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  1. Sweeping Strings

    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    McGann is great, though. And finally, the budget to do the Tardis interior justice!
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    James Bond #25

    Slight deviations - OHMSS ends with Blofeld thwarted, but Bond heartbroken rather than triumphant. Licence To Kill ... all the 'formula' things happen but they're within the framework of Bond seeking revenge for what the bad guy did to his friends. His 'going it alone' insubordination was perhaps only previously matched by him threatening to resign in the aforementioned OHMSS. Casino Royale ... Bond may foil Le Chiffre, but doesn't get to kill him (granted, this follows the novel). We've never seen torture hospitalise Bond before. And like OHMSS, the woman he was prepared to give up MI6 for dies in his arms.
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    James Bond #25

    We get ... anniversary 'nods' handled much, much better than they were in Die Another Day. A bad guy who is both 'old-school' (island lair) and modern (bisexual cyber-terrorist). Pleasingly modern reintroductions of Q and Moneypenny. A strong sense of proud patriotism (but not the twatty UKIP sort). Some of the finest cinematography of the entire series (some of the shots in China and the Scottish moors take the breath away). A firm 'shutting down' of the stupid idea that 'James Bond' is a passed-along codename (the film makes it very clear that Bond is his FAMILY name). A genuinely moving final scene between Dench's M and Craig's Bond. Some A1 action (of course). The Craig era's best theme song in Adele's 'Skyfall'. Oh yeah, it's a good 'un all right.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    I've seen some Seinfeld ... not bad, but I prefer (and have seen all of apart from the most recent season) Curb Your Enthusiasm. There's a little bit of Larry in all of us, lol.
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    James Bond #25

    I thought Skyfall was terrific, and despite some misjudgements (choosing to reintroduce Blofeld to the series with that 'family' angle, for instance) SPECTRE isn't so bad.
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    James Bond #25

    It used to be enough for the Bonds to be solidly enjoyable action adventures, but it seems nowadays Barbara Broccoli also wants artistic respectability (hence the hiring of arthouse-ish directors like Marc Foster, Sam Mendes and Danny Boyle ... even though that last one didn't work out). And the likes of the probing of Bond's psyche. Possibly a return to more 'journeyman' directors (the modern-day equivalents of Martin Campbell, Roger Spottiswoode and Michael Apted) might see the series return to the new-movie-every-couple-of-years cycle?
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Blazing Saddles - granted it maybe tails off a bit towards the end, but for the most part Mel Brooks' riotous spoof Western (complete with an honesty of language in the satirising of racial attitudes that would make a millennial's hair curl) is still a hoot 44 years on.
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    The reply with a movie quote story game.

    That's no moon!
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    The reply with a movie quote story game.

    East, West, points of the compass.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Newer films)

    American Animals - another movie based on a true story, but considerably better told than BlacKKKlansman. Kind of the antidote to all the 'slick' heist movies you've seen.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    This Is The End - various playing-themselves Hollywood types (James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill etc) attempt to survive the Apocalypse. It made for acceptably chucklesome Saturday-night-with-a-few-beers entertainment.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Oh yes ... breezy fun at just 80 minutes. The changing of Hannay's nationality to Canadian and then him being played by the none-more-English Robert Donat raised a smile.
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    Pet Peeves

    I like to celebrate mine, usually in the form of a meal with friends on whichever Fri/Sat evening falls closest to it (unless it's actually on one of those days, of course). I take the day off work, too. It was good this year ... it fell on a Sunday so I did the meal thing the night before and then on the day itself I had lunch out, caught a movie, had dinner out, went to a low-key stand-up show and then finished off with a live cover-versions band in a bar .
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935) - that's another Hitchcock I can 'chalk up', and means that the only big-screen adaptation of John Buchan's classic adventure tale I haven't seen is the Kenneth More starring version from 1960 (apparently it's the least well-regarded, though). Amusing that the '78 version with Robert Powell is probably best remembered for him dangling from the hands of Big Ben ... this isn't to be found in the novel, presumably it was felt that a Bond-style 'superstunt' was required.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Newer films)

    I seem to remember quite enjoying She's Gotta Have It and Inside Man.
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