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A Week In Film #564: 100% Rewinds

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6 Days
Solid if stolid take on the Iranian embassy siege, with Billy Elliott as SAS hardnut Rusty Firmin.

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Valkyrie
Bryan Singer’s pedestrian take on the Stauffenberg plot to assassinate Hitler.

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The Hunt For Red October
Muscular John McTiernan screening of Tom Clancy’s technothriller about a CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan) trying to determine just what a rogue Soviet sub commander (Sean Connery) is planning to do. Sort of compelling.

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Klute
Director Alan J Pakula and cinematographer Gordon Willis pull together a decent if not essential dry run for the superior paranoia thriller classics The Parallax View and All The President’s Men. Donald Sutherland is the private eye who becomes embroiled with call girl Jane Fonda in pursuit of a missing businessman, whilst shadowy forces swirl around them.

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North West Frontier
I’d never noticed before quite how like Ice Cold In Alex this was before – both helmed by J Lee Thompson. This is definitely the runt of that particular litter, and with it a much less palatable imperial flavour. Still, some highly memorable scenes and performances.

Kenneth More is excellent as a stiff upper lipped British Army officer charged with protecting the young son of a Hindu maharajah, in the face of widespread Muslim rioting and massacres. A glorious cast – Lauren Bacall, Herbert Nom, Wilfrid Hyde-White, I S John, Ursula Jeans, Eugene Deckers, S M Asgaralli and Sam Chowdhary – make what is otherwise a rather mediocre picture sparkle somewhat.

A Week In Film #469: Hallowe’en

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The Little Vampire
Really fucking terrible adaptation of a book series about an American kid transplanted to Scotland who befriends a vampire. Seriously, nothing to recommend. I was rather astounded when I realised it was directed by Uli Edel, who did Der Baader Meinhof Complex and Last Exit To Brooklyn.

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6 Days
So-so take on the 1980 Princes Gate Iranian Embassy siege, and subsequent storming by the SAS. Mark Strong turns the mournful eyes up to 11 as the police negotiator, but it’s Jamie Bell as the soldier in charge of the assault who impresses most, with virtually no dialogue. Directed by To a Fraser.

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Wheelman
In the vein of The Driver, Drive, The Transporter et al, here with ex-con Frank Grillo forced to work as a getaway driver for never-seen clients setting up heists through a middleman in order to pay off a debt. Jeremy Rush conducts some excellent chase sequences, and there is a mild twist to it which keeps things interesting.

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The Duel
Modern Western from Kieran Darcy-Smith, with Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger gone undercover in a remote frontier town under the thrall of a sinister preacher (Woody Harrelson). Not great, but something a little different.

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Black Hawk Down
The more times I see it, the more distasteful it seems, despite some strong performances and action sequences.