The Top Five:
5. Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003)
Richard Curtis, best known for scripting Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral, makes his directorial debut with this frothy, multi-character concoction, set in London during the five weeks prior to Christmas. Some of Curtis' first-time flourishes do grate on the nerves, with so many stars – including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth and Keira Knightley, among others – headlining so many separate plot threads that not everything's bound to stick. The devil, of course, is in the details – how, for instance, the character situations tend to mirror each other (the English horndog who fantasizes about American girls, the American who's settled in England for personal reasons but has no time for relationships... that sort of thing), or its unwavering belief that love does indeed conquer all. And if the climax lays on the sentiment a little thick, well, that's love for you, actually.
4. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulainhaun (Amélie) (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
3. (500) Days Of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)
2. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
1. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
There you go, ladies and lads - something all of you should be able to comment on. Movie-wise, have any of you been so lucky in love? Don't be shy, let me know what you think! If I sound a little excited, that's because I've got big news... there's only one more of these to go! Look at that, a project I'll actually finish. Up last: Science-Fiction/Fantasy. Strap in and hold tight.