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  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III 2006

    ★★★ Rewatched 25 Sep, 2015

    When I first saw this, I fixated on the degree to which Cruise dominates this film. On rewatching it this time, what leapt out at me was the way in which this is J.J. Abrams' movie through and through. This is particularly true for the film's weaknesses: namely, its monotonous tempo and it's too-clever-by-half MacGuffin.

    Everyone says this but Seymour Hoffman is incredible. You could not have drawn up a more generic character and yet he arrests your attention in every scene in a way very, very few actors ever even approach.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    Kingsman's ultra-violence repulsed me to such an extent I almost didn't make it to the end of the movie. I've been considering for the past week whether one can make a rational distinction between Kingsman and your typical spy film. I've never had the same issue with James Bond: what's different here?

    My initial thoughts were that there's a sickening glee with which Vaughn presents each death but can't the same argument be made about almost any action film? Is…

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye 1995

    ★★★ Rewatched 08 Feb, 2015

    The older I get and the more times I see this, the less I like it. Perhaps it was never as good as I first thought and it was merely the sheen of seeing my first Bond on the big screen. Or maybe in the shadow of the Craig Bond movies, you can see what they were going for but also how far they were for achieving it.

    There are still some brilliant set pieces. The opening mission is as…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    The story doesn't really make sense if you think about it for any length of time but this remains a well-directed and thought provoking exploration of power, inequality and social relations.