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Classic Bond
21 March 2020
I was probably too young to really appreciate "For Your Eyes Only" on its original theatrical release. 39 years later and I've realised this is a slice of classic Bond.

The funky disco-esque Bond soundtrack from Bill Conti dates the music, as does the brief appearance from Janet Brown as the Prime Minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher. However, the rest of the movie is as gripping now as it was back in 1981.

The cliff assault is absolutely riveting and guaranteed to give vertigo sufferers a few nightmares.

Moore himself, 53 years old when he made this film, is excellent as always. Retaining his boyish good looks, he is on top form here.

9 out of 10. Back to the original Bond formula, this is a very strong movie.
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Moonraker (1979)
The natural successor to "The Spy Who Loved Me"
14 March 2020
"Moonraker" is definitely an underestimated instalment of the Bond franchise. It's a natural successor to "The Spy Who Loved Me" and shares the same epic scale and sense of fun. The first three quarters of this film are magnificent; only when the story transfers to space does the action become less engaging.

It's a beautifully shot adventure which moves at a cracking pace with many memorable scenes.

Covering several exotic locations in seven countries and featuring one of the most ambitious pre-credits scenes ever attempted, this is true escapism.

Corinne Cléry is one of the most beautiful Bond girls, playing the ill-fated Corinne Dufour.

8 out of 10. Tremendously entertaining.
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A brilliant slice of Bond from Moore's era
8 March 2020
"The Spy Who Loved Me" is a thoroughly entertaining instalment from the 007 franchise. By his third film, Moore was well and truly settled in the role as Bond and is clearly enjoying every minute of his tongue-in-cheek screen time.

There are so many moments of genius and a wealth of talent on the silver screen.

Barbara Bach proves that female secret agents were very much alive and kicking before "No Time To Die". Bach is beautiful and memorable as Agent XXX.

Richard Kiel's Jaws is a classic henchman whilst Curd Jürgens is chilling as the web-fingered Stromberg.

With so many excellent set pieces, a throbbing soundtrack from Marvin Hamlisch, and great pace, this is one of the all-time highs from the series.

10 out of 10.
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Doctor Who: The Timeless Children (2020)
Season 12, Episode 10
A divisive episode; is Chris Chibnall the Meddling Monk?
1 March 2020
Undoing the legacy of "Doctor Who" is not something to be done lightly. However, Chris Chibnall is hell bent on reinventing the series, putting his own indelible mark on the show and making it a lot worse in the process.

Despite its feature length and promises that this was going to shock viewers, the episode largely played it safe. I'm praying that a future season will begin with Peter Capaldi waking from a long and fevered dream and we can forget what has been a low period in Who history.
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A fun Bond flick and a natural successor to "Live and Let Die"
1 March 2020
There's plenty to enjoy in "The Man with the Golden Gun". Moore had settled into the role by the second of his movies and there's a high fun factor throughout this instalment.

Christopher Lee and Hervé Villechaize are magnificent as Scaramanga and his diminutive, but potentially deadly, assistant Nick Nack.

Bernard Lee is more grumpy than ever as M. There's a sense that he genuinely dislikes Bond in one scene.

Maud Adams is beautiful and memorable as Andrea Anders, Scaramanga's love interest. Britt Ekland is enjoyably irritating as the rather rubbish Goodnight.

The Bond producers relied on Clifton James' return as J.W. Pepper to bring extra laughs to the film. It was a bold move but I was happy to see the return of this character.

8 out of 10.
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Vintage Bond with a blaxploitation twist
26 February 2020
Roger Moore's first outing as the suave 007 is an entertaining instalment in the spy franchise.

With not a tuxedo (or Q) in sight, Bond is plunged into an adventure where the stakes are lower than normal but no less interesting. There are no politically correct sensibilities here, Bond is very much a '70's incarnation of Fleming's creation.

There are a lot of things to enjoy in this movie. The pace is spot on, there's a memorable speed boat chase, and some classic characters grace the screen.

Veteran actor Clifton James gives a standout performance as the frustrated Sheriff Pepper, and Geoffrey Holder steals every scene as the voodoo master Baron Samedi.

Yaphet Kotto is a solid Bond villain and this movie gives him the opportunity to stretch his acting chops with not one but two performances!

Jane Seymour is truly stunning as Solitaire.

8 out of 10. A Bond film that has me grinning from ear to ear.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Insufficient Praise (2020)
Season 10, Episode 5
A top drawer instalment of this latest season
26 February 2020
"Insufficient Praise" is classic "Curb". Multiple fun plot lines interweave marvellously and there's a real sense of mischief with the script.

Clive Owen is marvellous as an ultra sensitive version of himself whilst Vince Vaughn makes his first appearance as newsagent Freddy Funkhouser, son of Marty (the late Bob Einstein).

Isla Fisher brings chaos to this episode as the professional cryer, Carol.

Brilliant fun.
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Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen (2020)
Season 12, Episode 9
Fantasmagorical or just confusing? Is this the end of the franchise as we know it?
23 February 2020
This penultimate episode of this latest season will stand or fall depending on the delivery of the final instalment. This is either a great piece of writing by Chibnall or a confusing mess, it's all down to the next episode to either fill in the blanks in a satisfying way or leave the viewer realise they've been led astray by smoke and mirrors.

There's much to enjoy about "Ascension of the Cybermen" but there is a smorgasbord of unanswered questions, too.

I'm on tenterhooks for next week's finale. Not because the cliffhanger was particularly gripping, more the nagging feeling that the series is going to be rebooted / revamped in a way that will forever damage its legacy.

7 out of 10.
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Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati (2020)
Season 12, Episode 8
A messy script with a few redeeming elements
16 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
Despite its spaghetti-like script, there were moments when "The Haunting" provided some hope for the series.

Mary Shelly's appeal to the remnants of humanity left in the lone Cyberman was moving and a standout moment in this busy but average episode.

The idea of the lone Cyberman trying to save its fellow creations was an interesting one but the overall execution was confusing and convoluted.

6 out of 10. I desperately wanted to like this episode but the delivery of ideas was too messy.
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Joker (2019)
"Taxi Driver" for the 21st Century
15 February 2020
A modern classic, "Joker" is dark, uncomfortable and uncompromising.

The perfect origins movie.

9 out of 10.
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Doctor Who: Can You Hear Me? (2020)
Season 12, Episode 7
This episode has me torn
9 February 2020
I'm unsure of my feelings towards this episode. Whilst there are traces of classic "New Who" about this tale, the overall episode feels somewhat disjointed in its tone and pace.

Seeing Whittaker's Doctor travel on her own demonstrates how unsubstantial her performance is. However, there's a genuine sense of unease over most of the episode and I feel that the positives outweigh the negatives.

A cautious 7 out of 10.
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Locke & Key: Welcome to Matheson (2020)
Season 1, Episode 1
The first episode shows promise
9 February 2020
Whilst being a slow burn first episode, this new series shows promise. Given its IDW comic book origins, I have high expectations.

The cast are solid, there's a great creepy atmosphere, and a fantastic score to accompany the drama.

8 out of 10.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Side Sitting (2020)
Season 10, Episode 2
The perils of the side sit
8 February 2020
Another welcome episode from the mind of Larry David. There are many things to enjoy in this latest instalment and the seeds are sown for more chaos in further episodes.

8 out of 10.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Happy New Year (2020)
Season 10, Episode 1
Welcome back, Larry!
3 February 2020
"Happy New Year" is a most welcome return episode for Larry David. After 20 years, the series still manages to hit all the right notes and remains the most entertaining comedy show on television.

So many gems in this opening instalment, this was a true pleasure to watch.

10 out of 10.
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Doctor Who: Praxeus (2020)
Season 12, Episode 6
A surprisingly ambitious and solid episode
3 February 2020
"Praxeus" manages to weave its ambitious plot on a global scale whilst, at the same time, delivering a moving and very human story.

A throwback to the politically charged days of early Pertwee, I enjoyed this episode.

8 out of 10.
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Sex Education: Episode #2.1 (2020)
Season 2, Episode 1
A seemless continuation of the first season
1 February 2020
Beginning with one of the funniest and beautifully edited opening sequences I've ever had the pleasure of watching, this episode was pure joy.

Sitting down to view this instalment was like returning to school after the long summer holidays; it was brilliant to see familiar faces and catch up on their lives.

10 out of 10.
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Sex Education: Episode #1.2 (2019)
Season 1, Episode 2
Tremendous comedy drama
26 January 2020
Now that the main characters have all been introduced in the first episode, this instalment has time to build on the humour factor and it's a corker.

With a true laugh out loud moment involving bananas, this is comedy gold and heartwarming drama to boot.

9 out of 10.
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Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon (2020)
Season 12, Episode 5
The most interesting episode from the 13th Doctor
26 January 2020
Warning: Spoilers
"Fugitive of the Judoon" is the most enigmatic of the 13th Doctor episodes, but it's also possibly the strongest in terms of ambition.

Setting up a whole new plot arc and introducing an alternative incarnation of The Doctor, this story manages to spin many plates without dropping any.

The return of Captain Jack was an unexpected and welcome surprise.

7 out of 10.
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Sex Education: Episode #1.1 (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
An entertaining first episode; this series has a lot of promise
26 January 2020
Set in an England which seems to be a smorgasbord of time periods (1950's architecture, 1970's and '80's clothing and modern day smartphones), it took me a little while to orient myself in this show.

The first episode is a comic delight with many standout performances. Gillian Anderson is always extremely watchable but special mention must go to Asa Butterfield as the embarrassed sex therapist's son, Otis, and the beautiful Emma Mackey as the rebellious punkette Maeve.

8 out of 10.
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Comedy gold
25 January 2020
There was a moment during this instalment where I was almost hyperventilating with laughter. This is comedy gold.

An unmissable road trip.

Bravo!
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Star Trek: Picard: Remembrance (2020)
Season 1, Episode 1
Faithful to "Next Generation" whilst carving its own identity
24 January 2020
"Remembrance" is a memorable and stunning episode to start this ambitious new series.

Dark, unpredictable and moving, "Picard" is a true treasure. It is brilliant to see Patrick Stewart resume his role as Jean-Luc.

Absolutely gripping.
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Star Trek: Picard (2020– )
A solid season opener
24 January 2020
"Picard" is everything fans have been waiting for. Faithful to "ST:TNG" but with its own identity, this series shows great promise.

Dark, gripping and unpredictable.

9 out of 10.
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Us (II) (2019)
One of the most original horror movies of recent years
20 January 2020
"Us" is a tremendously entertaining horror movie, guaranteed to be a future classic.

Unpredictable, tense and sometimes hilarious, this is unmissable.

10 out of 10.
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Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror (2020)
Season 12, Episode 4
The strongest episode of the season so far
19 January 2020
"Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" was an enjoyable episode that managed to avoid the pitfalls of previous instalments from this season.

Goran Visnjic was tremendous as Tesla himself. His appearance in this tale was memorable and a highlight of the season so far.

Jodie Whittaker remains annoying but I actually found this a refreshing change and leap years ahead of the awful "Orphan 55".

7 out of 10. With echoes of classic Who, this is worthy of a viewing.
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Great fun; classic indie goodness
14 January 2020
Featuring a very young Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery as two vigilante hit-men, this is a very entertaining indie movie.

Willem Defoe is hysterical in the role of Paul Smecker.

8 out of 10.
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