This section ha proved incredibly difficult. It illustrates for me why cinema has never been in a better place than it is in the 21st century.
1. Serenity - I could re watch this endlessly. Gives you that warm familiar feeling of meeting up with old friends.
2. Brokeback Mountain - fantastic use of time jumps, and made us all realise what a fantastic actor Heath Ledger was.
3. The Decent - with the UK ending obvs.
Narrowly missing out - Lady Vengeance, Sin City, A History Of Violence, A Bittersweet Life.
1. Pans Labyrinth - Just perfection.
2. The Fall - any other year this would be my number one. An often overlooked modern classic.
3, Paprika - only just watched this for the first time last week, but know it’s one I’ll return to time and time again. Up there with my favourite anime movies.
Narrowly missing out - 300, The Prestige, This Is England, Children Of Men, Inland Empire
1. There Will Be Blood - my second favourite PTA film (after Phantom Thread)
2. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford - didn’t get the fuss when I first saw this on its initial release. What a fool I was. Re watched it last year and was blown away.
3. Hot Fuzz - a film that you always seem to get something more from on a repeat viewing. Which is handy as it’s repeated all the bloody time.
Narrowly missing out - Once, 30 Days Of Night, The Mist, Ratatouille.
1. In Bruges - the razor sharp dialogue is wonderful, but it’s the emotion in Farrell’s performance that gets me every time.
2. Hellboy 2 - possibly my favourite comic book adaptation of all time. It’s Del Toro’s genuine love of the weird and fantastical that makes this film shine.
3. The Dark Knight - after the promising start of Begins, it finally felt like superhero films were back on track.
Narrowly missing out - The Wrestler, Let The Right One In.
1. Where The Wild Things Are - always leaves me in floods of tears by the end. A beautiful ode to the passing of childhood.
2. Moon - a perfectly self contained slice of Sci Fi.
3. Up - yes the opening is beyond perfect. But the whole film continually gets me in the feels. Pixar at its very best.
Narrowly missing out - Inglorious Basterds, District 9