It’s only natural that a person’s tastes in film, music, games and the like changes over the course of the years. As such I’ve recently been pondering my favourite films of all time, and I thought I’d re-evaluate my top 10 films, and as I love lists, I thought I’d list them on this blog.
These are not in order of my favourites (as these change around so much), but instead I have chosen to order them by their current standing in the IMDB top 250 films (which can be found HERE if your interested in reading the rest).
1) The Godfather
What more can be said about this film that hasn’t been said already. There are so many classic moments in this film, but for me, I simply love the ending few seconds. As Kate watches Michael through a slightly ajar door into the study as he finally takes his place as head of the family, only to then have the door silently closed in front of her. It’s such a symbolic, simple and chilling scene.
2) The Shawshank Redemption
A film which had a very muted release at the cinema, then open release on video, its popularity began to grow, and grow and grow. The reason, it’s just a fantastic film which popularity is all thanks to good word of mouth. And to think that this started with a largely ignored short story by Stephen King (who is a great writer, but has suffered a very patchy novel to film success ratio).
This film is just so damn cool from start to finish. Martin Scorsese has never matched the quality of this film either previously, or after its release.
20) Once Upon a Time in the West
You can’t outdo the epic nature of this film (although Laurence of Arabia comes close). This is like a moving work of art, spread over a large sprawling canvas. Every scene is shot with absolute precision. The music is second to none. This is Spaghetti Westerns at their absolute pinnacle (yes I prefer it to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).
This film is so well known now that the twist that was so dramatic in 1960 is now totally lost. The fact that it was such a shock that the only star in the film and the main protagonist was killed halfway through the story, and with it the entire focus of the films shifts 180 degrees is now just accepted. This film was an incredibly bold film both for Hitchcock and also for Hollywood at it’s time.
This will always be on these lists. This is a film that I love with a passion and always will do. Some aspects of the film do not mean as much to me as they used to (the obsessive nature of Scotty in the film), but this does not lessen it’s impact. This is Hitchcock’s finest, and that’s saying a lot.
The best Sci-Fi film ever, the best action film ever. Just pure entertainment and thrills from the very beginning right until the end. Also, quite likely, my most watched film ever.
107) Once Upon a Time in America
An epic movie with a great 1920’s Prohibition atmosphere (which is an era that I love). It may have slightly cranky dialogue in places, but in every other way it is simply divine. I also love the ambiguous ending which has you questioning the whole film.
I’ve already spoken about this film endlessly on my blog. It still amuses me to read the comments on IMDB and the reviews. I do not think there is any film out there which polarises opinions so much. However, for me it is just a perfect combination of style, a fantastic premise, great acting and inspired direction. It’s also got to be the coolest film by far on my list.
147) The Graduate
Best “feel good” film ever. The kind of film which makes me feel like I could do just about anything if I put my mind to it.
So here is my review of my Nintendo E3 predictions (in italics) and the announcements made.
- Release dates are given for Super Mario Galaxy and Smash Brothers Brawl (both Christmas 2007)
Yep, got this right (although in Europe Smash Brothers Brawl will slip until early 2008)
- It is announced that Animal Crossing, Mario Kart and Nintendogs are being developed for the Wii and footage of these is shown. They are not due to be released until 2008. All will feature online play.
1 out of 3 isn’t bad!
- The Wii will be released in new colours. Probably black and pink.
No sign of any new colours yet – give it time…
- Wiisports 2 is announced. This also has online play.
Nope – but I’m sure it must be in development going by how popular Wiisports has become.
- Wiimusic is shown in full and Nintendo pushes this as the next big thing.
No mention of Wiimusic at all. This was shown last E3 as a possible project and I really thought that it would form a full game.
- An online mode is revealed for Metroid Prime 3 (although this is probably wishful thinking on my part).
Nope – disproved prior to E3.
- Wiihealth is announced – including a heart rate monitor attachment for the Wiimote.
I was close, oh so very close with this one. Instead of Wiihealth we have Wii Fit.
- A new 2D Mario game is shown for the DS.
- Nintendcats is announced for the DS.
Nope – it would appear that Nintendo are satisfied with purely dogs at present.
I have to say that the Nintendo presentation wasn’t as good as Sony’s and from what I’ve read, the Microsoft’s presentation wasn’t that spectacular either. Also a large part of Nintendo’s presentation seemed to be just to congratulate themselves, showing way too many youtube video’s and media stories concerning Wii and DS hype. The standout points and other points of interest for me were as follows:
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. This is looking better than ever and seeing as it is now confirmed as out on 26 October 2007 in Europe, has immediately jumped to the top of my birthday list. From what I’ve read, the control method with the wiimote works perfectly.
- Wii Zapper. Not entirely convinced by this, kinda looks like a cheap plastic shell for the Wiimote and nunchuck. It’s good to here that they are packaging this with sample games similar to Wiiplay. As such, I may pick one up.
- Mario Kart Wii. This is what I wanted to hear. I’m a little concerned by the plastic wheel shell that it will come with, but it was also announced that there will be different control methods. The important part is that Mario Kart Wii will be online. Now, I’m good at Mario Kart, I’d even go so far to say that I’m damn good at Mario Kart, as such, I look forward to ruling completely on online Mario Kart for the Wii :)
- Wii Fit. Doesn’t really interest me much. A very strange, Nintendo-like concept which is aimed squarely at attracting as many non-gamers outside the core demographics as possible. I can see that it will do just that, as well as focusing media attention once more to the Wii when this is released with the inevitable “I lost weight playing games” type of stories. Also, just showed the trailer for this to Roz and Elliot – they both seemed rather enthusiastic about it!
- Super Mario Galaxy. Still my most anticipate game for any system, and it will be out in Europe in time for Christmas. What’s more, if nothing else, this picture below so far has been my highlight for E3:
How can you possibly beat Mario in a Bumblebee suit? It simply redefines cute :)
I managed to catch the Playstation conference last night, but have not yet watched the Nintendo one (I hope to catch this tonight). I have also been able to download many of the trailers shown at the conference immediately following this via the Playstation Network onto my PS3, a nice touch.
Anyway, as such, I thought I’d review my predictions (in italics) and comments relating to the Playstation conference (I’ll review Nintendo shortly):
- A new smaller and slimmer PSP is announced, in the same vein as the DS Lite.
As suspect, this was announced, although I have to say that as far as I can see it looks no different to the original PSP. As such, I don’t see this improving the sales in the same way that the DS Lite did (which was a much drastic redesign).
- A price cut is announced for the PS3 – due for the Christmas season.
The price cut was announced prior to the conference. There are rumours that there may be a further announcement nearer Christmas. Still no news for Europe.
- A new Sixaxis is announced, including rumble.
Surprisingly this wasn’t announced. I was really expecting this. I’m sure that it’s only a matter of time.
- Resistance: Fall of Man 2 is announced.
No mention – at all.
- A release date is given for MGS4 – and it’s in 2008!
Yep on the ball 100%. The trailer also looked pretty stunning. What I didn’t expect however, was that it was a WORLDWIDE release date of early 2008! :)
- Bioshock is announced for the PS3 – to be release in 2008 after the Xbox and PC release.
No mention – damn.
- In game footage is shown of Final Fantasy XIII, which wows the press.
Square-Enix have said that they are waiting until the Tokyo Game Show (in September) before releasing any further details.
So in addition to my predictions, the following also took my interest:
- Both Killzone 2 and Call of Duty 4 look absolutely stunning and frighteningly lifelike. I previously wasn’t that interested in either of these, the trailers, however, have changed my opinion completely.
- Home looks like it is expanding and coming along nicely. Also the transition from Home to online gaming (as demonstrated using Motorstorm) was also very smooth and trouble free.
- Infamous (one of the few new announcements) looked intriguing – like a darker City of Hereos.
- Only a very short glimpse of Resident Evil 5 – but what was shown looked very good, kinda like Resident Evil 4 but set in the desert (possibly in Africa).
- Sony’s claim of 11 million PS3’s sold by the end of the year in light of their price cut seemed a little ambitious, especially as they have sold around 3.5 million at present.
- There are way too many FPS coming out. Come on, not every game should require you to run around shooting things!
- Other than that, it was a good presentation, but certainly not groundbreaking.
Also, further pictures of Soul Calibur 4 have been put online…
Both Sony and Microsoft have made announcements prior to E3, both intended to deal with the perceived faults of each system.
Microsoft have extended the warranty on the Xbox360 from 1 year to 3 years. This is to counter the reported failure rate of 33% on Xbox360 purchased, including the new Elite model (by comparison, both the Wii and PS3 failure rates are less than 1%). This will no doubt help with consumer confidence a little, however, it would have been better if they had addressed the issue directly and actively done something about the poor hardware reliance.
Sony have announced a price cut for the PS3 in the US, down from $599 to $499, which should hopefully help to shift units in the US, where the machine has been trailing drastically compared to the Xbox360 and Wii (Europe and Asia are a different story). Bizarrely, they have also announced a 80Gig model, including Motorstorm for $599.
So with those announcements out of the way, the gloves come off and the real fight for consumer interest commences at E3 in a couple of days.
Overblown effects, uninspiring re-hash. Move along, nothing to see here. 5/10
Wonderful Life with a slutty 6 ½ foot French bombshell. 8/10
Now, after playing Guitar Hero 2 quite a bit at a friends house, I have convinced myself that I will likely get Guitar Hero 3 when it is release. The thing is, Rock Band also looks very good. So the question becomes, which shall I get?
I’m not so interested in the drum and singing aspects of Rock Band, but then again it does feature “Don’t Fear the Reaper” as one of the song selections…
Hmm… I’ll likely await a few more details about both before making and informed decision.
EDGE has recently issued a special publication detailing the top 100 games of all time.
This has been collated from votes from readers and also the views of the writers, cutting out similar games from the same series (i.e. you won’t have Pro Evolution 1,2,3,4 etc). This basis seems a little flawed, but it’s a good a list as any…
My view of the highlights (and the number they came in):
52: Disgaea Hell yes. It’s good to see that Disgaea made it onto the list. As a fan of SRPG’s this is the absolute pinnacle and there is no other game out there that can out do the mixture of humour and strategy in this one game.
44: Super Monkey Ball One of the purest games there is. You just need the analogue stick to guide the ball around the stage, no buttons, that’s it. You would curse like hell at the harder stages, but at the same time you knew that with practice, they could be mastered.
30: Shadow of the Colossus To quote VastikRoot from the magazine “SOTC is one of the only games I’ve played where killing something actually had any emotional weight”. This is very true, the Colossi are the sole living things in the game, both monstrous and beautiful, and you wander around mercilessly killing them. What a game!
26: Advance Wars It’s just like playing an extremely complex version of chess, but I love the fact that it really taxes your mind like no other game out there.
23: Metroid Prime My god is this a tough game, one of the toughest I’ve ever played. This effortlessly brings Metroid from 2D to 3D using a first person perspective, but at the same time, not turning it into a generic first person shooter. This game is about exploration and adventure foremost and never forgets that
18: Final Fantasy VII Great, great characters, fantastic story and knock out graphics for the time. This is the best traditional Final Fantasy game out there, and that is praise enough.
14: Mario Kart For me, Mari Kart DS is the best in the series, but still the SNES original is a fantastic game. Damn, damn difficult compared to the later games.
13: ICO It’s a shame that this wasn’t in the top 10, but then again it hasn’t had the wide appeal of many of the other games mentioned. This, for me, is the most simple, haunting and emotive game I have ever played. I can honestly say that I was near to tears the first time I completed the game and have felt the same way every time I have played it since then. How many games can you possibly say that about?
12: GTA: Vice City The best GTA game, if anything just for the cheesy music and 80’s setting. Why, oh why haven’t they set GTA4 in the 80’s?
8: Final Fantasy XII Its storyline is, in my opinion, a little weaker than previous Final Fantasies, but the way in which it reinvents Final Fantasy should not be ignored. The battle system is simply a joy and I look forward to seeing how it evolves with future games. Also Balthier is such a cool character :)
6: Zelda: A Link to the Past My introduction to Link and if it weren’t for Ocarina, this would be the best of the series. I remember playing this for endless hours when I was younger, and since then I have played through it again and again on other systems (GBA and Wii).
5: Super Mario World Mario at his 2D best. You cannot find a better 2D platform game out there. End of story.
3: Mario 64 Mario at his 3D best. It’s simply a joy just to run, jump and climb trees in the outdoor section, even before you enter the castle. I remember being simply astonished by this game when I first got it for my N64.
2: Resident Evil 4 I’m a little surprised that this managed to make it so high, I didn’t know that it was held is such high regard by so many. Regardless, this is by far one of the best game that I have played in recent years. It also magnificently reinvented the Resident Evil games.
1: Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Of course the previous holder of “greatest game of all time” retains its title, and deservedly so. Twilight Princess may have been an exceptional game, but Ocarina still beats it hands down. This is a game which I simply love.
Okay for this, I’m going to break my 10 words or less review rule.
I purchased this on DVD to watch as I’d heard that it was meant to be a shocking and controversial film and as a rule, these types of films tend to interest me (see Oldboy for a prime example of this).
Now it is true that film is shocking, what it is, is shockingly awful. I have seen really bad films before, films which I have given exceptionally low marks, the two that spring to mind being Scary Movie and The Black Dahlia, this film however, make these look like masterpieces.
To be honest I find it unbelievable that such a film would ever be released, let alone get a theatrical release.
The film is a French language movie about 2 women, who for no apparent reason, decide to go on a mad spree of sex and violence. That is it. If there was a plot, it was so thinly veiled that it was invisible. What it really boiled down to was just an excuse to get copious amounts of badly directed sex and violence onto screen as possible. What it ends up like is a porn movie which is trying it’s best to be a cross between Pulp Fiction and Thelma and Louise.
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing in this film that I could recommend. Hell, even the limited porn movies I have ever watched had better acting then this pile of excrement!
0/10 (yes it is THAT bad)
It is just over a week now to E3 (or should that be mini-E3). As such, I thought I’d try my best to predict the upcoming announcements. I’ll just be covering Playstation and Nintendo, as I have little interest in Microsoft:
- A new smaller and slimmer PSP is announced, in the same vein as the DS Lite. - A price cut is announced for the PS3 – due for the Christmas season. - A new Sixaxis is announced, including rumble. - Resistance: Fall of Man 2 is announced. - A release date is given for MGS4 – and it’s in 2008! - Bioshock is announced for the PS3 – to be release in 2008 after the Xbox and PC release. - In game footage is shown of Final Fantasy XIII, which wows the press.
- Release dates are given for Super Mario Galaxy and Smash Brothers Brawl (both Christmas 2007) - It is announced that Animal Crossing, Mario Kart and Nintendogs are being developed for the Wii and footage of these is shown. They are not due to be released until 2008. All will feature online play. - The Wii will be released in new colours. Probably black and pink. - Wiisports 2 is announced. This also has online play. - Wiimusic is shown in full and Nintendo pushes this as the next big thing. - An online mode is revealed for Metroid Prime 3 (although this is probably wishful thinking on my part). - Wiihealth is announced – including a heart rate monitor attachment for the Wiimote. - A new 2D Mario game is shown for the DS. - Nintendcats is announced for the DS.
I’ll see how close these predictions are at the end of next week.