Great plot? Good scriptwriting? Award winning acting? Breath-taking cinematography? Clever editing?
The answer is it's different things to different people. Here are our replies to the question 'What is your favourite film?'
Alex - Company Manager
I'll go with The Usual Suspects. Great plot, acting and execution - everything converges neatly in a way that feels rare and excellent. Benicio del Toro is particularly hilarious and Pete Postlethwaite nails Kobayashi. You should be able to buy a Sat Nav for your car with the voice of each character - "give me the keys..."
Becca - Waterloo Training Centre Co-Ordinator
One of my favourite films is 'Big Fish' by Tim Burton. Quite hard to decide but this is one film that I can watch any time. It's balance between reality and whimsical imagination in a Fathers retelling of his life to his son reminds me of my own family. Though quite dark at points (as with all Burton films) the spectacle and vibrancy of Edward Bloom's remembered adventures rings true with how I remember certain times in my life and in stories from my Grandfather, though if we were confronted with them again I doubt they were as colourful as we recall them.
Sandip - Finance Manager
I like comedy and love martial arts films and my favourite amongst them is Shaolin Soccer. I remember watching it first about 10 years ago and I laughed so much. It's stupid but funny, and has a weird but amazing combination of kung fu with football. To me, its one of the best comedy film ever.
Jules - Account Manager
I first watched this when I was 19 and it really chimed with me. It is extremely well written, funny and poignant with characters who are very familiar, it is also extremely quotable. On one level it illustrates the humour found in a debauched lifestyle, below the surface though, there is much more going on. It's a fantastic study of friendship, innocence lost and the times in life that shape you. When Withnail stands alone, drenched in rain in Regent's Park, quoting Hamlet to an imaginary audience - it gets me every time. We all move on in life and often leave good people behind us. This film captures that moment beautifully.
Nora - Training Course Co-ordinator
Firstly, I am a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan and I believe Rear Window is his best work. I watched this film for the first time when I was young and I loved idea of looking in on your neighbours and learning about them from a distance. I had never lived in an apartment before so that lifestyle was really exciting and foreign to me. The whole concept of the film is so clever and scary but not in a gory way. Some scenes are so suspenseful you find yourself totally tense! That is what makes this film so great.
Julian - Joint MD
My favourite film is Apocalypse Now. Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece is still the most powerful piece of cinema I have seen. Set during the Vietnamese war at the end of the 60s, the film is an exploration of madness, morality and human behaviour. Coppola made a friend of horror in the jungle and it rewarded him with something astonishing. I guess most people have seen Apocalypse Now, but if you haven't done so, make sure you see it in a cinema (not on TV or a computer). You'll see why.
Ruth - Sales executive
This is a very hard question, as I love so many films and it depends on my mood. But I think, over all my favourite film is 'Leon' - directed by Luc Besson. I first watched it as a teenager, and the story made quite an impact on me and stuck with me ever since. It's about a 12 year old girl called Mathilda who's family is murdered, including her younger brother. She is taken in by Leon, a recluse and skilled hitman who teaches her the basics of 'cleaning' so she can seek revenge on the men that murdered her little brother. I really love the characters and the endearing bond that is formed between a young girl and a misunderstood man that kills for a living- although there is also an underlying and controversial question of how they really for each other. It is gripping, graphically violent, funny and tragic. Everything I like in a film!
Ailsa - Joint MD
I've seen it so many times, and yet whenever it's on TV I watch it again and it ALWAYS makes me cry. Every time. It's a great cast, Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winder playing a dysfunctional mother and daughter. And Jack Nicholson doing what he does best - being trouble with a capital T. With such great lines and great acting it's no wonder it won 5 Academy Awards and 4 Golden Globes.
Rob - Final Cut, Premiere and Photoshop trainer
My favourite film is Waltz With Bashir. It was the first animated documentary of its kind and uses a visual method very similar to rotoscoping. The documentary follows Ari Folman (the film's director) as he tried to piece together his memories of the First Lebanon War. The film is visually beautiful and is scored by the incredible Max Richter. There is a dream sequence within the film that is in my opinion one of the greatest scenes in modern cinema.
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