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Here is a "best of list" of the 10 spy thrillers.

  • The Ipcress File (1965)

  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

  • Charade (1963)

  • No Way Out (1987)

  • Carve Her Name With Pride (1958)

  • Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

  • The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1966)

  • Goldfinger (1964)

  • Secret Agent (1936)

  • Three Days Of The Condor (1975)

It is an interesting and eclectic list. I've seen them all and can recommend most of them, I'm not a Bourne fan and I'd put something like Lives of Others on my list well before thinking of including Austin Powers.
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I like the following movies

  • Diabolique
  • Gaslight
  • Don't Look Now
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • The Parallax View
  • The Conversation
  • The Manchurian Candidate

I enjoyed Rubicon. I'm a huge le Carré and Sandbaggers fan. I thought The Lives of Others was amazing.

What television (including animation), especially foreign, would you recommend. Why?

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John Carpenter's cult 1988 film is getting the remake treatment from Universal and studio-based Strike Entertainment, which are in negotiations to acquire the film rights with rights holder Les Mougins. Strike's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce, while Shep Gordon of Les Mougins and Carpenter will serve as executive producers.

This falls into the why bother category. The original works just fine and one could do a similar movie very easily without going into evil remake territory.

Stupid hollywood.

Now of course I need to rewatch this movie. I wish I owned it.
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Didn't I play in this game?

Apocalypse Oz
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We went and saw the 5th movie last night for the boy's birthday. Very good, probably my favorite, or maybe tied with Prisoner, I'sd have to see both to make sure.

n the book the battle at the Ministry of Magic is at best muddled. Very hard to follow and sort of anti-climatic. The movie does it much better, taking advantage of the benefits of a visual medium. The battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort was awesome, easily the best high magic battle I've seen on screen.

Well worth seeing.
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[ profile] peaseblossom will get a kick out of this.

Ray Winstone, of Will Scarlet fame (he's also done a bunch of other stuff, but we've been watching a lot of Robin of Sherwood recently), has been cast in the new Indiana Jones movie. "Although the film's plot is being closely guarded, sources said Winstone will play star Harrison Ford's sidekick."


Mar. 20th, 2007 12:42 pm
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The boy has been into Captain Marvel (the good one) a lot lately, probably thanks to Jeff Smith's current beauty of a miniseries. Well in a bit of news that is sure to warm [ profile] peaseblossom's heart it seems the producers of a Shazam movie are trying to win over Jake Gyllenhaal for the starring role.
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[ profile] peaseblossom and I went to see Pan's Labyrinth last night (7:15 showing) and I believe it is the most beautiful adult fairy tale I have ever seen brought to the big screen. The imagery is vidi, the setting told so eloquently and the story emerges from the visuals in a way that really hit me.

While the story involves a little girl on the edge of adult hood, this is not a story for kids. Its secret world where the through the looking glass and the real one are intermixed, and at the end the same, is just not meant for them. The movie is often joyless, but Del Toro uses that as his technique for telling a rich story that reverberates for me on both a personal and a political level.

That being said Del Toro shows his roots. The obvious nods to Alice, Never Ending Story, peter Pan, Narnia, Dorothy and others was heartwarming and more importantly honest, something I don't always feel from a lot of film makers.

Set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War I couldn't help but place this mentally as part of a series with The Devil's Backbone. Though I thought it was a much stronger movie in every way. (And I really enjoyed Devil's Backbone)

In short, see this movie.
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Another iconic movie twisted and ruined by Hollywood that I refuse to see. Infocult has a good wrapup of The Wicker Man remake.

I'm going to make [ profile] peaseblossom watch that again....hmm..maybe not as I just got The Changeling from the library last night. That may be fun. I don't rememebr the last time I saw that.


Jul. 5th, 2006 09:53 pm
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Tonight we finally watched Syriana, a movie I've been waiting for, and I'l be honest I feel disappointed.

The first problem was the sound, we couldn't hear a thing so we turned it u real loud and then whenever it was music, background noise or foreign language it was blaring and we could barely hear the English parts. Very annoying.

Then there was the death of kids. I find most movies, and this was no exception, needlessly kill children to show how edgy they are. I normally find it to e an element of uncreativity on the part of the writer. Death of kids when appropriate is fine, I just find most of it gratuitous.

And then the movie seemed designed to just push liberal hot buttons often at the expense of real plot. It had moments of cool political thrillerdom, but I felt it often left me flat. Pity. I was hoping for something more like Traffic there. Must be the difference between screenwriting and directing.
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CultureSpace has a nice discussion of Spirited Away, Between Worlds: On Miyazaki's Spirited Away, that has me thinking about representations of otherworlds in movies. What are your favorites?
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Why did no one tell me Christoper Nolan is directing an adapataion of Christopher Priest's The Prestige? And that Christian Bale is in it.


Oct. 8th, 2005 08:03 pm
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We finally saw Serenity which was a good SF movie but an indecent episode of Firefly.

The universe is much smaller, and much worse in regard to science.

Spoilers beyond )
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[ profile] peaseblossom and I have ben watching the Harry Potter movies the last two nights. One of the things I've noticed is that the Harry/Hermoine possible relationship is played up muc more i the 2nd movie than it is in the books.

The movies (and the books) also get a way with a lot of stuff ebcause it looks (or soudns) neat.

I'm looking forward to the 4th movie. Its going to be an interesting fall for fantasy films.
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So I'm looking at the comic blogs (I'm currently in a big comic kick and I've discovered I can learn continuity stuff from reading the blogs in 5 minutes thus not having to read the comics that really scare me) and in some coverage of some con that just happened I read:

"TOKYOPOP also plans to release a sequel manga to Labyrinth, which first hit the big screen in 1986, remained a fan favorite over the years and also served as an inspiration for MirrorMask. Its manga version will follow 13-year-old Toby as he journeys back to the Labyrinth to assume his role as the heir to the Goblin Kingdom. Manga writer Jake Forbes will write this series."

I must admit I'm interested. The Labyrinth has a certain importance in our house (though I'm no longer worried about [ profile] peaseblossom trying to bargain away our kids to the Goblin King).

I also should go and figure out what MirrorMask is supposed to be about (something I've shown a remarkable reluctance to do given that I have been reading comic blogs). I'll be honest and admit I've been less than impressed with Gaiman's recent output. But I also would like to see a good fantasy film. Well except for Nightwatch, which may or may not have been good but was certainly fun to watch.

Oh Charlie

Jul. 12th, 2005 09:00 am
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The boy and I are almost done Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which we have both been enjoying a great deal. He has, of course, seen the posters for the new movie and wants to see it. Me I'm not so sure and I'll probably just let him see the original film. Plus I'm not so sure I'm up for bringing the boy to a movie theater, he doesn't actually like movies that much.

Steve Almond (a candy afficiando if I've ever seen one) wrote his thoughts on the new movie on Salon. While I agree with him I'd like to add my frustration that the movie is clearly a remake and not a new reinterpretation of the book. For me that seems so foolish.

I really wish I could find that comic thats Charlie meets the Heart of Darkness.

EDIT: [ profile] seborn graciously pointed out that it is here.


May. 23rd, 2005 10:32 am
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Nightwatch may be one of the best genre-fantasy movies I've seen in a while. And by that I mean fantasy-thriller with vampires and wizards and evil magic. Sure it was slow, but I liked that. And the video-game playing baddie was goofy, but I did like how he was divining the future through playing a video game (one of those fight types) where he was one of the character. And there was a whole plot line that was totally unnecessary, but cool. And they divined the future with a google-like search engine. How cool is that?

Okay so it felt like a modern-magic game. Maybe Bureau 13. But to be honest that’s not a detraction. It was still very very good.

I can't wait to see a better translated subtitled version. The one [ profile] bryant got had some bad bits of translation. So much so that we missed a major plot point until about 2/3 of the way through the movie.

I can’t wait for the sequel.
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[ profile] peaseblossom and I have been watching a lot of television lately.

First was the 1st season of 24, which quite frankly, was rather disappointing. I knew it wasn't quite what I expected in the first episode when there was the airplane exploding scene. But the whole "my family is kidnapped" plotline drove me nuts pretty quikly. I thought it would have been much cooler if it was normal family stress. The presidential conetnder's family plot was good, it should have ben its own show. And it was just way way to convulted. It should have bee 8 hours tops and lost the attempt to be "real time", which it nver was. And towards the end it just got more and more goofy. Plus you never believed for a momet that any of the main characters were ever in danger, so when one actually was it was sort of goofy. I am definitely in no hurry to see any more seasons of this.

Than there was Ultraviolet which was a good police drama with vampires. Well done even if the main character was the dweebish everyman that we're supposed to identify with but really just serves to water the show down. I wanted more of Angela, Vaughn, Pearse. All of whom had interesting pasts and we're well done. Michael was just annoying. But the show still rocked even with a lame main chaarcter and I loved the world.

We watched th first 6 episodes of Dead like me which found to be a cute little teen drama with a twist. Good sense of humor, though the cosmology was not as fleshed out as I would like. I get the feeling I've seen most of what this show is capable so I don't know if I'd rent the rest of the dvds.

Hellboy.....people liked this why? Miserable plot, terrible acting and again the dweebish everyman I'm supposed to identify with but just couldn't. And Rasputin should really stop hiring Gary Gygax to design his underground fortresses. Monsters were probably much better on the big screen.
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[ profile] peaseblossom and I watched Lawrence of Arabia. the last two nights. She'd never seen the movie and it had been a long time since I last saw it. Some observations:

This movie is ripe for a remake. It could be well served by a modern cultural appreciation. A more critical view of Lawrence. And modern cinematography. Unfortunately the modern remake would be 2 hours long and they'd shoe-horn in some romantic interest.

Peter O'Toole's Lawrence is mad. Mad I say. All the Dune movies really should have chanelled him more for Muad'dib, since its obvious thats what herbert was striving for.

And Lawrence of Arabia is much different when viewing it through the Declare lense.


Jan. 6th, 2004 02:56 pm
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[ profile] bryant gave us a piratical version of Vidocq the other night that he got when he was down in Texas. Jess and I watched it last night.

It was a beautiful movie, the sets, costumes, cinetmatography, the whole atmosphere really captured the feel of oppressive, bloody Paris of the 1830s filtered through an occult lense. That part I could watch forever.

Gérard Depardieu was fun as Vidocq, though I wish he was on screen a lot more than he was.

The Alchemist was very cool looking, except when he moved. The cloak didn't transfer well to the small screen, and why did he have to be kung fu guy? He was creepier whe he was all spidery.

The plot was rather transparent, but quite fun.

But the movie was horribly edited. It shifted scenes randomly and most of the transitions hurt my head.

But it was fun, and it was about one of those really historically interesting figures, so I forgive this movie a lot. And I can safely recommend it to just about everyone on my friend's list.

I think its amsuing that most of my French movie watching has ben off the odd variety, for example Les Rivières pourpres or the over valued Brotherhood of the Wolf.


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