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What I thought of… SPECTRE #movie #review

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Just got back from seeing SPECTRE, and… I liked it. I’d go as far to say it was the best Bond movie since Tomorrow Never Dies (everything after that was pretty much ‘meh’ apart from The World Is Not Enough which was just diabolical).

Anyway, back to SPECTRE; it’s not going to be a Bond movie that you look back in years to come with fond recollections, but, hey, those days are probably long gone because

  1. we’re older and
  2. the world has changed.

It is however a good story, and for once the action sequences are more than just a tiresome excuse to spend a gizzillion dollars.

Two things particularly struck me;

  1. the relentless number of cheeky references to famous scenes from all the other bond movies (it really is like every time they needed some action they just dug out a few pages from an old script – but I’m not complaining – it works) and
  2. Monica Bellucci’s magical basque which she definitely isn’t wearing under her dress, but then somehow mysteriously acquires by the very next shot! That did seem odd. But maybe I’m the only one who notices when an attractive woman is laying on her bed in expensive lingerie.

What did you lot think?

What I thought of… Mercury Rising #movie #review

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This week I finally got around to watching Mercury Rising. I have to say, this restored my faith in Bruce Willis somewhat after it was all but annihilated by Die Hard 4 (in the DVD extras Mr Willis actually says he’s not sure there’s anything more he can bring to the ‘action movie’ genre – a very telling remark).

ANYWAY, this film is brilliant. Based on a novel (the good films always are it seems), this is an old fashioned thriller with a hero you’re rooting for and a story you can believe in. It’s set in the 1980s and the whole film feels as though it was made twenty years ago and someone just found it – but don’t let that put you off, it’s a delight. The hideously misleading trailer is below or here if you fancy having a look.