5 must-see classics at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse this March
Gents, before we start praising the Errol Flynn Filmhouse for the five incredible classics they will be showing throughout March, let us first address a growing bugbear of ours; what constitutes the term ‘classic’? For us, the term is bestowed on something that has managed to stand the test of time. For example, the five films below are undoubtedly classics… Justin Bieber’s latest album however, not so much. Now don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against The Biebs, but chances are we won’t be advising gents to revisit his album in forty years time. We will however strongly encourage you to pay a visit to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse this March to catch some of these seminal films from days past.
Ahh Hitchcock, the master of suspense. It is this gent we can thank for a lot of what we enjoy in modern cinema and Vertigo is one of his most pivotal masterpieces. Whilst not highly regarded at the time, Vertigo has become a critic’s favourite over the years, garnering high praise from the likes of Roger Ebert. The film stars James Stewart as an acrophobic detective who investigates the strange behaviour of a friend’s wife whilst becoming increasingly obsessed by her. With stunning scenery of San Francisco, this is one for gents who enjoy their films to have a little more depth than just car chases and explosions – that’s right, we are looking at you Michael Bay.
North by Northwest
The second Hitchcock film on the list, North by Northwest is one of Hitchcock’s and one of cinema’s greatest spy thrillers. Winner of three Academy Awards, this espionage caper has Cary Grant play a man with the worst luck in the world. An unfortunate mix-up leads to Grant unwillingly being locked into a lethal game of cat and mouse. You may not be familiar with the film, but chances are you’ve seen scenes parodied by shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy – Family Guy actually dedicated an entire episode to the film.
When one of the most celebrated comedy films ever shot directly parodies a film, there is a good chance that film is a classic – if you do not get this reference, immediately watch Life of Brian after Spartacus. Starring Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas and directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick, Spartacus is a film of epic proportions. Set in ancient Rome, the story centres around Thracian Spartacus, a man sold into slavery and forced to fight as a Gladiator. Rejecting his fate, Spartacus leads a rebellion that results in a climatic final stand for their freedom. Winner of four Academy Awards and often cited as one of the best films ever made, this is a must-see for any gent.
Similar to North by Northwest, Rear Window is another classic that was parodied by The Simpsons, as well as a string of other shows and movies – there are an alarming amount of Hitchcock / Simpsons parodies, reinforcing both how influential Hitchcock was and how lazy the Simpson writers are. The enthralling murder mystery sees James Stewart play a photographer with a broken leg who is confined to his apartment. After spying on his neighbours, Stewart becomes convinced something sinister is afoot and that one of them has committed murder. Its gripping suspense will suck you in and its voyeuristic nature will likely have you twitching your curtains once you get home.
Can you dig it you jive turkeys? Sorry but it’s hard not to get caught up in the gritty world of 1970s New York with this cult classic. Set in the Bronx, the flick follows a gang wrongly accused of murder and fighting for their lives against the police and every rival gang in the city. With action around every corner New York street corner and an incredible soundtrack, The Warriors has fully earned its cult status. Gents, come out to play… sorry, we mean watch.