I actually don’t like favourites. Why be penned into a decision? Favourites can switch depending on mood, weather, how hungry we are. Saying that, my Top 20 (or so) favourite films haven’t really changed much in a decade, even if the order is subject to mood, weather and how hungry I am. As you will discover, I am quite eclectic in my tastes. Everything from Action to Horror, Sci-Fi to Animation is covered here; and if it had been a Top 11, I might have managed to squeeze in a musical. The things they do share are great characters, unusual storylines, and misfits finding their place.
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10. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Starring the incredible Aubrey Plaza, and loveable goofs Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson, Safety Not Guaranteed is a heart-warming time travel jape. While it has big names attached – including director Colin Trevorrow, who went on to steer the wheel of the Jurassic World franchise, it has a real indie charm.
It begins with an intriguing want-ad in a local Washington newspaper. Jeff (Jake Johnson), a journalist at a different paper, assembles a motley crew to investigate. While everything is set up for us to believe Kenneth (Mark Duplass) is a weirdo, and delusional at the very least, he isn’t and the film’s beauty lies in how deftly it draws the viewer to his side.
It has heart, humour and Jake Johnson. I’m not sure you need much else in a film.
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
As a rule, I don’t do superheroes. DC, Marvel, I don’t really care, they’re all the same, aren’t they?
I grew up in a strange era where Val Kilmer was Batman and Lois Lane was a Desperate Housewife and the genre just never really hooked me. Then along came Miles Morales and I fell hard. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a visually stunning and standout offering in (what I and seemingly I alone feel is) a saturated market.
The Spider-verse animation is just incredible – unusual and unique. The film is brimming with detail and flashes of brilliance. I could watch it 100 times (100 more times) and notice something new with each viewing. The characters are larger than life yet somehow completely grounded and believable, and who knew the match up of Nicholas Cage and John Mulaney is what we needed in our lives? The soundtrack is perfect and the message behind it is so important.
The first time my kid saw it, she said, ‘oh so I could be spiderman’ and for that reason alone it deserves a mention in my Best Films of All Time.
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