100 Word Review – Leon (1994)

This film should be compulsory viewing. It’s that simple.

Leon (Jean Reno) a reclusive professional assassin reluctantly takes in a young girl, Mathilda (an 11 year old Natalie Portman in her feature film debut) after her family is murdered by a corrupt FBI agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman).

Written and directed by the truly talented Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), this is part buddy film, part shoot-em up action drama. There is even a little romance.

It is beautifully shot, completely compelling, exciting and quite simply a wonderful film. I am not surprised it has made it to #27 on IMDb’s Top 250 List.

100 Word Review – Dracula (1958)

Everyone knows the story of Dracula.

Not to be confused with the Gary Oldman one, or the Bela Lugosi one, or the Jonathan Rhys Myers one, or the Frank Langella one, and definitely not the Gerard Butler one (what were they thinking?), this is The Christopher Lee One.

Hammer Horror has an indisputable visual style that doesn’t fall into “naturalistic”. But who wants a naturalistic fantasy film? This is about escape! And blood, obviously.

The end result is a film akin to the Victorian penny dreadfuls; dramatic, passionate and satisfying. Trust me, once you’ve seen this one, you’ll be hooked.

100 Word Review – The Fifth Element (1997)

If you are looking for an entertaining Sci Fi with an awesome cast, look no further.

Written and directed by the profoundly talented Luc Besson (Leon), it stars Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas, a taxi driver in the 23rd Century  who must help “perfect being” Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) save the world and escape from the evil Zorg (Gary Oldman in the most amazing headpiece you are ever likely to see). Chris Tucker makes an appearance as Ruby Rhod, the universe’s most annoying radio DJ.

It has action, comedy, romance, music and some very repeatable one-liners (MULTI-PASS!). This is a no-brainer.