At the end of every year I set myself resolutions for the year ahead. They are depressingly familiar as I set them pretty much every year. I will start training for that 5K, eat healthier, and finally break the seal on that set of Spanish language CDs.
So, instead of feeling the usual crushing failure at the end of January when I realise I haven’t been for a run, all the healthy food has gone off in the fridge and can still only order beer and paella in Spanish, why not set some resolutions I can stick to – new year, new me?
What better way to do it than delve into some classic movies that I’ve never seen or are in desperate need of revisiting. I love running The Book, The Film, The T-Shirt but I find myself using all of my time watching the latest cinema, DVD and TV releases and forgetting about some of the classics from the past.
A Scorsese masterpiece, based on the life of real life gangster Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta) as he and his friends (Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci) work their way up through the hierarchy of the mob.
Before the Westworld TV series (which is excellent), there was the 1973 classic starring Yul Brynner. Like the series, visitors to an adult themed theme park find themselves in danger after the robots begin to malfunction.
Dirty Harry (1971)
The part that Clint Eastwood will always be best known for. Based loosely on the real life Zodiac killer, a serial killer calling himself Scorpio is wreaking havoc in San Francisco and Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is on the case with less than
Get Carter (1971)
Michael Caine’s break-out performance sees him play Jack Carter, who travels back to his home town to investigate the death of his brother and seeking vengeance.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
The Hitchcock classic sees two men’s lives become entangled as one of them proposes that they ‘trade’ murders to rid themselves of someone making their lives difficult.
You can buy these classics (and countless others) here.
I’ll still be working on my list of classic movies to watch during 2017. Watch this space for the reviews.