Spectre (2015 United Artists)

The Sam Smith theme tune is s**t, obviously, but the rest of Spectre is quite superior to most other 007 entries in the long and tortuous franchise going back to before most of us were even born. Heck, this may even be my favourite. If you’ve wanted a Bond film that successfully merges Craig’s gritty Casino Royale, with all the old school touches, look no further. Director Sam Mendes tries to create massive story-arcs that span 4 films! Adding to that he attempts to weigh in on Bond’s steely personality, giving him a back-story that almost turns him into Bruce Wayne. (Don’t laugh) In modern parlance, this is some deep s**t. [Read more…]

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Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974 Mexico/USA)

alfredogarcia4-1600x900-c-defaultIf you haven’t bought this in some format then you can never really call yourself a man. Or a woman. Or a loser. I mean, where was this artistically heading for director Sam Peckinpah? Maybe he was just trying to keep a head of his time. It’s as if Peckinpah had been on an IV drip of morphine for so long that he gave up trying to peer through the lens or follow events. He just told Warren Oates to wing it. And like all the great ones, the actor did it on the fly. [Read more…]

The Daughters Of Juarez (Teresa Rodriguez, Diana Montané)

daughters-of-juarez-9780743292047_hrWhat did I learn from this book? Don’t go to Juarez if you are a woman. Young women, many of them indigent factory workers, are being killed in a serial murder fashion, their bodies dumped in the desert.  Hundreds more are missing. Considering how close the US border is to the killing ground there has been very little coverage in the Western media about this. There is little doubt that the police, and possibly other government officials, have a hand in the reign of terror. Crime scenes are contaminated and vital evidence ‘lost.’
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The Exterminating Angel (1962 Mexico)

The-Exterminating-Angel-5835_3This film is surrealist masterpiece for all seasons. This is early Bunuel at his absurdist best with a satirical attack on the Church, the upper class and everything else in between. It echoes Jean-Paul Sartre’s  existential play, “No Exit.” Other people certainly can be hell. [Read more…]

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