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  • Thunderball
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • From Russia with Love
  • Live and Let Die

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  • Entangled

  • Rocky Balboa

    ★★★★½

  • The Man with the Golden Gun

    ★★★★

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★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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  • Entangled

    Entangled

    "Jealousy is a corrosive madness... a man's reason is eaten away with suspicion, doubt, mistrust... "

    Awful, just awful. Shoddily directed, incomprehensibly written, and - frequent sex scenes aside - insufferably dull. The worst Pierce Brosnan film I've seen so far. Although in fairness, Entangled is primarily a Judd Nelson film. And he is absolutely rubbish here, possessing all the screen presence of a damp sock. At least the ending doesn't hold back, I'll give it that.

    Talking Brosnan: Pierce…

  • Rocky Balboa

    Rocky Balboa

    ★★★★½

    "Let's start building some hurtin' bombs!"

    By far the best of the original Rocky sequels. Simultaneously boasts the most ridiculous premise (60-year-old fighter comes back for one last fight) and the most realistic execution (those punching sound effects are wince-inducing). Stallone's performance is remarkable, as is Burt Young's. It's an obvious victory lap, and some of this material has since been surpassed by Creed, but who cares. It's an enterprise wholly dependent of our love of Rocky Balboa. And given that he's one of the most lovable characters in Hollywood cinema, I'm more than happy to see his story continue.

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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.