RABBIT & SNAIL’S FILM TALK reviews and appreciates the greatest films ever made, at least, the greatest films in our opinion.
Each week we add another classic film to our list of the 100 greatest films ever made, by taking an in-depth look at the film and the stars and filmmakers behind it to provide a rich critical review and appreciation of our chosen movie.
Our List (So far…)
Martin Scorsese’s 1990 Goodfellas stars Robert de Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, telling the story of the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill, his friends and his family over a twenty-five year period between 1955 and 1980. Goodfellas is based on Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book, Wiseguy published in 1985. The film was a huge success at the box-office and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Pesci winning for Best Supporting Actor. The film also won five BAFTA awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Championed by Morris Bright MBE. Read our blog post here.
Ridley Scott’s epic 2000 historical drama, Gladiator is set in AD 180 and tells the story of Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius. Emperor Marcus Aurelius tells Maximus that his own son, Commodus, is unfit to rule, and that he wishes Maximus to succeed him. Commodus, murders his father, seizes the throne and attempts kills Maximus’ family. Reduced to slavery, Maximus rises through the gladiatorial ranks to avenge his family and the emperor. Gladiator stars Russell Crowe, Connie Nielsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed. Championed by Mark Priest. Read our blog post here.
Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 romantic comedy, The Apartment, stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, ably supported by Fred MacMurray. The story sees insurance clerk, CC Baxter, played by Jack Lemmon, attempt to climb the career ladder by allowing a selection of senior management from his office to use his Upper West Side apartment to continue their nefarious extramarital affairs. Championed by Phil Campbell. Read our blog post here.
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1954 thriller stars James Stewart as a freelance photographer, more used to war zones and high-octane sporting events, laid up in his apartment with a broken leg. With only his observations of his neighbours to help pass the time he begins to suspect that one of them may have committed a murder, and along with his girlfriend, played by the exquisite Grace Kelly, they set about investigating. Championed by Morris Bright. Read our blog post here.
Euan Lloyd’s explosive production sees mercenaries Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Kruger stranded in Africa having been double-crossed by their paymaster. They can either stay and be killed or fight their way out and risk starting a war. Championed by Mark Priest. Read our blog post here.
Charlie Chaplin’s iconic 1936 statement on the effects of the mass production on the world sees his familiar tramp character struggling to survive in a modern industrial society, starring Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard. Championed by Hammer Runner, Phil Campbell. Read our blog post here.
Billy Wilder’s amazing comedy, starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Witnesses to a vicious St Valentine’s Day gangster massacre, musicians Curtis and Lemon take off and hide out as saxophonist and bass player in an all-girl jazz band. Championed by Morris Bright. Read our blog post here.