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November 2012 movies

Getting back on track again with my movie watching. Colder weather and a holiday usually do the trick. My family are movie people – over Thanksgiving we saw a movie a day – Argo, Silver Linings Playbook and Death at a Funeral. I’m trying to get through my Netflix queue. There are a lot of classics on there and a ton of documentaries. I’m trying to balance it out so I can get through my queue – a classic, a doc, something fun. My only rule is if I get a DVD and I’m not feeling it or I know I’m not going to watch it in a week I send it back and but back on my queue. I’ve got enough going on – I don’t need Netflix guilt too.

Ok here we go –

108 – From Here to Eternity – Crushing on Lancaster
109 – Casino Royale – Bond Craig refresher
110 – Quantum of Solace – despite Craig, dull
111 – Skyfall – Beautifully shot Bond
112 – Cool Hand Luke – Anti-hero’s hero
113 – The Debt – lies gonna getcha
114 – Helvetica – love specific docs
115 – Argo – Affleck can direct
116 – Silver Linings Playbook – Russell consistently great
117 – Source Code – kinda dumb, confusing
118 – Death at a Funeral (original British version) – beats American version
119 – The Rock – Cage, Connery – FUN!

 

 

Marvin Hamlisch: the man who made you understand what it means to fuck James Bond. Carole Bayer Sager and Carly Simon helped.

Yes, I know he wrote The Way We Were, The Entertainer from The Sting, and A Chorus Line, which, on a side note, I saw on Broadway starring Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez. But Marvin Hamlisch solidified his status forever with me by writing Nobody Does It Better, the theme song from the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, with then- Read the rest of this entry »

I hate to think that I come off as anti-British, especially taking into consideration how many times I have seen all the James Bond films, having been inculcated by my father as a wee one. I should have been delighted to see Bond worked into the Opening Ceremonies, but I am not impressed with the Queen just “being game” to lend herself to a scene. I want it big, like the finale of a Bond film. Big like Moonraker-in-outer-space-big.

Here’s how I would have fixed it:

First, great to start off with Daniel Craig, but way too long with no action in the halls of Buckingham Palace. No one wants slow-motion, ground-level shots of obese Corgi dogs waddling about during an Olymics Opening Ceremony, certainly not Raúl.

Daniel Craig changes swimsuit history.

Change: Standard shot of Daniel Craig in bed with a redhead face down on a pillow. Read the rest of this entry »