With a world full of cinematic treasures, ranging from the silent expressionism of Robert Wiene in the 1920′s to J.J Abrams’ current vision for science fiction, deciding on a top 30 films of all time is no easy task. After much time and plenty of thought however, here it is for the world to see.
Plot summaries from IMDB
Reviews by Jordan
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1990 – Directed by Martin Scorsese
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.
Scorsese’s 1990 opus Goodfellas is the penultimate mob film, an odyssey of a life in crime, and the suspicion and paranoia that accompany it. Ray Liota portrays Hill with an essential ruthlessness and hidden terror brought on by those surrounding him, and the supporting cast of American thespians, including Scorsese regulars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, provide some of their very best performances. The violence is often intense, dialogue sharp and pacing perfect – resulting in a mob film this humble critic deems superior to The Godfather.
14. Mulholland Drive
2001 – Directed by David Lynch
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Mulholland Drive is less a film than it is a beautifully delirious voyage into the mind of a genius visionary; what originally promises to be a plot slowly unwinds into a feverish dream as aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts) helps amnesic Rita (Laura Harring) discover her identity and exactly what occurred before the car crash she was a part of on the titular highway.
After becoming the new face of the Midnight Movie and cult film scene with his debut Eraserhead (1977), David Lynch forged a career full of mind-melting, visceral and surreal works of screen art, with highlights including: Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990) and Lost Highway (1997). There can be no doubting the impact that each of these films leaves on the viewer, as they touch on themes and ideas very rarely delved into by other writers or directors; and it is to Lynch’s credit that he made a film in Mulholland Drive so extraordinary that it deserves placement above these fine works.
If you only see one David Lynch film, make it this one… but also know that you are doing yourself a harsh disservice in not exploring everything else that the great auteur has accomplished.
13. Dead Alive
1992 – Directed by Peter Jackson
A young man’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Before Heavenly Creatures and the Academy Award sweeping Lord of the Rings trilogy, the distinguished Peter Jackson was known for an entirely different breed of film; the low budget, gore splattered horror comedy. His audaciously gruesome debut Bad Taste has become a certified cult-classic among the genre orientated, but in my opinion the highlight of this all too brief period in his career is the lovingly stomach churning Dead Alive (also known as Braindead in the UK).
When poor Lionel’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey, he does whatever it takes to keep her rapidly deteriorating condition a secret from his new girlfriend and the increasingly hostile public, whist also trying to retain his sanity. One ‘the bite’ is spread however, with the local nurse and priest among the first to fall victim, the infected, zombified bodies mount up to an irrepressible level and it’s up to Lionel to don the lawnmower and finally become a man.
The references to ‘80’s American horror such as Re-Animator and Evil Dead II are ever-abounding, and the violence deliciously exaggerated in this; the goriest horror-comedy you will ever see.
12. From Dusk ‘till Dawn
1996 – Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
From Dusk ‘till Dawn is possibly my most cherished guilty pleasure; the combination of El Mariachi creator Robert Rodriguez, actors Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Salma Hayek and Michael Parks and a script laced with breakneck action and even more breakneck dialogue creating an experience in exploitation like no other committed to celluloid.
The film’s first half plays out as an undeniably accomplished fugitive thriller, as the Gecko brothers (Clooney and Tarantino) flee for Mexico with frayed tempers and a bank teller hostage. This story will enthral any viewer to the extent that a twist is not needed, but when the second half arrives, there’d certainly be no horror fans looking back. Salma Hayek commands the screen as seductress Santanico Pandemonium, and then, all hell breaks loose.
There will always be debate as to who is superior out of Rodriguez and Tarantino, and although written by his competition, I rate From Dusk ‘till Dawn highly enough (as well as Sin City and Planet Terror) to allow the Texan the win.
11. The Warriors
1979 – Directed by Walter Hill
In a future, dystopian New York City, turf gangs and cops rule the streets. When one gang leader tries to bring all gangs together against the cops Coney Island’s The Warriors are framed for his murder and the entire city turns on them.
The Warriors, a largely unknown gang from Coney Island, travel to the city to attend a meeting of all the gangs in New York, hosted by the city’s most powerful outfit; The Gramercy Riffs. Cyrus, the leader of The Riffs, declares that all the gangs unite to form one army, an army large enough to run the city with no threat from the authorities;
‘You’re standing right now with nine delegates from 100 gangs. And there’s over a hundred more. That’s 20,000 hard core members. Forty-thousand, counting affiliates, and twenty-thousand more, not organized, but ready to fight: 60,000 soldiers! Now, there ain’t but 20,000 police in the whole town. Can you dig it? CAN YOU DIG IT?’
At the height of his speech, Cyrus is shockingly gunned down, and The Warriors framed for his death. What follows is a stylish, violent and thrilling chase film as our favourite gang tries to clear their name and make it back home alive. More so than any other film I’ve seen, The Warriors is the very epitome of cool; every character, situation and piece of music culminating in a cult film of unadulterated excitement and pure testosterone-driven action.