Film Quizzes: One Word Films

I watched Casablanca again recently. It’s obvious why it’s considered one of the definitive classics. It got me thinking what other really awesome one word films there are. Turns out, more than you might realise. How many did you get? Any others you like that aren’t on the list?

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films Film1 1. (1920s)

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films 2. (1930s)

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films Film3 3. (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films Film4 4. (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films Film5 5. (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films Film6 6. (1980s)

Amadeus 7. (1980s)

Goodfellas 8. (1990s)

Se7en 10. (1990s)

memento 11.(2000s)

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films Film11 11. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Awesome One Word Films Film12 12. (2000s)

Up 13. (2000s)

INCEPTION 14. (2010+)

Argo 15. (2010+)

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Film Quiz: Loners

I haven’t done a film quiz for a long time. After such a long gap there were plenty of categoeis I could have chosen, but as my favourite film of the past few years was Nightcrawler (you can read my review here), it seemed right to chose loners as the theme. There are actually more on screen than you might imagine. Some are harmless, some deadly. Some are charming, some tortured. Please feel free to let me know how you do, if you have any favourites or even if there are any you think could have been added to the list.

Film quiz 16 1. (1930s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 1 2. (1950s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 2 3. (1960s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 13 4. (1960s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 4 5. (1970s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 6 6. (1970s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 3 7. (1970s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 5 8. (1980s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 7 9. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 14 10. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 15 11. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 8 12. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 9 13. (2000s)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 11 14. (2010+)

Film Quiz - Loners Film 12 15. (2010+)

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Film Quizzes: Germany

With a reminder for those interested in participating in my Foreign Favourites series included, I’ve decided to do a quiz highlighting some of the phenomenal films outside of the English language. The six films below are shining examples of Germany’s sense of creativity, culture and history. See how many of the ausgezeichnet (excellent) films below you recognise.

Film Quizzes - German Film 1 (1930s)

Film Quizzes - Germany Film 2 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Germany Film 3 (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Germany Film 4 (2000+)

Film Quizzes - Germany Film 5 (2000+)

Film Quizzes - Germany Film 6 (2000+)

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Foreign Favourites Series: M

There are many things I like about J James and his site. Not only does he give extremely perceptive reviews of the latest films out, but he also includes films from previous eras. He isn’t intimidated by a film’s reputation and you can trust him to give his honest and intelligent opinion on aspects you wouldn’t even think about. I’m delighted he has decided to participate in the series.

M Film poster


Directed By: Fritz Lang; Written By: Fritz Lang & Thea von Harbou
Year of Release: 1931
Language: German
Country of Release: Weimar Republic

M ChildrenPlot Synopsis

A child murderer, whose crimes are carefully planned and deliberately executed, terrorizes Berlin for more than half a year. After the killer claims another victim, police are under intense pressure to finally catch him, but their increased efforts get them no closer to an arrest, and the city’s passions are stoked.

M Mirror

My Opinion

Made as film was transitioning from silence to talkies, M, the first serial killer movie, bears the mark of its noiseless predecessors. It has a silent movie’s exaggerated performances, chapter transitions and contemplative pacing. Even more obviously, the audio sometimes cuts out, leaving us to view disturbing images without accompanying sound. Whether or not it is deliberate audio design, it helps establish a discomforting and uneasy tone, one that permeates the entire picture.

Writer/Director Fritz Lang makes us feel Berlin’s panic and grief at the mysterious deaths of beloved children, deaths no one seems able to prevent or undo. From the opening, where children sing a disturbing nursery rhyme, through the next few minutes when a child, Elsie Beckmann (Inge Landgut), stops to read a poster detailing the central mystery, through nearly all of M’s first half, Lang’s emotional acuity is impressive. His early choices contribute to making the audience so psychologically uncomfortable that we long for vengeance, just like the killer’s victims.

M Peter Lorre

That is when M becomes worthy of its status as a Classic. Just as our anger is most stoked, just when we most want someone to capture the killer, Lang slowly deconstructs the city’s reaction, as well as our own. By depicting mob mentality and badly placed police attention, Lang unflinchingly shows the mistakes otherwise good people can make during times of extreme stress. In fact, the director eventually makes us sympathize with the murderer and question the victims, a one hundred eighty degree transition that could be some of the best psychological filmmaking ever.

Franz Lang deserves much of the credit, but not all of it. The rest goes to actor Peter Lorre, who plays the killer, Hans Beckert, with such careful scene-chewing exaggeration that we understand the man’s psychosis, fear and mental instability. It is a powerhouse performance that captures Lang’s intent and hammers home the picture’s themes.

Themes just as relevant today as they were in 1931. What is the difference between justice and vengeance? How should we treat or punish criminals with mental illnesses? What are the best ways to ensure children are safe but also free to form their own identities? And more. Modern society hasn’t answered these questions any more effectively than depression-era society had, which means M remains a powerful artistic achievement, even eighty-plus years after its creation.


In other words, M is superlative.

But it is not quite perfect. In focusing so much on societal reaction to Beckert’s crimes, the film introduces countless characters, many of which blend together. Moreover, given that Beckert has eluded investigation for the better part of a year, the people looking for him might identify him a touch too easily.

That said, the flaws are incredibly minor. This is a dynamic film, and one I cannot recommend more strenuously.

Final verdict: A

My thanks to the very cool J James for his wonderful review. I saw this film a while ago at college and was blown away by how good it was. I’m desperate to see it again having read this. If you’re interested in contributing, feel free to get in touch.