So here it is, my favourite 100 movies which will span 10 blog posts over the next few weeks. My tastes are fairly modern and mainstream: don't expect many Lithuanian kitchen sink dramas from the 60's or too many romcoms...
100.The Keep (1981)
There's no doubting The Keep is a deeply flawed movie; for starters, many of the characters are vapid and the conclusion is a bit of a mess. However, Michael Mann's directorial flourishes and an unusual visual style, coupled with the marmite soundtrack and evocative location make it a movie I still return to whenever I don't want cheering up.
JDTRIVIA: I once sold the bootleg soundtrack of The Keep on Ebay for over £80!
THE KEEP ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085780/
THE KEEP THEATRICAL TRAILER
99.Star Wars (1977)
Controversy already as George Lucas' legendary classic comes in at merely 99! Yes, as much as I love the first Star Wars, it is a simplistic film at heart which is nevertheless redeemed by a pace of storytelling that seemed quite breathless back then.
JDTRIVIA: I first saw Star Wars when it debuted on ITV back in the early 80's when movies on terrestial TV was a BIG THING.
STAR WARS ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/
STAR WARS THEATRICAL TRAILER
98.One False Move (1991)
Poor old Bill Paxton , give him a starring role and it's in a criminally overlooked film such as this. A noir-ish small town thriller, Paxton plays a local Sheriff called into action when a violent gang of criminals travel to his town. There's a few twists before the movie's violent denouement.
JDTRIVIA: in the wake of backlash against violence in movies in the UK, the poster for this film (which depicted a policeman being shot) was altered despite the film being passed uncut by the BBFC.
ONE FALSE MOVE ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102592/
97.Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Twelve Monkeys is that type of movie that improves every time you see it. With hidden layers and depths, Terry Gilliam's time-travelling, bio-terrorism sci-fi flick has it all, including a neat (if somewhat dark) ending.
JDTRIVIA: Only after a second viewing did I finally realise the significance of the final scene.
TWELVE MONKEYS ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114746/
TWELVE MONKEYS THEATRICAL TRAILER
I'm not a huge musical fan but this recent movie starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson (who is brilliant) really appealed to me, despite the prescence of Eddie Murphy - who is also actually quite good!
DREAMGIRLS ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443489/
DREAMGIRLS THEATRICAL TRAILER
95.Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Not one of Bond's better-received outings, I grant you, with Sean Connery persuaded back into the role after George Lazenby dropped the ball in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It's the outlandish characters that make it for me, from Jimmy Dean's reclusive millionaire ("Baha? I haven't got anything in Baha!") to the voluptuous Jill St. John, and of course those lovely two hitmen, Mr Kidd and Mr Wint.
JDTRIVIA: I had this taped off ITV for years and always thought the ending was a bit abrupt. When I bought it on DVD years later I finally realised ITV had cut a large portion of the final scene involving the flaming skewers.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066995/
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER THEATRICAL TRAILER
It may not be a true story as the Coen Brothers claimed, but Fargo is still a first rate thriller with an exceptionally weedy and pathetic performance from William H Macy.
JDTRIVIA: The only Coen Brothers film I like. Or actually understand.
FARGO ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116282/
FARGO THEATRICAL TRAILER
93.10 Rillington Place (1971)
A genuinely chilling film about Santa Claus' early life as a serial killer. Only joking kids!
JDTRIVIA: I blogged about this film when I first saw it http://jdanddiet.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/one-of-most-chilling-movies-ever-made.html
10 RILLINGTON PLACE ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066730/
10 RILLINGTON PLACE CLIP:
92.Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
It's easy to be scornful of Guy Ritchie these days, but back in 1998, Lock Stock was a breath of fresh air with its cheeky cockernee charm and violence against traffic wardens.
JDTRIVIA: this is the only Guy Ritchie movie I have seen.
LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120735/
LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS THEATRICAL TRAILER
91.Lord of War (2005)
Nicholas Cage's output has been awful of late; this is just about the last decent movie he did. Playing a rich arms dealer, Cage chucks in a decent performance, struggling with the moral dichotomy he suffers from his occupation.
LORD OF WAR ON IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399295/