MOVIES I’LL ALWAYS WATCH IF THEY’RE ON TV
- •Brief EncounterThe ultimate tale of restrained passion and so terribly, terribly British. Best watched on Christmas Eve with a takeaway, the calm before the joyous storm of Christmas Day. For more on the same theme check out David Lean's other film The Passionate Friends.
- •WitnessEverything about Peter Weir's film - the storytelling, the direction and cinematography - is pretty much faultless. My only quibble is the barn raising scene: a set piece which goes on a tad too long for my taste. Nevertheless, this is one of Harrison Ford's finest roles as the tough city cop hiding out in an Amish community.
- •Notting HillAh, Richard Curtis - the writer/director people love to hate. I've warmed to his films over the years, and Notting Hill is the right side of charming. Sometimes sweet is just what you need.
- •Any film starring actor and activist Mark Ruffalo.Nuff said.
- •Chariots of FireWe arm-twisted our Dad to see this at the pictures. He hadn't been inside a cinema since Paint Your Wagon. ("Why waste money when you can watch it on telly for free?") I know as a kid I enjoyed this true-ish story of two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Its themes of conviction and conscience still resonate very powerfully with me.