I actually only saw this film a couple of months ago, after a few people told me I had to watch it. The fact that it's shot in one take is mind blowing enough on its own, but the way the plot progresses and the atmosphere that's created had me completely gripped. The step up in intensity happens so quickly and it all gets perfectly chaotic. The soundtrack, written by Nils Frahm, is incredible too. One of my favourite films, set in one of my favourite cities, with music by one of my favourite artists.
Another film with a beautiful score, this time courtesy of Arcade Fire. Her is really clever in its presentation of love. The whole concept of falling in love with an operating system, although pretty strange, just enables you to see love in a whole new light. There's a beauty in the simplicity of the pair's relationship and it highlights a refreshing return to a more playful, natural way of feeling. It parallels the main theme of my new EP and watching it really helped develop some of my lyrical ideas. The film is pieced together brilliantly and some of the cinematography is breathtaking.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Quite different to my first two choices but I've always loved this film. I watch it far too much. I love The Breakfast Club and probably watch Home Alone at least 4 times around the Christmas period, but Ferris Bueller's Day Off is my favourite of John Hughes' films. There's just a lighthearted, fun feel to it and I've always wished I was as cool as Ferris.
I've watched this a ridiculous amount of times too. It's just hilarious. I love the fashion, the humour and all the re-usable quotes. Also, I've applied most of those moves from the Jamiroquai dance scene to my live performance.
There are so many films that could/should make this top 5 but my mind has gone blank and I'm only really thinking of films I've watched this year. Amelie is definitely one of my favourites though. I watched it again recently after a trip to Paris and remembered how well made it is. The plot moves along superbly and the film just has a special charm to it. Interesting cinematography, the beautiful setting of Montmartre and another sublime soundtrack. Great film.
Notable exclusions: Into The Wild, Donnie Darko, The Truman Show, Submarine, Brooklyn, and Searching for Sugar Man.
Henry Green's new single 'Closer' is out now and can be streamed below. It's the first track from his forthcoming Real EP.