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  • Rush Hour

    Rush Hour

    And Jackie has arrived...

    After 20 years of endlessly fascinating action cinema and very much doing things his own way, he was just too big a star to not crossover to America. And yes, there were failed attempts before, but in some ways, these were necessary - if he hits it big in 1980 or 1985, is he just on the Hollywood Toughguy Trash Heap by the early 90's? Do we even get Police Story, Project A, Dragons Forever, Miracles?…

  • Who Am I?

    Who Am I?

    Another double-watch for me as the first viewing was the international cut release - I don't do this intentionally, it's simply that they are more readily available. And before I start the full review, I've really got to get into this...

    This tampering of foreign films by American distributors really was awful around this period. The treatment of this film by some of the cuts and re-arranging of scenes is just terrible. The film is called "Who Am I?" and…

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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    Four years is a long time in the world of James Bond films, and in 2006, Eon hit the hard reset button with Daniel Craig’s first outing - Casino Royale. It was something they’d been hinting at, going back as far as the late-80s with Timothy Dalton - a push away from the increasingly lighthearted and camp Roger Moore films. But in all honesty, they never really left the outlandish heart of the franchise, instead dressing it all up as…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    I remember British film critic Mark Kermode's review of Skyfall beginning along the lines of "and we're back" and it's hard to argue with that sentiment. Quantum of Solace, without being a terrible film, just felt like yet another Bond movie, whereas Daniel Craig's first outing felt anything but.

    And as we know with so many franchises, once that malaise sets in, it can be very difficult to pull back out of it. Nowadays, producers tend to bail as soon…