Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor Writers: Kurt Wimmer. Director: Phillip Noyce Price: £19.99 (Amazon price: £9.99) Released: December 13th 2010
Jean-Luc Godard famously said that "All you need to make a movie is a gun and a girl". Of course, he meant a guy carrying a gun and a girl for him to be with, but times have moved on and thankfully, these days it's frequently the girls/women who have the guns - and maybe a guy to be with as well.
Now SALT sees CIA agent Angelina Jolie - one of the movies' most proficient women/girls with guns - accused of being a Russian sleeper agent and having to go on the run (with a gun). So you might suspect it's nothing more than that formula. However, while you might have low expectations from the trailer and SALT does frequently fall off the narrow line between silly and good into silly on many occasions, it is a lot more than just that formula – in essence, it's The Bourne Identity but on US soil and with a female lead. That can't be bad, can it?
In a way that almost seems like I plan these things, this week we're going to explore two trends I mentioned not so long ago: "Me, too!" and "More please!"
Back in the 60s, spies were the rage in both the UK and the US. Pre-eminent on TV in the US was The Man from UNCLE, with other shows like I, Spy vying for attention. Top of the pile in the UK was The Avengers, originally starring Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee, but soon dropping Hendry for a bevy of feminist action heroines including Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale and Diana Rigg as Emma Peel.
Of course, success breeds "Me, too!" and "More please!" and soon networks in both the UK and the US were looking to replicate the successes of these shows.
Cue the obvious Avengers/Cathy Gale knock-off, the judo-performing Honey West, and The Man From UNCLE spin-off The Girl From UNCLE and their relatively average 60s title sequences.
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and Taraji P. Henson Writers: Christopher Murphey (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (story) Director: Harald Zwart Price: £24.99 (Amazon price: £15.93) Released: November 15th 2010
It's competition time on the blog, as it's your chance to win the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan on Blu-Ray and DVD.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.