Only four more films to see

before I die.

According to Channel 4’s latest list – when will they run out of lists ? – “50 Films to See Before You Die” as picked by a bunch of “experts” (usual pretentious pontificating talking heads) to fit certain criteria.

As well as having a compelling story to tell, every film in this eclectic mix demonstrates a unique and creative approach to filmmaking. Whether it’s a strength in storytelling, a unique visual style or an ability to simply shock, entertain or enthral an audience, each film has been chosen as a paragon of a particular genre or style. Channel4

Well it looks like I may miss out on seeing one of the four (indicated with * below) before I go, not much a fan of Bollywood’s (or should that be Mumbaiwood :roll:) all singing & dancing routines and I tend to avoid all films that have the stereotype English as the bad guys of history, you know Mel Gibson style flicks.

“50 Films to See Before You Die” List in alphabetical order

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A Bout de Souffle
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Alien
  • All About Eve
  • Apartment, The
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Badlands
  • Black Narcissus
  • Boyz N the Hood
  • Brazil
  • Breakfast Club, The
  • Cabaret
  • Chinatown
  • City of God *
  • Come and See
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Donnie Darko
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Fight Club
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Hero *
  • Ipcress File, The
  • King of Comedy, The
  • Ladykillers, The
  • Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India *
  • Lost in Translation
  • Manhattan
  • Manhunter
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Night at the Opera
  • North by Northwest
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Player, The
  • Princess Mononoke *
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raising Arizona
  • Royal Tenenbaums, The
  • Scarface
  • Searchers, The
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Sexy Beast
  • Shawshank Redemption, The
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  • This Sporting Life
  • Three Colours Blue
  • Touch of Evil
  • Trainspotting
  • Walkabout

Some good ones in there, and some usual suspects, would have prefered “Duck Soup” to “Night At The Opera” though Opera does have the great Contract scene – “You can’t fool me! There ain’t no Sanity Clause!”.

Good to see “Dawn of the Dead” & “Touch Of Evil

Tell me about it. I’m just about to start work on a movie where they want Charlton Heston to play a Mexican! Vincent D’Onofrio as Orson Wells in “Ed Wood

But where is Leon and Smokey & The Bandit 😀

One Reply to “Only four more films to see”

  1. Despite high hopes of the cast and director, I’m sure I could happily have survived without sitting through the so-so Royal Tenenbaums.

    Wot, no Bonnie and Clyde? Ninotchka? Unforgiven? Muppet Movie?

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