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Matthew Thrift

Matthew Thrift is a freelance film writer and actor. He contributes to Little White Lies, The Guardian, bfi.org.uk and is editor of UK film blog, Cinephile.

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  • 8 things we learned from Star Wars Day

    Special guests and awe-inspiring fancy dress made back-to-back screeenings of the original Star Wars trilogy at BFI Southbank a day to remember. Here’s what we’ll take away from it.

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Features

  • The 10 best Disney films

    No two lists of the greatest Disney animated films could ever be the same: each generation grows up with a different era of movies and we all have our memories and preferences. How many of these 10 do you agree with?

    Friday, December 5, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s

    In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyptic space adventures. As Invasion of the Body Snatchers returns to cinemas, we count down 10 of the best.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Lists

  • The 10 best Peter Lorre performances

    From his astonishing debut as the child-killer in Fritz Lang’s M, Peter Lorre went on to become one of Hollywood’s best-recognised character actors. As a BFI Southbank season pays tribute, here’s a run down of his 10 greatest appearances.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great wuxia (swordplay) films

    Based in a centuries-old genre of Chinese literature, the wuxia martial arts movie takes place in a world of swords, sorcery, chivalry and romance. Here are 10 of its jaw-dropping milestones.

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great kung fu films

    Ahead of our celebration of Chinese genre cinema at BFI Southbank, we gave one eager apprentice a task of deep reflection: to whittle down a 10-strong list of killer kung fu movies.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great First World War films

    With the definitive screen version of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms returning to cinemas to mark the centenary of the First World War, eyes front for our list of 10 of the best films set during World War I.

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great chase films

    From silent comedies to modern action blockbusters, cinema has always thrived on the thrill of pursuit. Catch your breath while we go after 10 essential chase movies.

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great Christmas horror films

    Deck the cinematic halls with boughs of blood-soaked holly. These 10 festive viewing treats channel the dark side of Christmas.

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Lists

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