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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise 1974

    ★★ Watched 05 Mar, 2016

    Finally saw this after years of reading about it, about how it deserves a Rocky Horror sized cult status, it's a lost classic... all that.

    Sadly as much as I wanted to love this (as I do most de Palma films from the 70site and 80s) this left me utterly cold. The mix of Phantom of the Opera and Faust is intriguing, and the updating of the story has promise. But the whole thing is so over the top and…

  • Sisters

    Sisters 2015

    ★★ Watched 05 Mar, 2016

    Most disappointing film I've seen for years.

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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…