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Entitled: The Untouchables

When Brian De Palma relaunched an old TV series for the 80s he did it with sheer class. A powerful cast, a sumptuous score, and an opening title sequence that lived long in the memory. The titles were put together by Richard Greenberg of R/Greenberg Associates (Superman, Alien) and they are fantastically memorable considering they are just […]

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Guilty pleasures: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen is based on the comic book by Alan Moore (writer) and Kevin O’Neill (artist). Briefly, a team of literary heroes from well known works is assembled in a steampunk version of 1899 by “M”, head of Britain’s Secret Service. Their mission is to foil the dastardly machinations of The Fantom to provoke war among […]

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The Top 10 Moments in Bond History

For absolutely no reason at all, I give you the top 10 moments in Bond film history. I am sure you will all say I am wrong, but here you are anyway. 10. “This Never Happened To The Other Fella” Taking over from Sean Connery was a very tough gig for George Lazenby, a bit like […]

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Top 10 Worst James Bond Films

  10. Quantum of Solace How do you follow an action packed and exciting rejuvenation of James Bond? With the filmic equivalent of a weak piss into an empty water bottle that you then throw from a car during a tired camping trip. Not a terrible film by any means, just incredibly MEH. Bond spends […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Untouchables

  The Union Station Shoot-out We’re so used to many directors storyboarding out scenes nowadays that it is a surprise to see how a complex piece of gun play like the railway steps scene from The Untouchables wasn’t even scripted. The surviving “Untouchables” Elliott Ness (Kevin Costner) and foot soldier Stone (Andy Garcia) discover from […]

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The Crappening — Highlander 2 : The Quickening

Making a sequel can be a risky business. If the first film was a hit, there will be big expectations. You must walk a fine line, on the one hand you have to ensure that the winning ingredient from the first film is recaptured, and on the other hand you must be careful not to […]

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Reappreciation Society: The Wind And The Lion

Writer / director John Milius counts The Wind And The Lion as one of his own favourite works; it’s a highly engaging, witty and old school adventurous examination of many of the Hollywood maverick’s marshal fascinations. It has been referred to as a cross between Lawrence of Arabia and The Wild Bunch – a comparison Milius no doubt ensures remains in […]

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Outland: In Space No-one Can Hear You Punch The Clock

Writer / director Peter Hyams’ Outland posits a hard science fiction environment of remote titanium ore mining outposts dotted throughout our solar system. In one such roughneck mining town, based on one of Jupiter’s moons, Io, new marshall William O’Neil (Sean Connery) uncovers an illegal supply of performance enhancing drugs distributed by the colony chief, Mark Sheppard […]

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Guilty pleasures: Highlander

Highlander, one of Cannon films more genuinely entertaining films of the 1980’s, takes the Joseph Campbell hero myth and spins it in a dazzling, centuries spanning, rock video styled fantasy. A fantasy that culminates in a fin de siecle clash of Titans in a decadent, decayed, eighties New York. More bang for your buck than […]

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Re-appreciation Society: The Hill

  In a world where Jack and Stan’s On The Buses antics are all available on R2 DVD, it is a crime that one of the great underrated films of not only Sir Sean Connery’s career but that of its director, Sidney Lumet, should still be unavailable on these shores. In this film, British army prisoners […]

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