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Red Sparrow dares go where Marvel’s Black Widow Probably Should

Red Sparrow film review

Red Sparrow is a great addition to the world of cinematic spy fiction. And yet, because the film is so good and so close to the origins of Marvel’s Black Widow, it’s hard to see this as anything more than Marvel being painted into a corner.

But before I get too far into the weeds on that, let me first talk about the film on its own, based upon a novel of the same name by Jason Matthews which I haven’t yet read.

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“The Book of Bond” is An Intriguing Book from a Bygone Era

The Book of Bond Or Every Man His Own 007

It’s a rare and out of print book, but I kept an eye out for it on eBay for a while… Then it popped back up on my radar and within a price, I would reasonably pay.

It’s interesting that I had read the parody or spoof of this book How to Archer first, but there’s something about reading the straight-laced version, especially in today’s social and cultural climate that makes this feel almost like a spoof of itself, more so than what Archer did. However, it’s just a relic of its time.

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In Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy by Len Deighton

In Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy, Antony joins the ranks of Palmer, Armstrong, and Charles.

From the dry desert of the African Sahara to the wet fields of Ireland, the crisp winters of New York City and Washington D.C. to the humidity of Miami, Len Deighton’s Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy is a global jaunt following the implications and repercussions of a defected Russian scientist named Bekuv, his wife, Major Mann, Red Bancroft, and our lead Frederick L. Antony.

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Five Reasons Agent Winchester Loves Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman The Secret Service

I love Kingsman: The Secret Service a lot. According to the Panel to Screen extra on the Blu-ray, the movie is a “postmodern love letter to spy movies.” Director Matthew Vaughn felt that spy movies have become too serious and no longer fun, and this movie is the result.

Hollywood talent agrees as well. Keep in mind the A-list actors who are in this: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, and Mark Hamill.

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