Over the past nine months Couchside View have been counting down what we collectively feel are the 100 greatest films ever made. With our top ten already decided we thought it’d be a cool idea to interact the readers by letting you have the final say on what position these ten films end up in. So simply reacquaint yourself with the classics highlighted below and please do your bit in voting for which film you think deserves to be number one. The poll will be left running for a number of days whilst we continue the countdown from its current position.
Orson Welles breathtaking debut which was groundbreaking for its cinematic conventions and remains a stirring account of the corruption of power and the fragile nature of youth.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Stanley Kubrick’s incredibly sophisticated and influential sci-fi film which featured visuals so powerful that it led many to believe that Kubrick was the man who had been responsible for filming the proposed ‘fake’ landing on the moon.
Francis Ford Coppola’s patiently crafted and deeply artistic gangster picture which is held in the same high esteem by both casual moviegoers and film critics and buffs.
THE GODFATHER PART II
The Godfather sequel which executed an expert character study on Michael Corleone and the gradual unravelling of his inner monster whilst also providing as many numerous iconic moments and lines of dialogue as the first film. The best example of how good Pacino used to be before he mistook shouting for showing emotion.
Alfred Hitchock’s unforgettable character driven thriller which has dazzled generations of moviegoers with its masterful visuals, dramatically immersive storytelling, Bernard Herrmann’s genius soundtrack and James Stewart’s powerfully anguished lead performance.
Michael Cutiz’s classic love story which features some of the most oft repeated phrases in cinematic history.
Roman Polanski’s immaculate film noir which excels as a work of great plotting, characterization and visual metaphor.
Terry Gilliam’s profound sci-fi dystopia with features visually wondrous set-pieces whilst also commenting profoundly on the nature of consumerism, materialism and indeed the state of the human race in general.
JEAN DE FLORETTE / MANON DES SOURCES
Claude Berri’s two part epic french drama which rather flawlessly documents the aesthetic beauty of nature alongside its savage reality. Features perhaps the greatest, most tragic twist ever realised on film.
Del Toro’s compelling allegory which interweaves between a young girl’s harsh reality in the midst of the spanish civil war and the extraordinary magical world which she becomes immersed in. In the age of mindless effects, this film proved that some directors still are concerned about the creativity behind the creation.