The Idiot Box

Reviews & Criticisms of all things Film related.


August 2015

Spy Review #6: Austin Powers

There are just so many things to say about the Austin Powers trilogy, but where to start?

Do I make you horny baby?

No? How about ‘Yeah, baby Yeah!’

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Spy Review #5: Salt

When I first heard about the movie Salt I was all, “Woohoo! Finally, a female spy that’s a lead character! And that Tomb Raider chick is in it!”

It is such a shame then, that I was so fucking disappointed when I eventually watched it.

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Spy Review #4: Red

Red is the 2010 comic book adaption directed by Robert Schwentke and starring old favourites Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker.

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Spy Review #3: SPY

This 2015 film starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude law, is the funniest film that I have seen this year.

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Spy Review #2: True Lies

True Lies is a 1994 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie lee Curtis and Tom Arnold. Directed by James Cameron, the film was the most expensive film made at the time, with it being the first film to have a budget over $100 million. Going on to make over $378 million, the film was a commercial and critical success, winning several awards, including a Golden Globe Best Actress Award for Jamie Lee Curtis’ performance.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Based on the 1964 television series created by Sam Rolfe, The Man from U.N.C.L.E is your typical, standard spy film. Set in the early 1960’s in the middle of the Cold War, the film centres around opposing spies, CIA agent Napolean Solo, and KGB Agent IIlya Kuryakin. The two are forced to pair up when an international criminal organization, led by femme fatale Victoria Vinciguerra, try to damage the world through the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Using the daughter of a captured nuclear scientist, they race against time to save the world from nuclear catastrophe.

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Spy Month!

To celebrate the release of The Man from U.N.C.L.E, I have decided to review some of my favourite spy flicks until the end of the month.    Beginning tomorrow , I will be exploring secret agencies, conspiracies, strange gadgets, elaborate chase sequences and, best of all, spies and their deadly adversaries.

So stay tuned for a month of espionage!

Wind Back Wednesday with……SPEED

For Wind Back Wednesday, I take you all the way back to the year 1994. The year of the release of the Sony PlayStation, Ace of Base were the band of the year, and films like The Lion King and Forest Gump were released. You know what else came out? That’s right you guessed it, SPEED.

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Fantastic Four

There is really only one thing that I need to say about the new Fantastic Four film; that the name should be changed to the Fantastic Crap.

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