Must have been spot on with #6-10. No one has questioned anything yet. Maybe you’re waiting for #1-5 before letting me have it. Here goes:
#5 – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – this London underground film revolves around a high stakes card that, not surprisingly, goes wrong leaving the boys with a week to come up with a half million pounds. Plus, with cast names like Soap, Bacon, Big Chris, Barry the Baptist, Hatchet Harry and Dog, how can it not be in the top five. Click here for a refresher trailer.
#4 – The Commitments – it’s Jimmy Rabbitte’s job to bring soul music to the people of Dublin. He forms the world’s hardest working band and the rest is history. Pay close attention to Andrew Strong as Deco Cuffe. He was either 16 or 17 during filming. What a voice. Great soundtrack, even if it does have Mustang Sally.
#3 – Shaun of the Dead – what better way to win back your ex-girlfriend and reconcile your relationship with your mother than to take on an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. I’m just sayin. From Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the minds behind Spaced. If you haven’t seen this Britcom, you need to.
#2 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail – no need for justification. This is sheer genius.
#1 – The Third Man – this is where I started this thread so how could it not be #1. Love the theme music, played on a zither, and the v/o. Joseph Cotton, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard, perfect. Cinematography is perfect. Carol Reed and Graham Greene at their finest. The poster child film for never colorizing a b/w film.
That’s it for my list. I know, I left off The Full Monty, Lavender Hill Mob, Man in the White Suit and 39 Steps. So, let the games begin.