FILMS I’VE WATCHED AGAIN AND AGAIN

Empire (UK) - - THE ULTIMATE MOVIE PLAYLIST - SE­LECTED BY AC­TOR Kathy Burke

PAR­A­SITE (2019)

My new ob­ses­sion. One of the great­est films ever made. A su­perb take on the haves and have-nots. Saw it twice at the cin­ema last year and streamed it twice again dur­ing lock­down. It’s quite sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent.

GET OUT (2017)

I’m not re­ally a hor­ror fan. I watched it be­cause of Daniel Kalu­uya and was blown away. Such a smart, funny script, which is also ter­ri­fy­ing and heart­break­ing. Creeped me right out.

KES (1969)

It’s been in my top ten since be­fore I knew there was such a thing. It was my in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion. Best child per­for­mance ever from

David Bradley and a glo­ri­ous cameo from Brian Glover. A hard but beau­ti­ful film.

THE SHOP AROUND THE COR­NER (1940)

My favourite James Stewart movie. I love that the film­mak­ers stuck with the Bu­dapest set­ting (as with the orig­i­nal play). A sweet, ro­man­tic com­edy with a dust­ing of dark­ness.

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOP­LE (2016)

A lit­tle gem of a film. Per­fect fam­ily view­ing. Funny and up­lift­ing with a beau­ti­ful cen­tral relationsh­ip between Sam Neill and Ju­lian Den­ni­son. Taika Waititi en­joys giv­ing joy to an au­di­ence. I’m all for it.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989)

It’s per­fect in ev­ery way. Yes, there’s ‘that’ mo­ment, but the whole of Nora Ephron’s script is pretty sub­lime. Even though I’ve watched it count­less times, I al­ways hope they get together in the end.

VERA DRAKE (2004)

A bril­liant so­cial com­men­tary on the life of an il­le­gal abor­tion­ist. Imelda Staunton’s per­for­mance as Vera is up there as one of the great­est in cin­ema. I think it’s Mike Leigh’s mas­ter­piece.

MOON­LIGHT (2016)

I was lucky to see an early screen­ing. I was ex­pect­ing non-stop harsh­ness. Its gen­tle, breath­tak­ing beauty pulled the rug from un­der me.

IN­SIDE OUT (2015)

My favourite Pixar movie. It’s so clever and the sound de­sign is in­cred­i­ble. The ‘death’ of Bing Bong is one of the sad­dest in cin­ema.

PHILOMENA (2013)

This was on TV the other week and even though I’d seen it twice be­fore, I had to watch again. Fan­tas­tic script and a won­der­ful screen relationsh­ip between Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Any­thing with evil nuns al­ways gets my vote.

Clock­wise from here: The “gen­tle, breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful” Moon­light; In­side Out’s Bing Bong; Imelda Staunton in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake. Bot­tom: Al­fonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá Tam­bién.

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