She flips when she hears your secrets. Demoted to the FBI, you now spend your day peddling lies. Calculating, she looks at you as she plots your demise. Sizing you up for termination. She’s wise to your cries for special consideration. But it didn’t start here. This is the end of the tale. It began with a trap so allow me to regale. Looking back, … Continue reading Informer!

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. review: new franchise?

Guy Ritchie is like… so hot right now. At least, it seems so, after his career had hit a little blip right before the Sherlock Holmes films put him back on the map. Then for his next trick he thought he’d turn his hand to the spy genre, specifically resurrecting a nostalgically adored ’60s TV show, The Man from UNCLE. Remembered fondly by those of … Continue reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E. review: new franchise?

Spy: McCarthy prods buttock

After lengthy success in TV (Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly), Melissa McCarthy finally broke through to film in 2011’s Bridesmaids, almost stealing the whole thing from the rest of the cast. In 2013 she received critical and commercial acclaim for The Heat with Sandra Bullock and, last year, starred opposite Bill Murray in quirky comedy St. Vincent. So she’s been building to a big project … Continue reading Spy: McCarthy prods buttock

Kingsman: Bond on steroids!

A dollop of James Bond, some London swagger straight out of a gritty Noel Clarke film, and a dash of the weird and fantastical lessons from Hogwarts in early Harry Potter films and… You’re not particularly close to what Kingsman: The Secret Service is all about. Ok, let’s take Colin Firth. A bit of The King’s Speech, a sprinkle of Bridget Jones and, er, this … Continue reading Kingsman: Bond on steroids!

Trailer park: monster, soldier, secret service

Time for a quick look ahead at the trailers of some films coming up. If you’re unfamiliar, I do these little ‘trailer park’ blogs from time to time of upcoming films that I’d like to see. For this one, I’m focusing on one out now and two out soon: a gritty historical action tale, an alternative type of sci-fi and a tongue-in-cheek action flick. ’71 … Continue reading Trailer park: monster, soldier, secret service

The Hour series 2: First episode review

I assume, if you’re reading this, you were a fan of the original series. If not, allow me to bring you up to speed. Released in 2011 The Hour was a drama miniseries set in a BBC newsroom studios in the 1950s, starring Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai. The premise began with ambitious, young producer Bel (Garai) being tasked by her boss to … Continue reading The Hour series 2: First episode review

Bourne again? Jeremy Renner and his green pills – Tony Gilroy’s legacy

Does it strike you as funny that of two films that are currently out at the cinema – one a remake, one a sequel of sorts – both are to do with memory loss? I am, of course, talking about the Total Recall and the Bourne Legacy, the latter of which I saw recently and want to discuss. First things first, I am a fan … Continue reading Bourne again? Jeremy Renner and his green pills – Tony Gilroy’s legacy