Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Review HeaderBased on John le Carré’s classic novel, the film is a glorious failure of an adaptation that manages to fit in a lot in its two-hour running time but sacrifices key details and, as a result, a lot of power. 

London, 1973, MI6 is in turmoil as its head, Control (John Hurt), is forced to resign after a botched operation to uncover a Soviet mole in the Circus, MI6’s headquarters in London. Also forced into retirement is Smiley (Gary Oldman) as a change in command begins to pursue a new vein of intelligence named “Witchcraft” which Control and Smiley felt too good to be true but the new men running the Circus, lead by Percy Alleline (Toby Jones) and Bill Haydon (Colin Firth) find priceless in buying American cooperation. Smiley is called back into action when Ricky Tarr (Tom Hardy), an agent thought to have gone over to the Soviets contacts a government minister confirming Control’s suspicions that there is a double agent at the top of The Circus. With the help of Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley investigates his former colleagues and the events surrounding the operation.

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The Secret World of Arrietty 借りぐらしのアリエッティ (2010)

The Secret World of Arrietty   The Secret World of Arrietty Film Poster

Japanese: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ

Romaji: Kari-gurashi no Arietti

Release Date: July 17th, 2010 (Japan)

Running Time: 94 mins.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay), Mary Norton (Original Novel)

Starring:  Saoirse Ronan (Arrietty), Tom Holland (Sho), Mark Strong (Pod), Olivia Colman (Homily),

Arrietty is Studio Ghibli’s adaptation of Mary Norton’s 1952 book, The Borrowers. Written and adapted for the screen by Hayao Miyazaki, the film is the directorial debut of long-time Studio Ghibli animator, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and it shows the sure confidence, wit and humanity at the core of every Ghibli film.

The film begins when Sho (Tom Holland) moves into his grandmother’s house in the Tokyo suburbs where a 14-year-old Borrower named Arrietty and her family live under the floorboards in a closet. Arrietty (Saoirse Ronan) is about to turn 14 herself and is eager to prove her worth by helping her father Pod (Mark Strong) “borrow” much-needed items from their human landlords but Sho discovers their existence. A relationship develops between Sho and Arrietty even though it puts the existence of the Borrowers’ in danger which means they must work together to protect the existence of Arrietty’s family from an over-zealous housekeeper named Haru. 

The first thing to note is that this film is gorgeous.

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