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  • Billion Dollar Brain 1967

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Dec, 2012

    The third in moonlighting 007 producer Harry Saltzman’s “anti-Bond” series of cocky cockney Harry palmer films is actually the most Bond like, a wild, quirky international quest, brilliantly and bizarrely directed by enfant terrible, Ken Russell.

    Now is the Midwinter of our discontent

    Russell was being given a lifeline by Saltzman and his star Michael Caine, after his poorly received first farce, French Dressing, four years earlier in 1963. They both admired his BBC film on the composer Claude Debussy…

  • Mulholland Falls 1996

    ★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2013 1

    With Gangster Squad on release this week, I thought I’d take a look at Mulholland Falls, another tough neo-noir set in the post war city of angels. It features a similar team of two-fisted detectives who work off the books, loosely based on the Gangster Squad’s real life Robbery Division contemporaries, the Hat Squad. However, based on the flabby story telling and out of shape cast, a more fitting title might be “Ginster Squad”.

    Mulholland Falls was director Lee Tamahori’s…

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  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012

    Awesomely entertaining, well paced, great character beats, action and humour - a big, brawling brilliant comic book movie that feels like the real deal. Super heroes don't have to go full "dark" to be taken seriously. It was a joy to watch from beginning to end. I'm struggling to pick holes in it. It felt like the first time I saw Superman The Movie at the cinema, it's that great an experience.

  • Star Wars Begins 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    www.culturedeluxe.com/2011/05/star-wars-begins-the-fanumentary-strikes-back/ Back in April 2011 or so, I interviewed the creator of this filmumentary, Jamie Benning. Here is the link to that interview, with updated embedded home for the complete Star Wars Begins on his Filmumentary site. Spread the word about this, and Raiding The Lost Ark!