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  • The Sound of 007

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

  • The Fury

    ★★★★½

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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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  • The Sound of 007

    The Sound of 007

    ★★★★

    "When you're in the womb, you hear two things: a heartbeat, and the Bond theme."

    Very similar to Everything Or Nothing: a thoroughly enjoyable documentary that's catnip for fanboys like me, which would be even better if it was slightly longer. Some contributors are largely ignored - Bill Conti, Michael Kamen, Éric Serra, and most sadly, Chris Cornell - while Monty Norman feels totally overshadowed by the magnificence of John Barry. Hardly comprehensive then, but still extremely watchable.

    Director Mat…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    "It's not the plane. It's the pilot."

    I know I'm about four months behind everyone else in discovering this film, but Holy Fucking Shit. Two viewings in one Saturday - one theatrical, one at home - didn't feel like enough.

    I can say in all seriousness that Top Gun: Maverick is one of the most exhilarating cinematic experiences I've ever had. Not since Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood have I left my local theatre on such a supermassive high.…

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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.