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Live and Let Die
2 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

With the incredibly sad and untimely passing of the legend that was Roger Moore, I have decided to review my three favourite films from his seven film run as the titular character that is James Bond. Live and Let Die is not only my first favourite of Moore's but also is his first Bond film and gave him a strong (albeit less than what Sean Connery got) start in the role and not only does Moore play the character different but the film itself is tonally different to the last official Bond film starring Connery. The theme song is one of the best of the series, the action is great (features three different chases that are all action packed in varying ways), Moore makes a great first impression and holds his own throughout, Yaphet Kotto is a solid villain (with his voodoo henchmen and metal claw arm bodyguard) and the plot and script though not exactly the deepest are still engrossing enough and are more than able to sustain the film throughout its runtime.

Dead Man Down
Dead Man Down (2013)
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

For a film that deals with gangsters, crime, revenge and the violence that results this an awfully boring and by the numbers film that has no originality, is cliched, has no unique vision and is utterly devoid of any thrills or humour. Despite it trying to make you care about the characters I had no emotional attachment to any of them despite liking the cast. The action though decent has nothing worthy of note. The score is bland, the narrative is plodding and I just wanted it to end.

Red Lights
Red Lights (2012)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This drama dealing with fraudsters who exploit the idea of paranormal activities and the gullible who believe in them for profit has a great cast, a decent score and that is about it quite frankly. It is watchable enough while Sigourney Weaver is in play but when her character meets an untimely demise it all falls apart with a ludicrous and laughable twist at the end.

Hell or High Water
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A film I regret not seeing on the big screen as this film is absolutely gorgeous to watch while also having fantastic action that is surrounded by fleshed out characters that are played extremely well by a fantastic cast. The score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is also great, I like the plot and the script elevates this film well above averageness.

The Big Short
The Big Short (2015)
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This biographical comedy-drama manages to take an incredibly boring subject such as banking and make it not only engaging but also an emotive subject that truly made me angry that such a thing happened to cause the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The cast are incredible, the way it deals with three separate stories which run concurrently is done with ease and efficiency, the script is heavily detailed while keeping it engaging and scathingly funny, the use of original music is done really well (though the score does get lost in all of that) and the direction keeps the film at a fast pace while not glossing over the finer details. So mostly perfect but I can ignore any minor faults just because it helped me learn more about such a catastrophic series of deliberate choices which put greed over all else within the banking sector while also being utterly entertaining.