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3 Days To Kill

There has been a fashion, which has recently spiked in popularity, of mixing what would otherwise seem odd combinations into winning (and therefore original) formulas. Last year for my birthday I enjoyed the signature dish at Londons “Duck And Waffle” which was precisely that plus a fried egg and maple syrup. It sounds wrong but Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2014

Bullitt

As the nights are drawing darker and colder who would blame anyone for wanting to get their film fix from the comfort of their own home. So like my previous review, The Conversation, here’s another classic again set in the streets of San Francisco.

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Posted in 1960's, DVD | Leave a comment

The Conversation

The film has a clever way of being simple, subtle and subliminal and yet so very captivating, complex and conniving

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Posted in 1970's | Leave a comment

Argo

Widely tipped by many to be a contender for 2013’s Best Film at the Academy, this story (based on true events) tells of an audacious plan to rescue 6 diplomats from a recently revolutionised and dangerous Iran. Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) was a real-life CIA operative who was tasked with exfiltrating the six, who had Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012

Skyfall

I’m hard pushed to think of any franchise, even Rocky, that has reached number 23 and yet Bond is back for just such gruelling treatment. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film was almost not made after MGM hit major financial troubles and had to suspend the project. But today finally saw its general release here Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012 | Tagged as: ,

The Long Good Friday

Any discussion about the Brit-gangster genre is going to contain heavy references to this film. And I can now say, having finally watched it, that I can be party to those discussions! It’s evident to me now where Guy Ritchie gets his inspiration and indeed why they cast who they did in Lock, Stock and Click here to read more…

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Posted in DVD

Death and the Maiden

I have never seen the play and was keen to find out what all the fuss was about. Having watched a string of play adaptations to film of late I thought it would be the perfect excuse for me to review the film version directed by Roman Polanski. As I’ve mentioned in a previous review, Click here to read more…

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Posted in 1990's, DVD, Halloween | Leave a comment

Berberian Sound Studio

It was a tweet from Mark Kermode that prompted me to check out this film. Perhaps I had my hopes raised too much. Toby Young stars in this horror drama from writer/director Peter Strickland about an English sound operator who gets a big break at an Italian Sound studio making sound FX for a film. Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012, Halloween | Leave a comment

Sexy Beast

This classic from FilmFour tells the story of Cal (Ray Winstone) an ex bank robber who has retired to Spain, but gets contacted to do one last job. He’s ready to say “No”, but when he hears that Don Logan is coming over in person to “persuade” him , a heavy Eastenders atmosphere descends. Cue Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2000 - 2009, DVD

Prometheus

As I was leaving the Imax after watching a midnight showing of Prometheus last night, there was lively, nay angry chatter from some of the audience members. One chap even exclaimed at the top of his voice that the experience had been worse than Star Wars – The Phantom Menace. I was instantly reminded of Click here to read more…

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Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment