Melancholia

Melancholia (2011) opens up with a beautifully crafted prologue featuring some stunning abstract imagery, soundtracked by Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. This use of orchestral music is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), which featured music by Richard Strauss; a composer who was greatly influenced by Wagner. The links between these musical choices could be interpreted …

Pulp Fiction

The cultural impact of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) is unquestionably impressive and far-reaching. References, tributes and homages to the movie can be found everywhere from countless “Pulp Fiction Wedding First Dance” videos on Youtube, to Harvey Keitel (oh, Harvey) turning up as Winston Wolf in, of all things, a Direct Line (2014) advert:

The Wild Bunch

Ordinarily, I’m not a huge fan of Westerns, but The Wild Bunch (1969) isn’t any old Western. It pushed the boundaries of the genre and played with the audience’s expectations of what they’d see in a Western. As a result, the film and its director, Sam Peckinpah, have unsurprisingly become pretty influential on the next …