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Keeping it Reel - The W&A film blog

Keeping it Reel - The W&A film blog

May 18 2017

Given we are coming into the Summer blockbuster movie season, we thought it would be fun to discuss our favourite films. This lead to some interesting conversations in the office. Here are our favourites:

Ian - “Twelve Angry Men”, Sidney Lumet, 1957. The twelve angry men are the twelve jurors of a murder case. An eighteen-year-old boy from a slum background is accused of stabbing his father to death and faces the electric chair if convicted. Eleven of the jury think he’s guilty; only one (Henry Fonda) has doubts and slowly persuades his fellow jurors that the boy might be innocent. If he fails they boy goes to the electric chair. Shot almost entirely in room, it’s a masterpiece in the ignorance and misconceptions that influence people. Years ahead of its time. Incredible performances from Fonda, a snarling Lee J Cobb and a young-looking Jack Klugman only add to the mix. “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” John Huston, 1948. Two American chancers without a dime to their name in 1920s Mexico team up with an old miner and set off to live the dream of discovering gold and making their fortune. Incredibly, they hit the jackpot. The film chronicles the subsequent breakdown in their relationship with one another as hope is replaced by spiralling mistrust and greed. Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs character is the definitive study in how greed can obsess and then destroy a person.

Guy - For me it is difficult to pick just one film but amongst many others Saving Private Ryan, Goodfellas, Trainspotting, Jaws, Drive, Casino Royale and with a young family Cars and Up all stand out to me as movies I really enjoy watching time and again. However, the Star Wars/Empire Strike Back/Return of the Jedi trilogy probably just edge it as my favourite movies. I was lucky enough to have grown up with these classics, spent chunks of my childhood playing and collecting  the toys and to me they are incredibly nostalgic.

Mel - The Prestige – So underrated but a great story that keeps you guessing until the very end. The Dark Knight Trilogy – Love these films, they don’t feel like they superhero/comic book genre at all. Airplane – My dad’s favourite film and one of mine too. So funny, even almost 40 (!) years after it was released. Overboard – Another oldie from the 80s but so entertaining.

Michele - Although rural Ireland was not renowned for having many cinemas when I was growing up I include my list of more memorable “films” from through the decades most of which were probably not seen on the big screen… Going back to the ’70’s Grease, Willy Wonka and The Yanks would feature.. From the 80’s, Beverly Hills Cop, The Breakfast Club and Terminator.. From the 90’s there were many but my top three would have to be The Shawshank Redemption, Trainspotting and Independence Day.. From the 00’s, The Bourne Series would definitely feature as would Oceans’ 11, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Up… and so to this decade I’ll keep it brief … Inside Out … (one for the big kid inside us all), and La La Land for the feel good factor.. and I am sure there are many others I could add to my list.

Caro - I can’t pick one so will have to give you a selection!  I’ve loved Apocalypse Now for years, very atmospheric with Marlon Brando being weird and scary at the end.  Also love the Usual Suspects, purely for the last scene when it’s all pieced together (no spoilers in case anyone hasn’t seen it!) And finally because I have small children and so spend more time watching kids films than ones I would actually choose myself, Wreck It Ralph because it’s funny even for adults and has a lovely, feel good ending.

Colin - Drive; the last time (and the first for a long time) that I sat down to watch a film with no idea of the plot and therefore no expectations and was absolutely blown away. A brilliant film and an even better soundtrack. 7even; not really a Brad Pitt fan but think he’s good in this film. Also, in hindsight with knowledge of how annoying she’s become, any film that ends with Gwyneth Paltrow having her head removed deserves respect. Kill Bill Vol’s 1 & 2; Just classic mix of cool style and violence

Ross - Hot Shots, Inception, The Departed, Sweet Sixteen, Dead Man’s Shoes. Such great films need no explanation!

Andrea - For me, my favourite film has to be E.T.  I remember seeing it with my Dad at the cinema when I was about 5.  The sight of the exhausted, dying E.T. was too much for me and I was shedding tears by the bucket load.  My poor Dad was a typical ‘80’s’ father and had no idea to cope with this and handed me a plastic sweet packet to blow my nose in having not prepared himself with tissues, with disastrous/comical results.  We also had a very low-spec E.T. game for our Atari games console, which I believe is often cited as one of the worst video games of all time and one of the biggest commercial failures in video game history. We enjoyed it a lot at the time though. 

Ash – Airplane!, Wayne's World, The Naked Gun, Napoleon Dynamite, The Royal Tenenbaums are some of my favourite feel good films. I love the old slapstick Lesley Neilson films. Wes Anderson is my favourite director. I love all of his films, they are wonderfully weird. I also love the old Marilyn Monroe films like Some Like it Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I’m a big Tarantino fan too. Pulp Fiction is one of my favourites. Gotta support the Irish films too so I’ll include Once, In Bruges, Sing Street and In The Name of the Father. Daniel Day Lewis is one of my favourite actors, he is amazing in everything he does! The list goes on but I also love all of the Christopher Guest films, Fight Club, Almost Famous and anything with Bill Murray!

Aisling Burke, Consultant

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