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  • The Beast Within 1982

    ★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    Good example of what happens when a big studio tries to make a 'serious' film cashing on an exploitation trend, in this case the prosthetic werewolf effects of The Howling/American Werewolf. (see also The Prophecy).

    Despite a relatively large budget and a good cast, it's a dull and very silly tale of a 17 year old boy who is the result of an earlier beastly rape by a half man/half cicada (a kind of locust) for reasons the film never…

  • Mission: Impossible 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 06 Jul, 2014

    Still the best in the series, it's tech has sadly dated it somewhat (though I always found the "emailing every Bible newsgroup" ridiculous) but it's action scenes still remain a benchmark almost 20 years on.

    How refreshing to see a SFX-filled fight on top of a train, that looked brilliantly innovative in its day, but still holds up now. And no one except dePalma could create so much tension from a man dangling from a cable while a drop of sweat drips down his specs.

    Cracking entertainment.

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  • Live and Let Die 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2012

    Another year, another actor playing James Bond. For the third film in a row, Eon presented us with a different face. Luckily this one stuck.

    Roger Moore was a huge international star, thanks to his appearances on TV in Ivanhoe, The Saint and The Persuaders, and had been on Saltzman and Broccoli’s list for a while before the premature cancellation of The Persuaders allowed him to step into the famous tux for the first time.

    LALD was, in some ways,…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012

    It sounds so simple, but it is amazing what a good director (and good behind the scenes crew) can bring to a franchise.

    Sam Mendes and, especially, Roger Deakins, bring new life into Bond, reinvigorating a series which seriously floundered with Quantum of Solace.

    On first viewing, my thoughts were it was the most Fleming-inspired of the whole series. Fleming often put Bond through the ringer in quite painful ways (physically as well as mentally). Here Bond is seemingly killed…