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Watching Kingsman: Golden Circle is Like Riding a Roundabout

24 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler Alert

At least a year has passed in the Kingsman cinematic universe, and longer for those anxiously waiting for the next film. The Golden Circle is as over the top gonzo and perhaps bolder in keeping to its roots — a comic book ridden with over the top moments that will make James Bond wheeze. The humour was less evident in this sequel, and watching this film is like riding a merry-go-round.

I did not expect the violence in this film to be nastier than the first and one nagging thought did pop up. Turn away now if you do not want to read a potentially massive spoiler.

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You Can’t Shake Atomic Blonde

31 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

I’m fairly sure the producers and directors behind Atomic Blonde wanted to avoid a huge cliche when selecting the music for this film. When I first read about how well this film is doing in the festival circuit, I wondered if Blondie’s song, “Atomic” might get used. Thankfully, it was not and much of the soundtrack is focused on bringing to life the atmosphere of a war-weary Berlin. Nena’s “99 Luftballoons” is certainly indicative of that spirit and even Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom” (heard in German no less!) hits the point when communication is cut between what’s going on in Germany with the rest of the world.

The cold war is coming to an end, but for Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a top level agent for M16, there’s still one more mission. She has to retrieve a microfiche containing a list of double-agents smuggled to the West, but things go awry when there’s an individual who has memorized it and the KGB will stop at nothing to get it.

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