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  • The Black Gestapo 1975

    ★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Surprisingly fun, and nowhere near as unpleasant as the title might suggest, The Black Gestapo is a fairly 'honest' blaxploitation rip-off from one of the kings of 70s sleaze Lee Frost.

    It's an age old tale of two black guys approaching the whole race issue from different angles. One wants bring peace and harmony the other wants to fight the white man and play him at his own game.

    The first half spends far too much time establishing the white…

  • Strays 1991

    ★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    Cheap and dreadful tale of 'city folk' moving into a house previously occupied by a bunch of murderous cats. It's very reminiscent of Arachnophobia, but with cats.

    Kathleen Quinlan adds a bit of class to proceedings, but is sidelined for the finale, which is admittedly quite entertaining as it invokes memories of both Jaws 2 and hale and Pace. Honest.

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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…