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Absolute Power Review

Hard-pressed to name one other book from David Baldacci, Absolute Power will have to do. Not because it is widely passed around through circles of friends to read and discuss, but because Clint Eastwood thought he’d be a great Luther Whitney. He is not entirely wrong. A master thief who may be the key to unlocking a criminal investigation involving the President of the United States, this late-1990s feature from Eastwood plays with its title rather nicely. What is there to be done when the absolute power of office is abused to cover up a cold-blooded murder? The confusion and hushed words that make themselves apparent in this thrilling script are a nice touch and the important key to unlocking Eastwood’s intentions. 

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Crimson Tide Review

If we must dive deep into the murky depths of the deep blue sea, Tony Scott, Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman are certainly the team that will offer the most entertainment. The third most powerful man in the world, the opening crawl says, is the captain of a nuclear submarine. Only Bill Clinton and a Russian are more powerful. Crimson Tide gives weight to such a proclamation, setting up a heavy story of international tensions that rely on Cold War ructions in the modern era. That war may have ended, but its impact and tensions between the two mighty powers of the world still linger. They must, considering Crimson Tide depends on the warring, fraught relations between the two.

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The Poseidon Adventure Review

At a time when disaster movies could allure big names like Gene Hackman and not cannon fodder like John Cusack or Dwayne Johnson, The Poseidon Adventure slotted in exceptionally well to the period of 1970s enlightenment. Explosives, horrors and disaster all over the place. What a mess. But what a rush, too. Not just for the audiences who wished to see death and destruction but for the cast, who find themselves portraying a wide array of utterly aimless individuals setting forth on a cruise to Athens. Why this coincides with the celebration of New Year’s is beyond comprehension, but it sets a suave backdrop for the horrors of sinking into the murky depths of the sea.  

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Bonnie and Clyde Review

While America reeled from the first pangs of The Great Depression, there was a sense the American Dream and all its patriotic glory was about to be brought to its knees. There it would remain for half a century until the fast-paced jitters of coked-up stockbrokers and self-enlightened aristocrats would beat it senseless with a pipe, the blood of a dearly cherished fantasy trickling down to fewer and fewer as the steamrolling of modernity soon came into view. Bonnie and Clyde are the resistance to that, however violent or devoid of moral their actions may be. Arthur Penn directs us through the lives of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) as their crime spree paints a streak of red across the country. 

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Welcome to Mooseport Review

“When the going gets tough, give up”, is what a presumably wise man once told Gene Hackman. Perhaps it was his agent or his financial adviser after taking a look at the books. To conquer it all, to reach the great peak and touch the sun, it is hard to consider what comes next. Where is there to go when you are at the highest rung? A twilight year can-can of Academy Awards darlings and a respectable final decade as the man audiences and critics alike come hand in hand to praise, puff-up and plead with for more? Or, as Hackman decided, the only acceptable consequence of having it all is to lumber your way into a leading role alongside Everybody Loves Raymond Romano and drift peacefully off into the sunset of retirement to spend the rest of your days writing short novels and narrating war documentaries. Quite the well-deserved break for the titan of Hollywood, but he had just enough time to cough in the mouth of his loving fans with Welcome to Mooseport 

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The Royal Tenenbaums Review

Whilst it may be some time until I can finally sit down and see a viewing of Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, I’m using the time wisely and revisiting some of his older films. I’d not been the biggest fan of The Royal Tenenbaums upon my last watch of it some years ago, and my review of it wasn’t the most flattering piece. A film that didn’t do anything for me outside of being a rather nicely directed. One of the most highly regarded films in the filmography of Anderson, reassessing The Royal Tenenbaums was an inevitability that I’d put off for quite some time.

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Unforgiven (1992) Review

Back in the not too distant year of 2019, I went through an extremely brief phase of watching old western films. No, I don’t know why either. Some of them were quite good, most of them were just alright, and a handful of them were complete wastes of time. I had many films jotted down that I would’ve liked to have gotten through, but the universe and time itself had different plans for me. One of the films on that list that I’d really wanted to watch was Unforgiven, a revisionist western directed by possibly the most popular and well-known lead of the genre, Clint Eastwood. A man who was so prevalent during this era in front of the camera puts himself in the leading role and the director’s chair too to contemplate his work throughout the once acclaimed genre.

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Superman (1978) Review

I hate Superman. I hate his smug, chiselled face. His obnoxious smirk as he saves the day in no time whatsoever. A man that can do quite literally anything, can also be made entirely redundant by a green rock if it gets too close to him. But even with this innumerable hatred towards the Last Son of Krypton, I’ve managed to avoid more or less every reference, recommendation or mention of him in the wider media. I know nothing of the character, and my exposure to possibly the most famous face of comic books comes only in the form of an episode of Smallville, an early Xbox 360 game entitled Superman Returns and whatever it was Henry Cavill was doing in Justice League. Whatever the case, I went into Richard Donner’s Superman with an open mind.

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