The Films That Influenced Me: Part 1

Adam Brannon HeadshotMovie Metropolis founder Adam Brannon shares the first five films that changed the way he viewed cinema. Check out the second five in his next article.

Film has always meant an awful lot to me. But it’s not just films that I love, I adore anything film related. From memorabilia to the smell of a new Blu-ray, my passion for cinema goes far beyond sitting down and actually watching a movie.

The films featured in these lists changed my life and the way I look at the film industry, helping me shape and create this website in the process.

#10 Mrs Doubtfire

This film started my love affair with the wonderful Robin Williams and his loss feels raw even today.

Mrs Doubtfire has become something of a cult classic over the years and its impressive script means it still remains relatable today – and just as hilarious.

Chris Columbus, who later went on to direct the first two Harry Potter films crafted a near-perfect adaptation of Anne Fine’s Madame Doubtfire. Most people don’t realise the film is based on a novel, and I have to admit, I only discovered this a few years ago.

Even decades after its theatrical release, Mrs Doubtfire proves films can still throw up a few surprises if you look deep enough.

#9 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A new film yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less extraordinary.

Unlike the majority of you reading this, I wasn’t blown away by the original Star Wars films when I was young, in fact, I only watched them a couple of times before The Force Awakens came out – I just didn’t get the whole space opera thing.

That all changed in December 2015 when Episode VII was released. I completely fell in love with the entire series, minus the prequels of course, and now have them all on Blu-ray with a couple of special edition steelbooks thrown in for good measure.

Rogue One may be the better film out of the two, but The Force Awakens started my love affair with Star Wars and its incredible universe. Now I can’t get enough of it.

#8 Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban

The first two Harry Potter films, in retrospect, aren’t all that great. Far too long, with a plodding pace, they’re good most definitely, but not incredible like J.K Rowling’s stunning books.

When Alfonso Cuaron was drafted in to help take the franchise in a new direction, he came up with the exceptional Prisoner of Azkaban.

As I entered my teen years, this is exactly what I wanted. A dark, brooding adaptation of a much darker novel than its predecessors. Gary Oldman’s introduction as Sirius Black was mesmerising and the series reached a new maturity that matched its ageing target audience.

I still watch the film to this day and love every minute of it. The cinematography is astonishing and shaped the rest of the record-breaking series.

#7 Deep Impact

The year was 1998 and the world had been swept away by the success of James Cameron’s Titanic. Audiences wanted more and two box-office behemoths were born to satisfy this urge to see things destroyed.

One was Armageddon, the other, Deep Impact. The latter began my rather morbid obsession with disaster movies – it has become my favourite genre and as I write this, I’m actually watching Deep Impact again and loving every minute of it.

Sure the technology is dated, they’re using floppy discs for heaven’s sake, but the emotional drama is something rarely called for in the genre.

Tea Leoni isn’t my most favourite actress, she’s garbage in Jurassic Park III, but she brings a warmth here that means it’s one of the most human disaster films ever produced, and hugely underrated. Check it out if you haven’t already seen it.

#6 Avatar

James Cameron certainly knows how to pack a punch. Avatar is currently sitting pretty as the highest grossing film of all time and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.

Heck, even Jurassic World, a 3D re-release of Titanic and Star Wars: the Force Awakens couldn’t topple this incredibly beautiful film.

Let’s be honest though, the plot is a bit pathetic and outside of those stunning special effects, Avatar really doesn’t have all that much going for it.

So why include it? Well, it was the first film I ever reviewed for Movie Metropolis so it holds a special place in my heart. On the 17th October 2010, Movie Metropolis was born and it is Avatar that has the special honour of being the very first article I ever uploaded.

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