Some moments are among the best of Tarantino's career, but once again a potential 5 star classic is undone by his own indulgances.
The first two thirds are near perfect with Waltz effectively playing the lead; we start in typical Tarantino black comedy territory giving his twist on the spaghetti western. The second third takes us into much darker territory, perhaps the darkest of his career, and is refreshing, terrifying and awe-inspiring all at once.
Sadly, the final act is…
Such an infuriating film. There are some brilliant, laugh out loud moments on offer here. Sadly most of them were in the trailer, and what remains is a succession of sketches of hateful people doing vile things and being horrible to each other.
None of them ever says "hey, do you need to be so horrible?". Well, actually one does ask why a certain couple are still together when all they do is argue. "That's what marriage is all about"…
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,…
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…