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Movie Reviews: The Girl + The Man With The Golden Gun

The Girl (2012)
Toby Jones and Sienna Miller star in this film about the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren. The relatively unenlightened Hitch obsesses over Tippi. He is a perv and subtlety is not auteur Hitch’s strong point. Tippi’s daughter Melanie runs around. Hitch’s wife is always in a sinister fug. The dim looking Tippi is mildly befuddled by Hitch’s warm menace and poisonous fumes of expectation. She stars in his films ‘The Birds’ and ‘Marnie, neither of which were proactively engaging.

People film birds on a garbage dump and this BBC/HBO film is not fiendishly clever or revelatory. Fulminating Hitch has an appropriately static gaze. Tippi is frequently baffled by the doddery codger and his bland aggro and culture of disrespect. For Tippi headlining two moves is an unhappy responsibility after the wonder wears off. This was not good.

Best Lines:
“I don’t want a dry seat in the house.”

“Understudy to the second non-speaking corpse on the right.”

“He’ll get another blonde for the next one.”

“She has nothing to unlearn.”

“I do hate it when actresses get pregnant.”

“Fundamentally undramatic.”

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
This properly bad Bond film has a terrible theme song and 007 (Roger Moore) fights a patently ludicrous baddie (Christopher Lee) who is not some terrible enemy to be feared. 007 is in geriatric decline, the Bond girl is a stick insect and Lee is minimalist and statue like. To top it off 007 fights a French midget. No.
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