one of our spy’s wives is missing

Trace almost anything interesting in new films back a bit and Alex Cox will pop up at some point. Come on film gods: The man links Ed Harris and Miguel Sandoval with Edward Tudor-Pole and Michelle Winstanley. Let him loose more often.

My main memory of watching Gary Oldman in Sid and Nancy at the time is of wanting to keep perfectly still in case he saw me and took my head off. Seeing him disappear behind the complicated defenses of George Smiley all these years later is like watching a nuclear reactor boil a kettle, but no less engaging for that. Shame that the new version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy decides not to tackle one of the characters that made Smiley’s defenses complicated in the first place.

Some thoughts on Tinker Tailor and the absence of Ann Smiley are posted online over at Critic’s Notebook.