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Essays on Film
Essay 1: Wag The Dog. The hyperreal, Baudrillard and Levinson.

Essay 2: Man and Machine. Blade Runner, Star Trek: First Contact, The Terminator.

Essay 3: The Thing. What is it about horror movies?

Essay 4: Mulholland Drive. Thoughts and theories, by Paula Sullivan.



 
  Top 50 Films of All Time
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* This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of my top films of all time, but is instead my personal list of favourite films. There's plenty of films I have not yet seen, so this list will almost always be incomplete to a certain extent.


 
  Top 10 of 2013
  1. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
  2. Her (Spike Jonze)
  3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
  4. Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee)
  5. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
  6. Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve)
  7. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
  8. Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski)
  9. Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener)
  10. Rush (Ron Howard)
Honourable Mentions: The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese), The Past (Asghar Farhadi), American Hustle (David O. Russell), World War Z (Marc Foster), Star Trek Into Darkness (JJ Abrams), Pacific Rim (Guillermo Del Toro), Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass), All is Lost (J.C. Chandor).


 
  Top 10 of 2012
  1. Cloud Atlas (Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer)
  2. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
  3. Looper (Rian Johnson)
  4. Argo (Ben Affleck)
  5. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow)
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  7. Prometheus (Ridley Scott)
  8. Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard)
  9. Les Misérables (Tom Hooper)
  10. The Intouchables (Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano)
Honourable Mentions: Hitchcock (Sacha Gervasi), Holy Motors (Leos Carax), The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson), Compliance (Craig Zobel), This is 40 (Judd Apatow), The Impossible (Juan Antonio Bayona), Life of Pi (Ang Lee).


 
  Top 10 of 2011
  1. Contagion (Steven Soderbergh)
  2. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
  3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson)
  4. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar)
  5. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
  6. Incendies (Denis Villeneuve)
  7. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
  8. My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis)
  9. The Ides of March (George Clooney)
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
Honourable Mentions: 50/50 (Jonathan Levine), Margin Call (J.C. Chandor), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird), Point Blank (Fred Cavayé), Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky), Senna (Asif Kapadia), A Separation (Asghar Farhadi), We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay).


 
  Top 10 of 2010
  1. Inception (Christopher Nolan)
  2. I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)
  3. Animal Kingdom (David Michôd)
  4. The Fighter (David O. Russell)
  5. The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)
  6. The Social Network (David Fincher)
  7. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)
  8. Barney's Version (Richard Lewis)
  9. Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
  10. The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)
Honourable Mentions: The Company Men (John Wells), Daybreakers (Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig), Fair Game (Doug Liman), 127 Hours (Danny Boyle), Restrepo (Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger), Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese), The Town (Ben Affleck).


 
  Top 10 of the 2000s
  1. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (Peter Jackson)
  2. The Dark Knight (2008) (Christopher Nolan)
  3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001) (Peter Jackson)
  4. Amelie (2001) (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  5. Memento (2001) (Christopher Nolan)
  6. The Family Stone (2005) (Thomas Bezucha)
  7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) (Michel Gondry)
  8. No Country For Old Men (2007) (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  9. Children of Men (2006) (Alfonso Cuaron)
  10. Monsters, Inc. (2001) (Pete Docter & Andrew Stanton)
Honourable Mentions: Crouching Tiger, Hdden Dragon (2000) (Ang Lee), Dancer in the Dark (2000) (Lars Von Trier), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) (Peter Jackson), Star Trek (2009) (J.J. Abrams), Talk To Her (2002)(Pedro Almodovar), Unbreakable (2000) (M. Night Shyamalan).


 
  Top 10 Performances of the 2000s
  1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)
  2. Edward Norton, 25th Hour (2002)
  3. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
  4. Bjork, Dancer in the Dark (2000)
  5. Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men (2007)
  6. Naomi Watts, Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  7. Gael Garcia Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
  8. Hugh Jackman, The Fountain (2006)
  9. Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild (2007)
  10. Viggo Mortenson, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Honourable Mentions: Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose (2007), Ben Foster, The Messenger (2009), Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married (2008), Marisa Tomei, In the Bedroom (2001), Tang Wei, Lust, Caution (2006).


 
  Top 10 of 2009
  1. Star Trek (J.J. Abrams)
  2. Moon (Duncan Jones)
  3. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
  4. District 9 (Neil Blomkamp)
  5. Avatar (James Cameron)
  6. The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackon)
  7. Up (Pete Docter)
  8. (500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb)
  9. Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron)
  10. The Proposal (Anne Fletcher)
Honourable Mentions: Bright Star (Jane Campion), Fantastic Mr Fox (Wes Anderson), Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino), The Messenger (Oren Moverman), Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lee Daniels), Up in the Air (Jason Reitman).


 
  Top 10 of 2008
  1. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
  2. WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)
  3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen)
  4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher)
  5. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
  6. Revolutionary Road (Sam Mendes)
  7. The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
  8. Burn After Reading (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  9. Milk (Gus Van Sant)
  10. Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone)
Honourable Mentions: Bolt (Chris Williams & Byron Howard), Doubt (Jon Patrick Shanley), Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard), Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood), Happy Go Lucky (Mike Leigh), Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson), The Reader (Stephen Daldry), Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle).


 
  Top 10 of 2007
  1. No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  2. Atonement (Joe Wright)
  3. Into the Wild (Sean Penn)
  4. The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass)
  5. Across the Universe (Julie Taymor)
  6. Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney)
  7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel)
  8. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)
  9. Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy)
  10. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton)
Honourable Mentions: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik), Away From Her (Sarah Polley), A Mighty Heart (Michael Winterbottom), 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold), Zodiac (David Fincher).


 
  Top 10 of 2006
  1. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron)
  2. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton & Varlerie Faris)
  3. The Departed (Martin Scorsese)
  4. Little Children (Todd Field)
  5. The Queen (Stephen Frears)
  6. Volver (Pedro Almodovar)
  7. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
  8. Dreamgirls (Bill Condon)
  9. The Last King of Scotland (Kevin McDonald)
  10. The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel)
Honourable Mentions: An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim), Happy Feet (George Miller), United 93 (Paul Greengrass).


 
  Top 10 of 2005
  1. The Family Stone (Thomas Bezucha)
  2. Cache (Michael Haneke)
  3. The Contstant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles)
  4. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
  5. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
  6. Pride & Prejudice (Joe Wright)
  7. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
  8. Munich (Steven Spielberg)
  9. Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney)
  10. Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan)
Honourable Mentions: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton), The 40 Year Old Virgin (Judd Apatow), Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas), War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg).


 
  Top 10 of 2004
  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
  2. The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles)
  3. Sideways (Alexander Payne)
  4. Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood)
  5. Hotel Rwanda (Terry George)
  6. Collateral (Michael Mann)
  7. Closer (Mike Nichols)
  8. The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
  9. A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  10. Ray (Taylor Hackford)
Honourable Mentions: The Aviator (Martin Scorsese), Before Sunset (Richard Linklater), Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore), Garden State (Zach Braff), Mean Girls (Mark S. Waters), The Polar Express (Robert Zemeckis), The Village (M. Night Shyamalan).


 
  Top 10 of 2003
  1. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)
  2. House of Sand and Fog (Vadim Perelman)
  3. Lost in Translation (Sophia Coppola)
  4. The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand)
  5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir)
  6. Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
  7. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood)
  8. In America (Jim Sheridan)
  9. Japanese Story (Sue Brooks)
  10. Spellbound (RomaJeffrey Blitz)
Honourable Mentions: City of God (Fernando Meirelles), Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella), Love Actually (Richard Curtis), Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski).


 
  Top 10 of 2002
  1. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson)
  2. Talk To Her (Pedro Almodovar)
  3. 25th Hour (Spike Lee)
  4. About a Boy (Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz)
  5. Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair)
  6. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg)
  7. The Mothman Prophecies (Mark Pellington)
  8. The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
  9. Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore)
  10. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Carlos Cuaron)
Honourable Mentions: Chicago (Rob Marshall), The Hours (Stephen Daldry), Rodger Dodger (Dylan Kidd).


 
  Top 10 of 2001
  1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackon)
  2. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  3. Memento (Christopher Nolan)
  4. Monsters, Inc. (Pete Docter & Andrew Stanton)
  5. Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann)
  6. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
  7. Lantana (Ray Lawrence)
  8. Shrek (Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson)
  9. In the Bedroom (Todd Field)
  10. The Others (Alejandro Amenabar)
Honourable Mentions: Gosford Park (Robert Altman), Monsters Ball (Marc Forster),


 
  Top 10 of 2000
  1. Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier)
  2. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan)
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
  4. Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh)
  5. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson)
  6. Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis)
  7. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
  8. Traffic (Steven Soderbergh)
  9. High Fidelity (Stephen Frears)
  10. Bring It On (Peyton Reed)
Honourable Mentions: The Gift (Sam Raimi), Malena (Giuseppe Tornatore), Meet the Parents (Jay Roach), You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan).


 
  Top 10 of the 1990s
  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (Jonathan Demme)
  2. Goodfellas (1990) (Martin Scorsese)
  3. The Remains of the Day(1993) (James Ivory)
  4. Se7en (1995) (David Fincher)
  5. Elizabeth (1998) (Shekhar Kapur),
  6. The Piano (1993) (Jane Campion)
  7. LA Confidential (1997) (Curtis Hanson)
  8. The Fugitive (1993) (Andrew Davies)
  9. The Matrix (1999) (Larry Wachowski & Andy Wachowski)
  10. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) (James Cameron)
Honourable Mentions: All About My Mother (1999)(Pedro Almodovar), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) (Francis Ford Coppola), Fargo (1996)(Joel Coen), Gattaca (1997) (Andrew M. Niccol), In the Name of the Father (1993) (Jim Sheridan), My Cousin Vinny (1992) (Jonathan Lynn), Pulp Fiction (1994)(Quentin Tarantino), Schinder's List (1993)(Steven Spielberg), The Shawshank Redemption (1994)(Frank Darabont), Shine (1996)(Scott Hicks), The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)(Anthony Minghella), Three Colours Red (1994)(Krzysztof Kieslowski), Unforgiven (1992) (Clint Eastwood).


 
  Top 10 of 1999
  1. The Matrix (Larry Wachowski & Andy Wachowski)
  2. The Talented Mr Ripley (Anthony Minghella)
  3. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar)
  4. The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
  5. American Beauty (Sam Mendes)
  6. The Insider (Michael Mann)
  7. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
  8. Three Kings (David O. Russell)
  9. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
  10. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)
Honourable Mentions: An Ideal Husband (Oliver Parker), Black Cat White Cat (Emir Kusturica), The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez), Election (Alexander Payne), Fight Club (David Fincher), Go (Doug Liman), The Red Violin (Francois Girad).


 
  Top 10 of 1998
  1. Elizabeth (Shekhar Kapur)
  2. Central Station (Walter Salles)
  3. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
  4. The Truman Show (Peter Weir)
  5. Life is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni)
  6. American History X (Tony Kaye)
  7. Dark City (Alex Proyas)
  8. Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)
  9. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg)
  10. A Bug's Life (John Lasseter)
Honourable Mentions: A Civil Action (Steven Zaillian), Head On (Ana Kokkinos), Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh), Ronin (John Frankenheimer).


 
  Top 10 of 1997
  1. L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson)
  2. Gattaca (Andrew M. Niccol)
  3. Deconstructing Harry (Woody Allen)
  4. Amistad (Steven Spielberg)
  5. Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant)
  6. Waco: The Rues of Engagement (William Gazecki)
  7. Contact (Robert Zemeckis)
  8. Kundun (Martin Scorsese)
  9. Oscar and Lucinda (Gillian Armstrong)
  10. Lost Highway (David Lynch)
Honourable Mentions: Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith), Donnie Brasco (Mike Newell), The Fifth Element (Luc Besson), Kundun (Martin Scorsese), My Best Friend's Wedding (P.J. Hogan), Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven), Wag the Dog (Barry Levinson).


 
  Top 10 of 1996
  1. Fargo (Joel Coen)
  2. Shine (Scott Hicks)
  3. William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann)
  4. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)
  5. The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion)
  6. Breaking the Waves (Lars Von Trier)
  7. Swingers (Doug Liman)
  8. Big Night (Stanley Tucci & Campbell Scott)
  9. The Nutty Professor (Tom Shadyac)
  10. The English Patient (Anthony Minghella)
Honourable Mentions: Jerry Maguire (Cameron Crowe), Microcosmos (Claude Nuridsany & Marie Perennou), Star Trek: First Contact (Jonathan Frakes), To Die For (Gus Van Sant), The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Michael Lehmann).


 
  Top 10 of 1995
  1. Se7en (David Fincher)
  2. The Usual Suspects (Brian Singer)
  3. 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam)
  4. Casino (Martin Scorsese)
  5. Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee)
  6. The American President (Rob Reiner)
  7. Babe (Chris Noonan)
  8. Mighty Aphrodite (Woody Allen)
  9. La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)
  10. Apollo 13 (Ron Howard)
Honourable Mentions: The Basketball Diairies (Scott Kalvert), Higher Learning (John Singleton), Mallrats (Kevin Smith), Welcome to the Dollhouse (Todd Solondz).


 
  Top 10 of 1994
  1. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont)
  2. Three Colours Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  3. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
  4. The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott)
  5. Quiz Show (Robert Redford)
  6. Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackon)
  7. Muriel's Wedding (P.J. Hogan)
  8. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater)
  9. Threesome (Andrew Fleming)
  10. The Professional (Luc Besson)
Honourable Mentions: The Client (Joel Schumacher), The Crow (Alex Proyas), Hoop Dreams (Steve James), The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff), Spider and Rose (Bill Bennett), Stargate (Roland Emmerich).


 
  Top 10 of 1993
  1. The Remains of the Day (James Ivory)
  2. The Piano (Jane Campion)
  3. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis)
  4. In the Name of the Father (James Sheridan)
  5. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg)
  6. The Firm (Sydney Pollack)
  7. Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme)
  8. Sleepless in Seattle (Nora Ephron)
  9. What's Love Got to Do with It (Brian Gibson)
  10. In the Line of Fire (Wolfgang Peterson)
Honourable Mentions: Dave (Ivan Reitman), Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige), Three Colours Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski).


 
  Top 10 of 1992
  1. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
  2. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn)
  4. Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann)
  5. A Few Good Men (Rob Reiner)
  6. Howard's End (James Ivory)
  7. Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen)
  8. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
  9. Sister Act (Emile Ardolino)
  10. Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven)
Honourable Mentions: Batman Returns (Tim Burton), La Belle Histoire (Claude Lelouch), Lorenzo's Oil (George Miller), The Player (Robert Altman).


 
  Top 10 of 1991
  1. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron)
  3. Boyz 'N the Hood (John Singleton)
  4. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Nicholas Meyer)
  5. The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  6. Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese)
  7. JFK (Oliver Stone)
  8. Dead Again (Kenneth Branagh)
  9. Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse)
  10. Barton Fink (Joel Coen)
Honourable Mentions: Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise), The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam), Thelma and Louise (Ridley Scott).


 
  Top 10 of 1990
  1. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)
  2. The Grifters (Stephen Frears)
  3. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton)
  4. Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven)
  5. Home Alone (Chris Columbus)
  6. Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen)
  7. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  8. Ghost (Peter Weir)
  9. Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty)
  10. Pretty Woman (Garry Marshall)
Honourable Mentions: Awakenings (Penny Marshall), Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner), Flatliners (Joel Schumacher), Green Card (Peter Weir), La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson).


 
  Top 10 of the 1980s
  1. Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (Irvin Kerschner)
  2. Blade Runner (1982) (Ridley Scott)
  3. When Harry Met Sally(1989) (Rob Reiner)
  4. Aliens (1986) (James Cameron)
  5. Gallipoli (1981) (Peter Weir)
  6. The Breakfast Club (2005) (John Hughes)
  7. Cinema Paradiso (1988) (Giuseppe Tornatore)
  8. Full Metal Jacket (1987) (Stanley Kubrick)
  9. Stand By Me (1986) (Rob Reiner)
  10. Enemy Mine (1985) (Wolfgang Peterson)
Honourable Mentions: Beaches (1988) (Garry Marshall), Big (1988) (Penny Marshall), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) (Woody Allen), Uncle Buck (1989) (John Hughes), Working Girl (1988)(Pedro Almodovar), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (Steven Spielberg).