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  • Licence to Kill
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • From Russia with Love
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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  • The Man with the Golden Gun

    ★★★★

  • The Man with the Golden Gun

    ★★★★

  • Thunderball

    ★★★★½

  • Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

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  • The Insider

    The Insider

    ★★★★½

    "Fame has a fifteen minute half-life.
    Infamy lasts a little longer."

    The Insider might be the most difficult Michael Mann movie for me to discuss. Not in terms of its quality, which is undeniable. Rather, because of how it sits within his back catalogue. Much as he would attempt to deny it, Mann's preceding pictures skew primarily towards genre. Crime thrillers, horror fantasy, historical adventure, all very easy categories for me to dissect. And The Insider occupies none of them.…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    "I gotta hold on to my angst. I preserve it because I need it. It keeps me sharp, on the edge, where I gotta be."

    Heat is arguably the nexus point for Michael Mann's entire career. He's made other movies which inspire more personal adoration from me, namely Manhunter and The Last of the Mohicans. Yet Heat is regarded by most as his greatest achievement. A magnum opus that looms over his career like a skyscraper. It's easy to see…

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  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

    "What are you doing in your life that is so terrific?"

    James Caan's best performance.
    One of the greatest tough guy movie stars.
    RIP.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

    "This time it's gonna take more than killing me to kill me!"

    Surprisingly fun, given that the first Doctor Strange is my least favourite MCU film. Sadly the script doesn't play around nearly enough with these various universes, but its central conflict is highly compelling, since Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda is one of the few characters in this franchise I genuinely care about. All that being said, I'm curious how this will work for people who never watched WandaVision.

    Ultimately this…

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  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★★½

    "I know a little German. He's sitting over there."

    10 reasons why Top Secret! is better than Airplane!:

    1. Spy movies are, like, far more fun than airplane movies.

    2. Val Kilmer > Robert Hays.

    3. That soundtrack is legitimately great.

    4. The central romance is developed in more interesting ways, and feels more engaging.

    5. There's a villain this time, and he's actually pretty good.

    6. The idea that several time periods seem to co-exist (Nazi Germany; 50's and 60's…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.