Updated: Nov 12, 2018
How much do you know about someone?
Sure, you can think you know a lot, but you can never really know everything.
There are things we all keep hidden from others — friends, families, spouses.
Unfortunately, this is not going to be one of those reveal-all posts.
Sorry to burst your bubble.
But I am going to share with you some of my favourite films.
In fact, my top ten favourite films of all time. And why.
Here goes. Quick. Short. Succinct. Nice and easy.
Oh, and these are in no particular order, by the way. (Although there may be some order… who knows!)
1. Die Hard
A Christmas classic (and yes, it is a Christmas film), Die Hard was one of the first action movies I watched, and it's been the inspiration for a lot of the themes and motifs and plot lines as my Jake Tanner series. John McClane is iconic, as is Hans Gruber.
2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
One of my favourite. If not the favourite. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels follows a myriad of characters, all with seemingly different story lines, but they somehow marry up in the end in what is a funny, well-written, and fantastically directed British movie of the nineties.
A childhood favourite, here. I knew all the words by the third time of watching it, and I still watch it to this day. My favourite character: Donkey. Perhaps I might watch it tonight… and in the morning, I'm making waffles!
4. The Shining
Perhaps one of the more disappointing films for me, in terms of book-to-screen depictions. However, that does not mean I don't like it. Jack Nicholson’s performance was iconic — and shit-scary. Not to mention the levels of suspense and direction. The musical score gave me goosebumps, and every time Danny cycles around the place, I had my eyes closed. A fantastic horror.
5. The Fifth Element
Futuristic, funny, and far-fetched. It's an easy going film that I grew up with and watched countless times. There's not long until we’re up to the sort of technology featured in The Fifth Element.
6. The Longest Yard
One for when I'm bored. Perhaps bored is a strong word. One for when I just want something to watch and I know I'm going to be entertained. The Longest Yard is a funny film that doesn't take itself too seriously, with an all star cast that fits the bill perfectly. Classic underdog story flipped on its head.
7. Toy Story
One for every age. The film I grew up with, and the series I longed to see the third one for. Toy Story was a massive part of my childhood, and is therefore, by default, deserved of a place in the list. It was a close call between this, Finding Nemo, and the The Incredibles.
8. Fight Club
I watched this in secondary school, and was surprised to learn there was a twist at the end. Apparently I'd already worked it out and made sense of it. But what I liked most was the concept behind it. The anarchy. The underground fight clubs. And the part of each and every one of us that manifests itself through destruction, no matter how dormant it lay. A decent noir film that I watch again and again.
9. Hot Fuzz
This film originally scared the crap out of me when I first watched it. The dark suits. The murder. But then, as I grew up, I realised how iconic it was. And how funny. Still stands as one of my favourite films. I don't know nothing about no skelingtons!
As bad as it might have appeared in the media, it was still a great film for a thirteen year old to watch. Cars that could into robot war fighting machines! After I'd watched it, the first car I ever dreamt of having was a mustang. Thanks Bumble-Bee for the inspiration.
The Dark Knight, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Green Street, Whiplash, Snatch, Step Brothers, Elf, Shaun of the Dead and Star Wars (the original trilogy).
Bear in mind this list has changed multiple times, even while I was writing it. I'm watching new films constantly and thus constantly updating, however, for now, I'm pretty certain these ten will stay there for a long time to come.
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