FILMS

I love classic cinema i.e. films that were released under the Hays Code (1934-1968). I know that sounds like such a hipster thing to say but I mean it genuinely. My theory is that if it's managed to stand the test of time then there's a reason for it. Plus, there's a certain comfort in watching something that fell under the Hay's Code. I particularly like Hitchcock (who doesn't?), I've seen all his films except the silent ones. I also really like Tarantino, black comedies, mockumentaries and musicals. Here are my favourite films: 

AMELIE
AMELIE
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KILL BILL
KILL BILL
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REBECCA
REBECCA
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THE OPPOSITE OF SEX
THE OPPOSITE OF SEX
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VERTIGO
VERTIGO
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HOBSON'S CHOICE
HOBSON'S CHOICE
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HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
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ALL ABOUT EVE
ALL ABOUT EVE
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SWORD IN THE STONE
SWORD IN THE STONE
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CRUEL INTENTIONS
CRUEL INTENTIONS
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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
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DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
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CABARET
CABARET
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RULES OF ATTRACTION
RULES OF ATTRACTION
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CLUE
CLUE
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LORD OF THE RINGS
LORD OF THE RINGS
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THE WAY HE LOOKS
THE WAY HE LOOKS
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SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
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CALAMITY JANE
CALAMITY JANE
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BLOODLUST
BLOODLUST
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 THE "BEST PICTURE" PROJECT 

I love a project but this one has it's ups and downs, believe me. The aim is to watch every single Best Picture winner at the Oscar's Academy Awards from 1927 (yes, I'm including Sunrise) to present day. Sounds easy, perhaps? But let me tell you, some of these films are a SLOG - though not always the ones you'd expect. I've had some wonderful surprises and some bitter disappointments. Each film is rated out of 10 and there's a short review tagline - just hover over the picture. 

SUNRISE
SUNRISE

Unexpectedly brilliant. Was on the edge of my seat by the end of it. Loved it. 9/10

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WINGS
WINGS

Too long but not terrible. A little cheesy. Ending was frustrating and predictable. 5/10

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BROADWAY MELODY
BROADWAY MELODY

Terrible. Way too long. Boring. Poor acting. Irritating plot. A struggle to get through. 2/10

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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

Relentless. It's high quality film-making for its time but I just hate war films. Tough watch. Not for me. 6/10

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CIMARRON
CIMARRON

Alright. Liked some parts. Nothing special. Production values weren't great. 6/10

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GRAND HOTEL
GRAND HOTEL

Good. I like this type of thing. Enjoyed it. Some iconic lines. Good cast of characters. 7/10

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CAVALCADE
CAVALCADE

A bit of a disappointment. Very bleak and very choppy. Bit of a misery fest. 6/10

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IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

Funny and very enjoyable. Great on screen chemistry and some iconic moments. 8/10

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MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

Torture on screen, torture to watch. One of the most unbearable movies I've seen. Awful. 1/10

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THE GREAT ZIEGFELD
THE GREAT ZIEGFELD

The music is almost unlistenable. Impressively lavish but it's WAY too long...and very boring. 3/10

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THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA
THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA

Very interesting but frustrating to watch at times. Took too many liberties with the timeline. 6/10

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YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

A lot of fun with a lot of heart. Very enjoyable. Loved the court scene. Would watch again. 8/10

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GONE WITH THE WIND
GONE WITH THE WIND

Epic. Very well done. Scarlett's a great character. It's a little 'of it's time' in places 9/10

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REBECCA
REBECCA

A masterpiece. Joan Fontaine is absolutely perfect for this role. Better than the book. 10/10

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HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

Gosh, that was bleak! The most Irish Welsh village I've ever heard. Too much singing. 4/10

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MRS MINIVER
MRS MINIVER

Full of charm, suspense and tragedy. Good balance of joy/sadness. Greer Garson was great. 9/10

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CASABLANCA
CASABLANCA

A absolute classic. Some iconic lines. Tight script. Well acted with beautiful cinematography. 9/10

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GOING MY WAY
GOING MY WAY

Not bad but kinda basic, predictable and schmaltzy. How did this beat Double Indemnity?! 5/10

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THE LOST WEEKEND
THE LOST WEEKEND

A chilling tale of alcoholism. Well told, well acted and well filmed but it's a tough watch. 7/10

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THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

Solid movie. Telling the other side of things. Very well done but not sure I'd watch it again. 7/10

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GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT
GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT

Thought-provoking, interesting. Some major problems with this film but it's still well made. 7/10

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HAMLET
HAMLET

Too staged. Dated production values. Seems like a pretentious vanity project. Boring and overly long. 4/10

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ALL THE KING'S MEN
ALL THE KING'S MEN

Fast-paced. A lot happened and very succinctly. Not my usual thing but very good. 8/10

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ALL ABOUT EVE
ALL ABOUT EVE

Exquisitely written. Exceptional performances. An absolute classic. One of my favourite films. 10/10

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Awful fluff. Egotistical drawn-out nonsense. Almost zero plot. A cacophony of terrible music. So boring. 3/10

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THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

An impressive spectacle but a plotless melodrama. Too long but not as terrible as people say. 6/10

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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

Typical Oscar fare. A horribly tough watch but it's very well made. Not my type of thing sadly. 7/10

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ON THE WATERFRONT
ON THE WATERFRONT

Oof this is grim. Well acted and I get why it won but it's full of cliches now. Satisfying ending. 8/10

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MARTY
MARTY

Awh, this was full of charm. Wish it had more meat to the ending. Very enjoyable though. 8/10

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Lively British Romp. Heavyhanded travelog that needs a damn good edit. Silly & daft but still fun. 7/10

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BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

Alec Guinness is the villain of this film. Infuriating. I can't even talk about it. 4/10

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GIGI
GIGI

Fluffy, lavish and gorgeous but that's about it. Minnelli should have kept away from Paris! 7/10

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BEN-HUR
BEN-HUR

Epic. Impressive. Great story. Beautifully filmed. A little grim in places and occasionally ham. 8/10

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THE APARTMENT
THE APARTMENT

Has a film ever balanced joy and sadness so well? Poignant, charming and brilliantly crafted. 10/10

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WEST SIDE STORY
WEST SIDE STORY

Classic musical with great music. Very "theatre" and a bit long but still very good. 8/10

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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

Beautiful cinematography. Great score. Impressively-made epic but it's just WAY too long. 8/10

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TOM JONES
TOM JONES

Gross. Frantic. Horrible. Brash. Unbearable music. It's like a Carry On movie. Truly awful. Total bedlam. 1/10

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MY FAIR LADY
MY FAIR LADY

Lavish and delightful. A great musical. So charming. A true classic but Henry Higgins is the villain. Lol. 9/10

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SOUND OF MUSIC
SOUND OF MUSIC

An iconic musical with iconic songs. It's just incredible. Julie Andrews is a national treasure. 10/10

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A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

It's a little dry, staged and serious but well acted. Doesn't quite feel authentic. It's not bad though. 7/10

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Really tight solid crime drama. Tough to watch in places but expertly acted and very well made. 9/10

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OLIVER!
OLIVER!

A bit...daft. A spectacle. Not my type of musical. Shani Wallis is the star of this. Well made. Kinda 60s. 7/10

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MIDNIGHT COWBOY
MIDNIGHT COWBOY

Upsetting & distressing. Well acted but plot and film-making felt a little contrived. It's just not for me. 6/10

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PATTON
PATTON

It's everything I hate: war, machismo, patriotism. It's super boring. Satisfying to see his downfall though. 3/10

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION
THE FRENCH CONNECTION

Massive plot holes - No way they put that car back together?!! Choppy & uneven with jarring music. 4/10

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THE GODFATHER
THE GODFATHER

Well filmed. Well acted. Well paced. Gripping from start to finish. It's a masterpiece, I get the hype. 9/10

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THE STING
THE STING

Solid fun hustle movie with a lot of style and a great vibe. Enjoyable. Almost a 9 for me. 8/10

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THE GODFATHER PART II
THE GODFATHER PART II

It's a great movie for sure but I much prefer the first one. Michael is so unlikeable. Felt more disjointed. 8/10

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ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

I found this very, very upsetting. I wish I'd never seen this movie and I don't want to talk about it. 5/10

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ROCKY
ROCKY

Suprisingly brilliant. Boxing is a tense watch. I liked Rocky, he's a great guy & Adrian too. Fun. Tense. 9/10

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ANNIE HALL
ANNIE HALL

Love this movie, so charming. So funny - classic sarcastic New York humour. Diane Keaton is great. 9/10

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THE DEER HUNTER
THE DEER HUNTER

Deeply depressing. Unbearable to watch. Grim. Brutal. Miserable. Good performances but I hated it. 2/10

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KRAMER VS KRAMER
KRAMER VS KRAMER

Very good movie. Great performances & the story is very well told but watching it was weirdly stressful. 8/10

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ORDINARY PEOPLE
ORDINARY PEOPLE

Very good. Solid drama. Smart to leave the most depressing parts out. Very well acted. Poignant. 8/10

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CHARIOTS OF FIRE
CHARIOTS OF FIRE

Self-righteous Christians, privileged toffs & egotistical sportsmen: Is there anything worse? SO BORING. 3/10

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GANDHI
GANDHI

Powerful. Educational. Shocking. Epic. Important. Everyone should watch it. I'm ashamed to be British. 9/10

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TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

Very sad ending but well-contained with lots of light-hearted moments throughout. Well-acted. Good. 7/10

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AMADEUS
AMADEUS

Luxe and lavish production. Well acted and well made. Thoroughly entertaining. Opera is LOST on me. 8/10

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OUT OF AFRICA
OUT OF AFRICA

Sweeping landscapes. Meandering drama. AWFUL rear projection. Too long. Glacial pacing. It's fine. 6/10

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PLATOON
PLATOON

If you think I'm going to sit through this military gore fest then you're sorely mistaken. VETO.

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THE LAST EMPEROR
THE LAST EMPEROR

Impressive historical epic. Lavish production. Beautifully filmed. A really interesting subject matter. 9/10

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RAIN MAN
RAIN MAN

Stressful to watch. A cacophony of white noise. It's very effective. Some lovely moments. Mixed feelings. 7/10

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DRIVING MISS DAISY
DRIVING MISS DAISY

Very charming movie with great performances. A port in a storm from the other miserable Oscar films. 8/10

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DANCES WITH WOLVES
DANCES WITH WOLVES
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SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

One of the most stressful films I've ever seen. Certainly thrilling. Well-made. Tough to watch. 8/10

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UNFORGIVEN
UNFORGIVEN

Very gritty cowboy drama. Tense. Gripping. Bleak. Very well made but not really my type of western. 8/10

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SCHINDLER'S LIST
SCHINDLER'S LIST
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FORREST GUMP
FORREST GUMP
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BRAVEHEART
BRAVEHEART
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THE ENGLISH PATIENT
THE ENGLISH PATIENT
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TITANIC
TITANIC
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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Studded cast, every face is a name. Some fun moments, easy-watching. Surprised it won though. 7/10

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AMERICAN BEAUTY
AMERICAN BEAUTY
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GLADIATOR
GLADIATOR
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A BEAUTIFUL MIND
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
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CHICAGO
CHICAGO
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THE RETURN OF THE KING
THE RETURN OF THE KING
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MILLION DOLLAR BABY
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
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THE DEPARTED
THE DEPARTED
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NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
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THE HURT LOCKER
THE HURT LOCKER
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THE KING'S SPEECH
THE KING'S SPEECH
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THE ARTIST
THE ARTIST
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ARGO
ARGO
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12 YEARS A SLAVE
12 YEARS A SLAVE
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BIRDMAN
BIRDMAN
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SPOTLIGHT
SPOTLIGHT
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MOONLIGHT
MOONLIGHT
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THE SHAPE OF WATER
THE SHAPE OF WATER
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GREEN BOOK
GREEN BOOK
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PARASITE
PARASITE
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NOMADLAND
NOMADLAND
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 FILM REVIEWS

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