A slight improvement from 'Diamonds are Forever' but Moore doesn't… MoreA slight improvement from 'Diamonds are Forever' but Moore doesn't look comfortable in the role yet and you miss the brutality of Connery. Add a racist plot (all the villains seem to be black!) and you're far from classic Bond but some of stunts are good, the setting is stunning and McCartney's theme song is a classic.
I haven't watched a film with such tension and gripping performances… MoreI haven't watched a film with such tension and gripping performances in some time. I couldn't wait to see what happened next (or more importantly what Simmons would do next!). If you said that you could make a gripping drama about a college band and drumming I'd have laughed but this is so slickly directed, the music so compelling and dramatic and in Simmons you have one of the great movie villains of all time. Like 'Black Swan' this is mostly about our hero trying to strive for perfection and the skill, dedication and commitment that comes with that. I can appreciate that type of story and the type of drama it creates. This film gets it just right and I am looking forward to rewatching it very soon.
It's a shame that this was Connery's last official Bond film as the… MoreIt's a shame that this was Connery's last official Bond film as the whole thing doesn't really work as well as his other entries. The whole thing seems a bit slapdash and everyone seems to be going through the motions, Connery included. Gray just isn't threatening as Blofeld and the Vegas setting gives the whole proceedings a tacky feel. One for completists only I'm afraid.
Come on, it's a classic! Stewart gives a masterclass performance,… MoreCome on, it's a classic! Stewart gives a masterclass performance, especially when he is in despair and Reed is gorgeous. One of the best Christmas films of all time. The concept of a man looking back on his life has been repeated a lot since then and to be honest it's the only jarring note in the film (the story of George's life is interesting enough without throwing in an angel) but it's easy to find fault after repeated viewing and I have seen this many times. It's a film that I will never get bored with.
I really liked [Rec]. It was one of the first films I'd seen using the… MoreI really liked [Rec]. It was one of the first films I'd seen using the handheld style to good effect and the film was genuinely scary. I haven't seen [Rec]2 yet but I know that it follows on directly from the original. This, however, is a different story and although it sacrifices the hand-held concept halfway through (a little prematurely in my opinion) this is still an effective scare machine. It also brings a bit of humour to the proceedings, especially with the groom running around with armour and a sword pretending to be St George. At just under 1.5 hours it flies by and although there isn't much we haven't seen before it's a fun little film. Good ending too.
This film really got to me. Although based on a novel you can't help… MoreThis film really got to me. Although based on a novel you can't help but be reminded of the atrocities that have occurred in America over the last 10 years. The editing of the film can make the whole thing hard to follow to begin with but it's never boring. My hands were clenched throughout most of the film, especially during the scenes between the mother and son and the tension's built up to the chilling climax. Swinton is very impressive in the role and you never know whether to sympathise with her or blame her. I don't think I'd ever want to sit through this film again but that's simply because I found the whole thing so disturbing.
I can watch this film again and again. Hoffman has fun puncturing the… MoreI can watch this film again and again. Hoffman has fun puncturing the real-life perception of himself and although he never fully convinces as a woman he comes bloody close. Throw in a young Murray and Lange and you have an 80's classic that everyone (but especially actors) will love.
An inspired performance by Toby Jones this film won't be to everyone's… MoreAn inspired performance by Toby Jones this film won't be to everyone's taste as it is quite slow and to begin with you don't understand why Baldwin deserves a story about him. However the whole thing is almost a smaller British 'Forrest Gump' and you can't help but be won over by Baldwin's optomism. The scenes with Curran's football manager are particularly endearing and also the clever idea of mixing the real Baldwin into scenes with Jones works well. An interesting curio.
A classic mix of animation and live action that still holds up today… MoreA classic mix of animation and live action that still holds up today and hasn't been bettered. It's still amazing to see the Warner Bros toons mixing with the Disney ones and wrapping it all up in a film noir storyline was an inspired idea. Hoskins also does an amazing job making you believe he actually sees Roger throughout. It must have been incredibly difficult to pull off! Adults and children will still enjoy this film (the end with Doom is still quite scary) and the fact that they haven't really repeated this trick again shows how unique the whole thing is.