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The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 23

Director John Frankenheimer made into last’s years James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films with the, frankly, awful but surprisingly Christmas(ish) Reindeer Games. If that wasn’t representative of his best work then 1998’s action flick Ronin is certainly a better offering..   With a decent cast, led by Robert De Niro and Jean Reno, Ronin…

The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 19

David Cronenberg’s  Eastern Promises is not the cheeriest of films. Indeed it’s all pretty dark and unpleasant really, dealing with matters such as sex-trafficking, rape and murder. Centered around the Russian Mob in London, it is visceral, brutal and definitely not easy viewing. It is, nonetheless, utterly compelling and not overly long – if you can…

The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 18

In last’ year’s James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films writer/director Shane Black was responsible for no less than 6 of the films included. Some of them were more Christmas(ish) than others, but they all deserved their place. If you missed last year’s compendium of Christmas(ish) classics and need a reminder of the man’s legendary…

The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 14

On paper The French Connection appears to be a run-of-the-mill crime thriller, with a protagonist, in Detective Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle (Gene Hackman), who doesn’t play by the rules but who ‘gets the job done’’. In reality, though the odd cliche is apparent intermittently, The French Connection is an intelligent, fast-paced movie with an ending that…

The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 1

And so December is upon us and The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films is officially underway. But just what is the film that’s going to kick of this year’s semi-seasonal selection of silver-screen spectacles? Why it’s none-other than the sublime Submarine – Richard Ayoade’s 2010 directorial debut. Ayoade is probably better…

A Post In Which I Answer A Load Of Film-Related Questions That Someone Asked Me In the Comments Section Of A Different Post I Wrote

It’s Thursday, which in recent months has been the day I have posted an unnecessary review of a film I watched when I was younger. But this week I’m posting something a little different. Because a few weeks back, in the comments section of one my Tuesday ‘James Explains’ features, I found a load of…