GOLDENEYE
1995, Park Circus/MGM, 130 min, UK, USA, Dir: Martin Campbell

Following the collapse of the Soviet empire, a renegade Russian general commandeers a deadly satellite; in order to stop him, James Bond must go up against a fellow MI6 spy - who's also licensed to kill. After a six-year hiatus, the world's most famous secret agent returned to the screen in this successful reboot of the franchise for the 1990s. GOLDENEYE introduces a new Bond (Pierce Brosnan), a new M (Judi Dench), a new Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) and even a new car (a souped-up BMW replaces the trusty Aston-Martin). And though it's also the first of the series to utilize CGI effects, the film has plenty of good old-fashioned stunt work, including a breathtaking opening bungee jump and a chase sequence with 007 behind the wheel of a tank!


MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
2011, The Weinstein Company, 99 min, UK, USA, Dir: Simon Curtis

During the British production of THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL, eager film student and gopher Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) diaries about the heated on-set conflict between breathy, Method-y American icon Marilyn Monroe (a luminous Michelle Williams) and the rigorous, classically trained Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Colin's insatiable crush on the wiggly starlet is heightened when Marilyn takes a week-long interest in him, inviting the young man into her private world beyond the flashing cameras and Chanel No. 5 - a world racked with insecurities, depression and a desire to be free of her screen persona.


HENRY V (1989)
1989, MGM Repertory, 137 min, UK, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh became an international star with his debut directorial effort, in which he also stars as the warrior king of the title. Emma Thompson is Henry's love interest, and Ian Holm, Christian Bale and Judi Dench are just a few of the supporting players. A film filled with both lyrical dialogue and smashing action sequences, HENRY V is as exciting as cinema gets.


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