Friday, 28 October 2005

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride
If Corpse Bride had less of Danny Elfman's music it would be a much better film. The score seemed very intrusive, dictating our emotions almost constantly, and the songs were often unintelligible. The plot was largely predictable, and Victor (Johnny Depp) was the only interesting character. Yes, the stop-motion animation was impressive, though this felt more like a brief side-project than a full-scale Tim Burton production.

Thursday, 20 October 2005

The 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time

The 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time
Total Film magazine's editorial staff have selected a list of The 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time, as follows:

1. GoodFellas
2. Vertigo
3. Jaws
4. Fight Club
5. The Godfather II
6. Citizen Kane
7. Tokyo Story
8. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
9. The Lord Of The Rings I-III
10. His Girl Friday
11. Persona
12. Chinatown
13. Manhattan
14. Taxi Driver
15. It's A Wonderful Life
16. The Apartment
17. Once Upon A Time In The West
18. All About Eve
19. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
20. Apocalypse Now
21. Crash
22. Sunrise
23. The Godfather
24. Rear Window
25. Sunset Boulevard
26. The Third Man
27. Some Like It Hot
28. Raging Bull
29. The Rules Of The Game
30. Reservoir Dogs
31. Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
32. Children Of Paradise
33. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
34. The Searchers
35. A Matter Of Life & Death
36. 2001: A Space Odyssey
37. Touch Of Evil
38. Badlands
39. Monty Python & The Holy Grail
40. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
41. The Last Picture Show
42. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
43. Heat
44. Annie Hall
45. Mean Streets
46. Nashville
47. Blade Runner
48. Singin' In The Rain
49. Pulp Fiction
50. It Happened One Night
51. Aliens
52. Sullivan's Travels
53. The Deer Hunter
54. Miller's Crossing
55. Kiss Me Deadly
56. The Shawshank Redemption
57. Sweet Smell Of Success
58. Die Hard
59. Blue Velvet
60. The Outlaw Josey Wales
61. Halloween
62. The Night Of The Hunter
63. The Matrix
64. The Conversation
65. 8½
66. Seven
67. L'Atalante
68. This Is Spinal Tap
69. Sideways
70. Dawn Of The Dead
71. North By Northwest
72. The Terminator
73. Hoop Dreams
74. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
75. The Wild Bunch
76. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
77. Lawrence Of Arabia
78. The Graduate
79. The Wicker Man
80. Day For Night
81. The Shining
82. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
83. The Wizard Of Oz
84. Metropolis
85. The King Of Comedy
86. Kind Hearts & Coronets
87. Donnie Darko
88. Get Carter
89. Rio Bravo
90. Psycho
91. Decalogue I-X
92. Back To The Future
93. Salvador
94. Magnolia
95. The Usual Suspects
96. Stand By Me
97. Trainspotting
98. Casablanca
99. Three Kings
100. Goldfinger

Strictly speaking, there are more than 100 films here, as the ten films comprising Decalogue are listed as a single entry, as are the three films in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Interestingly, though, The Godfather and its sequel are split, whereas many such lists treat them as the same film. Note that Crash is the Paul Haggis Oscar-winner, not the scandalous David Cronenberg film. Also, Some Like It Hot is the 1959 comic masterpiece, not the obscure 1939 comedy.

Sunday, 2 October 2005


This image is taken from Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper which published twelve cartoons caricaturing Mohammed on 30th September. Visual depictions of Mohammed are regarded as idolatrous and are thus forbidden by Islam.