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  • Back to the Future
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Blade Runner
  • The Godfather

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  • Boiling Point

    ★★★½

  • Spencer

    ★★★★

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

  • The Beta Test

    ★★★

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    A proper send-off for Daniel Craig, he did much for the franchise. One of the better Bond-films for sure, there's lots to like here. Even at 163 minutes, it does not drag - and though I wanted more, the ending worked for me. A blockbuster that delivers. 

    The action is memorable and way more visceral than ‘Spectre’ which still had decent set-pieces. It’s paced very well, more like a traditional action film and less like a drama (as per the…

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★★

    Post ‘No Time to Die’, it is fair to view Craig’s first two outings as linked and I think the same applies here as the opening part in Craig’s closing story. Whereas that approach improved QoS for me, it doesn’t improve Spectre above a solid Bond, but it does smooth some of the problems.

    Spectre's action scenes are spectacular when removed from the larger narrative. We're rarely more than ten or fifteen minutes from the next chase via land, sea…

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  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★½

    A film beset by production problems that unfortunately impact what’s on screen. Picked up by Netflix, I was hoping for a Hitchcockian slice of cinema in the guise of the likes of Gone Girl before it.

    Director Joe Wright fails to offer anything cohesive here, and worst of all anything of interest other than a couple of visual flourishes. The plot is contrived, which wouldn’t be a problem with better fare (see Vertigo), but it also fails to feel satisfactory…

  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace

    ★★★

    Revisiting this there were two things I noticed - firstly the movie becomes somewhat forgettable over time as I couldn’t recall any particular beats from previous watches, but secondly I actually enjoyed this watch more than I expected. As a piece in the Craig canon it feels more important now we know the complete arc and there was plenty to like.

    The most glaring weak spot is the plot and how it disconnects from Bond expectations. That is not to…