Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an impeccable rendering of the past

Last week I attended a screening of a movie I’ve been dying to see for ages, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Hype for this film—largely of the Oscar kind—has been building steadily for a while and it is well deserved. From top to toe this is one of the best crafted, best acted, most tautly presented thrillers I’ve seen in a really long time. The story might not be your cup of tea, but you can’t complain about the technical and artistic merit of the film. This is a flawless movie, flawlessly made. Tinker Tailor is based on John Le Carre’s novel, considered to be his most autobiographical, and is a seminal Cold War-era spy story. Bond and Bourne were also born during the Cold War, but where those characters have been reinvented and reinterpreted for modern audiences, George Smiley, Tinker Tailor’s protagonist, remains firmly planted in his 1970’s roots. Continue reading “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an impeccable rendering of the past”

Every joke I try and make from the title of The Losers seems unnecessarily harsh.

I took in The Losers over the weekend, mostly because I had nothing better to do. It was about what I expected. Entertaining, stuff blew up, not bad but not great. I laughed some. There were insane and illogical action sequences. I enjoyed it. It had quite possible the worst opening sequence ever, involving a helicopter, a missile, and twenty-five school children. The Losers was based on a graphic novel, a medium in which many bad things often look better than they do when realized in live action. The helicopter/missile/cute kid combo on the big screen was kind of horrifying. That aside, I found myself thinking of a couple things while watching The Losers. Continue reading “Every joke I try and make from the title of The Losers seems unnecessarily harsh.”