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Sympathy For The Devil? The Long Good Friday’s Harold Shand

“You don’t crucify people! Not on Good Friday!” Like its London gangster anti-hero Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins), The Long Good Friday, completed in 1979 but not released until the next year by Lew Grade’s nervous lackeys, straddles the tired old Britain of Labour and the brash, unfeeling new Conservatism of the upcoming ’80’s. Harold, an old […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Who Loves Ya, Blofeld?

Rumours abound that Christoph Waltz, tipped as a villain in the upcoming James Bond screen adventure, may play that most infamous of the secret agent’s adversaries, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. In keeping with the more grounded take of late, I hope that, if true, his Blofeld follows in the urbane footsteps of the Telly Savalas iteration […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Gone Girl

Spoilers abound Gone Girl – not quite a mystery or thriller, not quite a straight satire on modern marriage either. It’s almost War Of The Roses without the slapstick; instead, a dash of De Palma, with Verhoeven’s va-va-voom, and a Hitchcock glacial blonde, pulling all the strings. In its delirious, mid-point bait and switch, and […]

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