Tag Archive: John Barry

The Whisperers

BBB.5 (out of 5) Edith Evans is excellent as a woman who is slowly losing touch with reality thanks to the decay of age and her perpetual loneliness.  Among her many delusions are her… Continue reading

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Saturn 3

B (out of 5) Earth is overcrowded and harvesting food has been outsourced to other celestial bodies manned by small crews, including a moon of Saturn where Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett live completely alone… Continue reading

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The Black Hole

BB (out of 5) Disney enters the space race after the success of Star Wars has studios scrambling to get their own intergalactic projects into theatres and take advantage of the genre’s popularity.  A crew aboard… Continue reading

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Boom

BB.5 (out of 5) You’ll wonder if perhaps the stars and crew of this film were vacationing on Capri and had to improvise a movie to justify making someone else pay the bills. Richard Burton plays… Continue reading

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The Day Of The Locust

BBB (out of 5) William Atherton begins to work as an art director at a movie studio during the Golden Age of Hollywood, taking up residence at a crummy apartment complex. The San… Continue reading

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Inside Moves

BBBB (out of 5) John Savage attempts suicide by throwing himself off a building and miraculously survives, permanently disabled due to the injuries he sustains.  His rehab is followed by him discovering a bar… Continue reading

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Thunderball

BBB (out of 5) James Bond is on the scene once again when the diabolical SPECTRE organization steals a test-model airplane loaded with dangerous nuclear weapons. The company holds the entire world hostage… Continue reading

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From Russia With Love

BBBBB (out of 5) James Bond’s adventures continue, just as fast and fantastic as they were the first time around.  In this second installment, Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to Istanbul to recover… Continue reading

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Somewhere In Time

BBBB (out of 5) I call this one the Gone With The Wind of Harlequin romances. Christopher Reeve is wonderful as a hunky playwright who is approached after one of his plays by… Continue reading

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Indecent Proposal

B (out of 5) Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson play a couple whose plans to get ahead in their careers are thwarted by an economic recession that sees them possibly losing their dream home. Going… Continue reading

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The Specialist

BB.5 (out of 5) If you miss the good old days of Sylvester Stallone in movies like Cobra and Rambo, you’ll have a great time watching this collection of big bombs and naked breasts.… Continue reading

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent Bond adventure stars George Lazenby in his only outing as the dashing 007. After saving a beautiful young woman (Diana Rigg of The Avengers) from committing suicide, James Bond is… Continue reading

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Born Free

BBBBB (out of 5) The joyous tale of Elsa the lioness that has entertained all ages for decades is still just as fresh and moving now as it was in 1966. The story… Continue reading

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Jagged Edge

BBB.5 (out of 5) While this film doesn’t offer a murder mystery much different from any popular paperback novel, the experience of going through the colour-by-numbers plot is fun.   Glenn Close is excellent… Continue reading

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Midnight Cowboy

BBBBB (out of 5) Cowboy Jon Voight leaves a boring small town life behind and heads to New York City where he plans to become a big-time hustler, studding himself out to gorgeous, rich… Continue reading

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The Man With The Golden Gun

BB.5 (out of 5) Should go on record as the funniest Bond film in the franchise, though not intentionally. This time, agent 007 (Roger Moore) is sent after a crazed millionaire (well what… Continue reading

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Diamonds Are Forever

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sean Connery‘s last official James Bond performance was accentuated by a bad toupee in this enjoyable adventure. This time, Bond has finally killed Blofeld and returned home in triumph.… Continue reading

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Goldfinger

BBBBB (out of 5) It took three films to get here, but this is where the birth of Bond-mania begins! Flashy cars, awesome gadgets, gorgeous gals and a supersexy spy with a devilishly… Continue reading

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Walkabout

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stunning early film by visual genius Nicolas Roeg. It stars Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg as two children whose seemingly normal father drives them into the middle of the Australian desert… Continue reading

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Petulia

BBBB (out of 5) Famous surgeon George C. Scott meets loopy Julie Christie at a benefit and is immediately smitten with her. Unfortunately, she is already married to a callous, wealthy socialite (Richard Chamberlain) who… Continue reading

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Star Wars

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This science-fiction blockbuster breathed new life into the genre by creating a space opera (inspired by director George Lucas’s love of Japanese samurai films) in which passionate character conflicts… Continue reading

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The Living Daylights

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A better Bond adventure hadn’t been seen in years when this exciting film was released in 1987, with a brand new actor in the lead and fresh plot elements.… Continue reading

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A View To A Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roger Moore was far too old to be playing the world’s greatest superspy by the time he got around to filming his last James Bond adventure, something even he admitted,… Continue reading

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Octopussy

BBBB (out of 5) Though this Bond adventure, the sixth to star Roger Moore, isn’t as smooth on action as others and does feature Bond in a clown costume, it’s still a grand… Continue reading

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Moonraker

B.5 (out of 5) James Bond reaches for the stars and sinks to the very bottom of the heap. This ridiculous film is just about as bad as Bond films could possibly get;… Continue reading

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You Only Live Twice

BBBB (out of 5) When an American spaceship disappears into what looks like a thieving Russian aircraft, the entire planet is on the brink of World War III unless British command headquarters can… Continue reading

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The Ipcress File

BBBB (out of 5) The opposite of James Bond is Michael Caine‘s superspy Harry Palmer: he wears glasses, is a bit lanky, never cracks a smile and is hard to get to know.… Continue reading

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The Scarlet Letter

BB.5 (out of 5) Demi Moore‘s Harlequin version of the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne novel (which, in all fairness, the film never claims to be directly based on) is well acted but airheaded and… Continue reading

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Seance On A Wet Afternoon

BBBBB (out of 5) Kim Stanley is riveting as a British medium who devises a crafty plan to promote her services and make her and her husband rich. They decide that he (Richard Attenborough)… Continue reading

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A Clockwork Orange

BBBB (out of 5) Thoroughly disturbing but intelligent and satisfying adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel. Malcolm McDowell is excellent as the leader of a group of thugs who beat up harmless old men and… Continue reading

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Zulu (1964)

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Caine‘s major film debut came about in this sober but exciting war drama. Following the defeat of British forces at the battle of Isandlhwana in January 1879 by… Continue reading

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Body Heat

BB.5 (out of 5) Movie audiences were introduced to the purring voice and stunning beauty of Kathleen Turner in this Basic Instinct pre-cursor. Turner plays a gorgeous socialite who becomes lovers with a low-rent… Continue reading

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Superman II

BBBB (out of 5) Superfun sequel to the 1978 original, with better character development and a zippier pace. Now that Lex Luthor is safely locked away in prison, the world can rest easy… Continue reading

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Superman

BBB.5 (out of 5) Despite an extended opening setup, this is an exciting and inventive film version of the classic comic book superhero. Christopher Reeve is perfectly cast as the man of steel,… Continue reading

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Howard The Duck

0 (out of 5) One of the most famous bombs in movie history, and rightly so.  George Lucas truly laid an egg when this multimillion dollar adaptation of the Marvel Comics character hit… Continue reading

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Dances With Wolves

BBBBB (out of 5) It’s been decades since a glorious western has lit up the big screen, and this one manages to do it beautifully. Kevin Costner plays a weary Civil War soldier whose… Continue reading

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Peggy Sue Got Married

BBBBB (out of 5) Kathleen Turner gives one of the best performances ever committed to film as the title character, a forty-something woman who experiences a fainting spell at her twenty-fifth year high school… Continue reading

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The Cotton Club

BBBB (out of 5) Only a filmmaker of Francis Ford Coppola’s skill could make such a mess of a film into something so enjoyable. The weakly plotted screenplay intends to tell of two… Continue reading

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Frances

BB.5 (out of 5) Frances Farmer rose up from a small town existence to become one of Hollywood’s brightest stars in the 1930s. Dissatisfied with the token roles handed out to women at… Continue reading

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Playing By Heart

BBBB (out of 5) Three women all have relationship troubles and are currently trying to work them out:  Madeleine Stowe is having a clandestine, sex-only affair with a friend (Anthony Edwards) who is not… Continue reading

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Robin And Marian

BBBB (out of 5) The fables of Robin Hood are told somewhat differently in this wonderful film. Sean Connery plays the aging nobleman who comes home from fighting the crusades a tired and beaten… Continue reading

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Mercury Rising

BB.5 (out of 5) Anyone looking to spend an easy two hours with their favourite action hero will have a good time. Bruce Willis is his usual reluctant hero self, forced to protect a… Continue reading

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The Lion In Winter

BBBB (out of 5) In 12th century England, King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) sits atop his throne and hesitates to name his successor. Instead, he invites all the rivals to the crown to… Continue reading

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Out Of Africa

BBBBB (out of 5) Before she became a famous author under the nom de plume Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen (nee Dinesen) lived for many years in Kenya and tended to the coffee farm she and… Continue reading

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Chaplin

BBB (out of 5) Richard Attenborough seems to be under the impression that a film about silent-screen giant Charlie Chaplin’s various sex scandals makes for a revealing look into his career. Not so,… Continue reading

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Enigma

BB.5 (out of 5) Dougray Scott plays a British code breaker during World War II who, after completing his assignment deciphering the messages of the German encryption device Enigma years before, had a… Continue reading

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