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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Twenty Five Movies You Need To See

FILM BUFFS will be delighted to see that Film Four, Channel 4’s digital movie channel is now available on the Freeview platform and it’s now free to view on cable and satellite television too. Happy news indeed! I’m quite a fan of Freeview. A set-top box costs around £30.00, so it’s a good option to follow given that the existing television signal is due to be switched off in 2012.
To mark this, the Radio Times has listed the twenty-five movies you need to see to make you a film buff. The list includes undoubted classics such as Casablanca, Blade Runner, High Noon and Pulp Fiction plus a few less well known films.

I do agree with quite a few on the Radio Times list, but differ on some of the others. Below are both the Radio Times list and the Kerr’s Corner list. This list will prefigure a new feature in coming issues of The Wizard – classic film and DVD reviews alongside today’s latest blockbusters. Our panel of movie lovers will bring to you our recommendations for the best in cinema and home DVD viewing.

Radio Times list

1. Casablanca (1942).Great love story and wartime thriller.
2. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (919). Silent daddy of all horror films.
3. Blade Runner (1982) Science fiction film-noir. It’s always raining.
4. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Dead RAF pilot David Niven gets a heavenly reprieve.
5. Build my Gallows High (1947) Robert Mitchum’s shady past catches up with him.
6. La Dolce Vita (1960) Anita Ekberg dances in the Trevi Fountain.
7. High Noon (1952) Gary Cooper has to do what a man’s gotta do and stands alone against the bad guys.
8. Rear Window (1954) Housebound photographer thinks he witnesses a murder.
9. The Hidden Fortress (1958) A warrior escorts a princess across a perilous country side/
10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Violent road movie about two ruthless depression-era gangsters.
11. Bringing up Baby (1938) Comedy of a ill-matched couple who have to look after a leopard.
12. The Hills Have Eyes. (1977) Cannibalistic horrors await a family who take a wrong turn.
13. Un Chein Andalou (1928) God only knows what this surreal short film is about.
14. Armageddon (1998) Jerry Bruckheimer’s ultimate blockbuster. Bruce Willis saves the world.
15. Heaven’s Gate (1980). This epice Western was the biggest flop in movie history.
16. Annie Hall (1977) Woodie Allen love story set in New York.
17. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Wonderful musical set when silent movies were replaced by the ‘talkies’.
18. Paths of Glory (1957) Strong antiwar courtroom classic set during the Great War.
19. Performance (1970) The ultimate British swinging sixties gangster tale.
20. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Boris Karloff speaks in this gothic horror sequel.
21. Blackboards (2000) Itinerant teachers in Iranian Kurdistan dodge enemy fire in search of pupils.
22. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Terrific UFO film.. Alien Klaatu come to warn humanity that our number is up if we don’t shape up soon.
23. Pulp Fiction (1994) Energetic inter-related series of short films about gangsters, lowlife scum and drug abuse.
24. Shoah (1985) 554 minutes documentary based on the memories of WWII survivors, witnesses and perpetrators of actrocities/
25. Winter Light (1962) Swedish film about a priest who loses his faith.

Full reviews of these films can be found on

Kerr’s Corner List
1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
2. Casablanca
3. Brief Encounter
4. To Have and Have Not (Bogart and Bacall sizzle in this wartime Caribbean romance.
5. Triumph of the Will Impressive documentary of 1936 Nuremberg Rally by Leni Riefenstahl
6. High Noon
7. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
8. The Usual Suspects
9. Run, Lola Run
10. Elvis, That’s the Way it is
11. Planet of the Apes
12. The Day of the Jackal
13. White Heat
14. High Noon
15. They Died with their Boots on
16. The Birds
17. Twelve Angry Men
18. The House of Flying Daggers
19. All Quiet on the Western Front
20. The King and I
21. Evita
22. Forbidden Planet
23. The Man in the White Suit
24. The Quiet Man
25. Spartacus


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