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Feature: blanket give us their favourite films

With cinematic post-rock act blanket releasing their new album How To Let Go on the 18th May and the recent stunning documentary ‘Fragments Of A Dream’, a short film about their northern hometown (Blackpool) shot and sound-tracked entirely by the band themselves, we thought we’d catch-up with bassist Matt Sheldon to find out his favourite films.

 

 

Blade Runner

 

This is probably a bit of a popular answer I guess, but Blade Runner is just such a fantastic movie. I can’t think of many movies that combine unreal visuals with the sounds of basically the best score of all time courtesy of Vangelis. There’s certainly problematic elements to the movie, like really should we be rooting for a guy like Deckard based on some of his actions? Maybe not, but this is just one of the many open ended questions that the movie asks, which is a big part of what makes it such a fascinating watch.

 

 

Halloween

 

The original slasher; everything else is just a cheap imitation. All the crutches and clichés of slasher movies and similar pre-date to this era of horror cinema and Halloween is probably the greatest example of this. Whether it’s the first characters who have sex being the first to die or the virgin character of Jamie Lee-Curtis being the one to slay the killer using a phallic object. Again, one of the major things that makes this movie is John Carpenter’s fantastically haunting score, which is truly the element that completes this movie.

 

 

Dancer In The Dark

 

A truly heart wrenching and brutal movie, an unbelievable performance from Bjork and, whereas with most of his work Lars Von Trier tries to be controversial or question our morality, here he presents an honest and beautifully written story, filled with interesting characters and an emotional journey. Obviously, it is a Von Trier movie, so it’s still dark, but it isn’t dark for the sake of it like people might argue about some of his other work. Again, the music is fantastic, mostly scored by Bjork – the music drives the emotions of the story throughout, and leaves us with a unique and graceful work of art.

 

 

Chungking Express

 

Wong Kar-wai is a man best known for his beautifully shot martial arts epics, which – as lovely as they are to look at – have never done a great deal for me, therefore I went into this movie apprehensively but was more than pleasantly surprised. Both the stories of the movie are great but particularly the bizarre love story between the cop and the girl on the food counter. Wong Kar-wai manages to somehow find similar epic beauty in the way he does from open spaces in his martial arts movies, but in a crowded city environment, finding beauty in a different setting, which compliments the unconventional romances of the piece.

 

 

Robocop

 

It’s just the greatest story ever told. There’s something about robot movies in the eighties which just does it for me, it’s a close one between this and The Terminator, I thought it might be too similar to talk about both. Robocop is almost definitely the more fun of the two though. While The Terminator is dark and brooding, Robocop is just wacky madness. Both of them though, it must be said, have incredible scores. “Can you flyyyyy Bobby?”

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