After today’s part, we are half-way through my top 50 films of all time. If you haven’t seen the first 4 parts, catch up here: PART 1, PART 2, PART 3 & Part 4
This weeks grouping Comedies. They’re in a random order, since listing from 50 – 1 will be impossible. If you’ve seen any of these let me know.
I first watched Clerks when I was at university and thought it was a pretty good film. It’s funny and has some nice geeky references. I then re-watched it after I worked on tills and then understood it. This film sums up everything that is horrible and brilliant about serving the public. The unbelievably frustration that customers can cause and the friendships you make while working. I’ve watched it a few times now and see different things every time. It’s a brilliant film and I can’t wait for Clerks 3.
Nicolas Cage at his crazy best with a brilliant Coen Brothers story to go with it. Cage and Holly Hunter steal a baby and go on the run. It’s a brilliant funny film that I first watched when I was a teenager with my mum. Cage is her favourite actor and this is one of his best performances. It’s my favourite Cage film and my favourite Coen Brother’s film. Simon Pegg describes it best as a ‘living breathing Looney Tunes cartoon’.
I love most things that Kevin Smith has done, including Tusk and Yoga Hosers. Chasing Amy might be my favourite, purely because of the script. The dialogue between Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams is purely spectacular It’s so funny, so emotional, and so well written. To me this is an almost perfect love story. The moment in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot that acts as a mini-sequel, tying up the loose ends is a perfect epilogue to this one as well.
Taika Waititi is a genius. From Hunt for the Wilderpeople to What we do in the Shadows. Everything he writes is comedy gold. Jojo Rabbit, the story of an indoctrinated member of the Hitler Youth, whose imaginary friend is Hitler is surprisingly funny and sweet, with a dark undercurrent that carries the film along. The moment with the shoes (Anyone who’s seen it will understand) is absolutely heart-breaking. But a story that can go from tears to laughter in mere moments is perfection. I know a lot of people didn’t like this one when it came out a couple years ago, but I can’t get my head around that. It’s a near perfect film with a great cast. When does Sam Rockwell do anything bad?
Star Trek IV
I only wanted to include one Star Trek film in this list. I’m a massive original Star Trek fan, both the 1960s TV show and the films that would follow. Any of the original 6 films, apart from number 5, could have been here but Star Trek IV is my favourite. The crew travel back in time and have to find a way back to their present. It’s the funniest of the Star Trek films, especially Spock readjusting to life again after his resurrection in the previous film. Leonard Nimoy also directed this one. I love all Trek, but for me the films never got better than this one.
That’s half way through. I hope you are enjoying these posts so far
Thanks for reading and until next time,
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