Try as I might, I cannot get the bold type off of this post, so I apologise for that.
Can you imagine how many films start with the letter A, or contain it in the title? Neither could I, so I looked it up. It’s a lot…
As with every day of this challenge, I will not attempt to list all films with this letter, or even try to pick more than a few to consider. I will just mention some that have stuck in my mind, and pick a current favourite containing A. Please add your own choices in the comments below.
No look at the letter A would be complete without considering the ‘Alien’ franchise. Some might argue that the sequel, ‘Aliens’, was a rare example of a second film in a series being better than the first. (Think ‘The Godfather’, for a similar comparison.) For me, the original Ridley Scott film still stands out. It was something oh-so very different at the time, and the atmosphere on the Nostromo has rarely been bettered, as far as I am concerned. Another one I considered for A was the gritty cop thriller ‘Across 110th Street'(1972). Not only setting the trend for so many similar cop films that would follow, this also has a memorable soundtrack. The British film about pilots in WW1, ‘Aces High’ (1976) is a particular favourite of mine, with a superb performance from Malcolm McDowell. But it is something of a niche interest, I admit.
My fondness for world cinema is also well-known on this blog, so I might well have considered a foreign language film to highlight this letter. One that was on my mind was Pedro Amodovar’s outstanding 1999 work, ‘All About My Mother’. I soon realised that this challenge was almost impossible, and that I was not going to be able to choose just one. But I had to, so here it is.
After a lot of research on films for the first of these posts, I decided to abandon that, and go with the one that kept popping into the forefront of my mind. Made in 1951, Billy Wilder’s ‘Ace In The Hole’ gave us not only one of the best performances from Kirk Douglas, but also delivered a scathing indictment of trash journalism that is still relevant today. The exploitation of a man trapped in a cave, and the media circus that ensues, has stayed with me since I was a teenager, when I first watched this film. For those of you who may never have heard of it, I urge you to seek it out.