Friday, 31 August 2012

Fionn Reilly's List...

For the last day of our Top 10 Films project we have (@FDReilly) Fionn Reilly's list and a short bio!  Enjoy!

Fionn Reilly is writer, musician and actor.  Keep an eye out for You, Me and the Devil Makes Three (with Declan McKay) - Coming Soon to a stage near you.  He will be on stages not-so-near you (unless you're in Continental Europe) at the end of the year with Texas Pete.  Keep an ear cocked for his in-progress radio project - more to come.  He's performing later today, so he better get some rest.  Hopefully he'll stop referring to himself in the third person.

The Aviator (Martin Scorsese, 2004) - Scorsese's biopic of Howard Hughes, his incredible successes and struggles, both public and private.

Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981) - Jürgen Prochnow gives a career defining performance as the captain.  A must-see, even if war movies don't usually interest you.

Delicatessen (Marc Caro,& Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991) - A delightfully dark and post-apocalyptic setting for this madcap, surreal tale.  Jeunet and Caro have created some other strange and beautiful films but I really love this one.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2000) - The Coen brother's retelling of Homer's Odyssey, set in the Deep South, in a glorious sepia tone with an unmissable soundtrack.  Beautiful.

In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008) - Far more than just a black comedy.  Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes are fantastic as always.  And so is Colin Farrell!

The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius, 2011) - A love letter to Hollywood's Golden Age.  I adore it more and more every time I watch it.

The Fall (Tarsem Singh, 2006) - One of the most visually stunning films ever made.  If you only see one film this month, see this.  The plot is quite fantastic too.

Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950) - Just watch it.  James Stewart at his finest, with a giant invisible rabbit as a co-star.

There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007) - A dark tale of greed, religion and lust for power.  Great performances from Paul Dano and Daniel Day-Lewis.  A masterpiece.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) - My childhood favourite and still the benchmark for any adventure film.  Harrison Ford's finest hour.

Honourable mentions: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom & Inidana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg, 1984 & 1989), Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)

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