Simon Rumley

Red, White & Blue; The Living and the Dead

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Don't Look Now

1973

Nicolas Roeg

Freaks

1932

Tod Browning

Goodfellas

1990

Martin Scorsese

Holy Mountain, The

1973

Alejandro Jodorowsky

It's a Wonderful Life

1947

Frank Capra

Oldboy

2003

Park Chan-wook

Performance

1970

Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg

Requiem for a Dream

2000

Darren Aronofsky

Stand by Me

1986

Rob Reiner

Taxi Driver

1976

Martin Scorsese

Comments

These are the films that have moved or inspired me rather than the epics that are often cited in ‘best film’ polls.

Goodfellas: I always liked this but watched it again recently and for the first time realized what an incredible feat this is.

Taxi Driver: I watched this about 20 times when I was a teenager. Killing An Arab of the film world. Unbeatable and still iconic.

Holy Mountain: This is what directing and filmmaking should be about; expression of individuality, not conformity. Mind-blowing, epic and just a little mad.

Stand by Me: Beautiful film about growing up and the loss of innocence with a great soundtrack and title named after one of the best songs ever written. Small in scale but profound and sentimental (in the best possible way).

Requiem For A Dream: The malignancy of modern cinema is that content has to be upbeat. Why!? Cinema is an increasingly forgotten art and art should reflect the rich array of life’s peaks and troughs.

Old Boy: A stylistic and narrative classic of modern cinema. My constant fear with this film is that Park Chan Wook will never better it.

It's A Wonderful Life: A must see film every Christmas, preferably with someone who’s never seen it. If you don’t shed at least a small tear at the end of this you’re not human.

Freaks: A unique film which provides the ‘freaks’ with a dignity that challenges the concept of what normal is. Mind-blowing that it was shot almost 100 years ago and still makes people uncomfortable today.

Performance: Probably the best British film ever made and a great case of the direction suiting the subject matter, something that happens too infrequently in my opinion.

Don’t Look Now: Probably the second best British film ever made by the best British (and often underrated) director Nicolas Roeg. Does this country have any edgy directors!?

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