Lists by crawfitton
There is perhaps no bigger blight on the film industry than Hollywood's ongoing obsession with film remakes. Too often these efforts prove to be pale imitations of classics or in the case of remade flops, serve to underline the failings of the original. However very rarely remakes are able to live up to, or even surpass, the legacy of its predecessor. The below ten films are the exceptions to the general rule 'remakes stink!' The only criteria for this list is that either the original film or its remake must be the most well known rendition of the work today. Thus there is no room for any Dracula, Robin Hood or any other source that every film studio seem to have made a stab at bringing to the screen.
Horror is generally not a genre that I have a lot of love for. No other grouping of films, with the possible exception of porn, has subjected moviegoers to the same level of clichéd plots, wooden dialogue, inept performances and surgically enhanced leading ladies. However when horror is done right it is a joy to watch, albeit an unsettling experience at times. I believe what makes a good horror film is suspense and the threat or implication of violence, therefore gore loses the film points. Irregardless of the quality of the effect, the presence of excessive and relentless gore is at best dull, but more often is repulsive or laughably tacky. Once the fear is removed, the illusion of the film is destroyed. So don't expect any love here for Freddy, Jason or Michael M. Sadly this genre has been plagued with ludicrous sequels and inferior remakes. These ten films have all fallen victim to this trend (although it must be noted that two of the list are themselves remakes) and almost without exception these subsequent films should be avoided at all costs.
Most good films involve an element of surprise in their plotting but these twist/s on the list below are so dramatic and ingenious that they are largely the main point for which the film is remembered. My criteria for selecting this list began with choosing good films in their own right and films where the twist links in well with the rest of the film. Too often film makers attempt to rescue average or poor films by the inclusion of an 11th hour plot turn, more often than not resulting in a greater failure. I then choose the films which had either the best executed plot twist, or ones that have been hugely influential on later works.
Where possible I have avoided discussing the plot twist itself in depth but of course the nature of the list means there is always going to be an element of SPOILER within.
This is my list of my ten favorite live action comedies. Most films have some degree of comedic elements so I have restricted the list to the films I regard as primarily comedic in nature.
A list of my all time favorites. Some are undisputed classics, others have enjoyed less universal acclaim. There are also a couple which I admit made the list partly due to nostalgia value.
Over the years I have been fortunate to avoid many bad films. But occasionally boredom or curiosity gets the better of me. These are ten of the worst films that I have been forced to endure. The only upside is that you need to sometimes watch bad to appreciate good
My favourite ten films by Alfred Hitchcock
The top ten films feature Paul Newman at his best
My selections for the top ten westerns of all time