This is all rather self explanatory, from time to time a film will come along that pretty much grabs you by the throat and changes your understanding between yourself and the medium. These films become more than the sum of their parts and the traditional viewer, voyeur relationship with the frenzy on the wall becomes inseparable with the object of your vision, it becomes a living organism that defines and maps out your life. You begin to think of these films as people despite their abstract properties, you can quote verbatim from them, you see poetry where others see sets, actors, camera angles and props, the lines aren't blurred, they've just become clear and in that clarity love blossoms.
Films I Can't Live Without, is just that, a celebration of my favourite films over the years. I believe it will be lighthearted in tone compared to my normal reviews, which are more disciplined in approach and execution, the Films I Can't Live Without series should reflect my love for the film in question. By no means am I trying to say these are the best films ever made, although it will feature highly acclaimed pieces of work from time to time, but more of what makes me tick, what tickles, floors, devastates and moves me. Of course this is not new, maybe some of you reading this are already thinking he's copying Ed Howard at Only the Cinema, or maybe he's nicked that idea from Jeremy Richey at Moon in the Gutter, who as far as I can tell never gives anything away that hasn't come directly from the heart and you know what, you're right on both accounts. If you're going to steal, steal from the best, to both Ed and Jeremy I thank you.
There will be no rhyme or reason to my choices, except those I give in my declarations of love, all I can promise you is that I will speak from the heart. I attempt to make no friends or enemies with this project, this is for me and me alone and as the series builds through the months, the years, a picture should form and maybe I'll be able to start making sense of what's going on here; for me this is the cheapest kind of therapy.
Films will be listed below as the series progresses
#1 - The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)