Tag Archives: 1960s

A Murder of Quality [1964] and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [1974]

I wasn’t really aware of John le Carré until the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [2011] came out. I enjoyed the film quite a lot, even though on reflection, not much actually happens. I picked up the novel in the … Continue reading

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Best Picture Oscar: Hidden Figures [2016]

Hidden Figures is the heart-warming tale of three gifted African American women who work for NASA, and their contributions to the early stages of the space race. It shows their contribution to the first crucial attempt to get an American … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

There were quite a few failed attempts to create the Panama canal before someone finally got it done. The problem wasn’t really a technical one, it was malaria. We’d always wanted a direct route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, … Continue reading

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Hell or High Water [2016]

In some senses, the purer the genre format, the cleaner the basic construction of an artistic work, the more revealing it really is of the culture that it’s exploring. This is a very pure genre outing indeed, about a bank … Continue reading

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Birth of the Dragon [2016]

This was nothing short of a wholesale cultural appropriation, a colonial appropriation of Kung Fu and its most important proponent in The West, Bruce Lee. It was so good-natured, predictable, clean-cut, and all-American – a Kung Fu film without a single … Continue reading

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. [2015]

I absolutely loved this film. I enjoyed every second of it fairly unreservedly, and my opinion of it has gradually increased as it’s had time to percolate through my mind to the point where I am considering elevating it to … Continue reading

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The Ipcress File [1965]

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