The Magic of the Movies

Ever since I was a boy I have loved the movies.

Everyone has their own favourites. I have too.

I don't suppose anyone is even remotely interested in my all time favourites but, just in case there is, here goes.

These are films that I can watch over and over again. Some of these I have seen literally hundreds of times both in the cinema and on TV/Video and DVD.


Director: William Wyler, Music: Miklos Rozsa, Filmed in Camera 65

Comment: Has everything and taxes all your emotions.

A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Giu La Testa, Duck You Sucker)

All directed by Sergio Leone, Music: Ennio Morricone, Filmed in Techniscope

Comment: Wonderful to the ear and eye. Extraordinary scripts with some absolutely classic scenes.

Ryan's Daughter

Director: David Lean, Music: Maurice Jarre, Filmed in 70mm

Comment: Photography is superb. I love the atmosphere of the movie. Robert Mitchum's performance was greatly underestimated.

Cinema Paradiso

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore, Music: Ennio Morricone

Comment: Nostalgic look at cinema in Italy in the old days with wonderful atmosphere and a huge sense of loss. The 2 hour version released in cinemas was magnificent but the full 3 hour version is a must-see as a somewhat different slant is put on the story and leaves you wondering. The last thirty minutes is truly moving and the final scene is, quite simply, unforgettable.


Director: Andrew V. McLaglen, Music: Dominic Frontiere, Filmed in Panavision

Comment: The 'DOOK" as I will remember him. Beautifully photographed scenery.


Director: Michael Curtiz, Music: Max Steiner, B/W

Comment: Bogart, Bergman and a handpicked cast of characters make this probably the most watchable movie of all time.

The Untouchables

Director: Brian de Palma, Music: Ennio Morricone, Filmed in Panavision

Comment: Sean Connery at his unbeatable best, great action, great music. The only movie I can watch Kevin Costner in.

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