Friday, 29 June 2012

Jdanddiet's Top 100 Movies: 30-21

30.Out of Sight (1998)
I've always been a bit of a Soderberg fan and this quality crime thriller based on Elmore Leonard's excellent book is one of his finest achievements and George Clooney has rarely been better.

29.The Frighteners (1996)
Michael J Fox excels in this spooky action-horror movie directed by a pre-Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson.

28.The Apartment (1960)
Another movie that bubbles with chemistry like Out of Sight, Jack Lemmon is the bumbling employee letting out his apartment to his bosses as a love nest.  Shut up and deal.

27.Robocop (1987)
Anyone that says they weren't blown away by Verhoeven's grim sci-fi satire is lying.  Ultra-violent and compelling.

26.Goldeneye (1995)
After a hiatus of 6 years thanks to the relative failure of License to Kill (and a few other issues that I shan't go into here), Pierce Brosnan finally got the Bond role and made a pretty decent fist of it.  Highlights include a spectacular jump off a dam and some thigh-crushing action.

25.The Usual Suspects (1995)
1995 was a pretty good year for me at the movies.  This labyrinthine story of arch-criminal Keyzer Soze has a great twist bolstered by some terrific performances from Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey and, er, Stephen Baldwin.

24.Forbidden Planet (1956)
I've always had a penchant for classic sci-fi movies and this re-working of The Tempest is one of the finest.  Look out for Leslie Nielsen as the ship's captain.

23.An American Werewolf in London (1981)
John Landis made his name with this brilliant horror-comedy and watching it today, the transformation scenes still look bloody amazing.  And painful.

22.Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Whilst most prefer Life of Brian, I like the gritty, dirty and downright strange humour of Holy Grail.

21. LA Confidential (1997)
A classy and evocative tale of deceit and betrayal, LA Confidential has a lot going for it: a great script from Brian Helgeland (from James Ellroy's book), great cast (especially Guy Pearce) and some sumptuous locations.  Russell Crowe also manages to look like he's going to explode at any second.

1 comment:

  1. Out of Sight was awesome, can't believe it was so along ago. I feel so old. :D

    Some great choices there, The Frighteners is very underrated. I haven't seen The Apartment, I'll have to rectify that soon.