James Bond film #22 (Daniel Craig Bond)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Quantum of Solace, the 22nd Bond adventure and the first to be a direct sequel to the prior Bond film. And when I say direct, I mean immediate. Quantum picks up mere moments after the conclusion of Casino Royale (21), Bond speeding down a seaside highway with the captive Mr. White in his trunk. It’s an interesting approach, giving us a chance to see exactly how Bond deals with Vesper Lynd’s death; and the revelation that there’s a SPECTRE-like organization called Quantum, with members in every major national government, is a great chance for the more personal story of Casino to bloom into a larger-scale affair. Unfortunately, Quantum was produced during the 2008 writer’s strike, a fact plainly evident in its scatterbrained script. Though it’s still slick and action-packed, Quantum of Solace (21) is a huge downgrade from the phenomenal Casino Royale (21), plagued by confusing storytelling and inferior direction.
November 8, 2012 | Categories: 6 - 6.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, alicia keys, anatole taubman, barbara broccoli, daniel craig, daniel kleinman, david arnold, david harbour, eon productions, fernando guillen cuervo, gemma arterton, giancarlo giannini, ian fleming, jack white, james bond, jeffrey wright, jesper christensen, joaquín cosío, judi dench, Marc Forster, mathieu amalric, Matt Chessé, mi6, michael g. wilson, mk12, neal purvis, neil jackson, olga kurylenko, oona castilla chaplin, paul haggis, paul ritter, phil meheux, rick pearson, robert wade, Roberto Schaefer, rory kinnear, tim pigott-smith | Leave a comment
James Bond film #21 (Daniel Craig Bond)
Casino Royale (2006)
Every actor to play James Bond brings their own style to the character and, subsequently, their films. Sean Connery was rugged and brash; he was always game for the ladies or to crack a one-liner, but he was more apt to shoot from the hip and judo chop his way to the heart of SPECTRE’s nefarious plots. His films were classic Cold War espionage adventures that established the tropes of the series. George Lazenby’s Bond was more of a softie, falling in love and getting married, and his solo outing included instances of romance to accommodate that new side of Bond.
November 7, 2012 | Categories: 9 - 9.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, barbara broccoli, ben cooke, caterina murino, claudio santamaria, clemens schick, daniel craig, daniel kleinman, darwin shawh, diane hartford, eon productions, eva green, giancarlo giannini, ian fleming, isaac de bankolé, Ivana Miličević, james bond, jeffrey wright, jesper christensen, joseph millson, judi dench, ludger pistor, mads mikkelsen, martin campbell, mi6, michael g. wilson, neal purvis, paul haggis, phil meheux, richard sammel, robert wade, Sébastien Foucan, simon abkarian, stuart baird, tobias menzies | 1 Comment
Film #10: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, is a film with sensitive subject matter. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell (newcomer Thomas Horn) lives in New York City and very possibly has Asperger Syndrome. It’s not debilitating or anything, but he does have some trouble in social situations and he has a strong proclivity for logic and order. It’s hard for him when something happens that doesn’t make sense. And when his dad (Tom Hanks), the only one who seems to really “get” him, is killed in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, Oskar has a hard time coming to terms with it. A year after “the worst day”, Oskar finds a key hidden inside a vase in his father’s closet. Convinced that this is the start of an elaborate game set up by his dad, and hoping that by solving it things will make more sense, Oskar sets out to contact 417 people with the surname “Black” scattered around New York City.
February 1, 2012 | Categories: 7 - 7.5, Drama, Genre, Ratings | Tags: alexandre desplat, chris menges, eric roth, everything is illuminated, extremely loud and incredibly close, jeffrey wright, john goodman, Jonathan Safran Foer, max von sydow, sandra bullock, scott rudin, stephen daldry, thomas horn, tom hanks, viola davis | 1 Comment