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  • North Sea Hijack

    North Sea Hijack

    ★★★★

    "Both my parents died tragically in childbirth."

    North Sea Hijack pretty much begins with Lloyds of London realising that oil rigs are a potential target for terrorists or criminals and that they bloody well ought to have a plan in place just in case.

    So they bring in ffolkes, a man with his own private band of marines, who figures out how one would go about hijacking a rig and from there, how he would foil such a plan.

    fflokes,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Happy birthday to 2001, yes, it's been 50 years since it went on general release. Just think on that for a moment, 50 years. Think about how far cinema had come in the half century before Kubrick made this film and how far it's come in that same amount of time since then and you realise, if you hadn't already, what an extraordinary achievement it is.

    Now I'm sure there are people out there who like to decry the love…

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  • This Island Earth

    This Island Earth

    ★★★½

    Joe Wilson (Robert Nichols) is clearly in awe of, and probably more than a little in love with, his boss Cal Meacham (Rex Reason). And who wouldn't be? With a name like that, and a jawline to match. He's strong, sexy, handsome and tall, with a deep all-American voice, just a glance their way and the gals must drop their knickers, not to mention Joe. And not only that, but he's a superstar atomic scientist who is on first name…

  • Ferrari: Race to Immortality

    Ferrari: Race to Immortality

    ★★★★½

    Not so much the story of Ferrari itself or Enzo himself, but of the men who raced for him in the mid to late 50s, in particular, Luigi Musso, Alfonso de Portago, Eugenio Castellotti, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn. Most of all the last two.

    The film chooses, wisely, not to put the the historians, fellow drivers, wives and girlfriends on screen, except at the very end, instead their reminiscences accompany some truly glorious footage.

    Not to spoil anything, but…

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  • Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman

    ★★★

    The story of how two pre-teens, both of whom appear to be delusional and one of whom has been diagnosed as schizophrenic attempted to murder a friend of theirs believing that they are acting under the instructions of Slenderman.

    The thing that lies at the heart of their delusion and what makes it so difficult to break is exactly the same thing that lies at the heart of religious beliefs and that is the inability of anyone to disprove the…

  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★★

    007 Rank-A-Thon

    At last a realistic Bond villain, at least in terms of his aims and the method by which he's setting out to achieve it, flooding the US with a couple of tons of opium (it sounds much more charming than heroin) which will be given away for free thereby knocking out all the competition in one fell swoop. I'm not sure it would actually work out like that but it's not completely unrealistic and what's more the price…