So since I am not sure quite how “inspired” is to be interpreted here is my best shot.
1. Citizen Kane
Yes I know it is a bit of a Film School Textbook answer but many things struck a chord with me, whether it be the gorgeous cinematography, the nuanced performances, or that it is one of those films which digs at the uncomfortable truth of human nature, but Orson Welles’ explodes with an air of arrogant and justified confidence.
2. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors
This one is very much down to the visuals which stick in your mind long after the film is over. Whether it be the use of shadows such as in the famous staircase and heart grabbing scene, the inversion from positive to negative when Hutter’s coach enters the land of the supernatural or even the appearance of the Count himself. The rodent like features of Orlock seem far more suited to a being who can change form to a Bat or a Wolf then the elegant sophisticated charm of later Vamps.
3. Carry On Follow That Camel
Although when I first watched this I had no idea it was a send up of a classic novel, it struck me as a comedy film with a series and strong storyline. What struck me about it was that it was being played relatively straight. Watching it back now there are lots of little things which bring a smile and I think the presence of Phil Silvers bought everyone’s game up.
Hey, we’re all allowed to fondly remember one naughty film which we watched in our teenage years. I think what struck me most about this was that it was how it was directed. It looks good visually throughout and in a way there is a sense of freedom about the titular (pun intended) character.
5. Strangers on a Train
Simply a masterclass in tension as the film builds and from a very simple premise.
A staple film of my childhood which didn’t disappoint when watching as I grew older. It really is a film for all the family on different levels.
7. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
The ultimate movie for a guy who loves corny jokes and visual nonsense. Leslie Neilson proves the secret to comedy is to treat it real and play it straight.
8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The harsh and cold reality of this movie acts as a counter to the fluff of Bond and The Avengers and influenced me in as much as saying, you can’t write it proper so don’t try.
9. The Evil Dead
The Zombie genre is not a favourite of mine but this movie struck me very much as being in the vein of the base-under-siege stories of Patrick Troughton’s second year as Doctor Who. It’s a simple yet effectively scary film because of it.
10. The Third Man
As a lover of Film Noir and British cinema this is one of my favourite films. The film teaches you a lot about how well do you know your friend.