My Life In Film: Part Six

I’ve really enjoyed sharing my favourite films, especially the ones that might have been a surprise!  So far, there have been classic sci-fi, action adventures, thrillers, dramas and the odd musical.  So what’s in store for this particular group of ten favourites?  There’s only one way to find out…

 

THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

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A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup.  This is a brilliantly constructed thriller from writer Christopher McQuarrie and director Bryan Singer.  The five leads are outstanding, in particular Kevin Spacey, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and Gabriel Byrne.  There are no spoilers here, but the ending still makes me whoop with joy at the greatness of it all.

WATCH IT FOR: The lineup

 

SUPERMAN (1978)

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An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to earth where he becomes his adoptive home’s greatest superhero.  This is still one of the best superhero movies ever made.  Sure, the special effects haven’t aged that well but they still look a lot better than some of the modern CGI.  The charm of the film, though, comes from its lead Christoper Reeve who, in effect, had to play two different roles – Superman and Clark Kent.

WATCH IT FOR: You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly

 

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)

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Harrison Ford returns for a third time as eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones in this thrilling adventure from Steven Spielberg.  When his father suddenly goes missing while searching for the Holy Grail, Indy must travel in his father’s footsteps to defeat the Nazi’s.  Following the much darker tone of Temple of Doom, Crusade adds a little humour to the mix with Sean Connery.  Connery and Ford are perfect together as bickering father and son, constantly trying to outdo each other and win each other’s approval.

WATCH IT FOR: Motorcycle chase

 

HUDSON HAWK (1991)

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Listen.  I don’t care what you think, I love this film.  Yeah, the story isn’t great and the movie as a whole is a mess but I still love it because of these things.  Bruce Willis plays a burglar, recently released from prison, who is forced to steal works of art by Da Vinci for a world domination plot.  Money and ego may well have played a part in this films downfall but I don’t care, it still makes me laugh and I always watch it whenever its on.

WATCH IT FOR: Swingin’ On A Star

 

THE GOONIES (1985)

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A group of kids set out on an adventure to find pirate treasure that could save their homes from being bulldozed.  This is a rip-roaring, fun-filled adventure for the whole family that has it all: pirates, moronic villains, kids with gadgets and a treasure hunt.  What’s not to like?  Heeey you guys!

WATCH IT FOR: Chunk’s confession

 

THE FUGITIVE (1993)

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Based on the television series from the 1960s, this action thriller sees Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife and sentenced to death.  On route to jail the bus he is travelling on is involved in a crash and he escapes.  He then sets out to track down the real killer whilst avoiding the authorities who want him back.  Ford, as usual, is awesome in the lead as a wronged man trying to find justice but the star of the film has to be Tommy Lee Jones as Sam Gerard, the man sent to bring him in.  With dogged determination, Gerard and his team follow Kimble on his journey to find the truth.

WATCH IT FOR: Tommy Lee Jones

 

THE CROW (1994)

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A man and his fiancee are brutally murdered.  He comes back as an undead avenger to seek justice for the murders.  Based on the comic book by James O’Barr, this dark thriller has Brandon Lee as the avenger, Eric Draven in a role that has become infamous due to Lee’s untimely death on set.  But what we ultimately have is a glimpse at a career Lee would have had.  The tragedy of the film has somewhat outweighed the quality over the years but that shouldn’t put you off from seeing it.  The Crow is a true classic of its genre and stands the test of time.

WATCH IT FOR: Brandon Lee’s powerful performance

 

 

ALWAYS (1989)

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One of Steven Spielberg‘s most underrated movies, Always is a remake of A Guy Named Joe about a legendary pilot’s passion for daredevil flying which sees him get killed and return to earth as a guardian angel to watch over his true love.  Richard Dreyfuss stars alongside Holly Hunter and John Goodman while Audrey Hepburn makes her final film appearance as Hap, Dreyfuss’ guide in the afterlife.  Beautifully photographed and executed as you’d expect from Spielberg, even though the sugar levels are quite high!

WATCH IT FOR: Smoke gets in your eyes

 

OFFICE SPACE (1999)

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Comedy about a group of office workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.  From Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead, Office Space is as close to working in an office you can get without actually working in an office.  Ron Livingston is perfect as the guy who’s stuck in a rut and tries hypnotherapy to help him out, only for the therapist to die midway through a session leaving him overly calm and nonchalant about his job.  With great support from Gary Cole and Jennifer Aniston, this is one of those films that you’ll either ‘get’ or you won’t!

WATCH IT FOR: Printer problems!

 

HOT FUZZ (2007)

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Exceptional London copper, Nicholas Angel, is involuntarily transferred to the country where he is paired with a witless new partner.  Soon, though, Angel begins to suspect strange things are afoot with the locals.  From the team that brought us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz is a love letter to all those seventies cop films with hard-bitten detectives, car chases and proper action and sh*t!  Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the crime-fighting duo while Timothy Dalton provides excellent bad guy duties.  Edgar Wright‘s trademark direction style is put into overdrive as the action goes off the chain and we’re treated to a truly brilliant piece of entertainment.

WATCH IT FOR: Lost in translation!

 

 

There you go, another ten great films added to the list.  Plenty more where that came from…

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