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I am fortunate to have another review published with Weekend Notes this time for the new Michael Caine movie King of Thieves. The British Film Festival run by Palace Cinemas is currently doing the rounds across Australia, Palace Cinemas either in partnership or by themselves are responsible for several similar film festivals throughout the year. As cinema attendance shrinks, attendance at film festivals increases and as a long time film buff I enjoy attending them. Karen got me in to attend two films at this British Film Festival, My Generation (starring Michael Caine and produced by him) and King of Thieves. Of the two I preferred the documentary My Generation which saw Caine interviewing contemporaries and discussing what it was like to be part of Swinging London. King of Thieves is not without good intentions but I would suggest there have been better capers films such as the original The Italian Job. You can read my thoughts on King of Thieves here

Caine has long reached an age where we treasure his continued output and marvel at his work ethic. In My Generation he notes youth is not a time in life but a state of mind and it just seems to hint at his continued relevance. In My Generation there are shots where he driving in busy London in an expensive Ashton Martin and the camera includes wide shots to show he is driving and I like to imagine the producer Caine making a point to have these to show he is driving. I highly doubt it but I like to think it because he remains a man so capable so why not capture it. Lacking structure, the more My Generation goes on the less entertaining it becomes but there is some fascinating recaps of the time and the players involved and Caine remains Caine. A cockney boy who became a movie star, a movie star who remains a legend. God bless Mr Mickelwhite.

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I feel very lucky to have reached in my first month the milestone of five reviews with Weekend Notes following my reviews for Woman at War, Ash Is Purest White, Arctic and Chasing Smoke.

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  1. I think that you should keep and re-use your wonderful phrase “the more “NAME OF FILM” goes on the less entertaining it becomes”. How often that it is true of a film!

  2. I have little interest in ‘King of Thieves’ as there have already been some films and TV dramas about the Hatton Garden raid. I saw Caine on a BBC chat show recently, and he was incredible for his age. Witty, sparking, and holding his own completely. Despite walking with a stick, and looking craggy, that old Caine magic was there for all to see. I like the look of the documentary a lot, and enjoyed your film review ‘over there’ too.
    But tell me, did you finally get to see Alfie’? 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I have heard this is the second or third iteration of Haddon job in as many years and none of them seem to be great. I saw him on Graham Norton too and was surprised by the stick but you’re right he’s still an excellent raconteur. Regarding your last question. I have seen Alfie, I think he’s brilliant in it because he creates sympathy where it would have been difficult to do so. I imagine it was very revolutionary for then and very interesting to see from the viewpoint of now but as opposed to Get Carter I can’t say I enjoyed it. I hope to do another Seven Ages but I need The Ipcress File, Mona Lisa and Educating Rita at the very least before I do that and it wouldn’t hurt to see a few more like Little Voice, Blood and Wine, Dressed to Kill and to revisit Hannah and Her Sisters and The Italisn Job. Sunset Boulevard, Gambit.

    2. My wife just got my his new book for my birthday which he was promoting on Norton. I don’t expect much but I suspect I will enjoy it. His original bio in ’92 was fantastic. I should really get around to reading The Moon Is A Balloon by David Niven.

    1. An intriguing premise for a quiz perhaps? 🙂 I would say Get Carter has to he in there. Of those I’ve seen I like Zulu, The Italian Job, Hsnnah and Her Sisters, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Harry Brown and Youth. Plus he’s good in those Nolan films.

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