movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Casting Colin Firth as the James Bond character in a film is unexpected – watching him balance the action film moves and immaculate dress of an English gentleman makes for an impressive basis for a film. It’s a film that makes some progress against gender stereotypes in spy films, with a female assassin alongside a Samuel L Jackson billionaire with a lisp.

All this is undermined, though, by a poorly judged sexist joke at the end of the film, which corresponds much more closely to the less enlightened days gone by.

Between that, and the characters that feel that they’re from a Guy Ritchie film, this is one to miss.

movie: the imitation game

Bomba turninga2 by Andgasow - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons.

Bomba turninga2 by AndgasowOwn work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons.

movie: the imitation game

Watching Benedict Cumberbatch in this film only a few days after watching Sherlock was a challenge – there are many similarities in character genre, but Cumberbatch plays the roles differently. There is a lot of propaganda within the film; Mark Strong plays a particularly chilling military type.

It’s a well told, cinematic tale: the scenes of the camera panning across the machine (the original, non-film version is pictured above) are surprisingly atmospheric.