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  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • From Russia with Love
  • Licence to Kill
  • Live and Let Die

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  • Spectre

    ★★★★

  • Night Watch

    ★★½

  • Death Train

    ★★★

  • Black Widow

    ★★★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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  • Night Watch

    Night Watch

    ★★½

    "Total information meltdown."

    Night Watch is not just a TV thriller, but a sequel to another TV thriller, Death Train. Both are based on books by Alistair MacNeill, although both clearly want to be Bond-style action espionage capers. Especially this one, as it has a plot about art forgery and weaponised satellites which largely takes place in Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Unfortunately Night Watch feels much stupider and more overblown than its predecessor, and that's saying something. Watchable for some…

  • Death Train

    Death Train

    ★★★

    "Hey, remember: only the young die good."

    Based on the book by Alistair MacNeill (itself based on notes by Alistair MacLean), Death Train involves a hijacked train, two nuclear bombs, and an organisation called UNACO: the United Nations Anti-Crime Organisation. Given the high stakes and high concept, this could've easily been the plot of a Hollywood thriller. As is, it's a solid TV production, with decent action, satisfying tension, and fun villains in Christopher Lee and Ted Levine.

    Talking Brosnan:

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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.