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  • #15458

    Chris
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    This is kind of self explanatory as the title suggests, so what is your favourite British movie (or movies, you can choose as many as you like)?We all have different tastes but I am sure we are going to come up with some interesting results. You don't have to give a reason but if you want to you can. It can be British funded and / or British themed but made with US money etc.I'll go first but I must warn you that I don't have a favourite as there are just too many, so this is a list of movies that I (mostly) own and the rest I wish I own in no particular order:1. The Third Man2. Monty Python's Life of Brian3. Two Way Stretch4. Lawrence of Arabia5. Kind Hearts and Coronets6. The Italian Job7. Shallow Grave8. The King's Speech9. The Lady Killers10. Sleuth11. Hot Fuzz12. Shaun of the Dead13. Sexy Beast14. The Committments15. Get Carter16. The Lavender Hill Mod17. Shakespear in Love18. Bridge on the River Kwai19. Hope and Glory20. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels21. The Full Monty22. 28 Days Later23. Elizabeth24. Too Many Crooks25. The Wrong Arm of the Law26. Dog Soldiers27. Children of Men28. The Hound of the Baskervilles29. Quadrophenia30. School for ScoundrelsThere are others but I can't think off the top of my head. Any movie that has a remake I, (usually) prefer the original.

  • #17323

    drewster81
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    Chris!  I was just about to post something separate about British historical films. ;)  I'm not sure if it should be separate or not.But, point of fact, "The Third Man" is not only my favorite British film, but is pretty much my favorite film in general.  I was going to bring up "Elizabeth" as well, since I quite liked it.  I hated it's sequel, which turned Bess into a simpering teenager having these violent mood swings over Raleigh while hysterically demonizing the Spanish."Zulu" is wonderful, despite how complex the politics of it are. "Sleuth""Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead""Atonement""Blow Up""Gosford Park""Henry V"Polanski's "Macbeth""28 Days Later""Life of Brian""Master and Commander" (another top 10 ever)Okay, I need to stop.  I'm a film geek as well, so I can go on.  What about TV series?  And a separate thing for best film from British history?

  • #17324

    Chris
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    British historical films eh? Sounds like a good idea Drew. I guess it could be separate as this listing is quite general in nature covering all genres. How far back in history would they be set?We have both mentioned a few historical movies already......darn, I should have thought of Henry V.....good movie.....and Zulu  :)Don't stop listing your favourite movies, if you have more keep going. I like that we have the same or similar movies in our lists. I know I could keep going if I put my thinking cap on  ???I liked Atonement mostly because of the time it was set but I have never been a big fan of Keira Knightley, however, I do like James McAvoy, great actor.

  • #17325

    Chris
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    Best Film in British History. I like where this going. I think this could be set up as a poll when we have had a few more 'favourite movie lists' from other members. The films that appear most frequently could go on the list (of say about 10 or 20 movies) and from there we could list those top movies in the poll. We would have to keep the poll open for a long while to allow new member to vote as well and get the best results. What do you think?I also like the tv series option too.If we did something similar for Roman themed films I don't think Jamie will be adding The Eagle!!!  ;)

  • #17326

    anonymous
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    There will always and forever be a special place in my heart for Monty Python movies.  Especially “…and the Holy Grail.”  (Come on, you know you find yourself mumbling “Bring out your dead” when you hear a bell.)I am also [somewhat ashamed to admit that I am] a fan of the Hugh Grant mushy romance flicks.  "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Love Actually," "Bridget Jones," all of it.  Same with Colin Firth.  I can't help it.  James Bond films "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen""Erik The Viking" (actually, that's one of my husband's favorites -- we have it in English and Spanish, I don't know why)"The Witches""Three Musketeers" (yes, the Chris O'Donnell one from the 90s)"Circle of Friends""The Full Monty""Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels""The Red Violin" (hands down my second most favorite movie ever)"Bend it Like Beckham""Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"the Harry Potter films, tooIf you give me another few days, I'm sure the list could swell up, but there's my off-the-top-of-my-head list.

  • #17327

    anonymous
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    I soundly approve of Kind Hearts and Coronets and School for Scoundrels (Stephen Potter – great man). The Servant? The Wicker Man (the original not the Cage abomination)? I'll not mention the Carry On film but no Ealing Comedies? Passport to Pimlico? Then you've got the blessed Margaret Rutherford in the “Murder She …” films. Joyce Grenfell et al in the St Trinians films?

  • #17328

    drewster81
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    Chris:  The poll idea sounds fantastic.  So should we create a separate thread or just make an addendum to this?  I'm so awful with forums. (this is one of the first I've ever hung out on regularly)Also, I've never been the biggest fan of Miss Knightley either.  Mr. McAvoy however is always fantastic.I also somehow managed to omit the recent remake of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  What a cast and so well-made.I'll set up a new thread for Favorite British TV series.  I can go ahead and say that I'm Alan Partridge will be HIGH on this list.Jessaminnie:  I'm with you on a lot of the Hugh Grant films.  And Colin Firth.  Firth, especially, always gives such tremendous performances, even in smaller roles (see above, Tinker, Tailor, etc.)  Big fan of Bond as well.  I used to impress (?) people by naming all of the canon flicks in order.  I guess it's impressive or just nerdy, either/or. :)And my favorite of the Harry Potters is "Azkaban" ;)Mence:  I'm with you totally on "Wicker Man" and the horror that was the Cage remake.  And now I'm wandering over to Michael Powell territory and thinking of "Peeping Tom"

  • #17329

    anonymous
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    Ill Met by Moonlight on this weekend gone. Powell/Pressberger at their best … excruciatingly British and slightly camp!

  • #17330

    Chris
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    Jessamine, I too like Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I can't believe I didn't add any Bond films: Sean Connery – Goldfinger; Roger Moore – The Man with the Golden Gun; Daniel Craig – Casino Royale are my favourites.Drew, I haven't seen Tinker, Taylor.... yet, it's on our rental list though and I am really looking forward to it. Regarding the poll and list of favourite British historical movies etc., maybe that should be included in a separate topic as they are dealing solely with historical based movies and not general selections from all periods covered here in this thread. The new topic could include the poll there.Colin Firth is an amazing actor, the aforementioned King's Speech is probably his best film but I also liked him in the aforementioned Shakespear in Love and yes, Bridget Jones is entertaining too. I reckon Pride and Prejudice should go my tv list because that is quintessential period drama viewing.My favourite Potter movie is also easily Azkaban, better by far and darker than the rest.And as for Nic Cage, he doesn't really make good movies so I agree with you both on that one, his version of the Wicker Man was crap.

  • #17331

    drewster81
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    Alright, we can wait a while for more people to respond, like you said.  Your reasons for Azakaban are mine as well, shocker. Favorite Connery...Goldfinger, yeah...or From Russia with Love.  On Her Majesty's Secret Service is so good except for Lazenby!  Fave Moore-Spy Who Loved Me or Octopussy.  Brosnan-Goldeneye.  And, of course, Casino Royale. :)

  • #17332

    anonymous
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    I've always has rather a soft spot for Dr No … the feel is much closer to the books.Incidentally, Drew, whilst I concur that bow-ties are cool ... that is on the understanding that you tie your own. Made up bow-ties are the sartorialial equivalent of a clip-on tie  ;)

  • #17333

    drewster81
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    Oh, don't worry, Mence.  I have only ever tied my own.  :)

  • #17334

    anonymous
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    Good man!

  • #17335

    Chris
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    I soundly approve of Kind Hearts and Coronets and School for Scoundrels (Stephen Potter - great man).

    Stephen Potter - "If you are not one up, then you are one down" or words to that effect. Genius  ;)Kind Hearts and Coronets is an amazing film. Anyone who hasn't seen it should give it a go.

  • #17336

    Tim the Enchanter
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    Anyone seen any of what I call the “Michael Sheen as Tony Blair” trilogy?  Aka, “The Queen”, “The Special Relationship” and “The Deal”?  For that matter, Sheen is also great in Frost/Nixon and The Damned United.A few good randoms I'll add:The Italian JobBrassed OffTrainspottingAnything Simon PeggGreen StreetFever Pitch (the original one with Collin Ferth... I am an Arsenal supporter and a St. Louis Cardinals fan so I like the original and HATE the stupid remake with Jimmy Fallon)

  • #17337

    Chris
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    Ah yes, Fever Pitch. Great movie. Saw that a few years ago and even though I don't like football I really like the movie. I only watched it because my girlfriend likes Colin Firth and insisted I endure it as she thought the book was brilliant. Turns out the film was too  :)The Italian Job is one of my absolutely top favourites movies and of course, Simon Pegg.....brilliant. Loved his work ever since Spaced, "skip to the end".

  • #17338

    kingjabo
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    Looking For Eric, Sweet Sixteen, Small Faces, Any of Peter McDougall's play for the day.Damned United.

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