08 January, 2012

My Collection 10 by Russell

The Collection 10 series continues with Russell from Australia.

Those who are new, the aim of the series is for people to take 10 DVDs from their collection at home, photograph them, and write a line or two about them. They do not have to be favourites, but just movies that have a story behind them. You might like them, hate them, or till now didn’t even know you had them, it is all about letting everyone know a little about your likes and dislikes.

American History X
One of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. Edward Norton was beyond impressive in this. American History X was one of the very few select movies that I went to see 3 times at the cinema. A true power house of a film.

Any Given Sunday
I loved everything about this movie. I thought that Oliver Stone did a hell of a great job showing the American footballers as modern day gladiators. One of the best scenes is where Lauren Holly is yelling at Dennis Quaid in the kitchen about how she married a footballer…it’s terrifying!

Black Rain
There is nothing that I didn’t love about this movie. In fact I have one copy I purchased in Australia and another one that I purchased again in the States for the special features. Standout scene is Andy Garcia and Ken Takakura singing Ray Charles in the karaoke bar.

Chopper / Two Hands
Both of these movies revolutionised Australian cinema for me. They showed that Australia can make modern crime movies that can stand up to the rest of the world. They both have action, drama, and a distinct Aussie humour which made them a must have!

Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx showing a different side to their usual film roles. Michael Mann went above and beyond creating a isolated feel in a heavily populated city. The shoot out in the Korean bar is one of my favourites and could only be handled by Michael Mann. Also the movie has my favourite commentary track.

Falling Down
Personally this is my favourite Michael Douglas movie. He created an “everyman” character dealing with the frustrations of daily life by reacting in increasingly violent ways. The parallels between Douglas and Duvall are brilliant and multi-layered.  Quite easily in my top 5 movies of all time.

Play it to the Bone
I saw this at the cinema. I heard that Harrellson and Banderas hated each other during the filming so the fight scenes were real. It was a great movie. The first half is a character study of 2 friends preparing to fight each other and the second half is a full on action movie. Worth a watch.

Point Break
This movie is just a whole lot of fun! Keanu at the top of his game. Swayze is iconic as Bodhi. And starred Lori Petty too…whatever happened to Lori? It’s like the tagline says “100% pure adrenaline”. The question is, why wouldn’t you watch it?

The Godfather
What can I say about The Godfather. The great film of all time. No DVD collection is complete without it. Plain and simple.

Thank you Russell for taking out the time to do the post for Ticker Talks Film.  You can follow Russell on Twitter @Russell_Oz or view his blog www.137exactly.com. If you would like to share your Collection 10, please get in touch with me via Twitter (@raghavmodi)


  1. Agreed with your comments on American History X. Norton is amazing in it and I am also loving your awesome Godfather collection as you say, everyone should own a copy.

  2. So, I assume it's not a good idea to tell everyone that not only do I not own The Godfather, but I've never seen it? Hmmmm...

  3. Um what?

    Really Raghav? Someone who knows film as much as you do and you've never seen them? This will not stand...steps will need to be taken!

    And by steps I mean Godfather marathon! Watching all three films back to back to back!


  4. That is a very MANLY collection my friend!! I love it

  5. Great collection as Scott says very manly lol