Are we ever going to see a day when superhero movies don’t dominate the release schedule? It seems as if a new one materialises every week. If it’s not the latest cookie-cutter Marvel movie or yet another DC extended universe disaster, then it’s a tedious new standalone project promising to ‘put a dark spin on the genre’ or ‘take it in a new direction’.
Now I’m not saying all superhero films are bad, in fact, I have enjoyed a great deal of them over the years. Whether it be Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or the MCU’s Infinity saga, the genre has undoubtedly peppered the cinematic landscape with some truly great moments over the past two decades. But when will it end? How much more juice can we squeeze out of this thoroughly dehydrated lemon?
The time has arrived: my first visit back to the cinema since COVID-19 swept across the globe. It’s hard to believe that it was over six months ago that I was last sitting in the cinema, enjoying the magic of the big screen.
Nevertheless, the day has come, and with it, the release of Christopher Nolan’s latest epic, Tenet. As is the case with Nolan’s movies, a lot of fanfare accompanies their arrival and as one of the most exciting filmmakers working today, so it should. But how good is Tenet? Are we looking at another Nolan masterpiece?
And forgive me if I’m a little rusty, it’s been a long time!
Film has always been a part of my life. From going to the cinema for the first time on my second birthday, to watching films with my dad, it’s something that has always felt special to me. As someone who grew up in a house with a ridiculously sized DVD collection, and a father who collected Empire magazine, movies became hard to avoid.
The films in this list either resonated with me for a very specific reason, or hold some nostalgia that I will never be able to shake. Ultimately, they all hold a very special place both in my heart, and my life.
I want to preface this article by saying that I like about 90 percent of the movies on this list. There’s only about ten out of all of these I don’t like, and that’s just because these really are the best of the best. So if you read this thinking “Wow, how is that movie so low on this list?” The answer is simply because when the average quality is so high, the rest will suffer by comparison. That being said, the Oscars are something that people either hate because they mainly talk about movies which aren’t blockbusters, or people hate them because they don’t choose the right small films/blockbusters to talk about.
Just look at the last three years for a perfect example of this, as on the day nominations came out, people will flood twitter with “SNUBBED” this and “OVERRATED” that. So because school is over, I’m furloughed for another month, and the cabin fever is setting in, I’m going to put all 150 of the nominees I’ve seen in order from worst to best.
I also know that I still have a lot more to watch (There have been 563 nominees over the 92 year history of the Oscars, so I’m barely at the quarter mark) and this list leans heavily on the current history of the Oscars (47 films being from the 2010s), but that’s just because it’s a lot easier to find a movie from today than it is to find Captains Courageous or Twelve O’Clock High. Now, because we have 150 movies to talk about and we’re supposed to have a word limit, let’s get into Tier Five.Continue reading →
Picking the 10 films the influenced me was by no means an easy task. Sure, it would have been easy to reel off 10 classics and talk about how great they are, but instead, I’ve decided to treat this list as a way to rediscover films that had a profound, emotional impact on me upon first viewing. I’ve seen a great deal of movies in my time however, only a select few have really resonated with me on a greater level than simple enjoyment.
To some, this list may seem a little strange, perhaps even a little obscure, but each of these films has earned its place in my top 10 with rightful cause. Whether they happened to coincide with personal circumstance in my own life, or they covered themes so harrowing they really stuck with me, here are the top 10 cinematic experiences that influenced me as a film fan, a film critic, and even as a person.