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  • Penthouse North 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    Very watchable if understated old fashioned thriller which avoids (and in some cases subtly subverts) the old "blind girl terrorised by bad guys" schtick from nicked from Wait Until Dark by countless TV movies 30 odd years ago.

    Solid casting helps with Michelle Monaghan again demonstrating how good she is given a decent part, and the always watchable Michael Keaton managing a nicely measured chief baddie role.

    Undemanding, gripping in parts and doesn't outstay its welcome.

  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    Brilliant acted and directed, but over long and really one of the most depressing movies I've seen in a while.

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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…