Well, I suppose my stellar run of high school comedies was going to come to an end sooner or later.
Totally my fault, really, I should have researched this one a bit better because I'd rather have rusty drawing pins thrust into my cobblers than watch films where there's lots of dancing and not much else. But that wouldn't have been so bad if the bits that weren't dancing were funny but they're not, so what's left for me?
Another boring John le Carre adaptation. Hmm. I think there's a pattern emerging here.
Not only is The Tailor Of Panama boring but it's also just a bad film. It's not that surprising from John Boorman because he is a director with a wildly unpredictable career behind him after all.
It has its fleeting moments. The establishment of Pierce Brosnan's smarmy spy is well done and not much time is wasted on that front until Boorman fucks it up while…
I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.
When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…
What makes a 5 star film?
There are lots of different criteria floating around for what makes one. By their own admission, some people are a lot freer with dishing out such a grading whilst others insist a film practically has to become their all time favourite to receive full marks.
It is, of course, completely dependent on the individual. I've often wondered if I am quite strict or quite liberal with the amount of times I've handed out full…