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"Still my all-time favourite cinema experience, I think Jurassic Park hit when I was at the optimum age - old enough to appreciate it, young enough to be completely and utterly convinced by it. It's one of the earliest memories I have of enjoying being terrified by something. These days, if I catch any part of it on TV, I can't resist settling in for the whole thing.
And I don't know if it's objective truth or just the nostalgia speaking, but the T-Rex attack still holds up as one of the greatest ever set-pieces, and sets my neck-hairs on edge every time."
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
"Watched out of sequence before the first one (which I've probably come to prefer as a leaner thrill-ride), T2 was a staple of my childhood, and must've notched up an obscene number of viewings.
John Connor was the coolest kid imaginable (curtains, motorbike, Public Enemy T-shirt), Arnie was the coolest surrogate step brother imaginable, and Robert Patrick was one of those villains I genuinely believed couldn't be stopped, even on the umpteenth viewing. To be fair, several Schwarzenegger films probably deserve a spot on this list."
"One (or should that be two) of those films, that I feel speak directly to me, like they're inextricably linked to my DNA, as if I've got a connection with them that no one else could possibly have.
I know that's inherently ridiculous, but it doesn't lessen the impact, and every time I watch Sunrise or Sunset (and I'm guessing it'll be the same with Midnight), I feel like I'm hanging with an old friend. Hawke and Delpy have an unmatchable charisma, and each viewing always gets me.
The Dark Knight
"Probably the most rewatched film of my 'adult' life, I can't get bored of any of the film's in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
That TDK has a killer cast and the tension of a Michael Mann-esque thriller without sacrificing its inherent Batman-ness, is its greatest achievement. Another of those films that resonates as if it was tailor-made for me."
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
"Can probably be credited with getting me through my English GCSE. I was blown away by how vibrant, stylish and energetic it was: a literary love story that had guns and cool clothes and stuff. Rewatched it so many times in a limited space of time that I could quote it word-for-word."
"Throughout my life, Ghostbusters was different things to me: on my earliest viewing it felt like a documentary, later an action-horror.
Only much later did I realise it was a comedy. How it's not used as a template for every big blockbuster ever befuddles me. It's also the source of one of my most vivid VHS memories, as I taped it off the telly and the video ran out *just* before Stay-Puft arrived. Literally just. I had heard his footsteps and everything."
The Naked Gun
"No matter how many times I watched this (or 2 ½, or Police Squad), it had me breaking down in hysterics.
The potent combination of Leslie Nielsen's face, the incredible voiceover and the peerless sight gags is always a winner."
"Vying with Dirty Dancing for the Patrick Swayze spot on my list, Road House just edged it, if only for the tagline 'The dancing's over. Now it gets dirty.'
Not only was Swayze's zen-bouncer Dalton ridiculously badass, he taught me valuable life lessons, such as 'Pain don't hurt', and 'Nobody wins a fight.' Road House was also the film that introduced me to the more mature cool of Ben Gazzara and Sam Elliot. Real-life bars have never lived up to the Double Deuce."
"It wasn't just the technical wizardry that made Toy Story feel like a big step forward: the gags, the heart and the smart use of product placement did that.
The lack of song-and-dance numbers, combined with the abundance of inventive action sequences, meant my VHS copy earned its stripes before being retired for a DVD replacement. And as it harks back to bygone eras and childhoods outgrown, it's taken on additional poignancy as it's aged."
"While Galaxy Quest wouldn't actually sit that high on my favourite films of all time list, it has ridiculous amount of re-watch value (if mainly for the Sam Rockwell bits). Smarter and funnier than a Star Trek spoof had any right to be."