Just to repeat myself, these aren’t in any order, until we get to the last 2 weeks. My top 50 changes too often to list them. Let me know in the comments if you’ve seen any of the films I mention, love them, hate them? Let me know.
The Matrix is a film I watched as a kid and loved it, although I didn’t really understand it. It looked really cool, had some amazing effects and some great and memorable dialogue. I re-watched the first Matrix film about 2 years ago for its 20th anniversary and it holds up so well. If I hadn’t re-watched it then it probably wouldn’t be here on the list, but it’s an incredible film. The plot is all over the place in the best way, but it follows its own logic. The effects are still sublime and the themes and questions it asks are brilliant. This is one hell of a thrill ride, although I still haven’t brought myself around to watching part 2 and 3 again. I liked them as a kid, but more nervous about that now. I suppose I will have to before part 4.
When I was about 10/11 years old I had a boxset with Terminator 1 & 2 and then later the 3rd one. I loved all 3 and watched them a lot, especially the 2nd one. I do think that the first one is the best, I know that a lot of people say that the 2nd one is better. The 2nd is better action and effects, but the first one is truly tense and scary. The unrelenting Terminator chasing down Sarah Connor. It’s a brilliant series. I liked the 3rd one when it came out, but skipped the next 2 sequels until Dark Fate, which I thought was pretty good. The first is still the best.
John Carpenter is one of my favourite directors. Halloween, They Live, Escape from New York/LA, Prince of Darkness. All classics. My favourite of his films is his remake, The Thing. It’s incredibly well made with a great performance from Kurt Russell. The effects are mind-blowingly good. The puppetry is stunning. The dog mutating is sickly and gross and awesome. The scene where they are testing their blood to see who is infected is one of the tensest scenes in horror history.
While growing up and when I was probably way too young, I spent a lot of time playing the original Silent Hill game. It took me a long time to finally finish it, but I did it (It can be done in under 4 hours, but it took me a few years of stopping and starting). It’s a game I hold very highly. When the film was being released, I was very excited for it. I loved the Resident Evil film series and thought Silent Hill couldn’t disappoint. I wasn’t wrong. I know that a lot of people criticise this film, and it’s probably deserved, but from my point of view it’s fantastic.
Planet of the Apes
Aside from the excellent twist at the end of Planet of the Apes (which I think is so well known that it’s impossible for someone to watch it for the first time and not expect it), the film is genuinely an excellent sci-fi film. I also think the original sequels are more than decent. They each do something different and tell their own story. The original is obviously the best of the bunch, and really stands up to the test of time. The book was originally adapted by Rod Sterling, the creator of The Twilight Zone, but most of his script was scrapped, apart from the ending. It’s a great film, that has spawned a whole franchise of great sci-fi. Hopefully the new one in the works lives up.
6 more weeks to go. I hope you are enjoying these posts so far. Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’ve seen any of these films
Thanks for reading and until next time,