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Max von Sydow

EIFF 2016: Flash Gordon (1980)

I last viewed Flash Gordon a very, very long time ago. I was a young teenager, or perhaps even slightly younger, and it was on TV. But that experience was enough to keep it in my memory for decades. If asked, I would reply that it was a…

Death Watch (1980)

First released in 1980, I can't believe that it's taken me this long to see, or even hear of, Death Watch. It may seem paradoxical to say so but I think it's a masterpiece even while I recognise a number of small flaws. I only hope that…

Bond: The Odd Couple (1967 & 1983)

The only two "official" Bond movies to have been made outwith the official 007 franchise came about under very different circumstances. Casino Royale, a spoof of the Bond movies, was simply a case of someone having bought the rights to the…

The Exorcist Franchise

It started with a book. A book by William Peter Blatty that is just now due to be released once more with a bit of content you've never read, much like the original movie being released in "The Version You've Never Seen". Blatty explains…

Pelle The Conqueror (1988)

At the end of the 19th century, Lasse and Pelle, father and son, cross the sea separating Sweden from Denmark in pursuit of prosperity and happiness. Lasse, a middle-aged widower, promises his son that in the new country there’s work with…

Robin Hood (2010)

Robin Hood the prequel I take it that the humorlessness of the new Ridley Scott Robin Hood film is just the way things came out rather than by any firm design to drain all merriment out of the merry men, Friar Tuck, Little John, et al.…