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  • The To Do List

    The To Do List 2013

    ★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2015

    My expectations were set suitably low for what was billed as 'the female American Pie' but I was pleasantly surprised by how funny I found it, probably because it's so rare to see a female-centred horny teenager comedy.

    Audrey Plaza helps enormously in the lead, and the support is pretty strong, though I've probably seen enough of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's schtick to last a lifetime now. Thankfully he's barely in it.

  • The Gathering

    The Gathering 2003

    ★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2015

    A nice idea is hamstrung by a relentlessly boring and badly edited first hour, but the final act provides some fun as car crash victim Christina Ricci tries to work out why everyone who she thinks is really familiar keeps staring at her, and what on earth it has to do with some religious themed relief which has been exhumed in a nearby cave.

    Plenty of nods to other much better films, and a surprisingly good cast hold the attention but ultimately it's a frustrating experience.

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  • Live and Let Die

    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

    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…