50 greatest films

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Channel 4 this evening. Good list. I’ve seen 19 of them I think.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Not counting this. The videotape ran out, so I’ve only seen about half of it.

A Bout de Souffle

Saw this in Paris. Don’t think I liked it.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God – Not seen.

An old favourite. One of the first films I bought on DVD. Not sure where my Alien DVDs are now — does my brother still have them?

All About Eve

Never actually seen, but a friend has a copy I’ve threatened to borrow, after saying I liked Almodóvar’s Todo sobre mi madre.

Apartment, The
Not seen. In my list to be rented at Lovefilm. Will take forever before I get through my list.

Apocalypse Now

Never seen. Blimey, was that really Martin “Bartlett” Sheen?

Black Narcissus
Boyz N the Hood
Breakfast Club, The
Not seen any of these. Must ask P if knows the Breakfast Club. Apparently THE teen movie for people in their 30s. I wouldn’t know.


Three big musicals I know most of the words to: Cabaret. Rocky Horror. Little Shop. Maybe this time. I’ll be lucky. Maybe this time, he’ll stay…


City of God
Come and See

Not seen.

Dawn of the Dead

Seen as part of my Film MA. Sponsored by a butcher, who provided real offal for the gore scenes.

Donnie Darko

Saw this with P and his sister on a trip to see a Bollywood film. The film turned out to be unsubtitled, and I threw a strop, so we went to see Donnie Darko instead. I thought it was great. She wasn’t quite so thrilled.

Erin Brockovich

Only saw quite recently thanks to LoveFilm.

Fanny and Alexander -Nope.
Fight Club

Yes. Crazy film once you know the ending.

Heavenly Creatures

Yes, I own all the early Peter Jackson films after a friend enthusiastically described a scene in PJ’s awful debut film. Braindead subsequently became my favourite film, if not actually the German film Kondom des Grauens.

Ipcress File, The
King of Comedy, The


Ladykillers, The

Oh, I must hae done? Surely?

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

This looked good. Will add it to the list.

Lost in Translation

Urgh. Hated this.


Good soundtrack.


To my shame, never seen, despite owning a copy.

Mulholland Drive

Craaaaazy. I have a bit of a love-hate with David Lynch. My friends all watched Twin Peaks in formative years, and have shown them to me subsequently. Part of my massive cinemagoing time in Paris included a David Lynch retrospective with many of his films. I did like Dune.

Night at the Opera – Nope.

North by Northwest

Nope. Unbelievable. This was already on my list at LF, but will see it eventually.

Pink Flamingos – Nope.

Player, The

Nope, but looked good, so will add to list.

Princess Mononoke – Nope.

Pulp Fiction
“Oh, you must see this, Alex, it’s got one scene you’ll really like.” Turned out my university housemates were talking about the anal rape scene. Hmm. Thanks, guys.

Raising Arizona – Nope.

Royal Tenenbaums, The

Wow. Saw this with friends in the cinema when it came out – in a matinee audience full of people who weren’t really getting the film. We sat there and laughed like loons throughout. Everyone else sat there in stoney silence, and occasionally made faux-whispered thorny remarks. I’m used to sitting there laughing whilst everyone else does that. Remind me to tell you about the Dario Argento version of Phantom of the Opera some day.

Searchers, The
Secrets and Lies


Sexy Beast

I own this one. One of those films you couldn’t quite believe and had to get so you could watch it, then show it to other people to see what they thought too.

Shawshank Redemption, The

Well, yeah. Good story too.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Hell, yeah.

This Sporting Life – Nope.

Three Colours Blue

Saw on BBC 2 while I was doing my A levels. Can’t really remember.

Touch of Evil – Erm, don’t know.

Can’t remember when I actually saw this, but hundreds of people had the poster in our first year at university.

Walkabout – Nope.

One comment on “50 greatest films

  1. Leigh says:

    I’ve seen far fewer of those than I should have but Princess Mononoke is great.

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