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The Russia House: On James Bond, Atomic Blonde, and Being a Realistic Spy Movie

The Russia House is a 1990 espionage movie starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s based on a novel by John le Carre, who’s sort of the bureaucrat’s Ian Fleming. I’ve said we should talk more about action movies, so here we are — but it is based on a book, the main character is a publisher,…… Continue reading The Russia House: On James Bond, Atomic Blonde, and Being a Realistic Spy Movie

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Kingsman, The Man from UNCLE, and Queering the Action Movie

Kingsman and Man from UNCLE are two of my favorite movies from the past few years. They’re both action-spy movies, which means even though they base themselves on pre-existing media, they must reference the James Bond franchise somehow. Any new action-spy movie has to do that, but as comedies (even light parodies), it is absolutely imperative that they interact with the genre…… Continue reading Kingsman, The Man from UNCLE, and Queering the Action Movie

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: #queerpop or not?

While awaiting Ant-Man last Saturday, I became very confused when presented with this Man from U.N.C.L.E. trailer, because I couldn’t figure out what it was. There’s superhuman strength, is it a superhero movie? Wait, I guess it’s a spy movie… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kMAYU5lII4 I don’t usually pick up subtext, and eye contact means nothing to me. But my first reaction is…… Continue reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: #queerpop or not?