Andy Johnson

Incurable action movie buff. Great stunts deserve Oscars. Woo, Hill and Leone are my holy trinity. Dalton is the best Bond.

Favorite films

  • Casino Royale
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • The Warriors

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  • The Gray Man

    ★★½

  • Born Yesterday

    ★★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★

  • Interceptor

    ★★

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  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    ★★½

    Utterly generic - how has the quality of screenwriting fallen to such a low level in the last 20 years? - but passable. The action is often shot in that incomprehensible, erratic style which robs it of clarity and excitement but at least there's a lot of it. In its bullet-strewn Euro-tour It's like The Hitman's Bodyguard except none of the jokes land. It's nice to see more of Ana de Armas but her role is a total blank - her character made an impact in No Time to Die because, well, she had a character.

  • Born Yesterday

    Born Yesterday

    ★★★★

    Charming, witty chamber comedy-drama mostly contained within a few lavish rooms in a D.C. hotel. Judy Holliday netted an Oscar for her performance as former chorus girl Billie Dawn, who proves that a little education can be a dangerous thing. The subplot about the corrosive effect of political lobbying is sadly even more relevant 70+ years later - albeit not as sad as the fact that Holliday passed away at just 43. Born Yesterday is a fine legacy for all involved.

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  • The Veteran

    The Veteran

    ★★★½

    The very talented Toby Kebbell stars in little-seen British thriller The Veteran. He plays Robert Miller, an ex-soldier who returns home from Afghanistan seething with rage and without a purpose in his life. Before too long, he's caught between the gang that rules his London estate and a suspected terror cell he is hired to observe.

    Shorn of some of its language and violence, it'd be easy to imagine The Veteran being shown over two nights on BBC1 - and…

  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    ★★★★½

    Timothy Dalton's superb first 007 entry reinvigorated the series, which had been in a dreadful state creatively for over a decade.

    Dalton's harder-edged approach, and that of The Living Daylights itself, was ideally suited to 1987 and provides a perfect antidote to the buffoonish Moore outings which preceded it. The new star's performance is perfect - still the best in the series - and is matched by the supporting cast, top-notch action, fantastic visual effects, and John Barry's last wonderful…