Pretty much the seminal movie buff film of all time. I don't want to get all long winded on you and start spouting lines like "Pretty much invented modern Cinema." But this film pretty much invented modern cinema.
(1941) Starring:, , Director:Orson Welles Certificate:
Orson Welles makes his feature-length directorial debut with this classic drama which often tops critics' polls of the best films of all time. In 1940, newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles) dies after uttering the word 'Rosebud'. An anonymous reporter (William Alland) is assigned the task ..read more »
This film sums up the whole concept of "Film Noir" for me. An amazing piece of storytelling set in the cool down after the war.
The Third Man
(1949) Starring:Wilfrid Hyde White, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli Director:Carol Reed Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Classic thriller written by Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles in which a writer sets about investigating the death of a friend in post-World War II Vienna. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a pulp Western writer, arrives in the Austrian capital expecting to take up a job with his old ..read more »
(1974) Starring:Beulah Quo, Darrell Zwerling, Denny Arnold Director:Roman Polanski Certificate:
One of the seminal American films of the 1970s, Roman Polanski's detective yarn sees murder and scandal emerge from the drought of 1930s Southern California. Private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired to follow water commissioner Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling), only to see him turn up ..read more »
Possibly one of my favourite films of all time. An almost dream-like insight into the legal system, based off the novel by Franz Kafka.
(1963) Starring:Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Orson Welles Director:Orson Welles Certificate:
Orson Welles directs this adaptation of Kafka's nightmarish novel, about a man lost in a system of intractable bureaucracy. Josef K (Anthony Perkins), a humble office worker, is arrested suddenly and without any explanation. Not even told of the crime he has supposedly committed, K finds himself on ..read more »
An amazingly atmospheric film that delivers accurate period detail, beautiful scenery, attitude, atmosphere and some very, very nasty characters.
(1987) Starring:Lisa Bonet, Mickey Rourke, Charlotte Rampling Director:Alan Parker Certificate:
The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to locate a pop singer who reneged on a debt. Harry ventures into Harlem, the first step of a Heart of Darkness-inspired odyssey. Each time Harry makes contact with someone ..read more »
Someone once told me that The Machinist was Christian Bale looking his worst and acting his best. The Machinist is an emotional insight to Insomnia and the way humanity copes with guilt.
(2004) Starring:Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon Director:Brad Anderson Certificate: Watch now: Included in all packages with LOVEFiLM Instant
Brooding psychological thriller, starring Christian Bale. Trevor Reznik (Bale) is a factory machine-operator who is suffering from crippling insomnia. His weight has plummeted, he suffers from hallucinations, and he finds himself unable to concentrate at work, leading to a horrific accident ..read more »
I was torn over this film for a good few months of my life. They took my favourite book and turned it into a film. Will I enjoy it? Won't I? It turns out I did.
(2000) Starring:Guinevere Turner, Chloe Sevigny, Josh Lucas Director:Mary Harron Certificate:
Bret Easton Ellis' disturbing novel is brought to the screen by Mary Harron. In 1987, twentysomething Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) seems to have it all: he is handsome, successful and engaged to the beautiful Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon). However, Patrick is also engaged in an ..read more »
An amazing book, an amazing film. A lot of people think it's about masculinity and male macho bullshit, but I don't think it is. I like to think it's more about the way people get tied down to the "rules of life" through their jobs, possessions and relationships.
(1999) Starring:Meat Loaf, Jared Leto, Richmond Arquette Director:David Fincher Certificate:
Adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's novel, David Fincher's controversial drama explores themes of masculinity and violence in contemporary society. Edward Norton stars as Jack, a bored insomniac, determined to inject some excitement into his life. He meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charismatic soap ..read more »
Bodies are piling up, one sin at a time. A detective story with a twist and arguably one of the most climatic endings to a movie ever.
(1995) Starring:Daniel Zacapa, Richard Portnow, Morgan Freeman Director:David Fincher Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish vision of a New York-like city, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a ..read more »