A long time ago, when Best For Film Towers was as busy as it was happy, we had a blog series called Best For Film’s Favourite Flicks. It wasn’t regular, or concise, or tightly argued – Best For Film was never any of those things – but it was individual, it was witty and it showed off our brilliant writers to perfection. It’s still my favourite column onsite, because it offers the most insight into the motley crew of interns, freelancers, chancers and MA dropouts who have written for the site over the past four years.
Our least regular feature is back! This week’s Favourite Flicks author is Nina, whose whimsical aesthetic makes her choice of film laughably unsurprising. If you love Wes Anderson’s classic The Royal Tenenbaums, then you’re amongst friends here – if you’re not, prepare to be converted by a gentle barrage of Gene Hackman, Bill Murray and the whole damn Tenenbaum dynasty.
I couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11 when Se7en made its presence known. Two decades have passed and I’ve seen over a thousand others since, but it is still the first one I think of when asked the question: what’s your favourite movie? Se7en is the reason why I have a rather morbid fascination with serial killers, finding the intelligence and imagination that some people invest into killing truly intriguing.
This is the final part of a trilogy of equally amazing films, but because it is the culmination of a series of dark and dangerous events is PRECISELY why it is so brilliant. When films have a satisfying payoff full of delicious goodness, a climax that rewards you for taking the time to watch it; it’s like eating your favourite dinner then sitting back and revelling in that ‘just full enough’ feeling. There are few films that do this better than Return of the King.
After trying and failing every week for the last two months, our very own Carlotta Eden has finally managed to stop fantasising about Eli Roth and write her long-awaited Best For Film’s Favourite Flicks blog. But will her love for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-nominated drama Amores Perros win you over? There’s only one way to find out… and before you ask, it isn’t ‘make our dogs fight to the death over it whilst listening to gnarly Mexican rap’.
So I made a little list of the films I might want to write about and noticed that there was more than one Woody Allen film in it. There were three by the time I clocked. That’s a pretty sure sign of some sort of bias I would say. So I picked the one I’ve watched most. It’s one of the loveliest films in the world, ever. Here it goes then, Hannah and Her Sisters, you are my choice Best For Film’s Favourite Flicks.
Best for Film’s Favourite Flicks returns! This time with a Flossie edition, making it a ‘BFFFFFE’, if you can keep up with that. Barbarella is somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me, but I am not ashamed enough to deny myself this opportunity to praise this weird and wonderful sci-fi film from the 60s. Here, Jane Fonda is a total screen goddess and it’s difficult not to fall for her sexy superhero look.
Best For Film’s Favourite Flicks returns with a festive offering from our newest recruit. Will Imogen’s paean in defence of The Muppet Christmas Carol thaw your heart, drape your soul with tinsel and generally baste all your tingly private areas in cranberry sauce, or are you determined to stay as dour as Scrooge and insist that, even at Christmas, 8½ is the best comedy ever? Bah! Humbug!
Best For Film’s Favourite Flicks returns, and this week it’s safely in the hands of bona fide writer – seriously, she did a radio play and everything – Florence Vincent. What are you going to go for, Flo? Which bastion of classic cinema reigns supreme within your heart? Citizen Kane? Vertigo? What’s that – something more recent? How about Taxi Driver? Sátántangó? Requiem for a Dream? Oh, it’s a not-quite-nineties teen film with the Thong Song guy in it. Obviously.
No-one’s saying that video games have surpassed Hollywood’s best efforts *cough*, but a few years ago we were gifted a look at cinema-as-game and the result was eye-watering in its glory. It’s time for Best For Film’s Favourite Flicks, and we’re making a case for Crank as the greatest action film of the modern era. All because it’s really a video game.