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Old 06-10-2004, 09:21   #1
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British critics top 10 British films list - madness!

Just saw this top 10 list on the BBC's website. The list is:

1. Get Carter
2. A Matter of Life and Death
3. Trainspotting
4. The Third Man
5. Life of Brian
6. The Wicker Man
7. Kind Hearts and Coronets
8. Lawrence of Arabia
9. From Russia With Love
10. Naked

I mean whats just plain , someone explain how Trainspotting is so high and better than Lawrence of Arabia for start! If this was a list from Joe public i'd understand, but this is film critics! I mean where's The Bridge on the River Kwai?? Madness I tell you, Madness!
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Old 06-10-2004, 09:24   #2
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Because Trainspotting is better than Lawrence of Arabia
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Old 06-10-2004, 09:29   #3
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I mean whats just plain , someone explain how Trainspotting is so high and better than Lawrence of Arabia for start! If this was a list from Joe public i'd understand, but this is film critics! I mean where's The Bridge on the River Kwai?? Madness I tell you, Madness!
I take it you're a Lean fan? As much as I like Get Carter (and there's much to admire) it's odd the way it seems to entered the public conciousness, much the same could be said of The Wicker Man.

Still, I'm heartened that there's no Lock, Stock or 28 Days Later...

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Yeah, you're pretty much right, but i'm only a Lean fan, cos he made the best Bristish films!

Really surprised bout Get Carter tho, i watched on TV a while back to see what the fuss was all bout and thought it was so poor i actually turned it off!

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Because Trainspotting is better than Lawrence of Arabia
It certainly is. It's the only film from that Top 10 that would be in my own - which would admittedly be made up entirely of films from the last 30 odd years. Mike Leigh would have to be in there at least once, but it wouldn't be Naked.
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I don't agree with the order, but everyone of those films are terrific. Lawrence is a masterpiece, the ultimate epic!
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glad to see none of that Merchant Ivory rubbish there.

But where's Mr Jolly Lives Next Door ??
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glad to see none of that Merchant Ivory rubbish there.

But where's Mr Jolly Lives Next Door ??
Technically, that's a TV play. A really, really, really good one though
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Have you notice how the structure of Trainspotting is very derivative of Goodfellas?

The styles, techniques, use of music, pacing etc are very similar.

I like the film, but think Danny Boyle borrowed too much from Scorsese.
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'British Critics' = the staff of Total Film (who don't seem to let an issue go by without telling us how great Get Carter is).

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Technically, that's a TV play. A really, really, really good one though

but it did get a cinema release

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Good to see "Naked" making an appearence in the top ten.

Deeply disturbing, but powerful film making and worth tracking down if you don't have a copy.
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Good to see "Naked" making an appearence in the top ten.

Deeply disturbing, but powerful film making and worth tracking down if you don't have a copy.
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Apart from the abysmal "Trainspotting", that's not a bad list although the most obvious director missed out is Nicolas Roeg. I'd substitute "Don't Look Now" for "Trainspotting" and if we must have a David Lean, let's make it one of his truly great films - "Brief Encounter" or "Great Expectations".
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