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Old 5th Sep 2009, 0:06   #21
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My top 10 (in no particular order):

Shadowlands
Tom & Viv
Mona Lisa
Howards End
A Fish Called Wanda
Gosford Park
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
My Left Foot
Topsy Turvy
Four Weddings and a Funeral
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Not many older films in any of the lists so far. In no particular order:

Lord of the Flies
Kes
Lawrence of Arabia
Bridge on The River Kwai
Midnight Express (does that count? Added another in case not)
Get Carter
Withnail and I
The Ladykillers (v1.0)
Gandhi
The Dambusters
Whistle Down the Wind

That's before we get to the bigger budget films of the 90's and beyond.
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Not many older films... because it's for the period 1984-2009!
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Ah.

Well, I've been away...
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The Company of Wolves
Restless Natives
Wetherby
Mona Lisa
Sid & Nancy
Prick Up Your Ears
Paperhouse
Henry V
Life is Sweet


...I'll have a think about the 90s in a bit.
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There is an apocryphal story I have heard from someone who went to work in Wetherby four years after the film was made and they heard from residents that when Wetherby was first shown, there was a special viewing for the residents of Wetherby laid on, organised by the church there; and of course the audience was made up of a fair few elderly Wetherbians, looking forward to seeing a film about their market town; only to be pretty shell-shocked at the head-blowing-off scene.
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I think anyone would be shocked. Especially as it's Percy Lord Percy!

(that, and it's very graphic)
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Just jumping in quickly before my class arrives, so I'll have to think about more later, but I agree totally with Dead Man's Shoes. Has anyone mentioned Secrets and Lies too, that's so powerful? It had me weeping for most of the characters, but particularly Timothy Spall and his wife. Ooh, got to go, I can hear the little cherubs *tiptoeing* down the corridor.....
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In chronological order:
  • A Passage To India (David Lean). You could get sentimental and wibble about Lean's swansong. But it is a great achievement in itself, and negates the need for any further Merchant-Ivory type stuff.
  • The Killing Fields (Roland Joffe). Terrible, but flawless, up until the final moments when John Lernnon starts warbling about imagining all the people. After watching the film, that sort of sentimental goo is just trite.
  • Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson). Obviously our consesnsus candidate for the Greatest British Film in the last three decades. And deservedly. Still pants-wettingly funny, and terribly pogniant, after a hundred viewings.
  • Mona Lisa (Neil Jordan). Stand out thriller of the 80s, anchoring itself firmly in the sleaze and misery of real life.
  • Cry Freedom (Richard Attenborough). Impossible to ignore, a magnificent achievement for all its wet eyeed Attenborough humanity.
  • The Dead (John Huston). A quiet, pitch perfect coda to a great career in film.
  • Hope and Glory (John Boorman).
  • My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan).
  • Land & Freedom (Ken Loach). Loach finally breaks out of his self imposed working class ghetto, with is his most ambitious film, and his last really good one.
  • The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan).
Jarman's Blue probably gets some sort of award for daring and being terribly sad, though it is probably hard to categorise it as a film.
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