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Friday Bowie is art

You’re hanging out in London, what should you do, why not go to a museum full of DAVID BOWIE IS.

Quick Movie Review – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Capt. Jack Aubrey: England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship is England.

Another richly detailed naval saga, with incredibly visceral sea battles and a much finer eye toward cinematography.  The endless lionizing of the crew, spotty characterization, erratic pacing and obnoxious would be Darwin subplot do diminish what would otherwise be an incredible film though.


Quick Movie Review – The Guard

The Guard

Sergeant Gerry Boyle: The FBI lad, probably hadn’t had this much fun since they burned all those kids up in Waco.

A comedy as dark as black coffee and very much in the same vein as In Bruges (also starring Brenden Gleason and helmed by the director’s brother).  Funny, though the humor is perhaps too reliant on inappropriate shock jokes and the lead being an ass, and interesting to watch even when the plot seems a bit predictable.


Quick Movie Review – The Bounty

The Bounty

Bligh: He was insubordinate, cowardly and insubordinate, he frightened the men, I did not put that fear there, he did. So he will be lashed and we will go around the Horn.

One of the greatest casts you’ll find in a film, and some incredible detail even for a period piece.   The scope of the story leads to a good bit of disjointed scenes, and some underdeveloped characters, but it is overall a stunning film to see.


What I Just Read – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is John le Carré Cold War espionage mystery, as his reoccuring protagonist George Smiley searches for a Soviet mole within the top echelons of British Intelligence.

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Quick Movie Review – The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File

Palmer: You didn’t come here to talk to me about button mushrooms and birds.

A decent enough attempt at making a Bond knock-off with more Britishisms and less wacky hijinks.  Michael Caine does well, but his talents are largely wasted in the deadpan, restrained snarker he plays, and the rest of the film is a pretty by the numbers spy plot.


Quick Movie Review – Harry Brown

Harry Brown

Harry Brown: You failed to maintain your weapon, Son.

A dark, bleak, dark, dirty, daaaark, and rather despairing treatment of the British lower classes, culture, and vigilantism.  A fantastic cast, and a gripping film, but it suffers from a dire lack of humor, hope, or any sort of lightness to give some dynamic contrast to the endless darkness.


Quick Movie Review – Zulu


Adendorff: What the hell do you mean “cowardly blacks?” They died on your side, didn’t they? And who the hell do you think is coming to wipe out your little command? The Grenadier Guards?

The pinnacle of pith helmet British colonial films: a bit of jingoism, a pinch of paternalism, a bit of white guilt, a dash of the Empire’s triumph over the savage, a glimpse at the horror of war, a bit of aristocracy vs. the resentful lower classes, and a ton of violence.  The carnage is exhausting, the production quality is phenomenal, and the acting is unassailable… if only the racial implications of the event weren’t so unfortunately.


Quick Movie Review – The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Ambassador: You have muddled everything from the start, taking that child with you from Marrakesh.

Technically great, as you would expect from a Hitchcock film, with some incredible visuals and villains that were somewhat more complicated than your standard fare.  I think the real issue I had with this was it was just soaked in provincialism and racism that made it tough to sympathize with the obnoxious American protagonists.


Quick Movie Review – Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Narrator: A lady who sets her heart upon a lad in uniform must prepare to change lovers pretty quickly, or her life will be but a sad one.

Every scene in this film is like a living 18th century painting, and comes with the incredible attention to detail and artistry you expect from Stanley Kubrick.  Perhaps a bit too slow-paced and long for most people, but I think it’s one of the best films ever made.



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