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.

53 – M (1931)

Busted.

Busted.

M is an interesting film.I said before that to be a very old film on this list you have to try to innovative and experimental with your camera shots and effects. M has a few great bits that are bog standard now.I’ll list a few,it’s some cuts that you can’t even notice that blend into the next scene(the beggars bar) or some really good tracking shots and the steady cam wasn’t around for another 50 years.Also the voice over by the detective and the imagery to go with it. M also has some original stuff that caught me off guard,namely the parts that had minimal audio.I thought my speaker had came loose from the laptop more than once.I can imagine watching this in the cinema would have been tense.The story is about a guy in Germany running about and killing loads of kids.It doesn’t mention anything about molestation or rape so i guess it’s just plain vanilla murder.The cops are looking everywhere to no avail.The people start to get hysterical and any guy with a kid is getting a hard time.The Mafia or mob decide to find the guy themselves.But they can’t look everywhere so what do they do?They get ‘the beggars union’ on the case.Beggars union,ha.As they see it no one will notice the beggars watching every where.I won’t spoil the ending but as far as i see it the killer is psychotic and not evil.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THE GERMAN LANGUAGE IS SO HARSH.EVEN GERMANS WHISPERING SOUNDS LIKE TWO DRUNKS ARGUING AT FULL VOLUME.AN ENGLISH VERSION WOULD BE BETTER.

77 – Chinatown (1974)

Faye Dunnaway side boob.

Faye Dunnaway side boob.

Jack Nickolson plays a private dective who’s hired a woman to investigate and see if her husband’s cheating.It all seems balck and white but as he investigates he stumbles onto a much bigger plot.Firstly the guy he was investigating gets killed.He was some sort of offical with the water department who was opposing a new dam which he thought would fail and cost hundreds of lives.Other officals want to push the dam through so they can make money by buying up farms that are going bust.During this whole thing there’s a massive drought in California.There’s so many story twists with all the lies that most of the characters tell that it can be hard to see what happens next.I wont give away the story but i will say this,Faye Dunaway is meant to be 15 years older than her daughter in this,but i’d say that number is probably closer to 30 also the reference to Chinatown.It’s like calling Batman ‘banana milkshake’ and have someone just ask bruce wayne if he’d like one and than later giving him one.Pointless.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  JACK NICHOLSON IS GOOD IN THIS AND THE FILM HAS A GRITTY REALISM FEEL TO IT.

87 – Some Like It Hot (1959)

Marilyn Manson wears this dress where it looks like there's no top to it and her tits are hanging out.

Marilyn Manson wears this dress where it looks like there’s no top to it and her tits are hanging out.

Some like it hot is a rom/com with Marilyn Monroe as the supporting actress.Not a bad fim over all,some great jokes and Lemmon is spot on.It’s set during the prohibition in Chicago in 1939 i think.There’s a scene at the beginning that i completely forgot about where there’s a high speed chase involving a coffin full of whiskey that gets shot up.For a few minutes i thought maybe there was two films called Some Like it Hot.The two main characters witness a gang executing about 6 guys from a rival gang who ratted him out to the cops and got his speak easy shut down.The guys then go on the run to Florida.The guys are musicians and dress as women to join the band in Florida.One of the guys falls in love with the singer/ukelele player (Monroe) and there’s a lot of clothes switching and hi-jinks ala Mrs. Doubtfire.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WELL WRITTEN AND CLEVERLY EDITED IN PARTS.

90 – Rashômon (1950)

You did?I just open up Chrome and start up a Private Window and do some Googleing.

You did?I just open up Chrome and start up a Private Window and do some Googleing.

Rashômon is the name of a city in Japan that’s a bit wrecked from wars and fighting.At the gates there are 3 men sheltering from the rain.It’s bucketing down,real heavy stuff.Two of the guys were just at a trail as witnesses,the third guy is a stranger to them.The trial is for a Samurai that was found dead in the woods and I’m going to use the word Samurai as loosely as possible because this guy is useless. Anyways there are 4 people testifying at the trail with their sides of the story.Each one different form the last.Even the guy who was killed gets a chance to testify via the medium of a medium.Like when Sam jumps into Rita body in Ghost.All the stories stink to high heaven and it seems like not one of them could lie right in bed.The films works well with all the different stories and parts that are a little similar,but the overall message the director is getting across is everyone looks out for number one and everyone lies.There’s quite a bit of maniacal laughter in this film,so if that kind of stuff scares you then I’d give it a miss.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NOT BAD FOR A FILMS THAT’S OVER 60 YEARS OLD.

101 – Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Dude counting out his pills for the club at the weekend.

Dude counting out his pills for the club at the weekend.

Here we have a courtroom drama with some comical characters.The lawyer for the defence is an old eccentric guy who is just out of a two week coma following a stroke.Now that’s he back he’s not allowed to drink,smoke or take serious cases.But that doesn’t stop him.He’s sneaking cigars and hiding rum in flasks and getting wasted in court.The case is there’s a guy who befriended and old rich widowed woman and then she gets killed.He stands to inherit $80,000 so he’s the prime suspect.He has an alibi but his German wife contradicts it and almost gets him sent down.Almost.A good film,funny and not too long.It does seem a little like a Hitchcock film with the twists at the end.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THERE’S A BIT WHERE A GUY PAYS FOR SEX WITH FOOD.

115 – On the Waterfront (1954)

Kayoh.It was the drink that killed him in the end.

Kayoh.It was the drink that killed him in the end.

Did anyone watch that t.v. show The Wire?Well the plot of OTW is a little bit similar.Seacon 3 i think it was,the one with the corrupt union at the shipping yard.The same story is in effect here,there’s a corrupt union and they start knocking off people who are going to inform against them and then the police roll in.Brando plays Terry,his older brother is part of these mobster in the union,and he was a professional boxer and as the line goes “He could have been someone,he could have been a contender” but his mob brother made him throw a fight and the other guy got the shot at the title.Brandos character is the basic brawn over brains but he has a conscience and it gets the better of him.The music can be a bit loud in parts,at around 30 minutes from the end i had to drop it from 100% down to 30% because it just jumped up loud as fuck,so look out if you’re listening with earphones.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  BRANDOS GOOD AND ALL THAT,BUT THE AUDIO FRIED MY EARS TOO MUCH.

118 – The Maltese Falcon (1941)

i'm drunk

He’s drunk

The Maltese Falcon is an excellent documentary about birds of prey that roost off the coast of Malta.Well not really but it could have been with a title like that.It’s about this gold and jewelled falcon that Malta gifted to the  king of Spain way back when that got lost en-route to Spain.Bogart plays a P.I. who’s hired by a woman under the pretence to find her sister but really its for protection from some guys looking for the falcon which she seems to have found.The story really isn’t that good and the ‘hot piece of meat’ or the woman that everyone thinks is hot is really old,she must be 40 but everyone is acting like she’s 20.I don’t know who did the casting for the film but from all the sexualized dialogue from the guys towards here it doesn’t add up.Bogart has one great line in it,he says to his secretary “you’re a good man,sister”.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SO-SO.BAD CASTING.SHORT TOUGH GUYS AND OLD FEMME FATALES.

122 – Rebecca (1940)

In this fine display of acting what emotion is the actress trying to convey?Answer at the end of the post.

In this fine display of acting,what emotion is the actress trying to convey?Answer at the end of the post.

Directed by Hitchcock but not strictly his film as it was a novel and was adapted and screen written by someone else.The first hour or so don’t feel like a Hitchcock at all,it all moves a bit slow and there’s not much tension building.The last 30 minutes is when it all comes together and then you can feel his directorial presence.The story is a little different from his usual but not by a long shot.In Rebecca there’s a strong love story not seen in his other stuff.The plot is a ‘paid companion’ (not a hooker)is hanging out in Monte Carlo and she runs into this guy.She goes on 3 dates with him over 3 days and at the end of it he proposes.I don’t think they even kissed before he proposed.Man it must have been easy to get a chick back then.Anyways he takes her back to his mansion where she finds out his wife drowned 1 year ago.One of the old helpers who is a blatant lesbian and was in love his old wife,Rebecca,hates the new wife.Not much else happens then for a long while,but then they find a sunken boat with another body inside,Rebecca’s, then there’s an inquest as to whether it was suicide or foul play.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    6.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  THAT FACE IS MEANT TO BE ‘AWE’.LOOKS MORE LIKE SHE JUST CREAMED HERSELF.

126 – Fargo (1996)

Steve Buscemi looking a bit chipper here.

Steve Buscemi looking a bit chipper here.

Any movie fan worth his salt will have a copy of Fargo in their collection.It’s a cult classic.When the Coen brothers get it right they get it right.We see that they’ve used two actors from The Big Lebowski but they’re playing such different characters that you don’t relate the two.Fargo’s got some great dark humour and the who setting with the accents is quality too.I’ll give you a short synopsis of the plot.A car salesman owes a lot of money,we never find out what for,so he decides to stage a fake kidnapping and get the ransom money off his father in law.The kidnappers are a bit volatile and kill a few people while moving the victim,all the while a pregnant small town cop is on their trail.Well worth the watch and tons packed into the 94 minutes.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  BUSCEMI IS GOOD FOR THE HUMOUR AND STORMARE’S DEAD PAN LOOKS ARE BANG ON.