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When Plastic Surgery Goes Wild: Be careful! When you are falling dead, don't you ever bruise that pretty skin
The major issue in second TV instalment of the Criminal Minds episodes is that the timing that's given for the Antagonists to step into the story. Was ridiculously insufficient. With an unorthodox thinking, even God himself gave %16(sixteen percent) of the lines of the Bible to Satan, that he could be introduced first as a serpent in Garden of Eden, in the entire chapter of Genesis 3. And if you have a Circus Of Horrors(1960-UK-Sidney Hayers) material in your hand to shape it up in an contemporary American life setting, you've got to give life to your antagonist to make him plausible.
A teen girl in blue mask walks in with doubts on her mind why did her father want to alter the look of her face. Does her father also run a country-wide touring circus with all-four-seasons bikini wearing honey bunnies as in 1947 British Horror of Doctor Schuler's plastic surgery fantasies?
Criminal Minds is a TV-series with a lot of screen timing on the Protagonist side, where we don't see enough of what evil side is doing in the mean time. So copycatting a British Horror with mysterious evil characters is not appropriate material.
Yet, it is the kind of material, what TV is missing in recent years. Below is my previous research regarding plastic surgery stories established in silver-screen.
There are notable films within various genres featuring plastic surgery. Starting to count, let's look at the drama/romance genre first: In Elizabeth Taylor's popular drama movie "Ash Wednesday(1973)", Taylor's character tends to have plastic surgery to retain her lover's attention on her. From the last decade of 1900s, Alejandro Amenabar's "Abre Los Ojos" and its Hollywood copycat "Vanilla Sky" both tell the off-base story of a playboy's lose of his handsome face due to a traffic accident, and his captious dreams of regaining his pretty face with plastic surgery. From the TV, 2005's Golden Globe winner TV- drama "Nip/Tuck" was taking its departure with two plastic surgeons of opposite personalities.
Plastic surgery was also memorable in Robert Zemeckis's "Death Becomes Her(1992)" where Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn were making up a fun out of this matter. Addictive to look younger, two aged ladies were competing with each other via having plastic surgeries until they explore a youth elixir. Another funny example of a plastic surgery comedy had been featuring in a scene in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil(1985)" where the leading character's mother wants to have plastic surgery without anaesthesia while she's awake.
Whereas in the horror genre, the plastic surgery has been used very seriously in odd details. The cult filmmaker Jesus Franco's "Faceless(1987)" was a psychopathic crime story, in which a plastic surgeon kidnaps a beautiful model to stitch up her face into his sister's. Dated 1960 the British horror "Circus of Horrors" told another crime story of a plastic surgeon who takes his patients prisoner to work as models at a circus of horrors.
Maybe the earliest example to a plastic surgery concept on the big screen was Humphrey Bogart's "Dark Passage(1947)". This was an unique crime/thriller movie, having Humphrey Bogart as a criminal's new face after the plastic surgery which made it easier for him to hide away from the police. In the other crime/thriller movies that used plastic surgery within its concept, Michael Caine's "The Jigsaw Man" displayed a KGB agent who is sent to Britain for misleading targets. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage's "Face Off" on the other hand, brought a fresh idea of shifting agents with each other by means of plastic surgery. Looking at a Turkish TV crime genre epic "Kurtlar Vadisi(Valley of the Wolves)" displayed a MIT spy turning a Mafia boss after a successful plastic surgery altering him to a new identity so that he could prevent Turkish mafia from attacking Pope in Vatican or destroying the future of EU.
* References and external sources to this article can be found at:
- University of Toronto. ScienceDaily. (2011, August 25). Anti- ageing techniques not yet viewed as acceptable, study suggests. Retrieved (March, 8, 2014)
- Anti-ageing and reversing youth (Lef Magazine, October,2008)
Donald and the Wheel (1961)
a true collectible of a Walt Disney run Sci-Fi piece
Not having seen my father for over 5 years, this Walt Disney production reminded me too much of him, and gave me some clues to "What on Earth ever happened to movies?" and "Why don't they make it like they used to any more?".
The answer was simple, and came naturally: When young producers grow old, if they are recognized enough, they desist taking part of turning raw ideas into stories, for if they don't... Then they face the risk of losing their reputation over a silly money-making mechanism employee(I am not offending no one), but then(who did this mistake? Nikola Tesla did and Howard Hughes did), hence movies without them are not made fully but came to a senseless conclusion by losing the original idea in an effort to keep the story interesting and the mandatory rules applying.
Whereas Donald And The Wheel is a single executive run Walt Disney studio production, it is only one man's self-inspired work, and it is way ahead of its time. For he is the Walt Disney himself who that one man is, produced the entire footage, wrote most parts, plotted the entire production design, drew sketches on a blackboard with a piece of chalk, just like you've seen today on the animation, and ultimately he invented the first-seen-on-movies 3D human-cartoon match-up visual effect, dated 1961 the same year Walt presented the first full-color TV-programming via his co-production "Wonderful World of Color(**)", 27 years before Who Framed Roger Rabbit(Robert Zemeckis of BackToTheFuture).
But that's not it. The gem in this short animation is that Walt tells the history of world science, from the wheel-invention perspective. If you imagine another world, without no other discovery than the wheel, this is what you get. If you don't believe me, for I don't have a Nobel award, I remind you that in 1904 Einstein has said that "If you take any true scientific discovery and add it to a non-working mechanism, not only will it work the mechanism, but it will operate it solely by itself(*)". Do you think Walt didn't know that?
What goes on the story is that a father and his son sing together a Orson Welles kind of duet, telling the history of science, from the very date of the invention of the wheel in BC.3500, its many uses in carriage, in military defense, in agriculture, in forestry, in ancient metropolis constructions, in Ancient Egypt BC.2000 which the history has more records than the other civilizations as being used for the first type of ground transportation, then in Philosophical Ancient Greece BC.400 when Hippocrates and Aristocrates designed the first horse carriage(via stealing the secret of How to train horses from Persia) and starting from BC.200 Romans how the horse carriages developed in time until AD.1820, when the locomotive and the railroad systems were invented. All displayed within perfect illustrations, like a hands-on science class taught by a never- understood mad professor wearing suede shoes dancing waltz to himself and speaking to himself with a unique jargon you never want to miss.
The professor's illustrations goes on until the automobiles are used in travel to long ground distances(1920s), and the first space satellites(1950s). Meanwhile the father and the son singing duets and dancing, go back in time to BC.3500 to inspire the caveman in motivating him to invent the first wheel. The caveman finds the father and the son too crazy to believe in, and quits his silly idea of inventing something that rolls on its own unstoppably.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- References and bibliography used in this review follows:
Live Science - Invention of the wheel 180008 (**) D23 - about Walt Disney (*) einstein-website.de/z_biography
Erotiko pathos (1981)
Don't let the charming girls kill their aunts out of jealousy
is must be one of the rules of being ladies' men. In this B type softcore feature, Monica Nickel -a German/Greek playboy playmate- plays a coming-of-age girl Della, a seductive beauty who is on hunting for mature men to drive them wild towards having all types of foul sex, public sex and skinny dipping. But neither of the scenes involve gay/lesbian interest nor any male nudity hardcore elements. Monica Nickel is a playboy playmate and she will show all, of course, with a couple of other older females joining her. The sex scenes are so soft in the style of Emmanuelle series, but still they are motivating and rolling with high temperature.
Read these critic, if you will, prior to watching the movie, so you will know what to expect. I promise that there are no spoilers.
There are many qualities that makes this film a good romance flick either than being a Poison Ivy type seductive crime. How can a girl steal some other girls' boyfriend without being a spoilsport to that girl? She can if she is as smart as Della. All Della wants alongside the movie is to be a grown-up girl. She is doing what she thinks mature people do. And the world around her obeys her dream. It's a small and pink world, that she can fall for a criminal and can easily save him from being charged for a new crime.
Her fugitive boyfriend convinces her not to kill her aunt reminding her that every girl has the potential to be a mother one day, and hence they have to respect other mothers no matter what. Such a ladies' man!
The crime is not this movie is made of. It's a coming-age drama softcore with all the plausible reasons for a girl to go rebel and go berserk against everything that can stop her from being grown-up so quick, while at the some time -with all of her innocence deep inside- falling for wrong men.
Neither the story or script is engaging for professional aspects. Don't forget; this movie is a softcore/romance movie and can only be watchable for these purposes. When you have this purpose and got everything ready with your sweetheart for a soft and tender night, you'll enjoy it all, with all the music, the settings, the atmosphere, the innocence, the soft and pink world where nothing good or beautiful happens except love.
With all the music, the settings, the atmosphere, the innocence, the soft and pink world where nothing good or beautiful happens except love.
What follows below is the lyrics of the song at the opening credits that takes us to these pink crime world:
" It's only love
Keeps me alive
If you should ever leave me
That I'd just die of your sadness
I hope you understand
With such a feeling
With such a deep emotion
I'll give your love my devotion,
Tenderness and passion
It's only love
So don't be afraid
If some time I get angry
'cause I don't feel any more loneliness " (music by Giovanni Ullu)
(song and lyrics uncredited)
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
"America is addicted to oil" says President George W.Bush as he commits the murder of the Electric Car
When somebody asks your opinion about what will be different in future, the answer you're going to give to that person will not be the same answer after you watch this brilliantly thought-provoking documentary.
In the recent years I became a volunteer member of the World Future Society via the U.S. based monthly magazine called Futurist. WFS is a society established in 1966 by the Baby Boomers, who had the prevailing sociological demographics of being afraid of the future and technology. Wherever and whenever the more you read and the more you make research about what's upcoming with the future, you end up finding yourself in a strictly controlled mechanism...
A strictly controlled mechanism of making people afraid of the future is a Globalism vista. This is what 99 percent of today's scientists all over the world face, as they keep running after their dreams to effectuate an EASIER LIFE for the whole world in the future.
When I say "easier life" I am daydreaming about a future with less obligations, less touch of economy in every little thing of life, less time wasted on waiting things, less time wasted on waiting your flight/waiting your bus/waiting for the traffic lights to turn green and there comes the vision of spending less time on daily transportation.
But the vision of spending less time on transportation is restricted with the Global Economy. Until the Earth's oil resources are totally drained coming to a point of depletion, the people of Earth will still be obliged to use refined petroleum to fill the gas tanks of their cars; since this Global Economy is based on the money you spend to fill out your gas tanks.
Whereas since the early 1920's Ford and General Motors have already developed the idea and possibility of running automobiles with use of electrically charged batteries. This is the initial introduction of the Electric Car in this feature documentary. The science of Electric Car has come back to development in the 1980's once more. As General Motors company developed the technology further, they have introduced their first publicized Electric Car in a 1989 fair opening. The pioneer electric car in America has been named GM-Saturn EV.1 (EV stands for Electric Vehicle).
In the late '90s in the states of California and Arizona, a total of 78 electric cars have been purchased by public. Ford Think, Ford Ranger EV, Toyoya RAV4 EV, Toyota Hybrid, Nissan Altra EV, and Honda EV Plus are the electric cars that are sold. Along the documentary, which is very nicely done through public interviews, we get to lend our ears to the satisfactions of electric car drivers.
92 minutes of running time in this documentary features two main themes:
1/ the introduction of Electric Cars and their manufacturers, principals of their engines and fuels, electric vehicle charging stations, and the EV owners
2/ the investigation of the obvious question "How come there aren't any Electric Cars in the traffic today?" that is followed by "Who did take off the cars from the traffic?"
This investigation covers every little and every crazy possibility that comes to your mind when you think of who killed the electric car:
Western States Petroleum Association, California Air Resources Board, American Petroleum Institute, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, President George W.Bush, California Fuel Cell Partnership Group, car companies, lack of marketing, emission requirements, lack of public demand.
Which one is guilty, or who is guilty? Who is behind the fact that Electric Cars are taken off the traffic?
The writer and director Chris Paine has done a great job putting together a list of suspects, as if this is a case and as if the act of justice needs to punish the guilty.
This documentary of course cannot offer solutions to what to do about this guilt. It is the mission of the American Justice System. But as long as USA doesn't approve Liberalism for its regime, no one is going to punish the guilty. Yet this is only my opinion. This professional documentary doesn't have any political stand, and it doesn't force you to anything. It is just to let you know, and let you think.
Rebel with a Cause - a very week social drama due to disregard of psychological science
An author and a movie-maker are two totally different career personalities. It isn't always easy for an author to turn his own novel into a feature-length movie. Even though there are exceptions, in general the idea of writing a drama novel develops through emotions and thoughts, whereas writing a movie requires thinking in visuals and in character motives.
As a novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" has published by MTV in the year 1999 for Young Adult audiences. Examining social psychology as a subject matter is the leading concentration herein. This novel has several references from English Literature works and Western Philosophy movements. Author Stephen Chbosky reflects his opinions on struggles of an adolescent growing up to adulthood in a western society where the adolescent has to face isolation and alienation while delving deeply into individual freedom as it is the case in Nihilism, Absurdism, and in Existentialism.
The refusal of loneliness is the concealed and driven force of being a wallflower. Being a wallflower for an adolescent in this film stands for acting the cool guy, and acting the wanna-be-popular guy. According to Albert Camus, the French philosopher, this is the definition of being a "rebel".
But the promised concealed and driven force of being a wallflower isn't displayed in the film, which is the initial problem of the chain of other continued failures. The reasoning with choosing to be a wallflower is explained through shyness. If the Charlie character is made shy, how can he easily strip down his clothes in front of a hundred people on the Rocky Horror Picture Show night? The psychological trauma awaiting after committing such a "rebel" action for a shy person may be very severely grievous, or may be not. Let's hope it may not.
The ease of dialogues and interactions between Emma Watson's character(Sam) and Charlie are also improper with the given character motives. She types "write about us" to Charlie's typewriter. And what does Charlie do in return? He types "I will". This is just nonsense. Later on she goes to sit on her bed sort of inviting him to sex. The moment as a couple they were about to start making out, as Sam touches Charlie on his inner thighs, Charlie recalls his sister who is dead. How can you recall your late sister while your dream girlfriend makes love to you as she touches your thighs? Reality is that Charlie's character is not directed to be a shy character. He is just a cool but abnormally depressive character. And this has nothing to do with being a wallflower.
Charlie is the next James Dean. Everything he did to lure girls, so did James Dean the same way. For over 65 years in Hollywood, being the cool and rebel guy always created more impression on girls rather than being a nice popular guy. This is a huge and inexcusable directing inferiority.
Whoever loved this film, loved it because of the resolution at the end. Whereas also whoever hated this film, hated it because of the revelation at the end. The Perks of Being a Wallflower film has two main themes:
1/ Finding the love you deserve 2/ Finding the meaning of becoming an adult
Each theme is in contradiction with each other. This film offers us the resolution that seeking the love you deserve keeps you away from becoming an adult. And it offers us the revelation of finding the meaning of becoming an adult in Nihilist freedom of an understanding that you cannot run after love, love will come to you.
Failure in "Thinking Differently" : a Poorly Marketed Good Drama movie about an Epoch-making Achievement, and absolutely not a Biography movie
Steve Jobs(R.I.P) October,5th,2011.
jOBS is not a biography movie like Citizen Kane, Gandhi, The Last Emperor, The Last King of Scotland, Malcolm X, and Gladiator. But it takes all the genre clichés from these movies, while following the same story structure of Social Network.
Since I mentioned David Fincher's movie Social Network, I will start my review with the major problem in jOBS: Considering Social Network was an aptly marketed everyone's hero style of an average business-drama movie, in order to market a Steve Jobs life story appropriately, this wasn't the right choice. The cause of this marketing errors are the trailer, the poster with Ashton Kutcher on it, and the movie itself with Ashton Kutcher starring in it.
Then what is jOBS about? jOBS is just a simple telling of a person's epoch-making achievement like Schindler's List, Spartacus, Raging Bull, Braveheart, Papillon, The Pianist, and even David Lnych's The Straight Story. jOBS has more than a few things in common with those movies including the pain of sacrificing your beloved ones in order to succeed in your career, including similar character traits, similar ethical beliefs, similar moral decisions. jOBS is only a brief telling of what Steve Jobs gave to the Macintosh computers, just like what Oscar Schindler gave to Jews, and what Braveheart gave to Scotland. You can't expect to see the birth and death of Steve Jobs in this movie. This is not a biopic, instead it's a drama, poorly marketed good business-drama.
There are both strong and weak points in the technical side of jOBS. As a start, having no narration is a strong point, yet having not explained why Steve Jobs dropped out from college is crucially a weak point. Ashton Kutcher takes his girlfriend and goes behind bushes in the country and smokes weed. Then we get to figure it out that Steve Jobs has dropped out from college because he smoked weed and got his girlfriend pregnant. Refusing the birth of his first child due to his busy work schedules, Steve Jobs character has been made more weaker and weaker minute after minute. There is certainly a rule of character growth followed in this film, but none of this film's audiences have really bought that character growing incidents.
This is an average business-drama movie, set in the world of entrepreneurial minds. You're lonely, you always keep a positive mind but always looking for a person to trust, you are goal-oriented, you take maximum risks for every little achievements in your life, you are a reliable friend to your colleagues but they are always afraid of you, and you see every step in your life as a competition with someone else's steps in their lives...
This is a strong premise that killed the sense of making a Steve Jobs movie to honor his memory. This movie should have been made in 1997, when Steve Jobs have become the de facto chief CEO of Macintosh. And this movie could have been titled "Think Differently" as this is what it is only about. If this has been a movie called "Think Differently" made in 1997, then it could earn some recognition. Now people would come to you and ask "What did Steve Jobs do for the last 14 years of his life as a CEO in Apple?"
A great Zombie movie and a must-see on Halloween
There are only some minor spoilers in my review, and those spoilers are in the technical and structural aspects of movie-making. I'm not going to spoil the story to you, because it's very brief like a prime time news story. I just want to mention the opening segment of the sci-fi movie District-9. The style used in District-9's opening segment is inspired from Rec.
This horror film has been made within a first person point of view live action perspective, and shot by a single hand-held camera. The ultimate challenge is that the entire movie goes until everybody dies. There are no bad guys, and no good guys. Everybody is a victim. Everybody must die.
All along the movie we are controlling Pablo's camera, and we are in his point of view. If you ever played FPS(first person shooter) computer games, you'd like this even more, because this film is entirely in FPS gaming style. We are always in point of view of Pablo's video camera. If the battery dies, the camera shuts down, then we can't see anything. If the audio receiver is disconnected, we can't hear. If the camera lens gets broken, we'd take off the lens, and start filming via night vision. This is a very strong premise, and absolutely this is what made me keep watching till the end. Otherwise zombie movies for me are just unreal and nothing interesting or scary, and always guessable too.
I'd recommend this film for adolescents who want to have fun on Halloween. As a unique zombie movie, it deserves multiple views. Turn on the volume and just join the fun.
Üç arkadas (1958)
Golden Age of Stars lapsed into reverie
Remember the times when movies are made with stars. Remember the times when there is no story to tell, if there is no star to play it. It feels so sad that oldies are archaic. Like a golden statuette, you can't be part of its drama any more, no matter how close you look you hold and you feel it.
Three Friends is one of those oldies which belong to bygone days, when the movies were only following one side of a story, very straightforwardly. You'd easily know who the protagonist and antagonist are. But you can never see a scene where protagonist is not present. There is no other story happening in the background with side characters or with the antagonist. There is only one plot, but with many different themes that is enriched: Heroic themes, love themes, friendship, innocence. It's fully a drama.
Because there has been a revision in 1971 of the same movie played by different actors, shot by the same director onto the same script, you can easily tell how the modern cinema has evolved by time. Particularly this is a story of three poor friends who are helping out a blind vagabond girl by sharing their food and home with her. In the similar setting of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights with lots of inspirations from the Tokyo Story and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Three Friends is a highly emotional social drama which focus is on friendship and innocence. Highly recommended for all lovers of classic drama movies.
Hare-Way to the Stars (1958)
Hare-Way to the Stars(1958) vs. Haredevil Hare(1948): Chuck Jones refines his work
The original premiere Looney Tunes version of the first Marvin the Martian stories has this simple promise:
"Marvin the Martian is a diabolical genius who wants to destroy the Earth, but Bugs Bunny stops him"
Michael Maltese writes a script for Haredevil Hare(1948) following the promise above. In Haredevil Hare, Bugs Bunny is sent to Moon for a given mission: To establish the first radio contact between Moon and Earth. So he goes to Moon, just after he thinks he is the first creature to land on Moon, he meets with Marvin. Marvin wants to destroy the Earth. But Bugs distracts him, so he accidentally blows up his spaceship. Not only Bugs saves Earth from being destroyed he also completes his mission. But the plot-hole, a huge logical deficiency, here is that the space engineers establishing the first radio connection with Moon, doesn't know that a Martian wants to destroy the Earth, and even at the end of the episode Bugs Bunny didn't tell them so.
Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese make a revision 10 years after Haredevil Hare, naming it Hare-Way to the Stars, to keep it easily marketable rhyming it both with that earlier episode and also with Ella Fitzgerald's popular country song title(Stairway to the Stars). This way it became one of the most marketable cartoons of Warner Bros all time. In the production side, not only that the problems with the plot are fixed, but also Looney Tunes wanted them to create a more funny, more combative, more challenging cartoon. So Jones and Maltese started a new opening image and a unique set-up, putting Bugs in a bad morning mood after he wakes up to go and get himself a nice morning shower. The first funny and challenging moment is here in the set-up that, Bugs is not aware that he is going to Moon, unlike Haredevil Hare. Also when on the Moon, even though the same story 10 years ago follows its identical sections step by step, this time Marvin the Martian is more prepared to the combat, he has back-up for everything Bugs does. Bugs find himself in a tough challenge killing Martian soldiers one by one in most funny ways possible. And ultimately at the end, again unwillingly and uncontrollably, just like how he came to Moon, Bugs returns to Earth bringing Martians with him, creating a perfectly funny and suspended ending.
The next most noteworthy episode of Marvin the Martian story with him trying to blow up the Earth is "Mad as a Mars Hare"(1963) a Merrie Melodies touch to the Marvin the Martian series. What's different production-wise than the Looney Tunes episodes is that, as always Merrie Melodies are more concerned with the humour not with the story. In Mad as a Mars Hare, we will find Marvin the Martian more prepared to fight, more angrier, more challenging and hence more funnier, with cool sci-fi ideas that only add more booze to the excitement of the episode.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
The premise is hard to fit into two hours and into this sort of plot-structure
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a movie adapted from one of the best Cold War era crime novels, with the same title with a slight difference: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy". When you put commas as they appear on the 1974 novel cover, you get to understand that a tinker is a spy, a tailor is a spy, and a soldier also is a spy. And when you think of it, you get to ask yourself this question:
"Why would a tinker turns a spy, and a tailor, and a soldier too?"
Take a guess to answer the question above. 'Cause if you don't, the movie, which is terribly directed, won't tell you what the spies are trying to find out. Here is the truth after the unknown. The truth lies underneath a tongue twister game Children of the Cold War in Britain used to play. The tongue twister is this, as it appears on the prologue of John le Carré 's novel:
"Tinker... Tailor... Soldier... Sailor... Rich... Poor... Beggar... Robber, take the sea-shells and take the jacket buttons, trade in daisy leaves and trade in sunflower seeds, now you did, we are friends, we are friends, we are friends"
While reading the novel, which is consisted of 42 episodes, 7 episodes for each occupation from the children's tongue twister and there are 6 pieces in the game of Chess. 7 times 6 equals to 42. When you pair them with each other, you get to solve the mystery:
Chess pieces from highest rank to the lowest rank: "King... Queen... Rook... Bishop... Knight... Pawn"
Let's pair them: "Tinker is King... Tailor is Queen... Soldier is Rook... Sailor is Bishop... Rich is Knight... Poor is Pawn"
When Bishop(Gary Oldman as Smiley) explores the Rook(John Hurt as Control)'s chess board with the names and photos of his subordinates(Knight and Pawn), even Smiley didn't know that he was the Bishop. And when the Knight(Mark Strong as Prideaux) is assassinated, what should the Rook do next? That's what the movie is about.
Since the promise is a heavy secret, which both the screenwriters and the director hides away from the audience, to fit the story into this sort of plot-structure ; then you don't have much to tell.
John le Carré 's novel is one of the best boring novels I've ever read in my life, even though it has a unique mystery. Yes, it's a mystery, but in fact there is nothing happening at the present time. It's just all thoughts and ideas about the events in the past, in order to find the mole that destroys the organization's plans. Should every crime story necessarily be involved with a mole?
So, don't expect nothing original to find, when you're watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, except some unique production aspects as follows:
1- Unpredictable hero 2- No bad guy to challenge against 3- An unrevealed secret turns good guys into bad guys 4- Suspicion, kills! 5- Spectacular views from some European cities, the shots from the city of Istanbul are the most accurate ones(except the Hotel shot) after other hit movies such as Eastern Promises, James Bond: From Russia With Love and a Jackie Chan comedy/crime flick
If you really want a good crime/thriller/mystery watch Robert De Niro and Matt Damon 's The Good Shepherd(2006), since in this specific genre and sub-genre mix no better movies filmed yet.