I don't have a great deal of energy in me to do any work, and I'm sitting at my desk, watching Supernatural of all things (Wilson's making me watch it).
So in the spirit of having nothing else to do, except for wait for renders to finish their job, I'm going to rattle off a list of my top 20 films of all time. Well, the first ten anyway. I'll do the other when I get back from London or something in a couple of days.
Some of these films aren't the best, at least they weren't critically, but this is a fully personal list. You may agree, or not. I've actually
Anyway - here we are:
20. The Third Man (1949)
It's one of the quintessential noir films ever made, filled with mystery, twists and some stunning expressionist cinematography. The plot is simple enough - a man, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is invited to Vienna by his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only he discovers upon arrival that Lime is dead, and that things aren't quite as they're laid out for him. It's a tense, gripping film with rich characters and some amazing acting by everyone
19. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is Edgar Wright's comedy about a group of friends trying to survive in a zombie-infested London. With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the lead roles, the acting is superb, the story is simple but well-written, but the true strength of the film comes in its many levels of comedy, jokes you never spotted the previous time, and its ability to make you laugh, no matter how many times you see it.
18. North by Northwest (1959)
Alfred Hitchcock is often considered to be one of the greatest film directors of all time. And it's no surprise why. He is the master of suspense and shock, and North by Northwest is one of the best examples of this. Cary Grant plays Thornhill, a man mistaken as a government agent by a group of foreign spies, who pursue him across the country. What else can I say? It's wonderfully shot, perfectly acted and incredibly intense. One of Hitchcock's finest films.
Director Matthew Vaughn teamed up with an incredible cast to make this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel about a boy who travels to the fantasy land beyond his village to retrieve a fallen star in exchange for his beloved's hand in marriage. The film is stylish and charming, mixing in the classic fairytale themes with the traditional Neil Gaiman touch.
16. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)
I could really put any of Kim Ji Woon's films on this list. His films range in style and genre but his directorial sense stays strong throughout. The Good, the Bad, the Weird went on because it's the one I found to have the most rewatchability. The premise is a take on the the Good, the Bad and the Ugly storyline, but it's a strong enough story with enough great jokes, action scenes and well-written characters to stand strong by itself.
15. Rear Window (1954)
One of my favourite things about Rear Window was its claustrophobic feel. Much like his earlier film Rope, the majority of the action (if it can be called that) takes place within James Stewart's character's apartment. Rear Window encompasses everything that Hitchcock does best and manages to keep the audience guessing throughout.
14. Batman Returns (1992)
I think I like this film more than Burton's original film. It's a much smoother, better thought-out film. Now that Batman has been established, as has the tone of the films, there's a lot more room to play around with the characters. Everyone in the cast does an amazing job, especially the villains - played by Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfieffer and Christopher Walken. It's dark, moody but keeps its sense of humour throughout.
13. Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars, the most famous eastern-inspired sci-fi western, has infinite rewatchability. You might know the plot by heart. You might know every line by heart, but there's something about Star Wars - maybe it's the light-heartedness of the whole thing, or its incredible sense of adventure, or simply the film's ability, despite it's now-dated graphics, to suck you right into a galaxy far, far away.
12. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Requiem for a Dream, to anyone who hasn't seen it, can be summed up in one word: intense. It follows the lives of four individuals and their search for happiness, only the road to happiness is paved with addiction - to drugs, food, money, and for fear of sounding ridiculous, each other - and their lives take nightmarish downwards spirals because of it. It's not for the faint-hearted, but it's a masterpiece of human emotion and with a killer score from Clint Mansell, it's a firm favourite of mine.
11. Lost in Translation (2003)
Lastly, for this half anyway, Lost in Translation. Directed by Sofia Coppola, this is arguably her best film. It's about two people - played wonderfully by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson - who, while in Tokyo, meet and become friends. Lost in Translation is a beautiful story about loneliness in a strange place and the way the two characters grow around each other is marvelous. The thing about the film I love the most is how everyone can relate to these characters. At the end of the film, Murray says something to Johansson, but we don't get to hear it. And why should we? I think they deserve their privacy
And that's it, for the moment. I'll do my top 10 films when I get back. And maybe something Toil and Trouble based again soon. I'm getting through some of the actual finished animation now. With any luck, I might actually get it done.