Films are my passion. I must watch around 400 a year - many of them repeat watches. The narrative length of between, say 90 minutes and 130 or 140 minutes is perfect for me. It can sustain my attention. And it enables me to completely relax. When I'm watching a film, my anxiety is always suspended - even if it's a tense thriller or drama!
It's very hard to pick favourites. There are so, so many. I like blockbusters and action movies, comedies and tragedies, sci-fi, some horror (I prefer to read horror), and also small-scale indie films - such as those by one of my favourite film-makers, Jim Jarmusch.
If I gave a list of 50, I'd have to keep extending it and extending it. But I'll chuck a few in.
Perhaps my all-time favourite - seen more than most - is The Big Lebowski. After this would probably come Withnail and I.
Others, in no special order:
The Godfather movies, Goodfellas, Alien, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Shooter, The Game (a favourite), The Last Picture Show, Five Easy Pieces, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Where Eagles Dare, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street, practically anything starring Denzel Washington, Into the Wild, Mystic River, A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, Once Upon A Time In The West, Unforgiven, Fury, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Zulu, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Ghost Dog, Mystery Train, Paterson.... and several hundred others. But that'll do for now!
I also find it difficult to name one film.
But Sleuth with Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine is very satisfying and holds the attention. It is one of only two films where the full cast were nominated for best actor oscar - it only had two people in it. Of more modern films I enjoyed 'Hugo'. An older film I like is 'The day the earth caught fire', the conversation in that film is like in no other, a black and white British film of the early sixties it knocks other disaster movies for six. 'Paths of Glory' an early Stanley Kubrick film is thought provoking and another Kubrick film 'Barry Lyndon' has some of the most beautiful photography in a film ever.
I only really watch old black and white movies and there’s loads of them on YouTube. I don’t have a television so I watch them on my phone or laptop. I’ve been having a feast of them over the last couple of weeks. I hardly ever know who anybody is (they all look the same, to me ;)) and I can never guess what their facial expressions etc are saying, but I love them. They always tell such wonderful stories, they’re not too long, the plot lines aren’t complicated, they always have a happy ending and they always show real caring and compassionate natures. They always teach you something about love and kindness, honesty and integrity. And the social rules are much easier to follow back then. The films that are pre code are interesting. They had more strong female characters.
I also like a good black and white film, and like you BlueRay some great female characters.
Mr Smith goes to Washington
The loneliness of the lone distance runner
To Kill a mocking bird
12 Angry men
The Quiet Man
Its a Wonderful Life
lost in translation
Me too, BlueRay. Haven't had a TV since 2003. I've found a channel where I can watch re-runs of old TV series from the '70s and '80s. I've myself been having a feast of The Sweeney and Minder just recently - all filmed in the London streets I grew up in, and in a London long gone now...
Great films all!
I like watching old British films mainly from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970's. There are a lot of these type of films on the Talking Pictures TV channel.
Even if the film is not brilliant, the viewer can see social history (how people lived etc) in these past times:
Some of my favourites include:
The System (1964)
The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965)
Yeah, all great films. The pre-code films have great female characters. I watched it’s a wonderful life again this year.
That sounds fab Tom, I love programmes from that era which showed the streets etc as they were then. I love walking around streets and looking at old buildings etc and imagining what the people were like who walked the streets years before me.
I’ll check some of those out although my favourite era is the 1930’s, early 40’s. I’ve seen bedazzled and lild you, I like the social history side of the films, probably more than the films themselves.