Articles tagged jeffery deaver, thriller, james bond, ian fleming, 007

8 Sep 2017 // 8:30 AM

The Flipside #6: Spectre

Spectre attempts to unify classic Bond camp with the grittiness of the Daniel Craig 007 films. Can anything be salvaged from the resulting mess?

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Do We Have to Explain Everything? Director Patricio Valladares on ‘Nightworld’

"...with my previous movie Downhill, that screened at FrightFest in 2016, a lot of people were bothered by the fact that I left things in the plot without explaining them."

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‘The Prowler’ Reveals the Horror of Getting What You Want

He carries the seeds of his own desperate, grasping, clammy doom...

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Assaults the Senses From All Angles

David F. Sandberg takes a straightforward approach to horror in this atmospheric, immersive, The Conjuring spinoff.

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Through the Fog of TV Amnesia: Remembering The Briefly Lived ‘Coronet Blue’

Coronet Blue seems to be TV's earliest incarnation of the amnesiac hero, and moreover the amnesiac spy.

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‘Detour’ Director Christopher Smith Says He Hasn’t Even Started Making Horror Movies, Yet

"I think horror has become utterly boring... (E)verybody has got to pull their socks up a bit and start to dig a bit deeper," says Smith.

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‘Straw Dogs’ Searches for Human Nature but Finds Only Misogyny

The iconic value of Sam Peckinpah's filmic capture of human depravity doesn't outweigh its tired nihilism and especially its misogyny.

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Hanging Onto the Thin Skin of Space: Why ‘Dark Matter’ Matters

Dark Matter eschews the clichés of lazy sci-fi, so why isn't it more popular?

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Melts Down

David Leitch’s spy thriller is an unsuccessful blend of detached irony and detached retinas.

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With ‘Wish Upon’ You Come for the Horror and Stay for the Comedy

The clinical precision of John R. Leonetti’s simplistic horror premise is undermined by set pieces that resemble slapstick comedy routines.

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Truth ≠ Clarity: Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’ and the Melancholy of Discovery

Blow-Up taunts its viewers with a significance that never manifests, a Truth that always recedes.

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‘Le Trou’: The Escape Film Under the Microscope

In this classic escape film, Jacques Becker demonstrates that true freedom resides in endeavor.

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‘The Book of Henry’ Goes From Tearjerker to Just Plain Jerky

It’s difficult to recall a film soaring so high, only to crash beneath the weight of its own narrative and thematic blunders.

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All Moviemakers Are Liars: Nick Efteriades on His Short Noir Thriller, ‘Pronoia’ (premiere)

With the protagonist thrust into a fictional situation inspired by an actual event, Pronoia is like a fusion of Melville's Le Samourai and Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad.

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‘Berlin Syndrome’ and the Struggle of Civilising the Antisocial

Director Cate Shortland assuredly rides along on her protagonist's raw desperation, crafting a nightmarish and visceral experience off-centre of mainstream filmmaking.

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White by Northwest: ‘Twin Peaks’ and American Mortality

"White" and "weird" series such as Twin Peaks and Wayward Pines speak to an American history haunted by colonialism and racism.

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The Tense Tale of ‘Black Butterfly’ Almost Twists Itself Apart

Imagination and violence collide in this story within a story.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Descends Into Madness in a Beautiful, Finessed Kind of Way

Marching to the beat of the same drum as the first films in the series, Alien: Covenant finds extra depth in the existential dread of its divisive predecessor.

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The (Space) Ship Has Definitely Sailed on ‘Alien: Covenant’

Ridley Scott’s attempts to demystify his iconic Xenomorphs only dilute the primal terror that made them compelling in the first place

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Spy for Sale: What Does the Future Hold for the James Bond Series and for Bond Himself?

With Sony's 007 contract expired, we take a tongue-in-cheek look at how very differently the Bond films might take shape under different studios.

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