My name is Aled Warren and I’m a history graduate living in London. I have an unhealthy obsession with films and TV and so I thought I’d start writing about them.
Here are my Top 5 Films:
1) Vertigo (1958) – This film blows me away every single time I watch it. It is the single most captivating, spellbinding, enigmatic film I’ve ever seen in my life and has all of the depth, complexity and emotion of a Shakespearean tragedy. Alfred Hitchcock is easily my favourite director and this film is his greatest masterpiece.
2) Apocalypse Now (1979) – This film never fails to give me chills. Its portrayal of the darkness, barbarism and savagery of mens’ hearts as personified by the Vietnam War is both horrifying and amazing.
3) Angels in America (2003) – Technically it’s a miniseries, but I consider it a film in the same way I consider The Lord of the Rings to be one film. The epic grand scale of this film combined with its incredible characters and thoroughly intelligent dialogue make it an astonishing viewing experience. It is almost 6 hours long and I love every single minute of it.
4) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – The only film that always makes me cry (and by “cry” I obviously mean that I shed a single manly tear while the rest of my face remains cold and passive). Its portrayal of the profound impact that a single man’s life can have upon others is extraordinarily moving. I watch it every Christmas.
5) Cinema Paradiso (1988) – The ultimate film lover’s film. Its charming, funny and touching tale of two wildly different individuals who form a friendship based on their mutual love for film is utterly enthralling and builds up to what is perhaps the most breathtaking ending I’ve ever seen. This bittersweet film is a nostalgic love letter to the cinema.