Skyfall

Skyfall

It has already been a great year for British movies and with the likes of The World's End, Trap For Cinderella and A Field In England all on the way this summer it looks set to get even better.

The British movie industry has always churned out fantastic movies but over the last decade that just seems to be happening more and more.

So we take a look at some of the best Brit films that have hit the big screen in the last ten years - and boy are there loads to choose from.

- Skyfall

There is no other British movie of the last ten years that we could have started with other than Skyfall; the most successful James Bond movie of all time.

Skyfall hit the big screen last autumn and was a critical and commercial smash around the globe.

Sam Mendes was in the director's chair while Daniel Craig was back as 007 and together the delivered the best Bond movie ever.

This is a movie that both nods back to the past as well as looks to the future as director Sam Mendes blends the old and the new wonderfully.

Skyfall was robbed of a Best Picture nomination - if you can nominate ten movies then do so, don't just choose nine - but triumphed at the Baftas.

- Children Of Men

It was back in 2006 that Children Of Men hit the big screen as the P.D. James was brought to life by director Alfonso Cuarón.

The movie is set in a society that has become infertile and all hope for humanity is almost lost. The story follows Theo Faron who is brought back into the folds of activism to help a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

It is great to see a futuristic movie that doesn't have us driving strange space cars of wearing silly clothes - there is something very real and yet tired about the world that his movie is set it.

Children Of Men is a bleak, dark and rather violent look at the future and it really does make for a thrilling ride.

This movie is packed with some very intriguing and rather chilling themes and ideas and are all pulled together by a very talented filmmaker. This was easily one of the best movies of 2006.

- Atonement

Joe Wright is one of the most gifted British directors around at the moment and all of his movies so far have been top draw.

But Atonement is such a wonderful adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel of the same name as the director has stayed incredibly faithful to the original text.

The movie follows Briony Tallis as the lie that she tells when she is thirteen years old changes the live of the people around her.

It is part love story, part war epic as Wright has produced a complex and devastating story which combines the literary qualities of the novel with the highly polished acting and production values.

This is a grand and epic movie that contains some terrific performances from Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan.

Atonement is one of the best literary adaptations of recent years and shows just how exciting a filmmaker Joe Wright is.

- Submarine

Richard Ayoade is a talent that everyone seems to be talking about here in the UK as well as in the States and he made his feature film directorial debut back in 2011 with Submarine.

This coming of age drama is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne and follows Oliver Tate - he is trying to lose his virginity before his 16th birthday as well as put an end to a relationship between his mother and an ex-lover.

Richard Ayoade really seems to capture what it is like to be a teenager with this movie as he mixes angst, depression, freedom and first love in a way that hasn't been seen for some time.

This is a quirky and heart-warming movie from start to finish with a fantastic central performance from Craig Roberts.

Submarine was a movie that had the critics purring as Ayoade showed that he was a force behind the camera as well as in front of it.

- Hunger

One of the best directorial debuts of all time came in 2008 as Steve McQueen brought Hunger to the big screen.

The movie followed the true story of Bobby Sands, who leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

It's an intense and powerful movie as McQueen depicts, with unflinching determination, the horror conditions and degrading treatment that these men were forced to endure on a daily basis.

This was a movie that not only but McQueen on the map but also actor Michael Fassbender as he took on the role of Bobby Sands in the film.

It is a fearless and harrowing performance from Fassbender as he goes above and beyond the call of duty to show the drastic weight loss.

This is a dark and rather grim movie and yet it is a real triumph as it is compelling viewing from start to finish.

- Moon

Moon is one of my favourite British movies of all time as well as another wonderful directorial debut.

This was the first feature film of director Duncan Jones and starred Sam Rockwell as he plays Sam, who is living and working alone on the far side of the moon.

But as Sam is coming to the end of his three year stint he discovers that everything is not as it seems.

There is no flashy CGI, action set piece or huge fight scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat as Moon is very much an old fashioned psychological drama.

Set almost completely in the moon base it gives the film a claustrophobic and restricted feel that’s incredibly powerful and gripping - this really is one of the best science fiction movies of all time.

It also contains a fantastic central performance from Sam Rockwell as he is the only actor on screen.

From start to finish Moon is a wonderful and rather heart-breaking story that showed Duncan Jones was a directing talent to keep a close eye on.

Other movies that you need to check out include Pride and Prejudice, Nowhere Boy, Shaun of the Dead, Red Road and Fish Tank; to name bit a few.


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