1,001 Movies – Week 24

“The Bourne Supremacy” to “Brassed Off”


The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne, who this time around is a man teetering on the edge between revenge and atonement.  This is a nonstop, edge-of-your-seat actioner which also happens to sport one of the most thrilling car chase scenes in cinema history. (GS)

A Boy and His Dog (1976) – From the Harlan Ellison novella of the same name, this never misses a trick – even Ellison liked it (apart from the egregious pun at the end; but there’s no accounting for taste, on that)!  Don Johnson is a little old, but the dog’s perfect, as is the dog’s voice (you heard me), and Jason Robards is never less than excellent. (KCL)

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – Based on the life and death of Teena Brandon – a girl from Nebraska who moved to a new town and began to live life as a man under the name Brandon Teena. Certainly not for everyone this is a heart-wrenching film about prejudice and intolerance in America. (GS)

The Boys from Brazil (1978)
– Gregory Peck?  A bad guy?!?  Oh yes – one of the more monstrous of the Nazi monsters, Dr Josef Mengele.  Olivier (in my own opinion) sort of wears out his welcome, but the rest of the flick is a sharp, tense science fiction/horror/mystery classic.  (KCL)

Brassed Off (1996) – In 1992 the Grimley Colliery found themselves in trouble. The coal pit is under threat of closure and the Colliery band is going to pack it in, until a young woman arrives and has a profound impact on all of them. A moving film with a cutting social edge; the sequences with the band in the national competition are stirring. (GS)


 Originally published in Raspberry World – Volume 2, Issue 1 (June/July 2007)


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