Christopher Nolan is adamant that Dunkirk is not a war movie. In an Associated Press interview, he has suggested it is rather a survival film. This is an honest distinction, and easily lost. Cast a gimlet eye over your war movie collection and think again. How easy is it to find, let alone pick, the top five war films?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single film in possession of a good story must be in want of a remake.
And so with the remake of Don Siegel’s The Beguiled. Sofia Coppola’s version features prettier costumes, better make-up, less sweat, and a touch less perversity. An at times tremulous Colin Farrell is a quite different proposition to Clint Eastwood on the edge.
There must be at least a hundred great horror films. Determining the top hundred is easy, the top five impossible. Rather than omit too many of the greats, and tempt film buffs and the undead into vengeful revolt, here’s instead five of the best. All prised from a seething mass of horror, and chosen because they tell the story of something very specific: that moment when dread arises out of the banal, and lingers, sticking to the skin like cold damp ectoplasm, for days and weeks. An overwhelming melancholy dread, inspired by loneliness, at times feared more than death.