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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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For Your Eyes Only: Watch This 3-Minute Supercut Of Spy Movies

10 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After dozens of advanced screenings nationwide over the past month, Matthew Vaughn’s spy comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is finally hitting Us theaters this weekend (read our A- review here) and a new espionage-themed supercut has arrived online to get you in the sneaky mood. Titled “For Your Eyes Only” and edited by Cineplex Movies, the three-minute supercut focuses mostly on modern spy movies, which means less “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” and more “Salt.” Some of the movies that make appearances include both the Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner “Bourne” flicks, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the “Mission: Impossible” series, every iteration of James Bond (minus George Lazenby, or at least he wasn’t easily spotted), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The American” and, perplexingly, the Nazi-Tom Cruise-with-an-eyepatch-starring “Valkyrie,” which in our opinion is far closer to a war thriller than a spy one, covert operations. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Review: "Assignment K" (1967) Starring Stephen Boyd And Camilla Sparv, Sony Choice Collection DVD

1 February 2015 3:55 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

I have seen virtually every James Bond clone released by major studios during the 1960s but "Assignment K" had eluded me until it was released as a burn-to-order title by the Sony Choice Collection. I was expecting another low-brow effort done on a small budget and perhaps affording some guilty pleasures throughout. However, "Assignment K" was a pleasant surprise. It's an intelligently written, well-acted espionage yarn that goes to some lengths to avoid Bondisms in favor of a realistic scenario populated by realistic characters. The film was directed by the woefully under-rated Val Guest, whose talents were generally dismissed at the time as workmanlike competence but which today seem much more impressive. (Guest had some spy movie experience, having previously directed key segments of the multi-director farce "Casino Royale".) 

Stephen Boyd stars as Philip Scott, a high-powered executive of a London-based toy company. When we first meet him, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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