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The Spy Who Loved Me Review

Changing tact, the James Bond series preserved James Bond not just as a womanising secret agent with foul intentions and a penchant for getting the job done, but also as a clumsy scamp who is one eye-roll away from parody. Roger Moore was the reason for that, and some of his features are better for it. They feel awkward and janky, but The Spy Who Loved Me at least straddles the shark-jumping opportunities as well as it can. Live and Let Die did too. All the natural elements of the Bond feature are here, from the Russian villains to the suave and steady one-liners. But it is their implementation here that strikes up some surprisingly confident turns from Moore.

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Pale Rider Review

Diving into the religious subtext and need for faith, Clint Eastwood marks a swerve from the morally ambiguous anti-hero of High Plains Drifter. A necessary swerve, not just to mark up a real hero, but to accept the time of the western domination was over. Eastwood would do so again in Unforgiven to truly hang up the hat and six-shooters, but Pale Rider serves as an ambiguous, touching look at what faith in other people means to Eastwood. Embodied not just by Eastwood’s inevitably nameless character, but by those who pray for his help and his power as a man of God and of justice. Sergio Leone’s influence strikes a note with Pale Rider and the direction found within, but that is a trivial expectation, and a rewarding one at that.  

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