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  • North Sea Hijack

    North Sea Hijack

    ★★★★

    "Both my parents died tragically in childbirth."

    North Sea Hijack pretty much begins with Lloyds of London realising that oil rigs are a potential target for terrorists or criminals and that they bloody well ought to have a plan in place just in case.

    So they bring in ffolkes, a man with his own private band of marines, who figures out how one would go about hijacking a rig and from there, how he would foil such a plan.

    fflokes,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Happy birthday to 2001, yes, it's been 50 years since it went on general release. Just think on that for a moment, 50 years. Think about how far cinema had come in the half century before Kubrick made this film and how far it's come in that same amount of time since then and you realise, if you hadn't already, what an extraordinary achievement it is.

    Now I'm sure there are people out there who like to decry the love…

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  • Seven Days to Noon

    Seven Days to Noon

    ★★★

    A scientist at an atomic weapons facility goes on the run with a small nuclear device and threatens to detonate it in central London unless the government agrees to nuclear disarmament.

    This is of course a very different Britain, only a few years after the closing of the war London is still recovering and is still littered with bombsites, the government is run, it seems, exclusively by men (white of course), there's still an army which will be put to…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★½

    The thing about murder mysteries is that they are all about the solution, they are built around the big reveal and as a consequence, once you've seen it and know the big secret, there is little incentive to sit through the story again.

    And so it is with Murder on the Orient Express, perhaps even more so because it is one of those stories in which there is no chance that you are going to forget the resolution. In fact…

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  • Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman

    ★★★

    The story of how two pre-teens, both of whom appear to be delusional and one of whom has been diagnosed as schizophrenic attempted to murder a friend of theirs believing that they are acting under the instructions of Slenderman.

    The thing that lies at the heart of their delusion and what makes it so difficult to break is exactly the same thing that lies at the heart of religious beliefs and that is the inability of anyone to disprove the…

  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★★

    007 Rank-A-Thon

    At last a realistic Bond villain, at least in terms of his aims and the method by which he's setting out to achieve it, flooding the US with a couple of tons of opium (it sounds much more charming than heroin) which will be given away for free thereby knocking out all the competition in one fell swoop. I'm not sure it would actually work out like that but it's not completely unrealistic and what's more the price…