NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 134 min, UK/USA, Dir: Irvin Kershner

Sean Connery learned not to say “never” when he returned to the screen as James Bond after swearing off the role following DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. In this second adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball, the British Secret Service agent must recover a pair of nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE operative Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Made outside of the franchise’s usual Eon Productions, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN features some new faces playing familiar characters (Max von Sydow as Blofeld, Edward Fox as M) as well as Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera as the requisite “Bond girls.”


LOCKE
2013, A24, 85 min, UK/USA, Dir: Steven Knight

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is a construction manager whose successful career and family life tumble into chaos in a single night. With all the action taking place during one thoroughly riveting car ride, the tightly constructed LOCKE rides on a tour de force performance from Hardy, whose skills as an actor were only hinted at in blockbusters THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and INCEPTION. Winner of the 2013 British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay.


THE CONVERSATION
1974, American Zoetrope, 113 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Sandwiched between THE GODFATHER and GODFATHER II, THE CONVERSATION is Coppola at his very best - a sinister, unstoppable portrait of moral (and physical) violence and the sheer paranoia of living in the modern world. Gene Hackman is tremendous as fly-on-the-wall surveillance expert Harry Caul, drawn into a murderous whirlpool when he’s hired to bug lovers Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams. Co-starring John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr and Harrison Ford.


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