#74 Rain Man
When self-centred car dealer Charles Sanford (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has passed away and the $3 million estate has been given to ‘someone’ in a trust fund, Charlie discovers this ‘someone’ is his autistic brother he never knew called Raymond (Dustin Hoffman).
This Best Picture Oscar winner is touching and a joy to watch as the brothers embark on a road trip of self refection and enlightenment, Dustin Hoffman is superb as Raymond and he seriously must have done his homework before taking on this character, he is never annoying and makes the role his own. Tom Cruise is perfect as his egotistical brother who finally begins to change upon this journey and they both have a chemistry that works well.
Funny, emotional and though provoking Rain Man is the perfect road trip movie as we grow closer to the characters and how they learn to live with each other. A film that everybody can enjoy.
Directed By: Barry Levinson
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino
Year Released: 1988
78 year-old Carl ties thousands of balloons to his home and sets out to fulfil his lifelong dream to see South America. Stowaway Russell, an 8-year old explorer joins the adventure as he tries to gain his Assisting the Elderly badge.
From Pixar the daddy of all animation companies, Up is a film for all ages and quite possibly has one of the saddest opening scenes for a very long time. Pixar do great stories and with this film they absolutely nailed it, great humour, action and timing give this the feel of a live action feature. It is the characters that give real life to the story, Carl and Russell are the perfect foils for each other and with some hilarious supporting characters such as a Dog named Doug, Up really did deserve the plaudits it received.
Congratulations Pixar, you did it again!
Directed By: Pete Docter, Bob Petersen
Starring (voices): Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Year Released: 2009
#72 Reservoir Dogs
The concept is basic but boy does Tarantino know how to make a movie, with the majority of the film played out after the failed robbery and the details mainly conveyed through dialogue. Michael Madsen is seriously cool and believable as the psychopathic Mr. Blonde, the ‘ear’ scene is memorable only because of the way it is played out and I doubt any other actor could have pulled it off the way Madsen did. The opening scene is also typical Tarantino as the characters converse around a table for what seems like forever!
Controversial when first released and banned for some time, Reservoir Dogs has become a cult classic as have most of Tarantino’s films, but this is a real example of how “less can be more”.
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Harvey keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi
Year Released: 1992
#71 The Matrix
A film that used state of the art visual and sound technology to give us some of the best action sequences on screen, the story also has deeper religious meaning about “why we are here”? The Lobby shootout scene is still a big favourite and who can forget the ‘Bullet Time’ moment. It is a shame that the two sequels did not live up to this first billing however this is a film that does not get boring the next time you watch it.
Keanu Reeves was very much the man of the 90’s with films such as Point Break and Speed but this definitely brought him back into the limelight. Hugo Weaving also deserves a mention as the calm yet ruthless Agent Smith. You have to see it for yourself!
Directed By: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anee Moss
Year Released: 1999
I will be the first to admit that I have not seen too many Hitchcock films, however this is one of the best and it is clear why so many admire his story telling.
Horror is defined by the image of Janet Leigh from the shower scene in this movie. As a fan of cinematography this is again a perfect example of it at it’s best. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) like Hannibal Lecter is a fantastic lead and younger audiences today should appreciate the way these characters are conveyed on-screen as opposed to the trashy slasher films around now.
Over 50 years on, Psycho is still remembered as one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Year Released: 1960