Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Brit Films

Blatantly stole this from THISChristine, via Shannon. They're friends, it's okay.

Go ahead and filch it yourself - the idea is you bold the ones you've seen.... This should be good, I don't so much do 'classic' as 'popular' film to be honest.

1. The Third Man (1949)

2. Brief Encounter (1945) Soooooo British. But something in me wasn't quite comfortable.

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Deserts, tribesmen, battles, wrestling with inner demons... what's not to like?

4. The 39 Steps (1935)

5. Great Expectations (1946)

6. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) We own this. Too, too marvellous.

7. Kes (1969)

8. Don't Look Now (1973) Brilliant, spooky, sad film. Freaky woman in the red coat... *shudder*

9. The Red Shoes (1948)

10. Trainspotting (1996) Great film, but whatever they say, they did make it cool.

11. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Nah. This is Husband's territory.

12. If... (1968)

13. The Ladykillers (1955) X said Truly excellent and I agree.

14. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

15. Brighton Rock (1947)

16. Get Carter (1971)

17. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

18. Henry V (1944) Put it this way, after losing my video copy and whining for five years, Husband bought it for me on DVD. Also love the Brannagh version, for completely different reasons.

19. Chariots of Fire (1981) After the part of his life depicted in the film, Blokey-who-wouldn't-run-on-Sunday went on to be a Missionary in China, I think, smuggling food and medicines around the place on a bicycle. When the guards stopped him, he'd distract them with pictures of his children. Later, when it got too dangerous, his wife and family went to Canada. One night, his wife woke up to see a vision of him, telling her everything was going to be alright. Weeks later, she discovered he'd died that same night.

20. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) They don't make 'em like they used to...

21. The Long Good Friday (1980)

22. The Servant (1963)

23. Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) Lovely, heart warming, clever, funny... I really love the secondary romances in this one, though.

24. Whisky Galore! (1949) My Dad's all time favourite...

25. The Full Monty (1997) Look, I know this movie's funny, but it's actually the social commentary and relationship stuff I love it for. Isn't that sad?

26. The Crying Game (1992) Never seen it, no ambition to.

27. Doctor Zhivago (1965) Why?

28. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) And there was great rejoicing.

29. Withnail and I (1987)

30. Gregory's Girl (1980)

31. Zulu (1964) I actually quite like it, but have to pretend I don't, since it's one of Husband's faves, and you can't let them have it all their own way...

32. Room at the Top (1958)

33. Alfie (1966)

34. Gandhi (1982) Seen it. Don't remember it.

35. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

36. The Italian Job (1969) It rules. You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors of...

37. Local Hero (1983) Oh yeah, I remember this one! Lovely.

38. The Commitments (1991) Utterly pointless, but fab fun.

39. A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Oh heaven. I fell in love with Kevin Kline in this one. We're going to see a trend, trust me.

40. Secrets & Lies (1995)

41. Dr. No (1962) Seen 'em all. Think they're all pretty good. And you know what? I think Pierce was better than Sean.

42. The Madness of King George (1994) It was supposed to be "The Madness of King George III" but the studio decided that US filmgoers wouldn't go and see it because they'd think it was the third in a series. I don't know what aspect of that is more depressing.

43. A Man For All Seasons (1966)

44. Black Narcissus (1947)

45. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) I know I've seen it, but damned if I can remember it.

46. Oliver Twist (1948)

47. I'm All Right Jack (1959)

48. Performance (1970)

49. Shakespeare in Love (1998) I always loathed Romeo and Juliet (bunch of spoilt brats - not a single character I didn't want to slap) but this movie made me 'get' it for the first time.

50. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

51. Tom Jones (1963)

52. 'This Sporting Life' (1963)

53. 'My Left Foot' (1989)

54. 'Brazil' (1985)

55. 'The English Patient (1996) Can't bear the 'someone I love is dying and no one will listen to me' motif. I have nightmares like that.

56. 'A Taste of Honey' (1961)

57. 'The Go-Between' (1970)

58. 'The Man in the White Suit' (1951) Wonderfully gentle.

59. 'The Ipcress File' (1965)

60. 'Blow-Up' (1966)

61. 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' (1962)

62. 'Sense and Sensibility' (1995) I want to kill Marrianne, but that may just be a jealous lust for Colonel Brandon. Nah. It's her.

63. 'Passport to Pimlico' (1949) Fab. I have a friend who lives near Pimlico, and every time I go to visit, someone in my family will say, "don't forget your passport!". Yes. Okay.

64. 'The Remains of the Day (1993) Yes, good, but... TELL HER. JUST TELL HER.

65. 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday' (1971)

66. 'The Railway Children' (1970) I cry, every time.

67. 'Mona Lisa (1986)

68. 'The Dam Busters' (1955) Another one in the "I don't watch war films but I've seen it" category.

69. 'Hamlet" (1948) Interesting take on the 'get thee to a nunnery' thing.

70. 'Goldfinger' (1964)

71. 'Elizabeth' (1998) Oh, just perfect. And I speak as a huge fan of the mighty Gloriana. I am in complete awe of her intelligence and resourcefulness.

72. 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips' (1939)

73. 'A Room with a View' (1985) Oh, wow.

74. 'The Day of the Jackal' (1973) Sigh. This may have been the start of my lifelong fascination with the bad guys.

75. 'The Cruel Sea' (1952) Yup. Please don't make me watch any more war films. I've seen too many.

76. 'Billy Liar' (1963)

77. 'Oliver!' (1968) I love musicals, but this isn't one of my faves.

78. 'Peeping Tom' (1960)

79. 'Far From the Madding Crowd' (1967)

80. 'The Draughtsman's Contract' (1982)

81. 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971)

82. 'Distant Voices Still Lives' (1988)

83. 'Darling' (1965)

84. 'Educating Rita' (1983) Good

85. 'Brassed Off' (1996) Not yet, but I want to.

86. 'Genevieve' (1953) Dammit, I wanna see again!

87. 'Women In Love' (1969)

88. 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964) And why would I want to?

89. 'Fires Were Started' (1943)

90. 'Hope and Glory' (1987)

91. 'My Name Is Joe' (1998)

92. 'In Which We Serve' (1942) I watched LOADS of war movies with Dad and bro when I was young. Which is probably why I don't want to see them again. One exception: Ice Cold In Alex.

93. 'Caravaggio' (1986)

94. 'The Belles of St. Trinian's' (1954)

95. 'Life Is Sweet' (1990)

96. 'The Wicker Man' (1973) *shudder*

97. 'Nil by Mouth' (1997) I love Gary, but films with 'gritty' in the description are not my oevre.

98. 'Small Faces' (1995)

99. 'Carry On Up The Khyber' (1968) Worth it just for the dinner-and-assault scene at the end. "Oh deyah! I seem to have become a little plastered..."

100. 'The Killing Fields' (1984)

Well lookee there. Saw many more than I thought I had. IMO, lots of gaps, though. Ice Cold In Alex, for one.


At 10:45 pm, Blogger Biddy said...

Wasted an hour on this list!! Cool!!

At 6:10 am, Blogger Michelle Styles said...

A cool list.

You should see Withnail and I -- part of it takes places in Penrith.

At 5:15 pm, Blogger Sela Carsen said...

I love The Italian Job! Dh took copies of both on one of his long TDYs and a bunch of guys watched them. They liked the American version better! What a crock! Granted, Wahlberg is way prettier than Michael Caine, but the ending on the old one is just sooooo much better. And that's my favorite line, too. :-)

At 4:02 pm, Blogger Dee said...

LOL, I kept going, "Isn't that a song??" LOL! Your comments made me realize I'd seen a bunch of those too.

But, something ironic occurred to me. You hate war movies...but you write military or spy heroes....LOL! HMMMMM! :)

Big smooches,

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