Wayhomer Review #99: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Gary Oldman and John Hurt in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Episode #99 for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), in which our protagonist talks about the chameleon we call Gary Oldman, how pacing is more important to anticipate than Anglophilia, and how a good shot of Kathy Burke is ultimately good for the soul.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:00+00:00 January 3rd, 2012|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Dan North January 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The Smiley series is a trilogy. This is the first. Smiley’s People is next and there’s another one after that.

  2. Widge January 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Weird. I thought Schoolboy came next in the trilogy dealing with Karla. But whatever works.

  3. Milton January 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    Honourable Schoolboy
    Smiley’s people

  4. Milton January 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    in that order

  5. Noelle January 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Big Gary Oldman fan, too, what a great film. I was bummed that the movie was in my city for only a few weeks! I couldn’t believe it; I’d planned to see it again. Also sad it didn’t get nominated for best picture, but considering how slow and confusing it was, I’m not surprised. Also, like you said: now everything can basically be nominated.

  6. Widge January 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Noelle: Yes, the bit which I don’t understand yet is why only nine nominees. I mean, I’ve read the explanation and I still don’t understand it. Thanks for the comment. Glad you caught the film.

  7. Montag February 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Excellent ensemble, great direction. Didn’t find the movie slow, however I found it a bit cluttered from a story standpoint. As I live in Budapest it was nice to see some well respected Hungarian actors, and familiar locations included in the set-up (and some fairly intelligible Hungarian spoken by the characters Jim and Esterhase). I’ll be revisiting this, although Three Days of the Condor still tops my spy movie list.

  8. Widge February 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I’m always fascinated to know when bits of foreign language are accurate in films and books and when they aren’t. I remember Stephen King stating that he had used something in his Bachman book Thinner that was random words (I forget the language), never knowing that at some point he would blow up big and his books would make it worldwide…and he would then get angry letters about it.

    There must be a website somewhere dedicated to such. Thanks for the comment, Montag.

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