There is a reason that I have a Hall of Fame page that is dedicated to movies that I gave 5 Chilli Peppers to, and that's because I find it so hard to compare movies from different genres against each other. If someone asks me what my favourite movie is, I usually respond with 'that depends on which genre you're talking about.'
If I could have the option of choosing a favourite in each genre, then I could definitely tell you my favourites without any trouble at all:
DRAMA: Manchester by the Sea
HORROR: Rosemary's Baby
SCIENCE FICTION: Interstellar
WAR: Inglourious Basterds
SUPER: Avengers: Endgame
CRIME/ACTION: No Country for Old Men
ART HOUSE: Youth
FOREIGN: The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
FANTASY: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
ROMANCE: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
KID FRIENDLY: Kubo and the Two Strings
So why are these my favourite films when I have so many more listed on my Hall of Fame that are also 5 Chilli Peppers worthy? Well that's easy, these are the movies that I go back to time and time again and always enjoy them just as much as I did the first time that I watched them. All of them had an effect on me in one way or another and all of them left me pondering after I had seen them. I guess that I really don't have one favourite movie of all time, I actually have 13, which also happens to be my lucky number!
Release Date: 1968
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 136 mins
A truly brilliant psychological horror from Roman Polanski. Rosemary's Baby is a modern gothic tale, dark and mysterious and set in hip 1960's Manhattan; this is a film that will get you thinking and leave you thinking long after the credits have rolled.
Rosemary and husband Guy are expecting their first child and have just moved into a new apartment. They are quickly befriended by an enthusiastic elderly couple who also live in the building, Roman and Minnie. However, Rosemary soon becomes suspicious of their motivations and what follows is a series of eerie interludes and states of increasing paranoia.
This is thinking man's horror, subtle and disturbing in every way. Unlike so many horror films of the 60's and 70's, this film is not reliant on anything crass or cheap, there is a sophistication in its insidious tone that horror films struggle to match even today.
Mia Farrow is very convincing as Rosemary, her slight frame making her an even more vulnerable target. And Ruth Gordon steals the show as the fast talking oldie Minnie. Not just for horror fans, Rosemary's Baby is worthy cinema for all.
FINAL SAY: Chalky Chocolate Mousse.
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