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A Week In Film #321: 2015 and reset

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שומרי הסף AKA The Gatekeepers
A fascinating documentary, in which five former (and the then serving) heads of Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet talked on camera about their work, in many instances with a level of candour that is striking. Kudos to filmmaker Dror Moreh for making it happen.

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As The Palaces Burn
Curious tale of how the lead singer of American heavy metal band Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, was put on trial following the death of a concert goer, Daniel Nosek, two years previously. Solidly old fashioned fly-on-the-wall type documentary from Don Argott.

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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Spielberg attempts to outdo his chum Lucas in the pissing-on-decades-of-goodwill stakes, and upgrades ‘jumping the shark’ to boot. Not even Cate Blanchett as a sexy Soviet spy can save it. Not even the return of Marion Ravenwood can save it. And sure as shit Shia LaBeouf cannot save it.

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Die Hard With A Vengeance
A definite improvement on 2, but Jeremy Irons is no Alan Rickman.

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L.A. Confidential
Bent cops in a bent Los Angeles as Curtis Hanson handles James Ellroy’s noir thriller with aplomb.

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Nightcrawler
Jake Gyllenhaal as a creepily unempathetic but resourceful freelance news videographer covering nocturnal LA. The likes of Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed round off a fine cast. Impressive directorial debut by Dan Gilroy, a mere twenty-two years after getting his Freejackscript made.

A Week In Film #015: Stay calm, this is simply the beginning

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Die Hard
John McTiernan’s top-of-its-game hijacked building actioner. Taut, well put together, witty, imaginatively shot, two thumbs all the way through.

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Die Hard With A Vengeance
Not as good as the first, but definitely better than the second. Suffers from not being confined to a small space. Samuel L Jackson is good fun as Zeus, and Sam Phillips is knee wibble-inducing as mute killer Katya, but Jeremy Irons’ English-thesp-does-Euro-terrorist is not great.

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How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
Simon Pegg as the English hack in New York in amusing but by no means great adaptation of Toby Young’s book.

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Ghosts Of Mars
John Carpenter’s career-stopping SF actioner with Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Pam Grier and Natasha Henstridge kicking ass on the Red Planet. I actually rather like it, for all its pace-destroying wipes and odd editing choices.