of financial flops Martin Scorsese has directed (New York, New York, the underrated Kundun and Bringing Out the Dead), this is...
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FARGO

With an upcoming TV series spin-off, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit the Coen brothers' breakthrough film, the one which catapulted them...
7

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

When people of an older generation tell you "they don't make films like they used to", this is probably one of the kind of films they're referring...
7

WHITE DOG

I'm an unashamed fan of big, clumsy metaphors and allegories, and you can't really get a more obvious one than this, certainly not when it comes to...
8

THE MISFITS

There's always a certain frisson when you watch a film and you know that behind the scenes, in some fashion, art was imitating life. You certainly...
9

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR

A completely deserving winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival, this is almost impossible to pigeonhole, such is the breadth of...
7

LADYHAWKE

Another 80's childhood favourite, which holds up surprisingly well, this manages to sell a pretty silly fantasy conceit - Michelle Pfeiffer and...
9

SHORT TERM 12

Every now and then, a film slips by without a great deal of fanfare and I end up catching it on DVD and wondering just why the hell more wasn't made...
9

THIS IS SPINAL TAP

Thirty years. It's hard to believe how old this film is now, such is the freshness, relevance and prescience of it all. There's very little to be...
9

BRAZIL

Terry Gilliam has made quite a career out of high-concept ideas that don't look like they would work on paper, and even when fully realised don't...
7

28 WEEKS LATER

It's a very common staple of the horror genre for any surprise success to spawn a brood of sequels usually more terrifying in their sheer number than...