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My Top 50 Favourite Films: #10-6

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Numbers 10 - 6
10. Whiplash  Fig.1 Whiplash (2014) Movie Poster
I don't have much of an interest in music, so the plot of a young man wanting to become a professional musician is one that I won't immediately have much interest in. However, as I consider Whiplash to be one of the best films in recent years, it is able to make me fully invested into it's story and characters, despite my lack of interest in the subject matter. The director Damien Chazelle, who also directed La La Land (2016), demonstrates his love for music brilliantly and is able to build tension between the two main characters, even in the simplest of moments. Without doubt the thing that stands out most, however, is the performance of J.K. Simmons, who plays the role of the music teacher, Terence Fletcher. While Miles Teller also delivers a great performance, J.K. Simmons' acting is of the highest standard, which leads to some terrifically tense between Simmons and Teller.
9. The Hateful Eight Fig.2 The Ha…

My Top 50 Favourite Films: #20-11

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Numbers 20-11
20. Drive Fig.1 Drive (2011) Movie Poster

While it could be argued that Drive loses some momentum near the end, everything about it is so clearly thought out and precise due to the directing/style of Nicolas Winding Refn. Through its influences from Noire films, Drive is a master class in film-making, so is a must watch for anyone who is passionate about film. The soundtrack, in particular, is something that makes it stand out, as it gives the classic noire a modern twist due to those synth music themes.
19. In Bruges Fig.6 In Bruges (2008) Movie Poster
My love of developed characters and well-written dialogue is demonstrated here in In Bruges. Similarly to some Tarantino films, even when the simplest scene is taking place, Martin McDonagh is able to use quick witted dialogue and dark humour to make everything so compelling. It utilises that dark tone brilliantly, resulting in a very fun film, while still being able to create tense situations.
18. Reservoir Dogs  Fig.3 Reservo…

My Top 50 Favourite Films: #30-21

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Numbers 30-21
30. Toy Story Fig.1 Toy Story (1995) Movie Poster
The Toy Story franchise in particular is one of several reasons as to why I grew an appreciation for Animation. For many, the choice between which is their favourite is very mixed. Personally, although I do like the third instalment, I think Toy Story 1 and Toy Story 2 are the best by some way. It is the original, however, that I remember watching the most and still get the most enjoyment out of. I think it also benefits from the fact that it reminds me of my own childhood, so that leads to me feeling the most nostalgic about this one.
29. The World's End Fig.2 The World's End (2013) Movie Poster
The final part to Edgar Wright's "Free Flavours Cornetto trilogy" is, despite it being the least creative in terms of film-making, I'd argue, is still something I get a lot of enjoyment from. The way Wright transitions from scene to scene, shot to shot is something I really admire. Both Simon Pegg and Nick F…

My Top 50 Favourite Films: #40-31

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Numbers 40 - 31
40. Batman Fig.1 Batman (1989) Movie Poster
Considering how much it changes from the comic books, especially the death of Bruce Wayne's parents and the Jokers back-story, as well as the, at time, controversial casting of Michael Keaton, who was known for his Comedy work, as the title character, it is incredible how successful and enjoyable Batman is. Tim Burton was at the height of his powers here, and this is clear from the brilliantly gothic set design and performances of both the protagonist and antagonist. In recent years, the best Joker debate has become quite well known. While Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill's voice work contributed to their own fantastic portrayals, it mustn't be forgotten how brilliantly casted Jack Nicholson was.
39. King of  Comedy Fig.2 The King of Comedy (1982) Movie Poster
The King of Comedy is one of Martin Scorsese's less well-known films, but, at the same time, is considered as one of his most underrated. Robert De Niro once agai…

My Top 50 Favourite Films: Introduction + #50-41

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As I wanted to post more things onto my blog, other than my film reviews and, occasional, drawing/paintings etc. I thought it would be a good idea to make some posts that will add more variety to my blog, as well as giving you more of an insight into myself. 
To save time reviewing all the films I like/love, I have made a top 50 list of my personal favourite films. Of course, as this is a personal list, I don't expect that you will agree with certain inclusions. This isn't a list of what I consider to be the best 50 films of all time, but are rather the films that I enjoy the most or is a film that is personal to me, in some form - in some cases, a film that is considered inferior to another, may be higher on the list.

I will post the list in groups of 10, posting the next 10 at some point in the future. I won't, necessarily write about each film as I usually do, but I will instead write a short paragraph in the 1st person and explain why they're in the list, as well dis…

Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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Fig.1 Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Movie Poster
Matthew Vaughn'sKingsman: The Secret Service was one of the biggest surprises in 2014. By taking elements and clich├ęs from Spy Movies, particularly the James Bond series, it subverted them into an incredibly fun and fresh story, with interesting characters and a clear directing style. Unlike his 2010 film Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn returns to direct the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle - so does it live up to the original?
Fig.2 Eggsy (Played by Taron  Egerton)
It is due to the success of its predecessor that there is some added pressure on Vaughn to re-create something that feels just as new and memorable. Kingsman: The Golden Circle had far more expectation and anticipation in comparison to The Secret Service, which consequently means that it would be easy for some to feel disappointed. However, despite the roughly 2-hour 20-minute run time, there is a lot to enjoy here. While the first felt more like a Spy-parody, this feels m…

Review: It (2017)

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Fig.1 It (2017) Movie Poster
In 1986, Stephen King's It was first published and was told through two narratives, which alternated between each other - one being focused on a group of kids from the 1950s, who refer to themselves as The Losers Club, and the other showing those same characters when they're 30 years older in the 1980s, and how each of them have "moved on" from what happened when they were young. In 1990, there was an American/Canadian adaptation that was in the form of a mini-series. That is an adaptation that has gained a cult following primarily due to Tim Curry's brilliantly haunting portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Unlike that mini-series, this latest retelling focuses purely on the children, but excludes the adult storyline and has the children set in the 1980s, as opposed to the 1950s.
Fig.2 Sewer Scene
Without doubt, it is the chemistry within the Losers Club that make this an enjoyable watch. Each character has their own personality a…