Sunday, 10 February 2013

Layla's top 10 films

Ok, so this isn't going to be like Richee's. I'm very indecisive about theses things. I shan't list them in any numerical order, or put my own personal rating (though I shall include the IMDb rating), but I will give you a list of the films I have watched the most, enjoyed the most, and taken the most away from.

* Castle in the Sky (8.0), or as I like to call it, Laputa the Flying Island. I remember this film from way back, probably from a time before I even knew what Japan was. Not only is the animation just perfect, but Laputa is depicted as being the most beautiful ruin ever. The only thing that ruins it for me is in the new dub of it. They replace Pazu's voice with that of James Van Der Beek. That's right, Dawson Creek. Nevermind.

* Orphee (7.9). I'm a sucker for the old fashioned camera effects, and Jean Cocteau's 1950 retelling of the Orpheus tale has got them galore. Especially love the story line, and the way Orphee copies down the words of death from the car radio.

* Ghost World (7.5), based on the Daniel Clowes graphic novel, is the one film that drags me back to my teenage years (being the awkward, anti-social art student I was).

* Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (6.0). Probably not the most endearing, artistic or intelligent film ever, but it makes me laugh every time. I practically know the script off by heart.

* Metropolis (8.4). The antidote to Ace Ventura. This 1927 silent mega monster of a classic is stylish,  thought provoking and inspires me every time I watch it.

* 2001: A Space Odyssy (8.4). I was considering putting A Clockwork Orange on this list, but the more I thought about it, the more affecting I thought this film was. Though it lacks the ultra violence of the aforementioned film, it haunted me me for so much longer afterwards. Hal is the ultimate villian.

* Amadeus (8.4). First watched this film on a whim and fell head over heels for it. From the incredible music, to the amazing costumes and Tom Hulse as a manical Mozart, it's fantastic. Always makes me want a millefuille.

* Citizen Kane (8.5). Regularly heralded until recently as the best film ever, this film hits the spot in so many ways. The best bit for me? Orson Welles dialogue; "What would I like to have been? Everything you hate."

* A Bout de Souffle (7.9), otherwise known as Breathless. I was obsessed with this film as a teenager. Jean-Luc Goddard's story of murder and vanity was just too cool.

* Children of Men (7.9). I do like a bit of a dystopian tale every now and again, and this one does it brilliantly. Superbly acted, and the escape scene at the end is amazingly shot.

So, thats my list. Quite a mixture. Agree with any of them? Think I'm talking out of my arse? Let me know what you think.


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