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  1.  What have you done to my face?


    A very clever, very well thought out and executed movie involving the almost fate like coming together of a small group of people who all share similar traits to one another. Great performances from the two leading actors Liotta and Cusack, a solid script and edgy atmosphere all help to make this little gem unforgettable. For those of you who are keen eyed, there is a small clue at the start of the movie which gives the whole story away but you have to know what you are looking for. The underlying basis of the story leans heavily on one of many theories by Jean-Paul Sartre the French existentialist philosopher and the way this movie interprets the theory is interesting. A dark atmosphere, a rain drenched motel and rising body count are the least of your worries when strange things begin to happen. The final answer is shocking.

  2.  We have a rotten apple, Jim


    A twisting, turning Cold War set thriller. This cloak and dagger story focuses on a British intelligence expert tasked with sniffing out a suspected mole operating in the upper echelon of the queens spy service. Based on the novel by John le Carre, director Tomas Alfredson proves to be a practiced hand at establishing atmosphere, leaning on a filmmaking style that is visually interesting without being distractingly flashy. A fantastic cast including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Cathy Bates and Benedict Cumberbatch. At the centre of the story is George Smiley a mild mannered but sharp intelligence expert solving his cases with brains not bravado.

    Smiley is called out of retirement to track down a Russian double agent suspected of operating within the British Secret Intelligence Service. The former head narrowed his list of suspects down to five and its up to Smiley to finish what his old boss started. Filled with flashbacks, flash forwards and intriguing characters the story bounces and bumps along in unwieldy fashion but all pieces fall into place by the third act. Overall its a richly produced film and one that features a talented, top notch cast but there is a fine line separating complex from convoluted.

  3.  No Women No Kids


    A triumph by Luc Besson, this classic story of a lone assassin (Reno), their world turned upside down when forced to save the life of a young girl (Portman) from a corrupt enforcement officer (Oldman). With beautiful scores from the works of Bjork and Sting, the tale is told from the point of view of the assassin as he comes to terms with the relationship he is now responsible for. A story of vendetta superbly shot with growing tension and outstanding performances from all involved.

    An agreement is struck whereby Reno trains Portman to assassinate while she in turn teaches him to read and write. The story builds until the pursuing Oldman places Reno in a situation whereby he must defend himself against all odds or risk losing his companion. The inevitable ending ensues leaving its audience breathless but aware they have been routing for the villain all along. A roller coaster of a movie with an addition of the Directors Cut available rating this film highly among its genre.

  4.  I know I'm human


    Arguably the greatest of John Carpenters work and easily the best of his apocalyptic movies, The Thing stands the test of time with strong cast performances(Kurt Russell), solid horror story and cutting edge visual effects (Bob Bottin). This classic tale, which is essentially Agatha Christies Ten Little Indians, depicts a group of research scientists living in an isolated barren wasteland. One by one they are consumed by this being from another world that uses its victims as hosts leaving the viewer to wonder who is human and who is not. A very creepy atmosphere is given to this almost claustrophobic movie through lighting (Dean Cundy)and sound as much as the visuals. This movie gained its cult status not through cinema but video release and has grown enough to warrant the forth coming prequel. One to look out for!

  5.  There ain't no fog bank out there!


    Hailed as Carpenters finest work and part of his apocalyptic trilogy, The Fog brings together a handful of fine actors regularly used by Carpenter, stunning visuals and a sense of dread seldom found in the horror genre today. Set in a small town cut off from civilisation, a small group of survivors try to piece together the towns sordid history while on the run from the creeping fog and the horrors concealed within. With a perfect musical score and great cinematography, Carpenter builds slowly on the suspense and terror until the finale where we learn the true terror that the small town was founded upon. Great casting and well scripted, The Fog will leave you shaken and wondering why they even bothered to remake such a classic! Philistines!

  6.  Seymoure Butts


    This early yet stylish Fincher direction is both dark and edgy in its attempt to portray one man fighting to prove his innocence. What begins as a typical Hitchcock thriller evolves into a much deeper account of conspiracy and betrayal while all along the audience is left wondering what is game and what is real. Nicholas Van Orton, played well by Michael Douglas, is the hero with everything to lose and simply struggling to survive the game that he has had thrust upon him. With more twists and turns than you could ever wish for, the story builds and builds on Van Ortons hysteria right up to the ending which some may argue falls slightly weak. The final act wraps everything up so neatly that you almost feel cheated and are left wondering what might have been should Fincher have decided to head down a different route. Overall a very worthy film, breathless pace with fine acting all round.

  7.  Liberate Te Ex Inferis


    A British Sci-Fi horror funded by the Americans, perhaps the first Anglo-American venture to actually work out well. Genuinely disturbing both mentally and physically with strong lead roles and soundtrack by Orbital and The Prodigy. Referred to as The Shinning in Space, this film delivers a slow build of horror suspense, realistic characters in nightmare situations and stunning visual effects. A truly claustrophobic setting that adds well to the hopeless situation that our characters find themselves in, a large emphasis on the viewers imagination rather than showing too much but what you do see is almost artistic and something you are not likely to forget!

  8.  All is dream!


    The actual plot is very simple, an attempt to plant an idea inside the mind via dreams. You can take this film at face value, look no further and still be satisfied with the ending. Or you can try to unfold the various layers of interwoven story telling and really dissect this masterpiece. Yes it takes much concentration but if that is going to be a problem, buy something else! However, if you enjoy a brilliantly written script, solid acting and award winning musical scores (Hans Zimmer) then this latest film by Nolan is for you. It comes across as a natural step up from Memento (a previous film) but at the same time using all the modern production methods, special effects and outstanding cast to a high degree. This was the best film of its genre that I saw in 2010 and if you are looking for something special, something more than your average beer and peanuts flick, then I recommend you buy! There is an assumption that Nolan is being pompous with his latest release but this is not the case, there will always be conflict with that which is not blazingly obvious. Look out the reception Twin Peaks received when Lynch stepped outside the box and even the Lost series to a certain extent. All in all, a roller coaster ride from start to finish that you will want to see over and over. I see Inception as Nolans mantelpiece film, I only hope there is not a sequel!

  9.  Get busy living or get busy dying!


    A timeless classic of one mans incarceration and his bid to prove his innocence, truly heart warming yet shows the non fairy tale world of prison life and a corrupt prison warden abusing his position and pulling strings to manipulate those around him. Adapted from Stephen Kings short story and brilliantly narrated by Morgan Freeman who stars also as Tim Robbins solace and friend while inside. With a great musical score, cinematography and supporting roles this film keeps you on edge right up until the amazingly executed prison break and reunion for our hero. This film inspires hope and justice in a way no other has since and perhaps never will.

  10.  Remember Sammy Jenkis?


    This early Chris Nolan masterpiece deals with the notion of loss and memory as the lead character Lennie, brilliantly played by Guy Pearce, losses his wife and from that moment is unable to make new memories. His struggle to find the killer is portrayed through his eyes in that the viewer will see events in reverse order. An incident will find Lennie who deals with it as best he can, then moments later we see how he came to be in that incident. Essentially the film begins at the end but running parallel to this story is a black and white back ground story filling in our characters past. Beautifully choreographed and written, this film may take a few sessions before you can really appreciate its worth but it is a must have for all Nolan fans.