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Top Films

Top 200 Films of All-Time
200.Black Hawk Down (2001)
199. Jane Eyre (1944)

198. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)
197. Philadelphia (1993)
196. Kill, Baby…Kill (1966)
195. Network (1976)
194. Bus Stop (1956)
193. Destroy all Monsters!  (1968)
192. Frailty (2002)
191. The Search (1948)
190. The Incredible Shrinking Man  (1957)
189. Rocky III (1982)
188. Heat (1995)
187. King Kong (1933)
186. Oliver Twist (1948)
185. The Crow (1994)
184. Spellbound (1945)
183. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
182. Psycho (1960)
181. Fall of the House of Usher/House of Usher (1960)
180. The Ladykillers (1955)
179. The Innocents (1961)
178. Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
177. The Evil Dead (1983)
176. Last Train From Gun Hill (1959)
175. The Big Country (1958)
174. War of the Worlds (2005)

Review: Throne of Blood

Set in Feudal Japan, Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) and best friend Miki (Minoru Chiaki) are captains and warriors who have just waged and won a battle for their Lord. Through thick fog and forest on their way home, they seem to get lost. They eventually stumble upon a cackling spirit who prophesises that Washizu will be bestowed by his Lord the North Castle, and will eventually ascend to being Lord of Cobweb Castle, but that his reign will be short-lived and he will be overthrown by Miki’s own son (who will grow up to be played by Akira Kubo). Indeed, when they do eventually find their way out of the forest, the first part of the prophecy proves true. When an amazed but guilt-ridden Washizu informs his wife (Isuzu Yamada) of the prophecy, the poison-tongued lady manipulates her husband into killing the Lord so that the next part of the prophecy can come to fruition and Washizu to take North Castle. But what of that other part of the prophecy?

My favourite Akira Kurosawa film (followed by t…

Review: Magnificent Obsession

Drunk millionaire playboy (and med school drop-out) Rock Hudson wrecks his motor boat, but is revived at the same hospital where Jane Wyman’s well-respected doctor husband is staying. When the doctor has a fatal heart attack, the resuscitator is being used to revive rich boy Hudson, and the doctor dies. Staff attending to hospitalised Hudson lament that the wrong man died, and Hudson becomes guilt-stricken as a result. He becomes even more guilt-stricken, and romantically inclined when he meets Wyman by chance. Otto Kruger plays a friend of the deceased who allows Hudson to stay at his place, and teaches him about committing selfless acts (a philosophy Wyman’s dead husband had taken up), inspiring the wayward playboy to devote himself to helping Wyman, who consistently refuses his advances (I don’t think you can quite call Hudson’s wooing technique a 50s version of “Pay it Forward”, but nevermind). Tragedy strikes when Wyman, attempting to avoid the persistent Hudson, is hit by a car …

Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Set in 1900 around Valentine’s Day, girls from the Appleyard ladies college are to venture to the title Victorian landmark for a picnic. Unfortunately, only one girl returns from the trip along with staff member Mademoiselle de Poitiers (Helen Morse), whilst three other girls and a teacher (celebrated “Neighbours” old biddy Vivean Grey) vanish without a trace. An investigation led by copper Wyn Roberts ensues, whilst the headmistress (Rachel Roberts) is left to deal with unhappy parents and declining finances. John Jarratt plays one of two young men who were among the last to see the missing girls.

Given how non-eventful this film is, I almost don’t feel like starting with this, but I try to be as cautious as possible. So for those of you who haven’t seen this film, I’m going to be discussing how empty this film is in quite explicit detail. More explicit detail than the film itself actually contains. SPOILER-RIFIC REVIEW AHEAD, YE HAVE BEEN WARNED. Directed by Peter Weir and scripted …

Review: Godzilla 2000

Takehiro Murata is part of the Godzilla Prediction Network, basically the Japanese version of Bill Paxton in “Twister”, with his 10 year-old daughter Mayu Suzuki and shrill photojournalist Naomi Nishida his current travelling companions in his SUV as they follow data leading to Godzilla’s presence in hopes of studying the creature. Meanwhile, a UFO has also landed, although at first it appears to be a giant crater. Once its true UFO form is revealed, it sucks up all of Tokyo’s energy sources and hatches its own giant creature to tussle with Godzilla. Hiroshi Abe plays the cold-hearted rival of our protagonists, who works for the Crisis Control Institute, and would much rather kill Godzilla before studying it.

The first film in the ‘Millennium Series’ of Godzilla films, this 1999 film from director Takao Okawara (who helmed a couple of entries in the previous ‘Hensei Series’ of Godzilla films) is actually the best “Godzilla” film since at least the 1970s, probably even longer. It’s tha…