There’s no film like an old film

Forget all the grumbling by the picky eaters – there were some GREAT movies released last year. Inception was my personal favourite but it seemed to draw as many sneers as cheers.  I can’t think why – great actors (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Tom Berenger AND Cillian Murphy!! – c’mon, what more do people want?), great director (Christopher Nolan) and a genuinely interesting story. Perfect movie + pizza evening. Plus stuff to debate the next day (does the meaning of Cobb’s name relate to Jacob’s Ladder or the old word for a spider? Does the top carry on spinning or does it fall?)

Also enjoyed Kick-Ass – Big Daddy and Hit Girl make a great double act and Aaron Johnson  is perfect as the nerdy ‘superhero. Is there going to be a sequel? The ending doesn’t rule it out….

But in amongst these new tipples are some mellow vintages still worth tasting. I don’t think these would appear on many top ten lists but I still love these movies…

 The Time Machine – the 1960 one with Rod Taylor. Soppy Weena, jutting-jawed George and some really scary Morlocks (well, to a kid anyway).

Escape from New York – classic pairing of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter. Snake Plissken is so cool.

Quatermass and the Pit – Directed by Roy Ward Baker, who died last year aged 93, the special effects look pretty clunky now but Andrew Keir gives it everything he’s got as Quatermass and the story stands the test of time surprisingly well. So much so that this would be my candidate for a remake today. The original is brilliant but think what a director like del Toro could do with it now…

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