Paul D

Men will never be free until the last king has been strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

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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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  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★★★

    The gig economy. It promises workers everything and delivers (pun intended) nothing. Instead of flexibility and more money, what that means in practice is working all the hours God sends, and far from escaping debt, digs you further in.

    Out of work and already mired in debt, Ricky takes on a franchise, but not McDonald's or KFC or Starbucks, it's driving a delivery van for a company called PDF, which apparently stands for Parcels Delivered Fast, but might as well…

  • Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus

    Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus

    ★½

    Anything which bills itself as a Gumball Rally rip-off has already got my interest, but to learn that no one on Letterboxd has even claimed to see this film, let alone reviewed it, well how could I possibly resist?

    Big Bob Johnson (Charles Napier) is a stunt show performer who is engaged to drive in a cross-country race. This being a TV movie, you might reasonably expect things to be on a slightly smaller scale, so, for example, His Fantastic…

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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…