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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Brain Sounds


Micro sound makes all the difference. Remove the children for this one. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a film adaptation
of the famous John Le Carre spy, also at one time adapted into a fantastic TV series starring
Alec Guinness. It’s about a plot by the Russians to completely
neutralise British secret intelligence by placing a Russian agent right at the top,
and about the counter-plot to find and remove that agent. What I’m looking at today, however, has nothing
to do with the story, or even the scene. Later in the movie, Mark Strong’s character,
Jim Prideaux, witnesses an execution, up close. It’s a bit graphic, so you’ve been warned. The sound, especially the bit at the end where
that lump of brain falls to the floor, is very detailed – it seems unlikely that the
roll of the expended cartridge, or the sound of the gore, were captured with the scene
– in fact it seems quite possible this whole shot was taken without anything other than
guiding sound. Of course I don’t know exactly how the sound
design unfolded on Tinker Tailor, but these detailed sounds, that wouldn’t necessarily
be missed if they were absent, were either deliberately recorded after the scene was
shot, or they were recorded in situ, and were deliberately included. My point is, this level of detail is present
throughout the film, and not just in terms of sound. These small bits of foley are very easy to
overlook – there are many bigger films than Tinker Tailor, where if you listen carefully,
you can hear stock sound effects that have been doing the rounds for decades, and they
can spoil immersion a bit – That slopping sound, as the scene cuts away,
could easily have been excluded. So could the sound of the cartridge hitting
the floor and rolling. The film isn’t better for it, but I think the
sound here is indicative of a level of care that isn’t super common. What’s worse than that? When your skin’s like leather.

Tony wyaad

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100 COMMENTS

  1. LedusZeppelinus Posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Georg, shitposts aside, I think you’re a rare “big thinker” here on YouTube. Keep it up 👍

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  2. Frederik Viberg Vorhaug Posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:57 am

    thumbnail says solider

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  3. Thumpert the Fascist Cotton-tail Posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:58 am

    The Wilhelm Scream needs to die.

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  4. Richard Ellis Posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Love the book, the BBC TV series and love this film. This was one of my favourite films of recent years. I was working on a cruise ship when it came out and the inner workings of the circus were deeply reminiscent of middle to upper onboard management.

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  5. Ricardo Guanipa Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Bet next movie is "Under the skin"

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  6. Christian Basehart Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:01 am

    I have a favourite moment in the Lucio Fulci movie THE BEYOND (1981) which lasts for a split second,. It's when they get inside the elevator with Jill and David Warbeck improvised a gun reload on the spot. At that point, Catriona MacColl is holding on to Jill, consoling her, when she notices what he is doing, and for about three frames you see her starting to crack up. This gets covered by the elevator door closing.

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  7. czechrebel Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:01 am

    I need hiptang.

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  8. Dreamcaster Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:03 am

    fucking numbty

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  9. Kyon Shii Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:03 am

    It's kinda like how the lavalamp doesn't make the video better but is appreciated

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  10. Kal Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Spooky timing, I watched that movie this morning.

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  11. sum CLINT Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Hiptang Not suitable for use where tones of tang, hip or square, have been established.

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  12. maddog7 Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:12 am

    wtf is a "hiptang, est 1940 or 41, whatever"?

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  13. David Staples Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:20 am

    One of my favourite movies, simply for the deleted scene of Gary Oldman cooking an egg.
    That's it. George Smiley in his apartment, cooking an egg.

    For more great foley artistry, look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4g8S7y0p2c

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  14. kirby march barcena Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:22 am

    The sound in that scene has a hip with a tang.

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  15. Nekra Krithei Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Wish the new Marvel movies took those kinds of details into consideration.

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  16. Michael N Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:30 am

    The Blues Brothers has alot of great sound detail as well, not just the music. The silence & just noise of the bricks when Jake & Elwood climb out of the rubble after Carrie Fisher blows their appartment up is a good example 😊

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  17. Ole Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:47 am

    I don't really understand your dry comedy and one liners, and that's why I love this channel so much.

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  18. Thms Channel Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Skin like leather? Hiptang.

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  19. Badlaama Urukehu Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Level of care

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  20. Sam Divin Posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:11 am

    I want some hiptang

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  21. LEGATE LANUIS Posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:12 am

    All I want for the holidays is some hiptang.

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  22. 4of92000 Posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:17 am

    the sound of a lump of Hiptang hitting the floor

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  23. Lumo Posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Hiptang saved my marriage, which is amazing as I don’t even have a wife.

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  24. Chad Atchison Posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:34 am

    I'm really digging these shorts.

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  25. musenheddo Posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Have you seen "Party Monster" with Macauley Culkin? Though Seth Green owns the entire movie.

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  26. Michael James Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Yeah they still turned Peter Guillam, from the most compulsive inveterate womaniser in a heap of Le Carré novels, into a heartbroken poofywoof openly living with his boyfriend, though.

    The whole point of his Circus, no doubt accurately, being populated by lotharios, secret drunkards, semi-closeted bis and furtive homosexuals, is that in the socially buttoned-up England of the time these were the people most adept at lying to those closest to them, and hence intelligence work. Watch out for the great novelist himself as the first to rise to his feet at the Christmas party to sing the Soviet anthem in a cameo.

    Agreed that the Prideaux interrogation is the best part of the flick, moving the sting from Czecho to Hungo worked really well too. Ricky Tarr’s bit in Turkey made it for me as the exemplary BBC series hat-tipped here couldn’t afford to do so and filmed that in Portugal instead.

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  27. DenseAlloy Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I too, love when a filmmaker puts this type of detail/care into a film and annoy my wife by rewinding and pausing to point things like this out. How about the use of silence juxtaposed by terrifying bullet sounds (all the sounds actually) in " Come and see"?

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  28. DanCrippsey Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:17 am

    You've heard of James Bond, you've heard of Solid Snake, now get ready for SOLIDER SPY!
    (Pssst Georg you spelled SOLDIER wrong on the thumbnail)

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  29. n_e_e_t Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:22 am

    This movie was incomprehensible to me and I saw it in the theater

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  30. Herr Wolf Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I don't understand this series of videos but I like it because I like Georg

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  31. Russ Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:50 am

    All about the Alec Guinness series innit.

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  32. MackerelSkyLtd Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Eh, love the BBC series, hated the film. They upped the violence to an absurd degree, which is not at all what the book is about.

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  33. calia x Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I'm loving these videos, something to look forward to between gulping down hiptang.

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  34. Pafrla Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:14 am

    My second cousin is the chubby boy in this movie

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  35. ubervation Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Hiptang cured my AIDS…. Thank You Hiptang!

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  36. djdrgonzo Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:23 am

    sexy beast next

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  37. Mildhelm Wisun Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

    The headshot doesn't look as good at 0.25 speed.

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  38. Chris VW Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:35 am

    That feckin Wilhelm Scream.. it’s not funny any more, stop it.

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  39. Tubeite Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Conformatory to all food and beverage laws of all states of the NASPR. Approved for use by children and animals, as a source of secondary fuel and as an alternative where PTFE based lubricants are inappropriate. Not suitable for use where tones of hip, tang or square have been established. Shintalo Incorporated bears no responsibility for the level of tang in this or any other Shintalo Incorporated product. If you have ever experienced swelling, headaches, bleeding or any allergic reaction to hip or tang, do not consume this product. If you own any pets, do not consume this product. This product has been found to be often fatal to canines and empowering to felines. Frequent use of this product can encourage cat-like behaviour in the senile. Excess inhalation of hip fumes can induce jive and sassback. In such event seek medical attention immediately.

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  40. Logan Agle Posted on December 23, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Based on the title of this video being "Brain Sounds" and the first words of your narration being "Micro-sounds", my assumption was that this video was going to be about the psychological effectiveness of actual micro-sounds and how they can be utilized in film to illicit a better reaction, conscious or subconscious, from the audience. And I was right to a degree. But now I realize that the "Brain Sounds" referenced in the title was more literal; i.e. an actual sound that was produced by an actual brain. Or a piece of it, at least.

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  41. Monkey Jesus Posted on December 23, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Hiptang! Biologically diverse.

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  42. Jim Morgan Posted on December 23, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Great film packed with great actors.

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  43. Matteo Cappello Posted on December 23, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Oi Georg
    Have you ever considered reviewing "Il Divo" by Stefano Sollima?
    I think it's pretty similar to this one in terms of tone and production

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  44. Adam Linde Posted on December 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Really good scene! Alongside with Lenin the Santa and the end montage to "La mer" this is the scene that has stuck with me the most from this excellent film!

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  45. IcantSeeReplies Posted on December 23, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Most boring movie I've seen in my life.

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  46. That Asshole in The Comment Section Posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Okay, seriously. What the jumping-blueberry Hell is Hiptang?

    On a more serious note: I remember watching this movie with a buddy shortly after it came out and being literally bored to sleep. I can't say it's a bad movie, because the only thing I remember about it was waking up after the credits rolled. I guess spy thrillers just aren't my genre of choice.

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  47. Master Bait Tour Posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    i love this movie.

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  48. Michael DeBolt Posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Yes when I hear that Wilhelm scream it ruins movies for me. Takes me out of the movie for a second when I hear it

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  49. iggsolo Posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I adore this film.

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  50. TheDrLeviathan Posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Luv this guy

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  51. Leon Martinek Posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Georg, have you been diagnosed with cancer?

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  52. John Andrews Posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Georg, can you please do more on Tinker Tailor?

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  53. GL Knight Posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    HIPTANG! YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR FOOT!

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  54. Zachary Antle Posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    TFW the next movie the director did was The Snowman 🤮

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  55. Camo78 Posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    The writer Mark Fisher absolutely slated the film adaptation in comparison to the BBC Alec Guinness version. You can read this in his book 'Ghosts of my life'.

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  56. Matt Hayward Posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Hiptang: tastes better than brain sounds

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  57. Eliphas Leary Posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Whaaaaat? I was looking foreward to something interesting about the timeless classic "The Man With Two Brains", not this.

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  58. mapesdhs Posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Georg, I don't think you mentioned it quite so much at the time, but what about sounds included in Carpenter's, The Thing? Also, another movie which owes much to its audio is Nikita (the French original).

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  59. Johnathon Haney Posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Nothing against the BBC original series (which I watched and loved) but I just like this adaptation better. It streamlines the plot, maintains the major plot points and delivers the same unsettling message about national hubris which is even relevant now than when it was released. Oh and it has one of the greatest ensemble casts ever.

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  60. Dino Goldie Posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" had such attention to close detail that it jettisoned over half the story – so in reality, it's more "Tinker-spy."

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  61. Justin Pipes Posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    …fatal to canines and empowering to felines!

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  62. Abu Gbak Posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    what was the music in the beginning?

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  63. Evaquiel Posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    What's the name of the Hiptang music, again? I love that song.

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  64. Macey Rickard Posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    They should do An honrable schoolboy?

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  65. SamWallace Art Posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    This is easily in my top ten movies of all time. Just personally speaking. Every aspect of it feels like something carefully considered and crafted.

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  66. emceha Posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This movie is hot mess, If I didn't already read novel two times I would have no idea what is going on.

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  67. Peter Smith Posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    What kind of low tech, unskilled, untalented hack Sound Designer would use the Wilhelm scream non-ironically in a dramatic film? That dude should be fired and any director worth his salt should have known the history of that scream and had it removed.

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  68. Waltham1892 Posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    A jar of Hiptang has information about Russian penetration of the US election

    (sound of cartridge rolling on the floor…)

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  69. rndom persn Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    too bad the film was boring.

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  70. Ganjiblob Flankis Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    TV series >>>>>> movie.

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  71. Tom5tom Entertainment Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Hiptang is vodka.

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  72. InfraRedNeck Posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    This was a very good film . . . I mean, for something that didn't have giant robots in it.

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  73. scampoli25 Posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Would it be asking too much to request a James Bond or Tim Allen Christmas episode?

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  74. Jeremy The Conquerer Posted on December 23, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Triffic movie, TTSS, and the foley is well worth a shout out. Production design, and costumes/make up all contribute to the 70s feel. However, could nothing come closer to the 1970s than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre….? We’ll see..

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  75. SwiftJustice2020 Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I fell asleep during this movie. TWICE.

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  76. SpeedBoost Posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    My favourite part about that scene is how the woman who was executed was the same woman that Tom Hardy was involved with, yet she is killed in a scene completely unrelated to him and he knows nothing about her fate.

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  77. Via Posted on December 23, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Hiptang makes your shit sting…

    …Shitsting!

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  78. Johny40Se7en Posted on December 24, 2018 at 12:19 am

    All this stuff you talk about reminds me of VR in games, you don't need it but it adds a different dimension to it all.

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  79. Luk3us Posted on December 24, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I hope someone does a compilation of all the hiptang intros when these are done. 🙂

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  80. Justin Chipman Posted on December 24, 2018 at 2:18 am

    One of my favorite movies of all time. Most American spycraft movies are like Patriot Games. Just North of completely stupid. TTSP just had a great texture all the way through. The sound details are like the clothes and all of the other bits. Since I was alive in the seventies, um, and late sixties, I am familiar with some of these deets.

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  81. Tommy O Donovan Posted on December 24, 2018 at 6:45 am

    I stopped watching Sopranos after one of Tony's Capos (CRN) beat to death a woman Stripper/Whore ("Shinebox") at Bud-a-Bing's back alley, because she slapped him, also she was carrying its child.

    Ain't nobody got time for that Shiite.

    "Good thoughts
    Good words
    Good Deeds"
    -Zoroastor, Ahura Mazda be with you.

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  82. JGM Mackmen Posted on December 24, 2018 at 6:56 am

    I made a compilation of all the Hiptang intros: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CCpSq18ZXM

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  83. Aoide Posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I appreciate your constant use of tracks from Neil Cicierega's Mouth albums.

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  84. Razz Bender Posted on December 24, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Merry christmas George.

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  85. BamBam Bigelow Posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Georgie, old boy….must you be so sublime. 😶

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  86. Bijinius Cross Posted on December 25, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Why doesn't that one, specific sound effect make the movie any better?
    EVERYTHING you like and appreciate while watching a movie makes it better, doesn't it?
    It does for me, anyway. It's those hyper-small details that took great care and creativity that get me in love.

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  87. David James Posted on December 25, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I apply Hiptang to my face to stop it getting leathery.

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  88. Rob Warrior Posted on December 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    God I love Rockall-Schmidt's style

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  89. YouthInEyesAsian Posted on December 25, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    "Hiptang! For when you're all out of Hiptang!" Is still the best.

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  90. Helium Road Posted on December 26, 2018 at 6:42 am

    The interesting thing about that scene is that guns are really so much louder in real life than they are in the movies, especially when fired indoors; likely that man's ears would've been ringing horribly and he wouldn't have been able to hear anything so quiet as brain tissue sliding down a wall, probably not for at least a few hours, and might even have permanent hearing damage.

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  91. Hattes Posted on December 26, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    One of those movies that are immensely rewatchable not only due to all the great scenes and performances, but also the joy of piecing together that mystery plot again. There's always some detail, some connection, that you forget since your last viewing, and discovering that keeps your interest up. This happens in most Noir movies, where the plot is often both complicated and mostly unseen, and artificially accomplished by Tarantino (especially in Pulp Fiction) by showing the scenes of a perfectly straightforward story out of order (to great effect in my opinion).

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  92. sark Posted on December 27, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Alex Guinness will always be George Smiley

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  93. Turtleproof Posted on December 27, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    My favorite example of bad sound design (apart from whispered dialogue followed by an ear-splitting explosion) is in Lord Of War when he fires off a few rounds on a dirt floor yet you hear casings tinkling. That film won a fucking Oscar, why?

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  94. FlashMeterRed Posted on January 4, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Mark Strong is one of the best, most compelling and likeable actors going around.

    Will I ever get to see a Mark Strong/Sam Rockwell-led movie before I die?

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  95. Kevin Street Posted on January 17, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    It's amazing that "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" wasn't adapted into a movie until 2011, when you consider how popular Le Carre's work has been over the decades, and how many of his books have previously been made into films.

    I love how period authentic the movie is. Just going from those clips (if you don't know who the actors are) it's hard to tell that this isn't a movie from 1974 that's been lovingly restored.

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  96. Stephen Sutherland Posted on March 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I’d enjoy a deeper analysis of this film if you have more to say about it.

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  97. randomer1432 Posted on August 13, 2019 at 3:19 am

    shame about the rest of the movie though.

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