The Idiot Box

Reviews & Criticisms of all things Film related.



Jason Bourne (2016)

I have mixed feelings about this movie. I liked the previous films, including The Bourne Legacy. This newest addition to the franchise gives us everything that we had previously been given in the other films. Espionage, conspiracy, intrigue, fast paced action. The downside to all of this, is that it is expected and not all that invigorating. There is nothing in this film that we haven’t seen before, and after four movies, there should be more to the story.

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The latest addition to the James Bond franchise, is exactly what you expect from a Bond film; an action packed, stunt filled espionage drama with sexy women for the misogynistic spy to sleep with.

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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!

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