From the earliest days of Graffiti with Punctuation co-founder Cam Williams and I were extremely passionate about celebrating the films universally considered to be the greatest films of all time. Cam’s idea for our ‘Five Star Film’ exploration initially followed the below mantra: “Welcome to five star films where we shine the spotlight on the greatest films of all time. People have been banging on about these films for years so rather than go over familiar ground we’ve picked the five reasons why they’re worthy of being labelled five star films.”
However as our team grew and our tastes became increasingly eclectic it became far harder to contain gush to five concise reasons, or especially when we were chatting to filmmakers, to expect that they could spout five reasons on a dime. Now our five star films vary from languid essays, desperately trying to articulate that nigh indefinable effect of movies that have an undeniable magic to fleeting proclamations from filmmakers that reach to the first film they think of, or like us, cannot shut up about a definitive influence.
Before we get to the whole list we have to get to the films that deserve the greatest films of all time moniker.
The film that’s received the FIVE STAR treatment the most with three (four including the Blake’s additional entry) separate entries:
Those that have received multiple entries:
The Godfather (two entries)
Taxi Driver (two entries)
Pulp Fiction (two entries)
And finally Raiders of the Lost Ark was a combined five star entry from four writers on the Graffiti team.
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We'll continue keep this list updated as new entries are added.
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BLAKE HOWARD IS A FILM CRITIC & THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/CO-FOUNDER OF AUSTRALIAN FILM BLOG GRAFFITI WITH PUNCTUATION . BLAKE IS THE HOST OF THE ONE HEAT MINUTE PODCAST. BLAKE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS ONLINE FILM CRITIC SOCIETY (AND A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNING COMMITTEE), IS A CO-HOST OF GAGGLE OF GEEKS ON SYDNEY'S 2SER COMMUNITY RADIO, A COLUMNIST AT THE AUSTRALIAN ONLINE INSTITUTION DARK HORIZONS AND SWAYS THE TOMATO METER WITH ROTTEN TOMATOES APPROVED REVIEWS.