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chrisno1 wrote:

I don't get out much:
THE LOOKING GLASS WAR
Saw it on Talking Pictures TV. Interesting but dull like most Le Carre adaptations.

Golrush007 wrote:

I haven't seen this particular adaptation, but from everything I've heard from Le Carre fans it is probably the most disappointing screen adaptation of a Le Carre novel.

I read this book last year, I think it would be difficult to adapt to a film.
Its more like a parody of the spy genre, about a leftover spy department from World War II wallowing in nostalgia and seeing a chance to get back in the game one last time. The Circus cynically manipulates them behind the scenes to ensure they go away, but one sucker is sent behind enemy lines with tragic results.
A clever story, well structured with good character studies, but not really cinematic in its potential.

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Caught DAF on the telly yesterday. I missed the Dutch scenes. Wint and Kidd are awesome. Like the actors who have played Bond that have thier own spin on the character, the actors who played Blofeld have thier own take on that character as well. Charles Gray plays him as a suave and charming person, but is quick to weasel his way out of trouble when it all hits the fan.

I get that he is the leader of the most evil organisation  and i understand he needs to go incognito in public, but dressing him in drag? He looks like a panto dame.

Great theme song. My second favourite of the Shirley Bassey trilogy.

I think Jimmy Dean has great chemistry with Sean Connery. They work well together.

Have you ever heard of the Emancipation Proclamation?"

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ajb007/lol  I watched it on blu-ray yesterday myself.I quite like the
shabby Vegas location, before it changed to the modern city,

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hehadlotsofguts wrote:

He looks like a panto dame.

(All together) Oh no he doesn't!

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Death Wish. The new Bruce Willis one. Not sure the point of this remake, too far removed from the original and to be fair Bronson was far more convincing.

Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

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Barbel wrote:
hehadlotsofguts wrote:

He looks like a panto dame.

(All together) Oh no he doesn't!

ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol

Have you ever heard of the Emancipation Proclamation?"

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Red 2 : Not as bad as I remembered, quite fun really.

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Fate of the Furious : ( 4K uhd ) This film looks amazing in 4k, the cars
the girls, the action  ajb007/cheers and at 68 Kurt Russell is still one of the coolist
guys on the planet

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Venus (2006), with Peter O'Toole as a randy old actor openly lusting after his friend's teenage niece, played by Jodie Whitaker.  This could have been gamey, but it's actually kind of sweet and sad, with the late O'Toole in fine form.  And who'd-a thunk that Dr. Who actually looks pretty good without clothes on?

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I've just watched the trailer for "I spit on your grave : Deja vu "
ajb007/lol  I have to asume this is a piss take ? it looks terrible in a
good way, I was waiting for the late great Leslie Nielsen to make
an appearance, and "Angel has Fallen", looks fun   ajb007/martini

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Ens007 wrote:

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: Starring Zac Effron

Well acted - especially from the lead who managed to display many of Bundy's mannerisms & 'charm' very well ... however the movie could have been so much more in my opinion.  Having read a lot regarding Bundy over the years, it failed to show a lot of what he actually did (gore not even required in that regard) and how the horrifying story actually unfolded, plus it missed showing his truly evil side or his cunning.  This may well be due to it being told from the perspective of his former partner & perhaps she never truly saw the true monster that he was. 

I wouldn't put anyone off watching it, however it left me feeling like it was a missed opportunity to actually nail the story.

Pity, I was thinking of going to the cinema to see that one. That's a very rare event for me! ajb007/smile

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Enjoying the "Scary Movie"  series  ajb007/lol  I still laugh out loud at these Films ajb007/martini

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I've busted my shoulder, so I'm playing catch up:

TAKEN 3 - crikey, this was a gore fest, hated it.

THE SEA WOLVES - odd little film, dated even in 1980, had no idea it  was based on a James Leasor novel and a true story, Roger Moore is rather good in it, Gregory Peck is dreadful

THE LADY VANISHES - why exactly did they remake a classic?

THE CHASE - Excellent, Deep South melodrama, Brando was one of my idols as a youth and I rate his performance very high in this one, Clifton James has a small part, Jane Fonda is gorgeous, an underrated gem

THE PASSENGER - typically enigmatic Antonioni movie, beautiful photography, it utilises Hemingway's 'iceberg' characterisation in a cinematic form and as American studios don't understand that sort of theory, the distributor hacked it to pieces to try to make it a thriller instead of a character study. This was the long version and its very, very good indeed.

SAFE - a very worrying film, too violent with paedophilic undertones, Luv Besson did this with better characters and a multi-textured story in Leon. 

ICE COLD IN ALEX - can't believe I'd never seen this, quite a good film, the beginning is particularly fine as it introduces characters quickly and concisely while still managing to portray the unending horror and chaos of war, but I didn't care much for the all too easy ending.

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Guava Island. Good little film.

Nonso Anozie incredibly menacing would make a fantastic Bond baddie. (The perfect Mr Big!)

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A Shot in the Dark   ajb007/lol  Inspector Clouseau  ajb007/martini

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Cold Pursuit:
Not what I was expecting, not the usual  " out for revenge "
Thriller  but a very good black comedy.

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Escape Room :
  Standard saw type movie, enjoyable enough, but nothing new.

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Hard Times (1975)
Walter Hill's depression boxing drama with James Coburn (overacting as he often did in the 70s) and Charles Bronson (doing his strong, silent, brooding act to perfection). Good, but doesn't go anywhere; Roger Spottiswoode was the editor.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
I remember watching this in the cinema with a girlfriend. We enjoyed it then, but it's not as good as I remembered it. Rene Russo is dreadful. Quite why she was directed by McTierman to be such an airhead as well as a genius is beyond me. As for the odd bridging scenes where Pierce discusses his psychological make-up with Faye Dunaway, well, they were inserted just as a nod to the original movie. The credits should have been much better than they are, but are spoilt by the need to cut away from the animations to the movie itself; sometimes less is more. The music occasionally reminisces on Windmills of Your Mind. The scene where Pierce and Rene dance is awful and the love scene embarrassingly unerotic. For all that it looks glamorous, has a fun plot and Pierce Brosnan is excellent.

I haven't seen the original for years, so probably due a revisit.

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Suntan

A Greek movie about an alcoholic doctor assigned to a holiday island; the first two thirds is an intriguing study of a lost soul, caught up in an environment he doesn't understand; the climax is a trifle sordid and very unlikely. Good photography. Like many 'artistic' European movies, its lacks explanation, you can make of it what you will.

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Jane Eyre (2011) directed by Cary Fukunaga

Those who know the story this is a gothic thriller-romance, if that's a genere, and far from James Bond. Mia Wasikowska plays the title character, Michael Fassbender plays Rochester and Jamie Bell and Judi Dench are among the supporting cast. I think Fukunaga's use of light and darkness is masterfull in this movie, and many frames look like Rembrandt paintings. In spite of this he brings out great performances from the high-quality cast and the story works really well. I also noticed how the director has the patience to let  a scene "rest", just focusing on a face and let the mood and feelings play out. Children also play important roles in the film, including Jane herself as a child. I think the scenes involving children work well, he draws out good performances from the young actors and in the commentator track Fukunaga says he let them improvise a little. This is interesting since there's at least one child in Bond25.
It's also clear from the comentator track that Fukunaga is very involved in the many aspects of filmmaking, such as writing, wardrobe, music and lighting.
There's many versions of "Jane Eyre", including a rather good Mini-series from 1983 with Timothy Dalton as Rochester.

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The Italian Jon ( 1969)
a classic and always fun  ajb007/martini

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Thunderpussy wrote:

The Italian Jon ( 1969)
a classic and always fun  ajb007/martini

It's just been reissued, did you go to the cinema to see it?

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I spent Sunday night watching FATHOM (1967) with Raquel Welch.
Fun and very silly. Odd that Miss Welch does not get top billing despite being in almost every single scene of the film !
I only watched it for the bikinis and for the scenes in Nerja, Spain, where I've just been on holiday - amazingly some bits are still there, exactly the same, 50 years on !

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Not in the cinema, but on bluray.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

The Italian Jon ( 1969)
a classic and always fun  ajb007/martini

Jon?  Is that a toilet or a guy who frequents ladies of the evening?  ajb007/bond

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