Review – Kill List

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Kill List

Ben Wheatley

2011, UK

Jay is a married father who argues regularly with his wife. He hasn’t worked in months and their money is dwindling. Jay’s friend Gal comes to a dinner party with his new girlfriend and offers him work. They are hitmen. Jay and Gal take the job and work their way through the hits, but as the list gets smaller (and Jay’s murders get increasingly more violent) they wonder whether it the job isn’t too much for them to handle. But is it too late to walk away?

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Review – Argo

Argo

Ben Affleck

2012, USA

Tehran, 1979. After the Iranian rebellion deposes the Shah, Mohammad Reza, the American government grants him protection. The riots that follow focus their vitriol on the US embassy. After six American embassy workers are able to escape, they find refuge with the Canadian Ambassador. A plan must be formulated to rescue them, and formulated it is: to develop a cover story that the escapees are filmmakers, location scouting for an upcoming science fiction film.

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Wong Kar-wai – In the Mood for Dancing (video)

Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is so exquisitely rendered and precisely calibrated that it seems it could only have ever been conceived of as the pensive, formal meditation that it is. But surprisingly, neither Wong nor his stars—Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung—knew exactly what shape the film was going to take when they started working on it. As Wong’s behind-the-scenes documentary @ In the Mood for Love (a supplement on the criterion DVD edition) reveals, when they began shooting, the general sense of the project was more “naughty, erotic,” as Leung describes it, and even a bit goofy. Wong later made the decision to reshoot the entire movie, but delightfully, some of the footage from that original lighter film still exists. Watch this deleted scene, introduced by Leung, which will give you an idea of what the other In the Mood for Love might have been.

 

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Review – Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

Marc Forster

2008, UK

Mr. Bond dives deeper into the Quantum organisation in an attempt to avenge the death of his lover. He discovers a plan to stage a coup d’état in Bolivia in an attempt to seize control of the country’s water supply.

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Review – The Yakuza

The Yakuza

Sydney Pollack

1974, USA

A retired detective is asked by an old friend to help find his daughter who has been kidnapped by a yakuza clan in Tokyo. The detective (Robert Mitchum) has to travel back to the island and face his past love, her brother and an ever expanding series of events.

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Review – Rust and Bone

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)

Jacques Audiard

2012, France/Belgium

A Killer Whale trainer, after surviving a tragic accident, decides to contact the bouncer of a nightclub who drove her home some time before. She finds him, especially the darker side of his personality, fascinating as his manner with her gives her the confidence to push through her depression and see a way to carry on.

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