James' Favourites

These films bring me joy, make me think, and create wonder. Maybe they'll do that for you too.

The Prestige (2006)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, D...

Two budding magicians start out as friendly competitors and end up deadly enemies in this hypnotic, turn of the century thriller from director Christo... Read more

The Trip (2010)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley, Rob Brydon

After Steve (Steve Coogan) is commissioned by The Observer to review half a dozen restaurants, he decides to plan a trip around the North of England w... Read more

The Trip to Italy (2014)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

The trip is back for a whole new slate of impression competitions. Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom reteams with comedy duo Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon... Read more

The Trip to Spain (2017)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

Steve and Rob sample the restaurants and hotels of the Spanish coastline, trading jokes and impressions over their lunches. Read more

The World's End (2013)

Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Eddie Ma...

For Gary King (Simon Pegg) and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), it was supposed to be the ultimate reunion - one night, five friends, twelve bars. A boozy... Read more

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Paul Rodriguez, Annie Whittle, Aaron Murphy, Walton...

In 1967, at the age of 68, Invercargill-born Burt Munro broke the land speed record on the salt flats of Utah, fulfilling a life-long dream and settin... Read more