1. TWELVE MONKEYS (1995).
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. Here we have proof again that Brad Pitt really is an exceptional character actor. As well as Terry Gilliam’s usual, wacky portrayal of a dystopian future, Pitt’s performance is truly disturbed and unforgettable!
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top-secret spy/assassin. You just can’t go too wrong with a French classic that has Luc Besson at the helm as well as a beautiful, seductive femme fatale as the main protagonist. You really won’t be disappointed.
An epic mosaic of several interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. Without a shadow of a doubt, Paul Thomas Anderson has to be one of the best directors around today. He is one of the only true cineastes working in Hollywood. Watching one of his films is like sitting through a masterclass in the art of filmmaking. A true auteur!
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. Give me Rodriguez directing, Tarantino writing and Keitel acting in the same film any day of the week. Everything just fits for me in this modern vampire classic.
“Any Given Sunday” is a behind the scenes look at the life and death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them in the world of American Football. Despite not being the mostly highly rated of films, Al Pacino’s performance alone is worth the watch. He is his usual ferocious best. It is also a very interesting look at life behind closed doors of this seemingly glamorous sport.
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner. If what you are looking for in a film is a million bullets being fired, a mexican drug war, a breathtaking Salma Hayek, a couple of superb cameos from Tarantino and Buscemi, a relentlessly deadly guitar player and the prolific Robert Rodriguez, this is for you!
A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed. Being one of only two Hughes Bros. films that I have seen, I didn’t have a bad word to say about this film. It strangely combines half a war film and half an urban gangster film, and yet so effortlessly pulls it off. For fans of Boyz n the Hood and Menace 2 Society (Hughes Bros.), you’ll love this.
A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. What a cast! As well as Edward Norton, who is my favourite actor anyway, John Malkovich, Matt Damon and John Turturro don’t half make poker look cool as fuck.
The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the 1970s and 1980s. The second Paul Thomas Anderson film in this list, Boogie Nights, and its incredibly honest portrayal of the highs, lows, glamour and heartache, is a real masterpiece. Watch a real master at work!