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.
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.
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?
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.
With most areas of the world still under strict lockdown, many of us have found ourselves with a great deal more time for TV and film. Personally, it’s been the perfect opportunity to revisit some of my all-time favourites, many of which I hadn’t seen for years.
In doing so, however, I couldn’t help but consider how often we recall things through a rose-tinted lens. Perhaps this is pessimistic, solitary confinement me talking, but I was fairly disappointed to find out that some of my favourite films weren’t as perfect as I had remembered.
From dodgy CGI, to laughable cameos and out of place character moments, a fair few of the top films from the last 20 years actually have some infuriatingly bad scenes. In order to exorcise my lockdown lamentations, I’ve decided to put together the definitive list of bad scenes in great movies, here are the top 5. Continue reading →