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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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Sympathy For The Devil? Gladiator’s Proximo

I love Gladiator. You could even say my love for it echoes in eternity. And a major part of that love extends to the rascally Gladiator Master Proximo, a part tailor made for the late Oliver Reed. Proximo is a merchant of death, a former gladiator himself, freed by the late Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? The Searchers’ Ethan Edwards

John Ford’s The Searchers (1956) presents a powerful character study in its protagonist / antagonist: war veteran, bigot, alluded to murderer and proverbial bad penny, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne). A man twisted by hate and stubborn pride, who returns to his family for some kind of peace and redemption, only to shatter and shear off on a […]

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