The fourth of my favourite films list is always the most recent film I've seen that I truly loved.
In 2007, I spent two weeks in the Romanian city of Iasi near the border with Moldova, attending a conference on computational linguistics. The only English-language media I had access to was some modified form of CNN, which played the same stories over and over again. One of the stories involved Myleene Klaas visiting the studio which was at the time producing Igor, where she was thrilled that they got her to record a cameo as a mad scientist who…
A really fine film, and I believe the first big lead role for Tony Curtis, who is magnificent as Sidney Falco, a media agent whose job it is to get his clients exposure. Falco finds himself under the thrall of J. J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster), a newspaper writer whose column he relies on for his business. Lancaster and Curtis are both very good, but it's Curtis who really shines. It's a character study in both desperation and charm, as Falco…
A profound, moving and astoundingly beautiful animated short. It explores the unnamed narrator's relationship with his brother through cosmic imagery and a slowly revealed backstory. It's at once huge in scope and also uncomfortably intimate.
The use of the director's father as the narrator is a strong choice, and his idiosyncratic delivery absolutely adds to the mood of the film. But it's one element of many that just works perfectly to fulfill the mood and the ultimate emotional impact of the film.
One of the more brilliant short films I've seen in recent years.
A very captivating, and somewhat surreal film about a group of guests who go to a party one night, and then discover that they can't leave the room. That's pretty much the entire premise of the film, but Buñuel manages to take it in very strange directions, covering topics like the masons, kabbalah, animal sacrifice, infidelity and plague. The decline from the manners and civility of a dinner party is monstrously done, from a state where having a character take off their tuxedo jacket was the height of barbarism. It was brilliantly executed.