Gyakuten Saiban ('Ace attorney', Takashi Miike, 2012)


I adore the Ace Attorney video games. Ever since they saw their western release on the Nintendo DS in 2005, they've swept me and countless other fans along with the adventures of rookie defense attorney Phoenix Wright, out to prove the innocence of his hapless clients. Might it not be dull to follow an interactive, procedural courtroom drama, you wonder? Far from it. The genius move developer Capcom made was to recontextualize the proceedings of a trial as epic bouts of fighting between the lawyers – clawing their way back from the abyss of defeat, throwing around evidence in fury and engaging in explosive questioning.

Clue (Jonathan Lynn, 1985)

Communism was just a red herring!

After his marquee role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tim Curry seemed set to conquer Hollywood. It was the mid-70s and the young actor was bristling with his trademark maniacal energy. Alas, what  lay in store for him was not the stardom he deserved, but an endless parade of parts for odd villains and quirky side-characters. I think Curry was too bizarre, too British, and his intonation too unique to entice anyone to let him play the lead.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony and Joe Russo, 2014)

 Offering some of the finest destruction of hardware since the Death Star

No one has ever done what Marvel Studios are doing. Merely consider how wildly ambitious their plan: to construct a vast universe in which various superheroes, each with their own line of movies, come together in overlapping ways, split up in multiple phases spanning years and years of planning and releases. There have now been no less than nine films since the release of what was ostensibly the first shot fired in their scheme; Iron Man in 2008.

Le Grand Restaurant (Jacques Besnard, 1966)

Sechs Eier, Salz, Butter, und…? Muskatnuss!

He is perhaps the quintessential French comedian: Louis de Funès. He starred in countless humorous classics, the most well-known of which his legendary ‘Gendarmes’ series. Le Grand Restaurant is of a later date than this, and stars Funès at his absolute best. It is also a much funnier film and deserves recognition.