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So far, I’ve posted my thoughts on 9 of my top 10 films, and before I reveal my all-time favourite, here’s a few films that I absolutely love, but just didn’t have room for in my top 10.

Love Actually (2003) – Yes, I will unashamedly admit that I love Love Actually. So much so that I saw it at Theatre Royal with a live orchestra, and my girlfriend recognised my love for Love Actually, and bought me a framed piece of film from the movie; the Hugh Grant dancing scene, obviously.

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Hugh Grant doing his iconic dance to “Jump”

Trainspotting (1996) – Most Scots have a penchant for this iconic 90’s film, and I’m no exception. I’m a fan of everything Irvine Welsh, so it’s no major surprise that this film gets a mention.

Trainspotting: a look back at the most unforgettable scenes | CBC ...
Fun Fact – Kevin McKidd missed the shoot for this poster because he had a holiday booked

This is Spinal Tap (1984) – If you haven’t seen this film, go and watch it. It’s creative, inventive and absolutely hilarious. Especially if you’re a fan of Rock music.

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes
The Lads

Paddington 2 (2017) – No, I’m not joking. This film is the most positively surprising film I’ve ever seen – I didn’t expect it to be even “good” but it was far beyond that, so much so that is one of the very few films with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paddington 2 - Movies on Google Play
Paddington holding a 100% fresh Orange

Bananas (1971) – I love this film for many reasons, including a great wee appearance from a very young and undiscovered Sylvester Stallone.

Woody Allen is about to get yeeted by Sly Stallone

City of God (2002) – This film often finds itself in the “Ten Films to see Before you Die” type-list, and for good reason. It’s phenomenal.

City of God Analysis - Characters, Worldbuilding & Themes - YouTube
This Brazilian Crime Drama will have you in tears

The Shining (1980) – Stephen King famously doesn’t like Kubrick’s adaptation of his 1997 best-seller. I have to disagree with King on this one. I rarely prefer the film to the book it was adapted from, but The Shining is an exception.

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Doctor: You shouldn’t be able to hear images. Me: Heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!

Adaptation (2002) – If a screenwriter is struggling to write, this is the film for them to watch. From Charlie Kaufman, the writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, comes a screenplay about the process of screenwriting, with some wild twists and a genuinely great performance from the hot-and-cold Nicolas Cage, for which he bagged an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Adaptation review | Film | The Guardian
Nicholas Cage and Nicolas Cage in Adaptation

Shaun of the Dead (2004) – I haven’t seen anything from Edgar Wright that I have disliked, but I love this one the most. Sean of the Dead does horror-comedy better than any other film, and it’s simply iconic for British 90’s kids. Watch Shaun of the Dead | Prime Video

Parasite (2019) – The newest addition in the list, Parasite is just unbelievable. If you haven’t seen it, see it, and if you have, you’ll understand why Bong Joon-ho’s masterpiece swept up at the 2019 Academy Awards, becoming the first foreign language film to win Best Picture.

Parasite 기생충 - Official Trailer - YouTube
If you haven’t seen this film, you’re missing out

Stay tuned for my next post, where I reveal my favourite film of all-time.

2 thoughts on “Joe’s Favourite Films – Honourable Mentions

  1. Scott says:

    Lot of good stuff on here Joe, I’ve added paddington 2 and parasite to my movies to watch list… they weren’t on my radar before. Keep the reviews coming!

    1. joeblogsfilm says:

      Cheers, Scott! Hope you’re well!

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