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A Week In Film #496: Reno

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Low Winter Sun
Okay, so technically it’s a two-part TV drama, but structurally, thematically, quality-wise, it plays like a movie. We have a cold open into some seriously confusing shit – a drunken argument, a disagreement or something, in a location you can’t quite pin – then a sudden act of violence. And then the ball is sent slowly rolling down the hill.

Directed by Adrian Shergold (who did the good-but-flawed He Kills Coppers adaptation) from a Simon Beautiful Creatures Donald script, with Mark Strong and Brian McCardie (from Line Of Duty) impressive as a pair of Scottish police detectives.

The Abyss
James Cameron’s post-Aliens, pre-T2 earth-bound SF actioner, with estranged couple Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ed Harris dealing with bad shit deep under the ocean, as hardcore Navy SEAL Michael Biehn loses it.

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I have not been able to get Wang Chung out of my brain.

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Enjoyably tacky sequel, with plenty of ticks in the plus column: Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, Gary Busey as a Fed, the shoot-outs, the new location, not taking itself too seriously, the slightly-in-the-future setting. Directed by Aussie Stephen Hopkins between a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel and Judgment Night.

A Week In Film #038: Adventures in Metroland

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The Philadelphia Experiment
A pair of WW2 sailors are transported to the 1980s after a naval experiment goes wrong. Pretty boring TBH. Nancy Allen from Robocop was the only person I really recognised.

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To Live And Die In LA
William Friedkin rips off Michael Mann’s style, but very effectively. William Petersen is a driven Secret Service agent on the trail of a master counterfeiter, Willem Dafoe. Where there’s a Will there’s a way.

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The Langoliers
Another TVM adaptation of a Stephen King story, I remembered this to be really spooky, but on rewatching it’s really not that great. Not terrible, just disappointingly inferioir to my memory of it. A bunch of people on a plane black out and when they come to they discover everyone else in the world seems to have vanished.

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Sid And Nancy
Not really anything like the real thing I’m sure, but a touching and fun love story centred on Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, directed by Alex Cox, with Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb in the leads.

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Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
Silly Frat Pack flick about 70s US newsreaders, with sexist moron Will Ferrell somehow winning over Christina Applegate.

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The Football Factory
Nick Love does football hooliganism. Far better than Green Street (obviously), but leaves you feeling a bit empty afterwards. The Love repertory company is here – Danny Dyer, Roland Manookian, Tamer Hassan – and the underused Frank Harper has a mildly meaty part.

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Roadie
Meatloaf as a roadie; he meets lots of bands. Better than I imagined.

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The Business
Nick Love plays to his strengths in this tale of a south London ne’erdowell striking out in the drug business on the Costa Del Crime in the 80s. Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan have good screen chemistry, and for all their collective cartoon laddishness, this is a well-constructed movie with fine photography and a pretty tight structure. Shame about the casual misogyny.