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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 #145: Moving days

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Good grief. Last Crusade seemed self-indulgent, but this heap of crap makes Temple Of Doom look good.

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out
Crisp torn-from-the-headlines TV movie with a decent cast – Ron Livingston, Michael Madsen and Mario Van Peebles.

Andrew Bryniarski (who played the lead in The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special) and Oleg Taktarov (from 15 Minutes) are a pair of heavily armed, pill-popping bank robbers who take down one score too many and end up in an extended firefight with the LAPD. Very competently directed by Yves Simoneau.

Van Helsing
Steampunked-up twist on Dracula, with a dash of The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman, with Hugh Jackman in the titular role, Kate Beckinsale as barely fleshed out female counterpoint, Richard Roxburgh as the toothy bad guy.

In theory, great; in reality, fucking awful.