I try to update my favourites list regularly with a new theme.
Current favourite films are....favourite 'number' films.
This seemed even better on a re-watch. It really is a well-made mystery thriller with a really well-written and well-paced story.
The first half especially is almost perfect for this type of film when the mystery is still unknown, and there are plenty of twists and turns in the second half, even though we know a little more about what has happened.
Rosamund Pike was Oscar nominated for playing Amy and it's well deserved, but I think Ben Affleck was…
Written, directed and starring Edward Norton, so if you don't like him you're not going to enjoy this film. Thankfully I do like him and I very much enjoyed this old-fashioned, atmospheric, private detective noir.
Set in lovingly re-created 1957 New York, the film looks great and sounds great too with a cool jazz based score. It takes its time telling a relatively complex story and I liked that, the pace was just right for me.
Norton plays Lionel Essrog,…
So no whitewash here. Peter Jackson just lets us see exactly what happened. This is The Beatles' winter of discontent in the cold, cavernous, poorly acoustic Twickenham Studios. The songs are barely more than rough demos, everyone's niggly and grumpy, only Paul seems to have any enthusiasm for the project and even he's moaning about getting no support. But there are still snippets of joy and camaraderie and the genesis of some fantastic songs.
Don't know what it's…
I'm a big fan of Danny Boyle but somehow never caught up with the one he won an Oscar for. And I'm glad I finally did as it's a very good piece of storytelling. It's a fairy-tale first love story but also a very gritty, and quite disturbing, coming-of-age tale set in the slums of Bombay/Mumbai.
It has a snappy, slick visual style and a wonderful soundtrack and the performances of all the main characters, at all ages, are excellent.…