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  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane 2006

    ★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    Had wanted to see this for a while as it seemed to be very highly regarded within the horror community. God knows why.

    It's a very dull, very standard slasher with the only interesting thing being you know whodunnit halfway through, though it's not that much of a surprise anyway.

    I did wander if, judging by its heavily stylised look, it was trying to ride the coat tails of Grindhouse (the closing credits certainly seem to be aping that style) but it was actually made earlier.

    Utterly worthless and bafflingly popular.

  • White House Down 2013

    ★★★ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    2nd viewing and upped it half a star. It's still a tad smug about its own ridiculousness, allowing it to be cliched and silly by constantly saying "isn't this cliched and silly". I still prefer the full R-rated 80s mayhem of Olympus has Fallen.

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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…