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February 25, 2004

Jan Jarventaus sees my top ten films and raises me his top "fifty" (for values of fifty that equal twenty, it appears, heh). Let's take a look at some of them.

1) Once Upon a Time in the West
Excellent film, of course, like almost all Leone/Morricone collaborations. Apparently, Leone wanted to cast Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach for the three gunslingers who meet Harmonica Man off the train at the beginning in order to show just how incredibly fucking nails he actually is. In my opinion Wallach's Tuco would have been perfect for the scene with the fly caught in the gunbarrel! Unfortunately, Leon couldn't get one or all of the actors to do it. Shame - would've been great.

2) Blade Runner
Jan is completely right about the mighty Rutger Hauer - a man who even managed to bring some dignity to selling beer (unlike that poor cunt in the Hofmeister bear suit). However, having Rutger Hauer does not guarantee a quality film (cf Blind Fury). The Vangelis soundtrack is another feature that makes this film pants-wettingly good.

10) Happiness
Oh yes, what a fine, fine film! Totally hilarious and with a very satisfying "mad as hell" moment at the end. However, you'd think that the sound of hammering would mean that chap's wife was able to sneak up on him mid-tug!

12) 2001: A Space Odyssey
Undoubtedly an SF milestone, however for me it's edged out in the bong-addled science fiction stakes by John Carpenter's Dark Star.

17) Deliverance
Imagine if this film was pitched in Hollywood today. The main characters go canoeing and one of them gets fucked up the arse. The film would end up with them goin on a (heavily edited for gore) revenge rampage through the Hillbilly community, with a final set-piece bullet-time shootout with a corrupt "Boss" and his cadre of sinister be-shaded redneck cops.

Now imagine Boorman trying to get a studio to let him make Zardoz. Heh. A-heh-heh!

I look forward to the other thirty mate!

Posted by Jonah at February 25, 2004 10:44 AM