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  • Dr. No
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Live and Let Die
  • Licence to Kill

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  • Thunderball

    ★★★★

  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    ★★★½

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★★

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  • The Insider

    The Insider

    ★★★★½

    "Fame has a fifteen minute half-life.
    Infamy lasts a little longer."

    The Insider might be the most difficult Michael Mann movie for me to discuss. Not in terms of its quality, which is undeniable. Rather, because of how it sits within his back catalogue. Much as he would attempt to deny it, Mann's preceding pictures skew primarily towards genre. Crime thrillers, horror fantasy, historical adventure, all very easy categories for me to dissect. And The Insider occupies none of them.…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    "I gotta hold on to my angst. I preserve it because I need it. It keeps me sharp, on the edge, where I gotta be."

    Heat is arguably the nexus point for Michael Mann's entire career. He's made other movies which inspire more personal adoration from me, namely Manhunter and The Last of the Mohicans. Yet Heat is regarded by most as his greatest achievement. A magnum opus that looms over his career like a skyscraper. It's easy to see…

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    "This is going to go brilliantly."

    Much easier to take in on a second viewing. Cary Fukunaga's direction is genuinely exciting, a breath of fresh air after Sam Mendes overstayed his welcome. Every action scene is expertly executed, and the emotional moments hit like a boot to the chest. I mentioned how much I loved Daniel's performance in my previous review. However, similar acclaim should be directed at Léa Seydoux. I think she's incredible here, right up there with Diana…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    "And life is all about leaving something behind."

    That.... that was a lot to take in. And I mean a lot.

    No Time to Die is brilliant. It's very well-shot and well-acted (this might be Daniel Craig's most compelling performance as the character). It ties up his story beautifully, feeling like a sequel to Casino Royale and a sequel to Spectre. The action is breathtaking, in a way I haven't felt since Mission: Impossible - Fallout. And Hans Zimmer's music…

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  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★★½

    "I know a little German. He's sitting over there."

    10 reasons why Top Secret! is better than Airplane!:

    1. Spy movies are, like, far more fun than airplane movies.

    2. Val Kilmer > Robert Hays.

    3. That soundtrack is legitimately great.

    4. The central romance is developed in more interesting ways, and feels more engaging.

    5. There's a villain this time, and he's actually pretty good.

    6. The idea that several time periods seem to co-exist (Nazi Germany; 50's and 60's…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.