Jamie Goss, News & Feature Editor
Casino Royale 2006):
Daniel Craig’s first Bond film came in full force, with action, drama and suspense around every corner… This will forever remain as my favourite film – so far. So much – maybe too much – goes on in this film, but this is the beauty of it, there is something for everyone in this film. For teenagers who have not necessarily seen previous Bond movies, this was the one to secure them in the fandom for many years to come, and did it work? You bet your sweet martini it did!
I remember going to watch it at the cinema when I was just 12 years old and just from the titles I was instantly hooked! The song by Chris Cornell – You Know My Name – was on my iPod for a good five years after I had watched the film, it was – and still is – so catchy. Daniel Craig’s Bond has been flawless – even with the slight mishap of Quantum of Solace (2008), which we shall not talk about – and continued through Skyfall (2012)! I cannot wait to see what Spectre (2015) will bring us this year, but it’ll have to be something pretty spectacular to beat Casino Royale!
Now You See Me (2013:
When asked the question, what is your favourite film the first one that pops up in my head is Now You See Me (2013). I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t watched it, but it’s about four talented illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) who are brought together by a hoodie-wearing stranger (who is unmasked at the end). They join forces to create an act called the Four Horsemen. In a show in Las Vegas their finale entails them ‘magically’ helping a man from the audience rob his bank in France.
The Four Horsemen are questioned by FBI and are soon under investigation by confident agent Dylan Rhodes (Marc Ruffalo) and Interpol detective Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) for robbery. The question is: how did they do it? The mystery of their act unfolds as ex-magician (Morgan Freeman) follows the act investigating and coming up with an explanation for their heist (PS: it’s not magical). Unable to prove their crime the group continues their shows and heists becoming fugitives.
Yes it is gaudy and the plot may be unrealistic – but isn’t that magic in general? I enjoy Now You See Me because it’s thrilling, fascinating and keeps you guessing till the end.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013):
I am really bad at picking my favourite anything but the Coen brother’s Inside Llewyn Davis is definitely up there as one of the few films I’m more than happy to watch over and over again.
Firstly, let’s discuss that cast: I am obsessed and in love with both Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan so seeing them together with their love hate (mostly hate) relationship is always going to be a winner with me. Adam Driver, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman – they’re all brilliant and you know what, surprisingly so is Justin Timberlake. Who’d have thought JT would ditch those cornrows and join a folk band?
Secondly, the soundtrack is everything I’ve ever wanted from a film and more. Not only does Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons fame lend his vocals but the rest of cast can really hold their own as well.
The film sees failing folk musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) attempt to survive in the Greenwich Village music scene of the sixties. Davis is rude, arrogant and slightly tragic but he is one of my favourite characters for all of his flaws. Ultimately though, who can really say that they don’t love a film that features a cat as a prominent character?