FILMS I’VE WATCHED AGAIN AND AGAIN
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.
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.
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.
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.