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Topic: spy

Call Me Bwana

Bob Hope goes to Africa in a minor, mindless comedy.


Comedy

Rod Lott
From the producers of the 007 franchise comes 1963's "Call Me Bwana," a harmless, near-pointless spy spoof starring, of all people, Bob Hope.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Man Nobody Knew

A son seeks to learn more about his CIA spymaster father in the documentary ‘The Man Nobody Knew.’


Documentary

Phil Bacharach
William Colby was the consummate CIA agent: stoic, steadfast and secretive. He rose through the ranks, from clandestine missions in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II to CIA director in the Nixon Administration.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Haywire

The spy who loved me ... and kicked my ass.


Action

Rod Lott
Can Steven Soderbergh do a martial arts-fueled action thriller? That was rhetorical in a bear-crap way; the guy can do anything. Best known for Traffic and the Ocean's Eleven franchise, he's a director par excellence, even when the story goes to snuff in his experimental larks, like casting porn star Sasha Grey as the lead in 2009’s no-budget drama The Girlfriend Experience.
 
Friday, May 4, 2012

This Means War

Make love — heck, make anything — not ‘War.’


Comedy

Rod Lott
Among many other credibility-stretchers, This Means War asks the viewer to believe:
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition

A treasure trove of trailers that titillate.


Action

Rod Lott
Since 2005, Synapse Films has helped keep the sticky-floored spirit of grindhouse cinema alive by issuing collections of coming attractions under the 42nd Street Forever banner. Interested parties can catch up on the half-dozen titles thus far on DVD (I have, minus the lone XXX-Treme one) or opt for the new Blu-ray Edition. It's essentially a "greatest hits" piece, culling 80 trailers from all previous volumes.
 
Friday, June 1, 2012

The Bourne Legacy

The spy franchise is 'Bourne' again with a new leading man.


Action

Phil Bacharach
Just because you don’t have Jason Bourne, Matt Damon or a Robert Ludlum novel to crib from doesn’t mean you can’t still wring some thrills out of the Bourne franchise. With the dog days of the summer box-office season comes The Bourne Legacy, a respectable spy actioner, even if it falls short of the standard set by its predecessors.
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Liquidator

Makes a small splash, but you won't die laughing.


Comedy

Rod Lott
One of many spy flicks released amid the height of the 007 craze, 1965's The Liquidator may look and sound like a James Bond imitator — what with a winning animated credits sequence set to a Lalo Schifrin song belted out by Shirley Bassey — but it's actually a spoof, as quickly becomes clear.
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Five Man Army

Take 'Five.'


Western

Rod Lott
Before he became Itay’s master of horror, Dario Argento knocked out a few screenplays, including one of Sergio Leone's legendary Western epics, Once Upon a Time in the West. Lesser-known is 1969's The Five Man Army. That's too bad, because it brings an “international all-star team” approach to the spaghetti Western, and doesn’t forget the all-aces Ennio Morricone score!
 
Monday, September 24, 2012

The Phynx

Phar-out, phunny, phreaky stuff.


Comedy

Rod Lott
If movies could be drug-tested, The Phynx would be in big trouble. The 1970 comedy is not just an obscurity, but an oddity, like a hallucinogenic brew mixed by Peter Max and Hanna-Barbera. Newly rescued from Nowheresville by Warner Archive, the film is a spy spoof on the goofball level of Get Smart — in spirit, that is, not creatively.

 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
 
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