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  • Twins of Evil 1971

    ★★★ Rewatched 20 Feb, 2015

    Entertaining late period Hammer from the same team that brought you all those lesbian vampire affairs so beloved of boys my age.
    It's a bizarre blend, adding a Witchfinder General knock-off storyline to the standard vampire fare as Cushing's ruthless hag hunter finds himself butting heads with local Count Karnstein, unaware the Count is a vampire who has set his sights on Cushing's pure and chaste (and pretty damn sexy) twin neices.

    The Whitchfinder vibe continues with an underwritten hero…

  • Nine to Five 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2015

    Much, much funnier than I remember from seeing this as a teenager. Maybe those years as a worker drone are required to fully appreciate this well made farce, which has some themes that still resonate today.

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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…