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A Week In Film #197: Post-Olympic Depression

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Okay, so it was a punt. A punt that went wrong. A horrible, sickly, sentimental Adam Sandler confection. But still there were moments I liked, or rather moments where I allowed myself to be emotionally manipulated.

Sandler plays an overworked architect constantly chasing the bonuses and the favour of his sickish boss, David Hasselhoff, and neglecting his family. One day he buys an all-in-one remote from eerie DIY store dude Christopher Walken. Hey! Now he can press pause, rewind, slo-mo etc on real life! There can’t be any drawbacks to this, can there?

A cynical mash-up of A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life and Back To The Future 2 (probably).

The Bourne Ultimatum
So we caught up with the last Bourne at home before going out to see the new Bourne at the sinny-marr. It was my least favourite first time I saw it, but on rewatching it seemed better than memory had previously allowed.

The rendition bits at the beginning – with Paddy Considine as a hapless Grauniad hack – were probably the highlights, though; still wasn’t too keen on the Albert Finney mad scientist stuff. The Supremacy callbacks (with Joan Allen as Pamela Landy) played better second time round. Silly ending.

The Bourne Legacy
Now, having seen the trailer, with the MAD SCIENTIST! WE’RE ALTERING DNA!!! nonsense, I really wasn’t holding out much hope, but there was a lot to like about it. First: Jeremy Renner as new operative Cross. Nice and anonymous. A different feel to Bourne. Second: Tony Gilroy directing. Not afraid to slow things down, or stage long scenes. Both the Alaska and Shearing house scenes benefited.

On the downside: too much felt like retreads of scenes from the earlier films. And the WE’RE ALTERING DNA!!! nonsense (though it worked better than the trailer indicated).

A Week In Film #032: Solstice stylings

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A Time Comes
Dull documentary-cum-corporate-video about the Greenpeace Kingsnorth climate change protesters, with talking head segments directed by Nick Broomfield.

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Better Off Dead
Another Savage Steve Holland coming-of-age teen comedy with John Cusack stuck in American suburbia.

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Oxford Blues
Really rather terrible retooling of A Yank At Oxford, with Vegas valet Rob Lowe stalking Princess Diana-type Amanda Pays to Oxford University, where he learns Important Lessons about Being A Team Player, and falls for fellow rowing club member Ally Sheedy. Grim.

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Von Ryan’s Express
Ol’ Blue Eyes takes on Thee Nazis in steam train/POW escape hybrid.

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The Bourne Supremacy
Matt Damon returns as amnesiac superagent Jason Bourne, with documentary/verité specialist Paul Greengrass taking over direction.

Some great sequences – the escape from custody at Naples airport; the fight in the Munich apartment of Treadstone operative Jarda; the extended Moscow car chase. Brian Cox is a welcome addition tot he rep company, as shady CIA boss Abbott.

The Bourne Ultimatum title screen

The Bourne Ultimatum
More Bourneness, again directed with vim by Paul Greengrass.

Paddy Considine is not well cast as a Guardian journalist caught up in the Treadstone treadmill, but the extraordinary rendition sequences around Waterloo Station are superb, as is the Tangier rooftop foot pursuit.

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Two Mules For Sister Sara
Not the best Eastwood/Siegel Western, but watchable. Shirley Maclaine is a nun who ain’t all she seems, and there’s Mexican revolutionaries and stuff