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30 Day Film Challenge

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 30 – Your Favourite Film This Time Last Year

I saw this film for the first time a little over a year ago. Dustin Hoffman is just fantastic as the Autistic man who is taken out of care by his half-brother (Tom Cruise) when his father dies. Cruise’s character is incensed when he doesn’t receive a full inheritance when his father dies and discovers that $3 Million is being given to the half-brother he didn’t know he had. He then proceeds to kidnap his brother and drive him cross country to LA to meet with his lawyers.

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30 Day Film Challenge: Day 29 – Your Favourite Film As a Kid

This is a great little musical film. Lionel Jeffries is the standout performer as Grandpa Potts. I just love the music. Fantastic.

Here are some of my favourite songs:


30 Day Film Challenge: Day 28 – The Most Obscure Film You’ve Ever Seen

I know I only did the last one of these this morning, but I’m so behind everyone else on this and I had a spare few minutes on my lunch break, so here’s another one today.

“If I’m Not Back In 10 Minutes, Call the Pope!”

The title pretty much says it all. Definately the most obscure film I’ve ever seen, shown to me at the Scifi Society at uni and we had an interesting time watching it. Be warned though. It’s really, really bad.


30 Day Film Challenge: Day 27 – Your Favourite Independent Film

This low-budget Canadian psychological thriller/horror film made almost entirely on a single set with different lighting is really great. Included in the cast of at the time unknown actors are Nicole DeBoer who went on to play Ezri Dax in Deep Space Nine and David Hewlett who is now known to Stargate fans as Rodney McKay.


30 Day Film Challenge: Day 26 – Your Favourite Foreign Language Film

Day 25 has been delayed for reasons that are unlikely to become apparent at the moment. It will appear in the next few days.

Flags of our Fathers is a fantastic film, but it’s lesser known accompaniment is even better. It is, in my opinion, Clint Eastwood’s best achievement as Director. This brilliant film shows the horrors of the battle for the island of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese. Very interesting to see a war film from an unusual side. Despite the American director, this is very much a Japanese film.


30 Day Film Challenge: Day 24 – Your Favourite Animated or Children’s Film

Gerry Anderson’s collection of Supermarionation series were my absolute favourite shows growing up and this was their first foray onto the big screen. Fantastic fun. I mean just look at all the explosions just in the trailer!


30 Day Film Challenge: Day 23 – Your Favourite Thriller/Mystery Film

We return to normal service on the blog today.
Selected by the BFI as the greatest British film of the 20th Century, this Carol Reed film really deserves the title. Set in Vienna in the ruined post-war period when the black market thrived, an American called Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) arrives to meet his friend Harry Lime who had offered him a job, only to discover that he had been killed in a car accident the day before. As Martins tries to find out what happened he realises that some of the details do not match up and with the help, and sometimes hinderance of Major Calloway (fantastic performance by Trevor Howard), the local Royal Military Police commander, he investigates.

Also worth mentioning is the amazing and unique soundtrack played entirely by Anton Karas on the Zither.

Once again, this film is out of copyright so available in it’s entirety on youtube for free: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un26BBFQ5_M

But if you don’t have time for the whole film, here’s The Opening Theme and First Scene which introduces the setting: