The Big Heat (1953)

“I guess a scar isn’t so bad. Not if it’s only on one side… I can always go through life sideways.” ‘The Big Heat’, directed by Fritz Lang in 1953, is an American crime drama starring Glenn Ford as Sergeant Dave Bannion, a police officer who becomes determined to bring down a network of organised…

Summer with Monika (1953)

“Monika, we have to make something real out of our lives. We’ll care for each other. I’ll study and get a decent job, so we can get married and have a nice house, you and me and the little one on its way.” ‘Summer with Monika’, directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1953, is a Swedish…

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

“Captain Bligh, you’ve told your story of mutiny on the Bounty, how men plotted against you, seized your ship, cast you adrift in an open boat, a great venture in science brought to nothing, two British ships lost. But there’s another story, Captain Bligh, of ten cocoanuts and two cheeses. A story of a man…

Kes (1969)

“Mere fodder for the mass media.” ‘Kes’, directed by Ken Loach in 1969, is a British drama starring David Bradley as Billy Casper, a school kid growing up in Barnsley. Casper is coming to the end of his time as a pupil and is expected to get a job once he has done with studies….

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

“We’re very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel, they’re like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They’re two distinct types of visionaries, it’s like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water.”…

The Big Red One (1980)

“Saving that Kraut was the final joke of the whole goddamned war. I mean we had more in common with him than all our replacements who got killed whose names we never even knew. We’d all made it through we were alive. I’m gonna dedicate my book to those who shot but didn’t get shot,…

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

“I’m not taking him with me. I’m no good for him. I’m terrible with him. I have no patience. He’s better off without me.” ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’, directed by Robert Benton in 1979, is an American drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep as an estranged couple fighting over the custody of their seven year…

Baby Driver (2017)

“He had an accident when he was a kid. Still has a hum in the drum. Plays music to drown it out. And that’s what makes him the best.” ‘Baby Driver’, directed by Edgar Wright in 2017, is an American crime comedy drama. Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a young man whose parents were killed years…

Shaft (1971)

“Don’t you try to bullshit me, boy. We’re all on the hustle. I sell broads and dope and numbers. You sell crap, and blue sky. It’s all the same game.” ‘Shaft’, directed by Gordon Parks in 1971, is an American drama and one of the films that launch the ‘blaxploitation’ genre in the 1970s. Richard…

Point Blank (1967)

“Do you remember… when we met? The rain? You were a little drunk. So was I. You were funny when you were drunk. Strange. I don’t remember very much, but… suddenly… we were together. It was wonderful at first. I loved you. Then Mal happened. You talked a lot about Mal. Mal Reese. He was…

My Way Home (1965)

“There are few directors so akin to a choreographer. His cinema does not conform to narrative or psychological conventions, but opens other areas that are usually found in the screen musical. His films are elaborate ballets, emblematically tracing the movements in the fight for Hungarian independence and socialism. In these ritual dances of life and death…