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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★½

    Apparently Quentin decided that Reservoir Dogs had too many trustworthy friendships, that the bar scene in Inglourious Basterds was too relaxed, that Ordell Robbie was too pleasant a character for Samuel L Jackson to play, that Kill Bill had too many survivors, and that his entire filmography up to this point was generally too amiable and family-friendly by half; and set out to rectify matters.

    I'd heard about The Guitar Incident before seeing the film, so when it happened, I rewound it a few times. Yep, it definitely seems like there's a few moments of broken character before the shot cuts away!

  • Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

    Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

    ★★★

    Takes longer to get going than I remembered, but when it does, it KNEES YOU IN THE FACE WITH FLAMING LEGS and doesn't stop.

    It may have lost a bit of its lustre in this post-Raid world, and the story and characters are perfunctory, but the stunts are still extraordinary. Given the way the action scenes frequently rewind for instant replays of its best stunts, its main appeal is as a stunt showreel (perhaps one intended as an audition piece for Steven Spielberg or Luc Besson...?)

    That bit with the saw blade to the forearms still looks as painful as I remembered.

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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    RIDDLER: Riddle-me-this, Gothamites! What just-released movie about our Batty arch-nemesis has numerous annoying inconsistencies; strains believability irritatingly frequently; is not as good as either The Dark Knight or Batman Begins; is undeniably very flawed... but nevertheless contains some tremendously well-done, spectacular and uplifting individual moments and sequences? My friends and I will attempt to solve this quandary.

    HARLEY QUINN: Ahhh, shaddap, ya big green piece of punctuation! I gotta say, even though there's no-one in this movie that lights up…

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    ★★★★½

    The first time I saw most of the Bond films was when ITV showed all of them over consecutive weeks in 1999, in the run up to the release if The World is Not Enough. However, even though I videotaped OHMSS at that time, it went unwatched for several years. I really regretted that, because when it was finally viewed, it turned out to be one of my favourite of all the 007 movies.

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