TGB Episode 87: The Stories of the Spies (Guest: Critic James Marsh)

December 8, 2011

The Golden Briefcase - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim & Jeremy are joined by Hong Kong-based Twitch editor/critic James Marsh, to discuss their latest Picks of the Week, the newest DVD & Blu-Ray releases, talk through the new trailers for Luc Besson's Lockout and Drew Goddard's Cabin in the Woods and more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on spy films in honor of Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy hitting limited release this weekend. The guys name some of the best examples from the spy sub-genre, and some of the worst. They also talk about the past, present and future tropes of spy movies!

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Previous Episode: The Dreaded NC-17 (Guest: Film Threat's Don Lewis)

Our Guest:

James Marsh: @Marshy00

Picks of the Week:

Jeremy: The Yellow Sea
James: The Raid
Tim: Scorsese's Hugo

DVD/Blu-Rays Released:

Cowboys & Aliens
The Hangover: Part II
The Lady Vanishes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Episode Timeline:

Pick of the Week: 4:30
New Releases: 24:58
Trailer Watch: Lockout: 34:25
Trailer Watch: Cabin in the Woods: 40:02
Topic of the Night: Spy Movies: 50:38

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Ahh Yeah! Spy movies are great (except when they're not). I am totally excited for TTSS. I hope they franchise it. Bourne franchise is awesome, Mission Impossible is pretty good (often convoluted), and Bond films are my go-to classic (even the Moore era ones). Plus I finally am back in the States!!! I'll see you all next Wednesday!

DAVIDPD on Dec 9, 2011


Did they mention The Spy Who Came In From the Cold or The Kremlin Letter? Two very good ones.

childerolandusa on Dec 10, 2011


another good discussion, thanks guys. cheers for mentioning the Harry Palmer films - The Ipcress File is really good, very much in that low key, blue collar, and yes slower and *un*glamorous depiction of the spy world of Tinker, Tailor. if you're a fan of cinema you should see it just for the way it's shot, but it's an enjoyable  film, too.

Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011

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