The most story driven of this amazing trilogy and as a result some have criticized for providing little 'action relief' from the long sequences required to drive the plot forward. However this is probably my favourite of the trilogy, due to its variety of locations it's amazing to look at and being a fan of the books the heavy emphasis on plot is a joy to watch. The Bridge of Kazadum section even on my 7th or 8th watching still send shivers down my spine.
The middle film in a trilogy often suffers due to it lacking in a diffinitve start or ending, however two towers makes up for it by creating the most human story of the trilogy. The narrative of the people of Rohan is lovingly crafted and a a joy to watch. With some superb side characters introduced as well, the two towers is more than worthy of its place in the LOTR trilogy
The most awe inspiring film in the trilogy, amazing effects that put you in the heart of the war for the ring. It may run on a bit put for one of the most cinematic experiences you'll have in your life by the time it does come to an end I don't think you'll have too many complaints. I should add that the main reason I've choosen the special editions of these films is because of the fantastic array of extras that comes with each film, a fantastic accompaniement to a truly magnificent trilogy.
The story of a man wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, you may be surprised to hear that the defining theme of this film is hope and how it can remain alive in even the darkest of places. A superb story, portrayed magnificently by Tim Robbins, if you can only watch one film off this list make it this one. Truly sublime.
Bryan Singer makes his directorial debut in this ensemble piece of crime fiction. Telling the story of a lone survivor of some bad s**t that went on a ship, the narrative is told in flash back form by Verbel Kint (Spacey) via his interview with Agent Culyan. With a plot that you never know which way will go next and a cast providing superb performances throughout this is smartest of the films on my list. Add to this possibly the best ending ever commited to film and you have one hell of a film, you'll watch and rewatch wishing you could erase of it each time. If you've never seen this before and you're renting for the first time I am truly envious of you/
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 »
As you scrolling down my list, you're probably thinking to yourself, 'this guy likes his violence', so you may be surprised to see a romantic comedy turn up on my list. But don't be fooled, this is no Love Actually, a fantastically original film about the awkwardness some people feel when taking the first steps into the world of romance, if this appeals to you, you'll absolutely adore it. Adam Sandler gives his best performance to date as the slightly depressed Barry Egan, a fantastically witty character that I see alot of myself in, which is perhaps why I love this film so much. Fantastically supported by Emma Watson and Philip Seymor Hoffman, every character in this film is wonderfully crafted. If you're a fan of on screen relationships or maybe just fancy something quirky there's little better out there than this.
(2002) Starring:Mary Lynn Rajskub, Emily Watson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman Director:Paul Thomas Anderson Certificate: Watch now: Included in all packages with LOVEFiLM Instant
A dark comedy centering around Barry Egan, the socially impaired owner of a small business-distributing novelty toilet plungers-in the San Fernando Valley. Dominated by seven sisters, and constantly negotiating his own manhood, he is unlikely to find romance unless romance finds him. In an attempt ..read more »
The Departed will probably go down in history as the film that one Marty his Oscar and one that some critics would perhaps say is one of his less deserving. They would be dead wrong though, The Departed is a remake of Infernal Affairs (which you should also rent) telling the story of corruption and deception inside the world of the Boston Mafia and police force. Another sublime ensemble piece, Damon, Nicholson, Sheen all give sublime performances but it is Di-Caprio who has matured in recent years that really deserves a special mention. He delivers a brilliant performance as undercover cop Billy Costigan that comes to a stunning climax (it'll take your breath away). Rivalling 'Suspects' for the best climax ever The Departed really has to be seen to be believed, the best mafia flick ever made? In my oppinion yes, rent and make up your own mind.