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  • Justin 12:43 am on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Casino Royale, , , Die Another Day, Goldeneye, , , Martin Campbell, Pierce Brosnan, Skyfall   

    DVD Review | Goldeneye and Casino Royale 

    In honor of Bond 23, Skyfall, hitting theatres next week, I was naturally in the mood for some Bond; and Xfinity OnDemand put together a full Bond collection so why not (XFinity, good for something…).

    It’s been 17 years since Pierce Brosnan took over for Bond and the franchise and six since Daniel Craig.

    It’s interesting the parallels between Goldeneye and Casino Royale actually when you watch the two side by side as they both kick off new legs for the franchise. Both movies are directed by Martin Campbell which may explain the similarities (though the movies have different writers). Both musically have scores by David Arnold and Arnold’s score is quite perfect for Royale.

    Both movies have fairly serious starts which already is unusual for Bond movies. 007 and 006 (played by class act Sean Bean) against the Russians is great albeit brief. For Goldeneye and the franchise in general, the idea of a fellow 00 against 007 was a great idea and executed fairly well. Of course Craig and Casino Royale in a post 9/11 world and the desire to bring Bond back to its roots showed Bond as a blunt instrument right from the first minute.

    ~15-25 min into each movie, each M speaks with Bond (Judi Dench, the one constant actually from the Brosnan to Craig era) on their serious concerns with Bond. Both Bonds are betrayed: by a good friend in one, and by a true love in the other. Both betrayers, like Bond, are orphans. Royale does a better job than Goldeneye in the emotional connection between the hero and betrayer (which is expected given the movie was really written about their relationship and its effect on Bond becoming what we have come to expect), though Goldeneye still gets honorable mention because while 006 has a whole bunch of henchman and what not, he alone goes toe to toe nicely with Bond. I was kinda rooting for 006 this time a bit actually just because Sean Bean plays him so well. While the relationship is not built up but simply established from the beginning of the movie, Bean and Brosnan make it believable.

    Certainly Goldeneye is pretty tacky when you watch it now (it was tacky then…), but the few serious scenes such as when 006 reveals he is alive and why he betrays 007 and MI6 is still actually quite good.

    Brosnan’s Bond went on a track of complete unrealism, far from where it really began (I point you to Bond’s surfing/sailing moment and the Matrixesque slowmotions in Die Another Day but to be fair that was a sign of the times….on a plus, the movie did see the return of the Aston Martin beyond just the original Martin’s cameo in Goldeneye);  and though Craig’s Bond had a dip with Quantum, it appears Bond is back in form for Skyfall.

    While Casino Royale can be abit slow, it is a incredibly strong movie due to the attention given to the development of Bond and Vesper Lynd (the lovely Eva Green, my favorite Bond girl); they have some great scenes together beginning with their meeting on the train. Other sequences such as the great torture sequence when Bond is tied to a chair and beaten are actually right from the original book. Finally, the drowning of Lynd is just gruesome and both Craig and Green perform this scene really well.

    It’s funny to think now how much uproar there was concerning Craig as Bond, but once again people thought they knew what they wanted, but Craig is the defacto Bond now… By the end, as you see an emotionless, well-dressed, and well-armed Bond, you expect the movie to say James Bond Begins as Craig delivers the famous line.

    Looking forward to reviewing Bond 23.

    • winklevi twins 2:49 am on November 7, 2012 Permalink

      I recall Pierce Bronson brought humor to the bond movies that in the Daniel Craig ones lack. Don’t get me wrong Daniel Craig is awesome. 2 weeks ago I saw ‘You Only Live Twice’. I m sure at the time it was released it was a fantastic Bond movie. Now when you watch it, not only is it awesome it’s also hilarious. Oh Sean Connery you were also funny in The Rock. If I want to see an awesome secret agent movie with no humor I ll stick to Matt Damon’s Bourne.

    • Trev 4:12 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink

      Actually, Eric Serra did the score for GoldenEye. David Arnold debuted with Tomorrow Never Dies.

  • Justin 4:30 pm on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skyfall | New Trailer 

    Out is a brand new trailer for Skyfall. The trailer is nearly identical to the last full trailer, but I’m okay with this because I’ve seen (and heard) enough for a while. Between Mendes saying how Nolan/The Dark Knight was a direct influence on this film, and its 97% on Rotten Tomatoes (31 reviews; not at the 100+ mark yet in terms of volume, but off to a very good start/is still a decent sign), I’m happy seeing the same footage.

    Skyfall, opens November 9th in the U.S. and stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, and Naomie Harris.

    I am def looking forward to seeing it and giving it a review.

  • Justin 3:53 am on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skyfall Director Sam Mendes Says Movie Heavily Influenced by The Dark Knight 


    Early reviews of Skyfall (have been very positive) and have drawn similarities to The Dark Knight. How much, seems a bit unlikely you could say (for obvious reasons), but Director Sam Mendes has now said that Christopher Nolan’s movies, in particular The Dark Knight, have had a great impact on how he took on and lead Bond 23:

    “In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody….What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it’s not even set in our world… That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible.”

    Mendes also said that Batman Begins and TDK showed how people are more than capable and hungry for gritty and real, and that was supposed to be part of the Bond reboot and that it helped him “sell” some of the darker moments of Skyfall to the studio. I’m certainly really curious now to see if I note the parallelism when I see Skyfall.

    It should be noted that Nolan himself said after filming The Dark Knight Rises that he’d love to do a Bond film. In conclusion, Nolan is awesome.

  • Justin 1:19 pm on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper, , Skyfall   

    60 Minutes | 15 min Featurette on Bond 

    60 min (one of my favorite news shows; I generally watch it on the subway) had a great 15min feaurette this week on Bond given he’s turned 50. Anderson Cooper interviews the Broccoli family which is the majority shareholder and has general control of the franchise. He  talks about how Fleming did not want Connery, interviews Craig and how he turned down Bond for about two years and how he did most of the stunts in Skyfall; finally he takes a visit to one of the warehouses where all the famous props are, from oddjob’s hat to the golden gun. Nice featurette, enjoy.



  • Justin 5:16 am on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skyfall | Early Reviews 

    I noticed this for a couple weeks now, and the trend continues; Skyfall is getting overwhelmingly positive reviews. While the movie has only 16 reviews on RT, the movie stands at 100%; that’ll prob go down (you heard it right here) to 83% in the end, but out of the 16 reviews it should be noted that from the geeks at IGN to the aficionados at Variety (part of that 16) are giving a thumbs up. Even Collider whose reviews can make mine look super positive said “wow..one of the best James Bond movies ever, and one of the best films of the year…” Now of course I’m ramping up expectations w/ this post…but whatever. I’ll save any criticism I have heard for later as well. At your own risk, below is a 50 second clip of Bond catching up with Skyfall villian Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem); and fyi the movie is quite long running at 2.5hrs.

    We’ll find out soon enough. Remember on November 6th, step 1: vote, step 2: play Halo 4, and complete Halo 4 by Thursday midnight/Friday night to watch Skyfall, Friday November 9th. Saturday repeat step 2.

  • Justin 12:41 am on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Skyfall, Soundtrack, Thomas Newman   

    Skyfall Soundtrack | 7 Minute Preview 


    A nearly seven minute preview of Skyfall’s original score was just released. The score for the 23rd Bond movie was composed by veteran Thomas Newman. Since 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, all Bond movies have been scored by David Arnold (whose second music score was 1994’s Stargate), but Director Sam Mendes has worked with Newman on many occasions and brought him in for Bond 23.  Personally I thought Arnold did a superb job on Casino Royale.

    Newman has scored some very famous movies such as Wall-E, and one he’s very very famous for, The Shawshank Redemption. For those who are big into motion picture scores, enjoy. And in case you wanna hear David Arnold’s take on the Bond theme, the closing music for Casino Royale is also below (I recommend).

    Skyfall, opens  in the US on November 9th.

  • Justin 3:02 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Adele's Skyfall Theme Song | Happy 50th Bond 

    As you probably know, Bond turns 50 this year. And earlier today, Skyfall’s new theme song “Skyfall” written and performed by Adele was released. While the song won’t go in my usual rotation, it’s without a doubt one of the best Bond songs in a long while (I know that isnt saying much; its still cheesy but remember this is a bond song; so with that in mind, it’s pretty good):

    Skyfall opens in the US on November 9th.

  • Justin 3:33 am on October 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Flight, Les Miserables, Skyfall, , , ,   

    2012's Fall/Winter Lineup 

    With the fall season truly about to start, here’s a look at the big movies left for the year.


    ARGO (Oct 12th)

    Director: Ben Affleck

    Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, and Alan Arkin

    Affleck is on a roll from Gone Baby Gone to The Town. Argo is getting a lot of early buzz as well as Oscar buzz. Similarly, Argo is based on a true story, which is a crazy one at that.


    CLOUD ATLAS (Oct 26th)

    Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon

    While I like sci-fi and the idea of interconnectedness across time Im not sold. While I have not read the book, early screening reviews say the first half is great, and then becomes The Matrix Revolutions. Not cool. I like only one movie by these brothers, and it came out in 1999. Clear rental for me.


    WRECK-IT RALPH (Nov 2nd)

    Director: Rich Moore

    Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch

    Not going to lie, I do like video games, and it’s a story about being true to yourself, and did I mention its about old-school video games? I could be up for seeing this on a Sunday.


     FLIGHT (Nov 2nd)

    Director: Robert Zemeckis

    Cast: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, and Bruce Greenwood

    Another Movie for Nov 2nd, this is certainly for the adult crowd. Honestly between this and Wreck it Ralph I’d prob go see the former. Glad to see Zemeckis doing live-action again. I wasn’t sold at all when I saw the trailer, it honestly turned me off to the movie. But it is Zemeckis and with a strong cast, so it could be pretty good.



    Director: RZA

    Cast: RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Dave Bautista, Cung Le, Pam Grier, Zhu Zhu

    AND… here’s for everyone else on November 2nd, enter The Man With the Iron Fists. Scrap my Wreck it vs Flight battle, this movie makes it easy to choose a winner.  This movie looks absolutely crazy plus has a great cast so this wins for me that weekend. Co-writer Eli Roth called it “a hip-hop, kung fu Avengers.” I’ll be there.


    SKYFALL (Nov 9th)

    Directors: Sam Mendes

    Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, and Javier Bardem

    Four years after the very-rushed Quantum of Solace and MGM’s financial short-term collapse, Bond appears to be returning to form with Skyfall. From the previews to the music, Skyfall is generating a lot of buzz and is on my list to see.



    Director: Peter Jackson

    Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis

    So you probably know that Im not nuts about this. The Hobbit is ~300 pages long by most standards, and yet here we are with three Hobbit movies. The trailers haven’t done it for me, and I honestly may pass on this; we’ll see. One more thing, the makeup for the dwarves just drives me crazy. Its obvious that they went more childlike/cartoony with the look (Fellowship of the Ring was recently on tv and yeah the makeup looks better/ “more real” in that movie which is ~10years old, so they def intentionally went younger/more playful with the look for this one…)


    ZERO DARK THIRTY (Dec 21st)

    Director: Kathryn Bigelow

    Cast: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrineau, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Jason Clarke, and Mark Strong

    Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is back to give us another Middle East movie during Christmas time in another attempt to have a b-school case study written about her and timing and market opportunity. It looks good, though I may wait on this one.

    Zero Dark Thirty has a strong cast and goes into the decade long hunt for Osama Bin Laden.


     DJANGO UNCHAINED (Dec 25th)

    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, M.C. Gainey, Walton Goggins, Garrett Dillahunt, Don Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio

    And he’s back. This Christmas we get a new Tarantino movie. You know this will be entertaining.  I haven’t gone to a theatre and not been greatly entertained by a Tarantino flick and judging from the trailers, this looks no different.


    LES MISERABLES (Dec 25th)

    Director: Tom Hooper

    Cast: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried,  Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter

    I thought the trailer for this was kinda badass (but hey I saw Les Mis twice on Broadway cause its my favorite). I was also a big fan of The King’s Speech so Im looking forward to this as well. With a strong cast (who does their own singing for the movie), the movie is expected to pick up some Oscars in 2013.

    And yes I did not mention Twilight, I leave that for Jay…

  • Justin 11:48 pm on October 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Adele's "Skyfall" Theme Song Leaked Two Days Early 

    As you probably know, Adele wrote and performed the new Bond theme for Bond 23: Skyfall. The song, also named Skyfall, is the first Daniel Craig Bond movie and the newest bond movie since 2002’s Die Another Day where the song has the same title as the movie itself.

    While the song was supposed to be released Thursday, parts of it have leaked online. Whether this was intentional or not, the song is getting positive reviews. Take a listen, its alittle slow, but yeah its chill.

    So things continue to look really good for Bond 23 in what people are calling (and hoping anyway) is the true sequel to Casino Royale. Its been four years since the last Bond movie. We’ll see Craig again as he is officially Bond for the 24th and 25th installments.

    In the meantime, Bond 23, Skyfall opens in the US on November 9th.

  • Justin 2:29 am on September 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, , , , , Naomie Harris, Ola Rapace, , , Skyfall   

    Daniel Craig Confirmed for Two More Bond Movies 

    Its official. Daniel Craig has signed on for two more Bond (#24 and #25) movies making him the third-longest actor to play Bond (behind Sean Connery and Roger Moore).

    Buzz for Skyfall continues to be good with Bond returning to form. Also newly released is a two minute featurette concerning Skyfall’s opening sequence.

    Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Ola Rapace opens October 26th in the UK and November 9th in the US.

  • Justin 3:15 pm on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: albert finney, dnaiel craig, , naomi harris, , Skyfall   

    Skyfall Trailer Now Online 

    Domestic and international trailers have finally gone up for the 23rd Bond movie, Skyfall, out this November. Director Sam Mendes is trying to remind us that bond can be cool because Quantum of Solace was just terrible. When someone says it wasnt that bad, I ask them to tell me something about the movie and they can’t remember one scene from it…

    Back to Skyfall, this movie is back in line with the strategy of going gritty in a post 9/11, Jason Bourne type way with classic bond in there, from the classic aston marton to the usual PPK. They have completely dropped the Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace story and moved on.  Nice to see better actors in this as well with Javier Bardem as the villian and Ralph Fiennes as a MI6 head (my guess is he is a bad guy too…).

    I find Bond generally somewhat boring; it really is always the same thing….Some people love the old bonds, some people love the new ones, and I just am totally indifferent. This one looks entertaining and I may see it in theatres given there prob isnt much else going on in November, and now that I dislike Peter Jackson and his 10 film Hobbit saga, I’ll maybe spend my money there…

    Skyfall opens November 9th and features Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harrism, and Albert Finney.

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