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  • 17th
    January

    The Fassbender's advice on Scotch

    The Fassbender's advice on Scotch

    We had to look this up, but we were fascinated to learn that "Fass" is German for "barrel", particularly with regards rifle barrels, so Michael Fassbender (Henceforth: The Fassbender) heralds from a proud lineage of um... rifle barrel benders? Is this a uniquely German occupation? What does it accomplish? The mind boggles.

    The Fassbender is pictured above in his super-cool role in Tarrantino's Inglourious Basterds. He remains unruffled despite just stuffing up German-style finger counting 101, but he leaves us with this sage advice "There's a special rung in hell reserved for people who waste good scotch". Well said sir!

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  • 16th
    January

    Ladies and Gentleman... Mercury

    Ladies and Gentleman... Mercury

    What movie did Danny Boyle make just before Slumdog Millionaire? Sunshine. It's inexplicable to us why Slumdog should garner such praise while Sunshine remains an overlooked masterpiece.

    Sunshine echoes the mood of recent meditative sci-fi such as Soderbergh's Solaris, but is arguably the best of this genre since 2001: A Space Odyssey (we'll call it a tie with Moon - more about that another time). It superficially deals with a (somewhat unlikely) doomsday scenario, but it is the unravelling of the human relationships that gradually build a psychological tension which carries the film to it's satisfying climax. The awesome visuals (witness the transit of Mercury in the photo above) and immersive sound track provide the perfect backdrop to the drama.

    The Blu-Ray version includes a fascinating director's commentary, but it is the addition of a commentary from the film's science adviser Dr Brian Cox which makes this a must have.

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  • 14th
    January

    McQueen: Just Chill'in on the Sofa

    McQueen: Just Chill'in on the Sofa

    Quite simply Steve McQueen was the King of Cool. In this iconic photo from LIFE he's sporting sandshoes/no socks, rugged shirt, Rolex (note: worn on right wrist) and his trademark Persol sunglasses - still as cool today as ever.

    Oh yes, and he's also pointing a 357 Magnum at someone, presumably because that Coors sitting on the table is empty and he needs a refill.

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  • 11th
    January

    The Third Man - Criterion Collection

    The Third Man - Criterion Collection

    Orson Welles appearances in The Third Man are brief, a cameo really, but he carries it with such dark charm & menace that his performance endures in the viewers' memory years later. Set in post-war Vienna the ruins of the city are a protagonist in their own right. It passes judgement on each character by placing them in shadows cast from broken walls or capturing them in starkly angular patches of light. Welles, for his part, spends most of his screen time shrouded in darkness, a state of being he clearly takes pleasure in.

    Carol Reed's noir classic features a tight script, beautiful cinematography and deft composition of each scene. The best way to enjoy it is with the Criterion Collection 2 disc set available at Amazon. It's not just for film aficionados, this movie seduces all who witness it.

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