Bloody brilliant film that gets better with every viewing.
12 Angry Men
(1957) Starring:E.G. Marshall, Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb Director:Sidney Lumet Certificate:
Adapted from Reginald Rose's television play, this film marked the directing debut of Sidney Lumet. At the end of a murder trial in New York City, the twelve jurors retire to consider the verdict. The man in the dock is a young Puerto Rican accused of killing his father, and eleven of the twelve ..read more »
Excellent film version of a superb James Ellroy novel. Great cast too.
(1997) Starring:Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Danny De Vito Director:Curtis Hanson Certificate:
In Fifties Los Angeles, Ed Exley (Guy Pearce), Bud White (Russell Crowe) and Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) are three very different cops. Ed is ambitious and incorruptible, Bud takes pleasure in beating up wrong-doers, and Jack works as technical advisor to the television show 'Badge of Honour'. Ed ..read more »
The Maltese Falcon
(1941) Starring:Peter Lorre, Gladys George, Barton MacLane Director:John Huston Certificate:
John Huston made his directorial debut with this classic film noir adaptation of Dashiel Hammett's novel, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Sam Spade (Bogart) is a cynical private eye caught up in the hunt for a jewel-encrusted falcon while searching for the murderer of his partner, Miles ..read more »
Top cast plus original scipt = excellent film. Possibly one of the best film endings ever.
The Usual Suspects
(1995) Starring:Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Pollak, Gabriel Byrne Director:Bryan Singer Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
When a truck loaded with stripped gun parts is hijacked outside of Queens, five notorious thieves become overnight guests of the NYPD, but that's all they need to hatch a plan that brings them to Los Angeles for the ultimate take, $91 million in hard cash. Roger "Verbal" Kint, an apparent victim of ..read more »
More Bogart. Still tough-talking, but with a secretly soft centre.
(1942) Starring:Marcel Dalio, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid Director:Michael Curtiz Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Classic war-time drama which has been mis-quoted for decades. During World War II former lovers Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse (Ingrid Bergman) are reunited by chance in Casablanca, where he runs a nightclub and she, with her husband (Paul Henreid), is working for the French Resistance. ..read more »
The first Coen Brothers film I ever saw. Still one of the best.
(1996) Starring:William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare Director:Joel Coen Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
A pregnant police chief is investigating a series of homicides across the frozen tundra. Against a sprawling Minnesota landscape, a car salesman hires two criminals to kidnap his wife. But when the scheme goes sour, and wood chippers get involved, the haphazard kidnapping plot turns deadly serious.
Generally speaking, I don't like films about romance. But as a film about romantic tension, this is a masterpiece.
(1945) Starring:Marjorie Mars, Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson Director:David Lean Certificate:
A respectable, happily married doctor (Trevor Howard) comes to the aid of an equally upstanding housewife (Celia Johnson) when a passing train blows cinder into her eye. Thus begins a tentative romance, conducted in the tearooms and railway cafe of a small English town. David Lean's classic study ..read more »
My favourite horror film, and one of the few genuinely good Stephen King adaptations.
Carrie(1976) Starring:Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie Director:Brian De Palma Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at her small-town high school. Her blind panic at her first menstruation, a result of ignorance and religious guilt drummed into her by her ..read more »