For the premise, period and director.
A psychopathic murderer of children is tracked down the by criminal community. Set in 1931 Germany and directed by Fritz Lang.
Macbeth 1972 Roman Polanski
I must have seen this soon after it came out. It had a powerful impact on me. Not leasat because it was filmed in a landscape I knew – the tidal beaches of Northumberland around Lindisfarne. I found Jon Finch mesmerising. If anything turned me onto the idea of acting, this did. I wanted to act the lead and recall discussing at some length how I would stage it when interviewed at Balliol College, Oxford to read History in 1980.
Mad Max 1979
Mel Gibson is created.
Mad Max 2 1981
Mel Gibson is turned into a minor god.
Madame Curie 1943
Memorable to a preteen. It inspires you to do something great. Few of us pull it off.
The Madness of King George 1994
A beautiful script from Alan Bennet, performed with style by Nigel Hawthorne, how could the director Nicholas Hynter do anything but get it right. If proof is required that a screenplay can make a great film, this is it.
The Magnificent Ambersons 1942
One to see from Orson Welles
The Magnificent Seven 1960
Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen James Coburn, Charles Bronson …
Impressive and inspiring at a time when Ken Russell could be trusted.
A Man Called Horse 1970
A Man for All Seasons 1966
It impressed me in my impressionable youth. At Prep school I played a girl alongside Richard Ramsbotham when a short version of this was put on. David Grey was in tears when he found what he had to wear as Sir Thomas More. I thnk he hoped for something more heroic.
Man Hunt 1941
A shot at Hitler
The Man in the Iron Mask 1998
The Man in the White Suite 1951
Caught it once or twice and TV and could watch it over several more times for its brilliance. Alec Guinness stars. Ealing at its very best.
The Man Who could work Miracles 1936
From a story by H G Wells. How often have I written that
The Man who fell to Earth 1976
David Bowie is suitable weird and Nic Roeg pulls it off.
The Man Who Wasn’t There 2001
Sounds promising. As does everything from the Coen brothers.
The Man without a Body
I love hocum concepts such as this.
A slave-breeding plantation. Were there such things? ‘Goes several points over the top from start to finish but proved to have wide appeal for the groundlings in the Tobacco Road tradition of a wallow in other people’s depravities.’ Reads the Halliwelll review. In Tobacco Road poor whites are turned off their land … from the play by Jack Kirkland and the novel by Erskine Caldwell. I’m non the wiser. What has this to do with a slave-breeding planataion. And why am I so interested?
I’m suprised to admit I haven’t seen this Wood Allen oeuvre.
Maniac 1988, 1990, 1992
Why are films about serial killers so popular? I should find out.
Manon des Sources
Claude Berrie writes and directs from the book and films by Marcel Pagnol. Introduced the world to Emmanuelle Beart with star character turns from Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil.
Marathon Man 1976 John Schlesinger
Don’t go to the dentist.
Marguerite de la Nuit 1955
An old man signs a pact with the devil in return for his lost youth; but when he has it he causes the death of the woman he loves. I love concepts like this. When the desire for something is so great, you’d do anything for it, but the consequences far outweigh the effort.
The Mark of Zorro 1940
With Tyrone Power
James Garner as the private eye
Mary Poppins 1964
Robert Altman’s greatest outing.
The Mask of Zorro 1998
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mata Hari 1931
For its WWI setting.
The Matrix 1999, 2003, 2005
A compelling new take on sci-fi with Keanu Reeves playing himself to perfection.
A Matter of Life and Death or Stairway to Heaven
Memorable brilliance from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Another Merchant Ivory, many of which feature James Wilby who may have been doomed to do nothing else.
Mean Creek 2004
Should see it for what preports to be an excellent protrayal of teeange feral instincts
Mean Girls 2004
We only got it out because of Lindsay Lohan who was adorable in Parent Trap. This is a dreadful film about high school girls being bitchy. Forgetable. A pitifyl vehicle for Lindsay who you might imagine would have a chance to show of her talents.
Harvey Keitel and Robert de Nero directed by Martin Scorses in 1971. If I haven’t seen it I need to.
Meat Joe Black 1998
Brat Pitt, Anthony Hopkins. An enjoyable premise in which Death takes a break to spend time with the man whose life he was supposed to take.
Meet the Parents 2000
Need to see it for the premise and how it is handled. ‘A person who has lost his short-term memory searches for a man who raped and murdered his wife.’
Men in Black 1997
Men of Honor 200
Cher, Bob Hoskins and Winona Ryder. Works for me.
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
The Messenger; The Story of Joan of Arc
I like woman in armour, Milla Jovovich is one of the bes. All the scenes containing Dustin Hoffman should have been removed then it would have been fine. From one of my favourite directors, Luc Besson. With John Malkovich as a beningh goody, rather than a seedy baddie for a change.
I found this so dull, in the French style of film-making (all intelligent talk and no action) that I left the cinema. Whit Stillman wrote and directed.
Michael Collins 1996
Neil Jordan wrote and directs.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol 1983
Midnight Cowboy 1969
John Schlessinger’s best directing John Voigt and Dustin Hoffman.
Midnight Express 1978
Mighty Aphrodite 1995
Miller’s Crossing 1990
Million Dollar Baby 2005
Clint Eastwood directs and performs with Hilary Swank.
The Million Dollar Note 1953
A simple premise. A man facing hard times is given a cheqye for a Million Dollars that he finds hard to spend. Gregory Peck is implausible as a broken man. In the real world people would take his money, not stand back from it.
Miracle on 34th Street 1947
Has a charm that is lacking in the remake.
Miracle on 34th Street 1994
As a lesson in storytelling I should read and watch everything written by Stephen King.
Mis Congeniality 2000
Mrs Brown 1997
Mrs Doubtfire 1993
The Mission 1986
Directed by Roland Joffe
Mission; Impossinle 1996, 20002, 2005
Mississippi Burning 1988
Mr Nanny 1992
Moby Dick 1956
With Gregory Peck
Mona Lisa 1986
Directed by Neil Jordan
Monsoon Wedding 2001
Memorable and lovelly to watch
Monsters, Inc 2001
The DVD is an inspiration too. Let’s all become 3D animators!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975
Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1979
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 1983
The Moon and the Sixpence
Stories that follow the life of artists appeal to me. Here we have Gauguin.
Cher, Nicholas Cage
The Mosquito Coast 1986
Harrison Ford goes Swiss family Robinson.
Moulin Rouge 1952
Biopic of Toulouse Lautrec
Moulin Rouge 2001
Baz Luhrmann at his best directs Nocole Kidman nad Ewan McGreggor in this candy extravaganza.
Mouse Hunt 1997
Much Ado about Nothing 1993
Plodding banality with ill-chosen thesps by Kenneth Branagh
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992
The Muppet Movie 1979