- Death in Venice – I read the short story, but oh, that wonderful movie!
- Gone with the wind – again, unforgettable movie.
- The Godfather – I read the book decades of years ago. I couldn’t read it now but the movie is still terrific.
- The Forsyte Saga: I have this (in three volumes) three times over the years, but I have to admit that the very first series, with Eric Porter as Soames, was tremendous.
- Brideshead Revisited – who could forget that wonderful series, so rich and deep and colourful, every character perfect.
- A Room with a View. I have read all of E M Forster’s books, and I have seen the movies but this one in particular is an absolute joy and delight.
- Misery. I find it almost impossible to read Stephen King – he’s too much for me – but Misery was a great movie – I’ve never trusted Cathy Bates since!
- The Shining – again a great movie. Who could ever forget Jack Nicholson?
- The Shawshank Redemption. I think I’ve seen it three times, I’ve only read the short story once.
- Brokeback Mountain. When I first read this book, I thought it was the loving-est love story I had ever read and I made everyone I knew read it too. I worried about a movie coming out but it was great, the two guys were marvelous and it looked lovely too.
“The shirt seemed heavy until he saw there was another shirt inside it, the sleeves carefully worked down inside Jack’s sleeves. It was his own plaid shirt, lost, he’d thought, long ago in some damn laundry, his dirty shirt, the pocket ripped, buttons missing, stolen by Jack and hidden here inside Jack’s own shirt, the pair like two skins, one inside the other, two in one. He pressed his face into the fabric and breathed in slowly through his mouth and nose, hoping for the faintest smoke and mountain sage and salty sweet stink of Jack but there was no real scent, only the memory of it, the imagined power of Brokeback Mountain of which nothing was left but what he held in his hands.”
“There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can’t fix it you’ve got to stand it.”
The most loving story I ever read; I made family and friends read it too – years before the movie, which I also enjoyed.
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN by Annie Proulx
- Jean de Florette et Manon des Sources – Claude Berri
- The Godfather 1 and 2 – Francis Ford Coppola
- Fargo – The Coen Brothers
- La Strada – Federico Fellini
- Some Like it Hot – Billy Wilder
- Babette’s Feast – Gabriel Axel
- Death in Venice – Luchino Visconti
- Volver – Pedro Almodóvar
- Gone with the Wind – David O Selznick
- La Belle et la Bete – Jean Cocteau
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
- There Will be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson
I’m going to stop here. There are still quite a lot of 2019 movies I’ve to see; I’ll probably have to rewrite the list again . . . Anyone else like to post a list?