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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty of 2013 has a passing resemblance to Danny Kaye’s of 1947, and none at all to James Thurber’s original creation (in which a hen-pecked husband, who inhabits a short story about five pages long, is sent out to buy overshoes and dog biscuits while his wife has...
December 23rd, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Brazil (1985)

Brazil (1985)
I can’t remember who it was, it may have been director Terry Gilliam himself or it may have been written in a review I read a long time ago, but I always remember someone describing Brazil as “the best adaptation of 1984 that isn’t called 1984.” It’s true. Brazil remains...
December 23rd, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Lovelace (2013)

Lovelace (2013)
Peter Sarsgaard is Chuck, Chris Noth is Anthony Romano, Bobby Cannavale is Butchie Peraino, Hank Azaria is Gerry Damiano and Adam Brody is Harry Reems. If you don’t know the names, although the last one should give it a way, then that doesn’t matter, because this is all about the name given...
December 23rd, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
The classic Mad Max franchise must be said to comprise proper cult movies. There is a new Mad Max movie on the way; will it be commercial tripe or something akin to the old movies? Almost certainly the former, but we shall see. The first of the Mad Max movies that I saw was the […]
December 22nd, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Supergirl (1984)

Supergirl (1984)
A spin-off from the Superman movie series that was destined to launch a new franchise until, ironically, it never took off, Supergirl isn’t actually all THAT bad. It’s bad, but bad in an enjoyable, kitschy way. And there’s a great cast to compensate for the weak material. Helen Slater...
December 22nd, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun (1986)
Tom Cruise wears sunglasses a lot, and gives his biggest grin. Jets fly too close to one another. Kelly McGillis is at her most gorgeous (well, with this movie and Witness). Berlin keep gatecrashing the soundtrack with “Take My Breath Away” before the coolness of Sir Kenny Loggins cuts in....
December 21st, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Running Scared (1986)

Running Scared (1986)
While it’s not quite as much fun to watch nowadays, Running Scared is still a sorely neglected action comedy that holds up as one of many great buddy cop movies to come from the 1980s. Of course, many buddy cop movies have since been overshadowed and neglected thanks to the greatness of Lethal...
December 20th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Highlander (1986)

Highlander (1986)
It’s hard to think of a much-loved action movie that’s as silly as Highlander, but that just might be part of its main appeal. Even before we get to the set-pieces, it’s worth remembering that this is the movie that decided to cast a well-known French actor (American by birth) as the...
December 19th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
*** Contains Spoilers *** Rossini is supposed to have said of Wagner that he had some wonderful moments, but dreadful quarter-hours. You might say the same thing of Peter Jackson: there is something Bayreuthian about the excess of everything in his Hobbit saga. Still, he seems to have retained the confidence...
December 18th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

When The Wind Blows (1986)

When The Wind Blows (1986)
While the 80s was a time for superfluous hair dos, phallus wielding men and oily saxophone phone players (see Lost Boys… Trust me), it was also a time of great fear and anxiety over the increasingly real threat of nuclear war. With the ‘Cold war’ seeing the U.S and Russia stockpiling nuclear missiles,...
December 18th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More