Has anyone even heard of Shudder? Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t. The Horror focussed streaming service launched in 2015 and, until now, has enjoyed a rather low profile. Amongst a sea of streaming competitors, the decision to pitch themselves as a one genre pony appears, on the surface, to be a bit of a tactical misfire, but there’s just something about horror that sets it apart from other genres isn’t there?
Where other genres are watched by almost anyone and everyone, horror seems to have its own unique fanbase. I, myself, sit in the intersection of that particular Venn diagram; I consider myself both a general film fan as well as a horror fanatic. So, I guess you could say, I’m the perfect target audience for Shudder.
Film has always been part of my life. It is something I hold as entertainment, inspiration and has shaped my personality.
When I was a kid I used to read review books that were the size of encyclopedias. I had a diary where I wrote reviews and graded them. I loved Classic Cinema. This changed after studying film at Melbourne University. I discovered my love for the horror genre.
So here goes my list of the top 10 films that have influenced by life, and who I am as a person today.
Adam Sandler is back… and the result is not as bad as I thought it would be! Sandler’s new film, Hubie Halloween launched this week on Netflix and I took the time to give it a watch.
Hubie Halloween follows town idiot and self-proclaimed security guard, Hubie (played by Sandler) as he celebrates Halloween, and helps solve a mystery when people start going missing…
So originally I was going to open this article by making a dark oke about how Woody Allen and I are kinda similar because we both like old movies, are sarcastic and date girls born in the early 2000s, but after watching twenty two of his forty eight films, I found myself unable to continue on this project, and I feel the need to explain why. I started this project by watching the films that were commonly regarded as the best, so films like Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, and other such films which aren’t on either list.
But then those got kind of bland and weren’t breaking into the top five anymore, so I decided to reverse the plan and pad the worst films list by watching the least liked Woody Allen films like Curse of the Jade Scorpion or Scoop. Those got even more bland and dull!
So twenty two films in, I called it quits, as I couldn’t bring myself to watch another movie about a man who hates himself and everyone else, cheat on/be friends with someone who cheats on their wife, with themes about how great New York City is, even though they admit that city still kinda sucks. I also knew that nothing would be better than the films I had already watched, and that any additions to the worst films list would have made me question my love of movies altogether. So, let’s get into the best and the worst Woody Allen films.
Considering we’re still none the wiser about the true release date of Bond #25, No Time To Die, there’s surely no better moment to do an all time, best-of-Bond top 5. Granted, there may be 24 films in the series to date, but once you dispense of the spoofy Roger Moore years, the Daniel Craig misfires and the ones where Sean Connery had clearly given up caring, there really is only a dozen or so to choose from.
As a minor disclaimer, before creating this list, I didn’t go back and re-watch every film in the franchise – a single viewing of Moonraker is more than sufficient for one lifetime. With that being said, let’s jump into the definitive list of the top 5 films starring everyone’s favourite sociopathic secret service agent.