RABBIT & SNAIL’S FILM TALK is all about reviewing and appreciating the greatest films ever made, at least, the greatest films in our opinion. Each week one of the FILM TALK team puts forward another classic film to add to our list of the 100 greatest films ever made. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the film, providing a detailed review, while also delving into the film’s background, exploring the making of the film, the stars and filmmakers behind it and dip into fascinating trivia, all of which provide a rich critical review and appreciation of our chosen film.
Our FILM TALK team
The team is made up of film professionals, journalists, broadcasters and historians, all lifelong film fanatics, passionate about great films and great filmmaking, who in each episode bring their vast film knowledge to bear on their chosen topic of the week.
Each episode is introduced by RABBIT & SNAIL FILMS’ director Richard Edwards, with our regular contributors including author, journalist and broadcaster Morris Bright MBE, The Hammer Runners, Phil Campbell and Brian Reynolds, who have worked in the industry since the late 1960s and film guru, historian and collector, Mark Priest, whose passion for the cinema knows no bounds.
THE 100 GREATEST FILMS EVER MADE (in our opinion)
Each week we add another title to our list of the 100 greatest films ever made. We post the details here and provide links to the episodes on our YouTube Channel.
Our List (so far…)
La La Land is a highly acclaimed and multi-award winning musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, who fall in love while trying to realise their dreams in modern-day Los Angeles. La La Land was critically praised, especially for Chazelle’s screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone’s performances, Justin Hurwitz’s musical score and Mandy Moore’s choreography. The film went on to sweep the board at just about every award ceremony over the coming year. Championed by Morris Bright MBE. Read our blog post here.
The Silence of the Lambs is the classic 1991 psychological thriller based on Thomas Harris’s book and directed by Jonathan Demme that introduced us to Hannibal Lecter, played brilliantly by Anthony Hopkins. The film, which also stars Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, and Anthony Heald, follows rookie FBI agent, Clarice Starling, played by Foster, who is sent to try to elicit the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer to help her apprehend another serial killer, known only as “Buffalo Bill”, who skins his female victims. Championed by Mark Priest. Read our blog post here.
Galaxy Quest is a 1999 science-fiction comedy directed by Dean Parisot, which takes a warm-hearted dip into the intergalactic world classic science-fiction films and TV series, and their incredibly enthusiastic fans. Galaxy Quest, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, follows the cast of a defunct cult television series suddenly visited by real aliens who believe the programme was actually a documentary. The former cast members are reunited once again and this time find themselves taking on a very real space adventure. Championed by Phil Campbell. Read our blog post here.
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.