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  • Vacation

    Vacation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    Maybe it was the booze late on a friday nightx, but I really was shocked at how funny I found this remake/reboot/sequel/whatever of the well-remembered but overrated Vacation series.
    It's as episodic as the original but the laughs come much faster, the humour coarser, and the performances are better. The scene where the family visit Mum Griswold's college campus is perhaps the highlight (despite borrowing heavily from Modern Family's similar married couple dynamic) along with a hilarious cameo from Chris Hemsworth.

    But what on earth happened to Beverley D'Angelo's face? I had to check IMDB that it was actually her, and not someone wearing prosthetics.

  • Fear in the Night

    Fear in the Night 1972

    ★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2016

    Standard Jimmy Sangster "let's drive someone insane for money" story which at least has an interesting setting in an empty boarding school. Sadly it's a setting the film fails to adequately exploit, as it also fails to do with Peter Cushing and Joan |Collins who must have filmed their scenes in about a week, with most of the action concerning Ralph Bates and the normally reliable Judy Geeson, who is (at times literally) on auto-pilot.
    No surprises, bar an unsettling…

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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…