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  • The Reckless Moment

    ★★★★½

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  • The Reckless Moment

    The Reckless Moment

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Spoiler-Free Synopsis - Middle class matron deals with blackmail after concealing the accidental death of her daughter's disreputable beau. Lots of spoilers follow.

    "he was better than I am - he had no illusions about himself”

    In 1951 Raymond Chandler wrote to his English publisher lauding a little known author as "for my money…the top suspense writer of them all”. The writer was Elizabeth Sanxay Holding and the 3rd of the books Chandler named – The Blank Wall – has…

  • When the Wind Blows

    When the Wind Blows

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In 1982 people were getting nervous about the possibility of nuclear war. As well as Dimbleby documentaries, Young Ones episodes, the TV series Whoops Apocalypse, we had multiple nuclear themed dramas - Threads, the British one, had events coming to head in the Middle East and the world fell apart in only a month. In the real world? Events seemed to be coming to a head in the Middle East.

    It was also the year that Raymond Briggs, known only…

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  • Nameless Gangster

    Nameless Gangster

    Choi is solid, but the film itself is all over the place and barely bothers to join up the set-pieces.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

    ★★★★

    In a way I wonder if Pacific Rim started with someone obsessing over easily the dumbest bit of Independence Day until they conceived of a world where they could repeat the scene where it wouldn’t be nonsense. And there are a lot of nods to Independence Day in Pacific Rim, not least the speech that features in the trailer as Idris Elba goes all Henry V. A couple to Godzilla too, unsurprisingly given the subject matter. And the remake of…