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Made In Britain: Kingsman

Kingsman poster

Well, colour me surprised. After the terminally shit Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2, and the less than wholly whelming (to put it mildly) X: Men prequel, I’d written Matthew Vaughan off as someone that had it once, lost it, and cannae get it back. As such, and given that Kingsman was from a funnybook by Mark Millar, I had the film also written off as another lame Bond spoof along the lines of Jonny English. Except, given Millar’s involvement, probably more unpleasant. Imagine my surprise, when it proved to be quite entertaining and a highly watchable, albeit flawed, film- so much better than I thought it was going to be.

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Shining Through (1992)

Director: David Seltzer

Starring: Melanie Griffith, Michael Douglas, Liam Neeson

Release date: January 31 (US). This replaces the unavailable Hurricane Smith. Am I missing anything there? I’m only asking because this Shining Through bollocks is unbelievable. May contain Berlin-quality strudel and spoilers…

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36 Hours (1965)

Director: George Seaton

Starring: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor

Release date: January 28 (US, movie debut). Right then, here we go, can’t believe I’m doin’ this…. Happy Birthday to me, squashed tomatoes and brie! I should say as I will each time (in case of random drive-by visitors) this write-up may contain spoilers

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Stuff Blows Up Real Good: The Mission: Impossible Trilogy

stuff-blows-up-real-good-headerSince Mission: Impossible Droid Protocol is under way, and the latest instalment of the franchise is soon to be released, it seems relevant to revisit the series with these, the much vaunted (not so) mini reviews. I’ve chosen this method because, to be quite honest, the sequels don’t warrant a full review, and much of my opinion of each film can be attributed to all three.

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Made in Britain: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Every year there is one film thrown out by the film industry that is on the receiving end of a huge amount of critical nut stroking. The critics get down there, and they, well, fondle those balls. Invariably, and this is the point of this introduction, the film is fundamentally not worth the testicular massage that it is receiving. Don’t get me wrong, they are always, without exception, well acted, well shot, good looking films, but, and this is the important but, they are narcolepsy inducing. Last year, for example, The Black Swan received more handjob’s than Bill Clinton, yet actually wasn’t that good. This year, that film is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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Should have gone to Specsavers: M. Butterfly

Christ, I don’t know where to begin with this one. I’ve tried to write it a few times without spoiling, but have been forced to conclude that the only sensible way to review this film is to review the spoiler in the film. I’ve come to this conclusion for two reasons: it’s fucking obvious, and furthermore it’s all over the internets. Nevertheless, on with the review… Read More…