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Member Name: Nolly
Date: 27/09/01, updated on 27/09/01 (114 review reads)
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And yes, it's yet another top ten list brought to you by your favourite Uncle knowledge, with kind sponsorship by Scenic Ridge Australian white wine, sold by my local corner shop!
Anyway, British films- what a singularly unique type of thing they are! Every single year we hear exhortations from the media luvvie brigade that the British film industry is in crisis, and every year one film comes out that is hailed as the saviour of the aforementioned industry. But is it that easy to choose ten films that have been truly excellent that are British? Indeed, what constitutes a British film, as many of them have funding from the good ol' USA? Well, you make your own mind up if they are British or not. I think they are. Again they are in know particular order.
Never has a film caused me to laugh so much, apart from one or two others. This is an excellent adaptation of the Nick Hornby book, with a brilliant performance by Colin Firth as a loutish, football loving English teacher. I am not sure if a teacher like him could actually survive, but I do admire his commitment to the kids and to football. I admit he supports Arsenal, but is that really a reason to condemn the man?
The supporting cast are excellent, and the climax of the film, with its build-up and the growing tension in all the television spectators, is truly wonderful and uplifting.
In fact the only thing that would have made it better would have been setting it in Southampton in 1976, when the Saints beat those dastardly Manchester United chaps to win the FA Cup! Now there is an idea for a sequel...
THE LIFE OF BRIAN
The only film where people do not mind if, whilst having a pint of milk of amnesia down the local pub, you start quoting lines from it. It was never sacreligious in my view, and the scenes with Michael Palin as Pilate are just priceless...
(About Biggus Dickus) "He wanks as highly as any in Wome
The passover release:
"Welease Wodewick. He's a wobber"
"And a wapist"
"And a shoplifter"
I won't go on or I'll run out of words!
THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY
A brilliant gangster film. It has palpable tension, and the performances of the cast, including Helen Mirren and Derek Thompson, are just incredible.
It is the performance of Bob Hoskins, in his first feature film, as Harold Shand, that is so absorbing. Over the course of two hours we see one man lose all his power and influence. |His world crumbles around him and while he tries to control events, they end up controlling him, causing him eventually to lose those who are closest to him.
If I had to keep just one film in my collection, this would be it.
THE FULL MONTY
I won't say too much about this film, as so much has been said already. It is just a heartwarming film. You watch it and just hope against hope that everything will turn out alright in the end.
I first watched this when I lived down South. Now I live nearer the industrial north, I see it and it has added poignancy.
One of the few films that has moved me to tears. A touching yet extremely funny film. The story is great, and the acting, in particular by Pete Postlethwaite and Stephen Tompkinson, is amazing.
I'll say this. I never liked Arthur Scargill, or the tactics he used, but he ended up being right in what he said was being planned for the mining industry!
Another gangster movie. This one has a seedier side, being the story of those who move in the Soho underworld, the prostitutes, and perhaps more worryingly those who control them and seek to exert influence over the clients.
Bob Hoskins is very good, yet again. Robbie Coltrane is funny, but the real star is Michael 'You're only supposed to blow th
e bloody doors off!' Caine as the seedy Mortwell. If people like this character do exist, I never want to meet them.
CARRY ON DOCTOR
What selection of British films would be complete without one of this long-running series. The humour is telegraphed to the extreme, the gags are corny, but you just know that everyone enjoyed making this film.
I think that is a good enough reason in itself to select this film, don't you?
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT
A wonderful Ealing comedy. I won't give too much away, safe to say that it deals with the invention of a fabric that can never get dirty!
THE GOOSE STEPS OUT
A patriotic comedy from the 1930s. Will Hay stars as a professor who is sent into Nazi Germany as a spy. Witty humour and wonderful slapstick entails, with a pleasing cameo from a very young Peter Ustinov.
And the final selection is coming after the Pearl & Dean's:
I never could get to grips with drama, or literary devices. This film adaptation of Willy Russell's play is just brillaint, with Michael Caine as the drunken English lecturer, and Julie Walters as the academic Eliza Doolittle. Simply magical.
I won't give a lot away, safe to say that there are two things that stick in my mind:
"Assonance means getting the rhyme wrong"
"How would you overcome the problems inherent in staging a production of Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt'? Do it on the radio."
With advice like that, what more could you ask for?
I hope you like my selection. Of course it is personal, but I am sure that you will agree with some of the choices. If you haven't seen some of them, shame on you. Nip down to the video shop now!