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  • A View to a Kill

    A View to a Kill 1985

    ★½ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2015

    Roger Moore described himself as being “about 400 years too old” to play Bond in A View To A Kill, but for me that isn’t really the main problem with this one.

    Sure, he looks way too old for it all, even though he’s still remarkably sprightly for someone in their late 50s. But there’s just so much that’s misjudged about this one, and that’s ultimately what sinks it.

    The whole racehorse storyline is hopelessly stupid (even if the horse…

  • Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers

    Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers 2015

    Watched 01 Dec, 2015

    If you're a stand up comedian and your first concern is writing material that's 'politically incorrect' or 'offensive', then you're not doing your fucking job.

    And there's no doubt that's Jeselnik's first concern on Thoughts And Prayers, and presumably on TV shows and in other specials he's done. Every single joke here could be framed as being 'offensive' and near to the knuckle. Really, I should never have watched this so it's my fault really. I had never heard of…

  • Nashville

    Nashville 1975

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2015 17

    Before I start this review, I should point out that Nashville was probably never going to get 5 stars because I absolutely hate country music.

    I'm sorry, I hate it so goddamn much. With the very occasional exception. I blame a childhood that was filled with my dad and his friend playing Glen Campbell records every Sunday afternoon when they came home from the pub and drunkenly singing Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman. And the fact that there's so much…

  • Prophecy

    Prophecy 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2015

    Sunday Munch!

    What you have to understand about Prophecy is that nothing can really prepare you for all that is in this film.

    Don't let the brief synopses you'll see knocking around on Letterboxd and IMDb and the suchlike fool you. Because this is as much a film about a giant bear as Star Wars is about rescuing a princess. It is but a small part of what this film is about and of what is in this film.


  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2015

    Sunday Munch!

    In which Grant Williams wishes he had a rabbit in a hat with a bat.

    Is it still a monster movie if the monsters are the same size as they usually are? Ahh, who gives a crap, it's not like anybody's keeping score. The Incredible Shrinking Man is a bit different from the usual 1950s creature feature, and not just because there are no actual 'monsters' here - just your common or garden house spider and intrusive cat.…

  • Octopussy

    Octopussy 1983

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 Nov, 2015 2

    Yeah, I still really like this one.

    It's arguably the campest and also the most racially insensitive of all the Bond films, which is quite remarkable when you think about it. But I still really like it.

    The pre-credits scene is as excellent as they have generally always been in Bond, plus the "Get of my bed!" bit was funny when I was 8 and it's funny now I'm [ARGH]. But I do want to point something out to all…

  • Waxwork

    Waxwork 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Nov, 2015

    There are still people out there that believe the 1980s was a shit decade for films. Well Waxwork would like to join me in telling you you're a knob.

    As I've mentioned before, due to my failing memory I quite often jot things down about films I'm watching for when I review them and I think I jotted down more things about Waxwork than ANY film I've watched since joining Letterboxd. There is just SO MUCH to talk about with…

  • For Your Eyes Only

    For Your Eyes Only 1981

    ★★★½ Rewatched 27 Nov, 2015 2

    Well this was a really weird experience.

    You know when you've watched a film a fair few times and you don't really think you like it too much and then you watch it again and you suddenly think, "Hey actually, this is pretty good!"?

    Yet, the weird thing is that reading through my other reviews of this, I actually still agree with most of what I said in those. It's just that I seem to have enjoyed the bits that…

  • Trancers

    Trancers 1985

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2015 4

    In all probability, I wouldn't have watched this if I knew Helen Hunt was in it.

    But as it turns out, this is probably her best performance and indeed her best film. Which is perhaps damning Trancers with about the faintest of faint praise that you can possibly get, but it's actually as enjoyable and dumb as I was hoping for and expecting.

    I always used to see Trancers films in the local video shop when I was younger but…

  • Universal Soldier

    Universal Soldier 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Nov, 2015 4

    Universal Soldier was the subject of a lot of discussion at my school when it was released, but not just about the fact that it's great.

    Actually, it wasn't unique in the main conversation that was had about it. See, back then, most action films that had Dolph Lundgren on board were the subject of the 'Did You Know He Had A Big Fight On Set?' discussion.

    This discussion was mostly had about Showdown In Little Tokyo (the consensus was…

  • Sole Survivor

    Sole Survivor 1983

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2015 5

    If I hadn't already been interested in seeing this film, I would have been sold on that amazing poster itself.

    Sole Survivor reminded me of a whole lot of films, all of which were made at least 15 years after it. So either it's a hell of a lot more influential than you would believe of a relatively obscure 1980s horror thriller, or it's just a happy coincidence. There are elements of Final Destination, Unbreakable and even It Follows in…

  • Pandorum

    Pandorum 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015 2

    This review might be mostly about Ben Foster.

    Pandorum is a strange thing, really. It's basically two films in one. One of them is an extremely confusing and boring horror mystery that makes no sense. The other one is a thoroughly entertaining action film with some great scenes and three excellent action film performances.

    The fact that it's called Pandorum would suggest that the former of these two is what the film is supposed to mostly be about. But it…