Category Archives: Films

Thoughts on Spectre

On Sunday I went to see Spectre, the most recent James Bond and the fourth starring Daniel Craig.  I didn’t expect much, not after having been rather disappointed with Skyfall, and sure enough I thought it was pretty ordinary. My … Continue reading

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The Demise of Jean-Claude Van Damme

Flicking through the film listing on the flight back from Thailand a few weeks ago, I noticed they were showing a film featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Does anyone remember him?  I do.  When I was a teenage boy he was … Continue reading

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A review of 24: Season 1

Seeing that I am sitting about for 24 hours, and being decidedly grumpy about the whole thing now that the snow has stopped, the sun is shining, and there are still 2 hours to go before I was supposed to take … Continue reading

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Upon winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Syriana, George Clooney said: “We are a little bit out-of-touch in Hollywood…I think that’s probably a good thing.” Syriana is a film largely about the workings of the oil and gas industry, … Continue reading

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Lord of War

Just before I went off to Korea, I went to see Lord of War at the cinema. Nicholas Cage stars as Yuri Orlov, a Ukrainian-American from a poor family in New Brighton Brighton Beach who becomes an international arms dealer. … Continue reading

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Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром!

Despite the approach of October both heat and humidity are not improving in the UAE, so watching DVDs is still a valid way to spend a few hours. Last weekend a friend lent me a Russian film from 1975 called … Continue reading

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Empire of the Wolves & The Descent

Yesterday, having little better to do, I killed half a day by going to the cinema to watch back-to-back films. The first was L’ Empire des loups, or by its English title, Empire of the Wolves. It was not rated … Continue reading

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