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A Week In Film #556: RE:WHINED

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Keep going back; it doesn’t get better. Still bugs me, the Hungary thing.

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And still with this one – it’s just too good an action movie.

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Elizabeth Harvest
Moderately diverting SF horror; creepy old dude marries pretty young woman, takes her back to his techno palace, weird shit happens, a death occurs, a discovery is made, all is not as it seems, etc. With Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Carla Gugino, Matthew Beard and Dylan Baker, written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.

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Shaun The Sheep Movie
Umpteenth watch, and still there’s bits I’m catching for the first time. Definitely one of the best feature lengths done by Aardman.

A Week In Film #536: Sheesh

High Flying Bird
Take-a-knee era sports agent business, imaginatively shot by Soderbergh on an iPhone from a tight script by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Oklahoma City
Strong old school documentary, timely in its focus on angry white men.

Shaun The Sheep Movie
Definitely approaching peak Aardman.

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Catch-up doc by Broomfield and Churchill, eleven years on from their The Selling Of A Serial Killer. Wuornos remains majorly fucked-up, tragic figure. No happy endings.

Bullet To Beijing
Awful, attempt to revive Len Deighton’s anti-Bond spy character ‘Harry Palmer’, with eternal mortgage-payer Michael Caine returning to the role for the first time in 28 years. The set up is nice – Palmer is still a lowly but money-obsessed spook, but is swiftly pensioned off and offered a glimmer of private sector gold. But it’s pants. Jason Connery is truly atrocious as Palmer’s reluctant sidekick. ‘Journeyman’ would be a generous description of scriptmonkey Harry Alan Towers and director George Mihalka.

Funeral In Berlin
Back to the source – Guy Hamilton’s follow-up to Sidney J Furie’s The IPCRESS File is a successful follow-on, atmospherically set in the divided German city and featuring a convoluted plot of cross and double cross, with memorable characters from the likes of Oscar Homolka and Paul Hubschmid.

A Week In Film #420: Tickling the n00bs

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Polytechnique
Pre-Hollywood fame Denis Villeneuve delivers a moving interpretation of the 1989 ‘Montreal Massacre’, in which a misogynistic student sets out to kill as many feminists as he can.

In black and white, and shifting between the perspectives of two victims/witnesses, as well as looking over the shoulder of the perpetrator (but never really going inside his head), Villeneuve creates a thoughtful, moving piece of work, comparable to Gus Van Sant’s Elephant, if not the unrelenting brutalism of Alan Clarke’s original of that name.

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Shaun The Sheep Movie
He’s Shaun the sheep, he’s Shaun the sheep; he even mucks about with those who cannot bleat. Keep it in mind he’s one of a kind – oh, life’s a treat with Shaun the Sheep.

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The Temp
Misfiring early 90s noir mangled into more of a SCARY BAD WOMAN IS SCARING ME yuppie horror thing, but still quite watchable, with Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle and Faye Dunaway.


Triple 9
On paper, a great prospect: John Hillcoat (Ghosts… Of The Civil Dead, The Road, The Proposition) directing Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K Williams, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jnr, Gal Godot, Woody Harrelson etc, with an unrecognisable Kate Winslet as a Russian mob boss, a byzantine plot about crooked cops and heists and double crosses… But sadly on the day it didn’t pan out. Not bad, just not… Great.

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Dope
Upbeat, uplifting, fun modern take on the high school losers movie, with Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons as a trio of geeky kids who get caught up in shenanigans. WITH HILARIOUS CONSEQUENCES. Made me want to see more by director Rick Famuyiwa.

The Godfather title screenThe Godfather
MIND THE ORANGES, MARLON!

A Week In Film #360: Allsorts

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Strange Magic
If we’re charitable, a very mediocre CGI animated take on A Midsummer Night’s Tale from George Lucas’ tech shop, directed by Gary Rydstrom and featuring the voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Meredith Anne Bull, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina and Sam Palladio.

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The Town
Tight mid-budget crime caper flick, with Boston boy Ben Affleck adapting a Chuck Hogan’s source novel as well as starring in it. He leads a security van heist crew from a notorious Beantown neighbourhood, which includes pals Jeremy Renner, Slaine and Owen Burke. They take care of business, but the pressure is on.

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Class Action
Solid courtroom drama from Michael Apted, with the reliable Gene Hackman as a liberal civil rights lawyer acting for clients injured by a car defect, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as his estranged daughter who is now a big corporate attorney hired by the auto company to defend the claim.

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The Martian
Ridley Scott and Matt Damon give us an audience-frlendly spaceman-against-adversity drama in which a stranded astronaut must figure out how to survive alone on Mars until he can be rescued.

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Home
DreamWorks CGI feature about aliens invading Earth, with HILARIOUS CONSEQUENCES. Director Tim Johnson previously helmed Antz and How To Train Your Dragon, so knows the ropes.

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Shaun The Sheep Movie
Does exactly what it says on the tin – and manages to make what is essentially an hour and a half-long silent movie feel effortless.