6 – 12 Angry Men (1957)

Break him in two? I bet you did.

Break him in two? I bet you did.

12 Angry Men is about 12 jurors trying to reach a judgement on murder case.This is an old one and i remember seeing it a good few years ago and thinking it was great.There’e quite a bit of dialogue in this film,well i guess it’s all dialogue.It was nice to get a break form the 3 and 4 hour films that have peppered the top 245 of the list.12 Angry Men runs at 96 minutes but it just flies in because it’s pretty fast paced.Lee Cobb from The Waterfront is in this basically playing the same person again;aggressive,loud and obnoxious.So as the plot goes they have a 11-1 guilty verdict with Fonda being the one  saying not guilty.Using rational thought and producing a similar knife used in the murder,which as meant to be rare,he wins one over.Then another,then another.It’s intense at parts and tempers get flared.Also this is during the hottest day in the year and there’s no aircon and the fan broke.So everyone is a bit on edge anyway.A great film.Some really nice close up shots of the peoples faces when you can see them changing the vote in their head.

IMDB RATING      –     8.9
MY RATING     –    8.5
SEEN BEFORE     –    YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  IT’S A ROLLER-COASTER.

8 – Schindler’s List (1993)

If there's tits in a film i'll find them.

If there’s tits in a film I’ll find them.

Schindler’s List is a romantic comedy in which Liam Neeson plays Schindler,a man who loses his memory every night when he falls asleep.He relies on a complex series of notes and lists to function in modern day Miami.Rob Schneider plays the love interest. Actually nothing could be further from the truth.Here we have movie 6 i think that’s about the Holocaust .Schindler is a businessman who runs a pots and pans factory with a Jewish workforce.This is all during world war 2 and as you may or not know the Germans weren’t the Jews biggest fans.So Neeson tries to help them by giving them a job.If you’re a skilled worker then you won’t be shipped off to the camps or Auschwitz. There’s a lot of bribery going on and Neeson spends all his money/valuables in order to try and help them. Ralph Fiennes plays a sadistic Nazi guy in this who takes pleasure in killing Jews for no reason.Bad fucker.When Neeson show s a bit of compassion for the Jews and treats them like humans Fiennes has him taken in for questioning to see if he’s a sympathizer. The movie has quite a lot of people getting killed and the brutality of the Nazi is fucking depressing and keep in mind this is all a true story.I got a bit teary eyed at one point during the film,i had bug spray on my finger and itched my eye.

IMDB RATING      –     8.9
MY RATING     –    8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –    YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     – VERY DEPRESSING

17 – Seven Samurai (1954)

I'm not sure why this samurai went to battle with his bare ass out.

I’m not sure why this samurai went to battle with his bare ass out.

Here’s an old one,1954,you wouldn’t think it from the dialogue.There’s some good insults in it that are still used frequently these days.The wipes are pretty good from scene to scene,they look quite animated.In 50’s films they all have a dissolve but in this it’s all Left-to-right fade thing.The earliest ones I’ve ever seen.The plot sees a crap village that regularly gets ambushed by bandits,hard asses,and they decide to hire some Samurai’s to kill the buggers.They rationalize that they need 5 so they get 7,and some are pretty shite.The Samurai train the farmers to fight,build fences and moats and instill a team spirit in them.As the farmers finish harvest they get ready for a big battle.Some the Samurai seem pretty Calais when they’re picking them off and counting numbers.I didn’t like this film,man was it a hard watch,i kept getting sleepy or bored and had to pause it.It’s not for me then.

IMDB RATING      –     8.7
MY RATING     –    6.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  WAY TOO LONG.

25 – Casablanca (1942)

The blue parrot?More like the grey parrot.

The blue parrot?More like the grey parrot.

One of the most quoted films ever in my opinion.The last 10 minutes more than the rest of the film.Bogart stars as Rick,owner of Ricks American Café.As you probably guessed the film is set in Casablanca in the north of Africa during Germany’s invasion through Europe.Loads of people are trying to leave for America because shits about to hit the fan  and the only way to get to the U.S. is via Lisbon but there’s Nazis everywhere so people have to go to Casablanca to get to Lisbon.Ricks old flame shows up with her husband intending to leave but Rick has acquired their travel documents.That sums up the whole plot.Not much to it.There’s a few good jokes , notably the old couple who get taught English by some guy who can hardly speak it himself.The song ‘as time goes by’ is played about 28 times in the 105 minutes of film.No mean feat I’ll give you that.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –    NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SOME GOOD CAMERA WORK,THE ZOOM ON BOGART AND INGMANS BEING A COUPLE OF THEM.

29 – Psycho (1960)

Norman goes a bit loopy.

Norman goes a bit loopy.

Bras were so much pointier back in the days.I mentioning this because of the scene at 11 minutes in,but i’ve noticed over a good few old or 50’s era films the bras or shape of a womans cleavage was pointier.You could take an eye out with one on a cold day i’d bet.Psycho is about a guy who runs a motel that’s off the beaten track who murders and kills young(ish) women.The woman in question is a secretary or something like that,who decides to steal $40,000 a client leaves in the office to pay for a house he’s buying.On the spur of the moment she decides to steal it and drive off.Drive to where?We never have a clue,i think we’re in the same boat as her.There’s some really dumb bits in this film.She’s being watched by a cop so she pulls into a used car garage and trys to swap her car and buy a new one in about 2 minutes.I think in reality if i were to trade in my old car the garage would want their mechanic to give it a look over wouldn’t they?Psycho doesn’t follow the Hitchcock formula of a perfect crime,it’s pretty much the opposite.It’s just about a nutter.Norman is a hard one to figure out;one moment he looks confident and is cracking jokes and other times he’s nervous and looks anxious.I guess that’s meant to highlight his psychosis or schizophrenia.Peep holes,oh shit don’t get me started on the peep holes in the film.If you were to make a peephole how would you go about it?Drill a small hole,cover one side with something so they don’t notice?Nope,make a hole the size of a XXL pizza one one side of the wall with a small hole on the other.Jesus.

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  I WOULDNT HAVE CAST VERA MILES AS THE LEAD.SEEMS A LITTLE OLD.

30 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Breaking records

Breaking records

When i started watching this film i thought for the first 30 minutes or so it should have been called it’s a shit life,but as the film went on it picked up and had a few comical bits where i was LOL’ing.James Stewart plays a guy running a savings and loan in a small town.He’s on a bridge and just about to end it all but he says a little prayer to “God” and low and behold an angel comes down to help him see the light and all that rubbish.There’s a strange bit with the angels talking,where they’re represented by stars and galaxies.As i watched the film i started to think there wasn’t enough good bits for me to warrent it being on the list.There was some really bad camera stuff,jumping around and coming out of focus,the quality seemed to go from crystal clear in some shots to blurry as fuck in others.I’d say this is due to the exterior stuff and studio stuff.Either way these things got my goat up.This is a Christmas movie too and it’s regularly on t.v. around then,but i wouldn’t watch it.Depressing watching a guy waste his life and not follow his dream he had since he was young,then he try and kill himself. Eek

IMDB RATING      –     8.6
MY RATING     –    6.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  OKAY.PREDICTABLE.

35 – American History X (1998)

You want ketchup on that ?

You want ketchup on that ?

I remember Barrett saying that American History X was one of his favourite films but i never rated it,i wrote it off as one of them films that uses too much graphic violence.Like them rubbish fottie gang movies that were being churned out in there dozens in the 90’s.Not my bag really.I was shocked to see it on the list never mind in the top 40.Shocked.The film is about a young teenage skinhead and his last 24 hours before he is killed by a black dude.There’s a load of flashbacks throughout that show how he and his brother came to be filled with so much hatred.Ah,the films not all gloom and doom.Dannys older brother Darryl sees the error of his ways while inside and comes out a new man and tries to get his brother away from the Nazi group.which he does.But it’s short lived.Norton got an Oscar nod for this and fair dues to him,it’s a good performance.I did notice The Clockwork Orange reference with Danny and his principle,the “what’s it going to be” line.It’s used numerous times in Burgess novel and it’s more or less that same scenario here.It’s an ultimatum.I don’t like the overall look of the film for some reason.There’s something not quite right about some of the black and white stuff.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  I’M ONLY RECOMMENDING IT FOR EDDIE NORTONS ACTING.THE WATER LOOKS REALLY STRANGE IN THIS FILM.WATCH THE SLOW MOTION SHOTS.

 

38 – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

This guy is super animated.He reminded me of the Bridges in Airplane.

This guy is super animated.He reminded me of the Bridges in Airplane.

Peter Sellers stars in this Kubrick classic.There wasn’t any credits after the film so i’m not sure how many characters he played but there’s at least 2.The film is about a military sergeant who’s a bit nuts,he has conspiracy theory’s about fluoride in the water and has a gattling gun hidden in his golf bag in his office,who single handily launches a nuclear war against the Russians.He issues a code which activates some 30-40 B-52’s directive of attacking Russian and dropping bombs all over the place.The president tries to stop it but doesn’t know the 3 digit cancellation code.It sounds like serious stuff right?But as the film goes on you realize that this is a dark humor,the film gets more and more daft as it nears its climax and i have to hand it to sellers he has his moments.I don’t think I’ve seen a comedy directed by Kubrick so far and it’s not all that bad,it just takes a little while to get into it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     – THE MILITARY CHIEF CHARACTER IS HILARIOUS,HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS ALONE CRACKED ME UP.

42 – City Lights (1931)

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Sweet Jesus another silent movie. They’ve made me appreciate ‘talkies’ so much more.I’ll give you the low down on the Chaplin flick.He meets a drunk millionaire who’s trying to kill himself.The tramp saves him and goes back to his.When the millionaire comes to he can’t remember the tramp so kicks him out.The next day the millionaire is pissed drunk again and recognises the tramp and they hang out again until he sobers up and throws him out again.This happens a few times.The love interest in a blind girl that sells flowers in the street.The is courting her and wants to send her to Europe for eye surgery.The rich guy gives him $1000 for her,but there’s a mix up and the police are called and things look very bad.He gets picked up by the cops and sent down but when he gets out guess what?The chick has her eyesight back.There’s some good gags in this film,even the intro piece with the statues is well done.But by this stage i’m getting sick of silent films,i guess it’s mainly the music that’s getting to me.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    6.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SOME VIEWERS WHO’VE PLAYED GHOSTS & GHOULS MIGHT RECOGNISE SOME MUSIC IN IT.

44 – Citizen Kane (1941)

Drunk again lad.(See The Third Man)

Drunk again lad.(See The Third Man)

Citizen Kane is about the life of a now deceased newspaper magnate called Charles Foster Kane.Following his death a group of journalists are trying to put together a newsreel about his life.They think it’s a little bland and to put an angle on it they try to find out what his last words,”Rosebud”,meant.Through the investigation we meet meet Kanes friends and loved ones who knew him some 50 years ago before he went into seclusion in his private paradise. Kanes parents where a poor couple living in Colorado but when a gold mines worth millions of dollars was found on their land his mother decided to have him raised by a group of people who would control his all the cash and give it to him when he was 25.Kane was like a rich playboy travelling Europe and having a time.But one day he decides to return to America and wants to have a stab at running a newspaper that the group of investors had acquired some time ago.Kane has some strange ideas when it comes to the paper.Most times printing conjecture and making stuff up to make it appeal more to the people.As the film progresses he gets quite a bit of power and revels in the public’s adoration.This is his downfall.Citizen Kane is revered as one of it not the best pieces in cinematographic history and for parts of it it is ahead of it’s time.Uses of cuts,fades,transitions and various other camera techniques that are the bog standard today were pioneered by this film.On my first watch of this film I was blow away by this one,definitely worth a watch folks.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WELLES AND HIS BUDDY FROM THE THIRD MAN STAR AGAIN IN THIS.A BRILLIANT FILM.