Posted at 4:07 PM on January 31, 2007
by Euan Kerr
What makes the list even better is the suggestions from readers which follow.
I have been trying to think what I might add to the list, but have a problem in that they've already got "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." It's the adaptation of Tom Stoppard's stage play, which considers the fate of two minor characters in Hamlet. Stoppard himself directed Gary Oldman and Tim Roth in the film, and it's simply a delight.
Also on the list, "Shallow Grave" which must be one of the most believably creepy movies to ever come out of Britain, which also serves to launch Ewan McGregor and the crew that later brought us "Trainspotting."
Anyway, I now have a bunch more films to add to my 'want to see' list, (as if that was ever in danger of drying up.)
To any best-films-you've-never-seen list I would cheerfully add "The Whole Wide World".
It was a smartly-written indie film from 1996 about pulp writer Robert E Howard. It starred a pre-"Law and Order" Vincent D'Onofrio and a pre-"Jerry McGuire" Renee Zellweger.
It was in only a handful of theaters for about five minutes, but worth tracking down on video.