The Spanish, like the French, do this sort of personal existentialism and warping of reality so much better than us Anglo-Saxons.
Open Your Eyes
(1997) Starring:Najwa Nimri, Chete Lera, Eduardo Noriega Director:Alejandro Amenabar Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
It would appear that Cesar has everything going for him - he's charming, rich and unbelievably handsome. But as we find out in Open Your Eyes, appearances can be deceiving. On the night of his twenty-fifth birthday Cesar meets Sof'a, and for the first time, thinks that he may have found the ideal ..read more »
The more recent film was worse than a remake; it was an abuse of the popularity of the original to lure people into another modern, average action film. Viva the Self-Preservation Society!
The Italian Job
(1969) Starring:, , Director:Peter Collinson Certificate:
The quintessential British caper film of the 1960s, The Italian Job is a flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists in history. Michael Caine is Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of British prison. ..read more »
Jude Law you should know better than that - go and stand outside. Right this minute! No, I don't care how hard it's raining.
(1965) Starring:Denholm Elliott, Julia Foster, Shirley Ann Field Director:Lewis Gilbert Certificate:
Alfie (Michael Caine in his first starring role) is a streetwise womaniser in swinging Sixties London. His conquests are numerous, from common-law wife Gilda (Julia Foster) to frustrated housewife Lily (Vivien Merchant), but the chirpy cockney's sexual antics catch up with him faster than he had ..read more »
(1971) Starring:Ian Hendry, Michael Caine, John Osborne Director:Mike Hodges Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Acclaimed 1970s British thriller starring Michael Caine as a hardened gangster returning to his hometown in search of the truth behind his brother's death. Though originally from Newcastle, Jack Carter (Caine) has made his name in London as a tough enforcer for the crime boss, Gerald Fletcher (..read more »
(1954) Starring:Keiko Tsushi, Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune Director:Akira Kurosawa Certificate:
Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece tells the story of a group of 17th Century warriors recently detached from the powerful masters who once paid them. Veteran Samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) is the leader of the group who are hired by the residents of a village suffering at the hands of a marauding band ..read more »
Day Of The Jackal
(1973) Starring:Eric Porter, Cyril Cusack, Edward Fox Director:Fred Zinnemann Certificate:
In this involving political thriller, a secret French paramilitary organization plans to assassinate French President Charles De Gaulle (Adrien Cayla-Legrand) because of their disagreement with his policies during the Algerian War. They hire a professional killer, known only as The Jackal (Edward ..read more »
Let's remake a satire on action an romance films as... an action and romance film. Maybe it's post-modern, maybe it's just a Richard Gere film.
(1960) Starring:Jeanne Moreau, Laszlo Szabo, Jean-Pierre Melville Director:Jean-Luc Godard Certificate:
Jean-Luc Godard's groundbreaking tale of the brief love affair between petty criminal Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and young American student Patricia (Jean Seberg). Michel has killed a motorcycle cop and is now hiding out in Patricia's Paris apartment, but the police are getting closer, and as ..read more »
(1990) Starring:Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau, Tcheky Karyo Director:Luc Besson Certificate:
The serpentine plotline of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita begins its 117-minute slither when punkish, psychotic, and drug-ridden Nikita (Anne Parillaud) fires her gun into a cop's face following the stick-up of a drug store, and is promptly imprisoned. She is thrown into a dank cell, then injected ..read more »
Ah, the supreme Vincent Cassel and the perfection that is Monica Bellucci, just how does Josh Hartnett expect to compete with that?
(1996) Starring:Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Romane Bohringer Director:Gilles Mimouni Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Parisian businessman Max (Vincent Cassel) is due to fly to Japan when he recognizes his long-lost love, Lisa, in a café. He forgets his travel arrangements and becomes obsessed with tracking Lisa down. When he eventually finds her apartment he hides in it, only to be discovered by Alice, a look-..read more »
Surely "Starring Nicholas Cage" is reason enough to avoid the remake.
The Wicker Man
(1973) Starring:Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland Director:Robin Hardy Certificate:
Director's cut of the cult horror classic in which a devout Christian policeman (Edward Woodward) is summoned to a remote Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a child. While there he uncovers a bizarre pagan cult, led by Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). As preparations for a ..read more »