August 1, 2008
After a string of horrible movies this summer that didn’t exactly hit the spot, I am looking for a savior in Daniel Craig’s new Bond. In each and every movie that I have watched this summer, the preview for Quantum of Solace has shown, and sadly, each and every time it was the best part of the entire two and a half hours for me. This summer, in fact, I have been reduced to seeing good 70’s and 80’s movies to keep my sanity at the movie theater. So after seeing that the new Bond is out, I have been so ready — ready for a good movie, which is due for me right now.
Everything in this Bond movie seems better than the last. Its set with a more mature Bond, that is more experienced in the field. But what I’m looking for is a more mature Bond in the way of his etiquette. What do I mean? In Casino Royale, Bond was still classy, but not very sure of himself in some situations. For starters, he fell in love, which is not acceptable in a Bond movie, and lastly he didn’t ask for a double Martini, shaken not stirred when at the drink counter. But in a larger scale, a darker and more intellectual Casino Royale was fine with me, but in my opinion, putting a poker tournament as the centerpiece of the plot was pretty weak. It was advertised as win all-end all tournament, but in truth when it actually started it was pretty boring. But in all fairness, the last Bond was in sense all about Bond beginning again and learning the game.
So what looks good out of the new one? It looks like it is a little more action packed, which is a tell tail sign from the main movie poster — with Bond holding an automatic rather than his customary Glock. And also, judging from the trailer, Bond may go rouge from MI6, so that may be interesting. And judging from the price spent on the movie and the many stuntman, it looks like their cranking up the explosions and big jumps. I’m sure it will have at least an up to par, customary Bond plot, which can be complex. The bond girls look good, a little retro with the hairdo’s but that may be a good sign. The only thing that I am not looking forward to is the Bond theme song. Its not Alicia Keys that bothers me, I’m just not happy about hearing Jack White’s painful voice. If the music coordinators over in Great Britain has any sense in their brains, they will let Jack do the guitar and let Alicia do the sining.
July 25, 2008
After sitting through all the superhero movies Marvel and Hollywood could throw at me, I was pondering the awful question: what has happened to the great Hollywood? It seems today that everything they make is the customary Disney G-Rated movie that will definitely include: 1 dead parent, 2 golden retrievers (or more), someone from either the disney channel shows Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, or the Raven Show, and finally one of the annoying Jonas Brothers to randomly do a solo during the credits. Either that or they will mass produce an string of animated Star Wars movies and then throw in a second Transformers without Megan Fox (because she asked for too much cash), with more annoying Shia Labeouf, and then toss in as much special effects that you’d think you were in a nightmare. The result? Sadly, with millions of 15 year old girls for Shia Labeouf and millions of tweenage disney cult members buying tickets, the makers of these movies (while sitting on a throne of cash) start a sequel — then a trilogy…. This is why movies today in every season but maybe Fall are just the reality of a bad dream. And now, the small population of film enthusiasts that appreciate good movies today is a dying breed.
If only Hollywood could put aside their blood and gore ego and remember the masterpiece that they made almost 40 years ago in All the President’s Men. This was a movie that defied all the odds to me, it delivered an excellent plot, twists, suspense, it kept you guessing, and above all — there wasn’t a single shot fired. The plot was true (Nixon’s henchman’s infamous failed heist of the democratic headquarters) and even though you knew the ending, you still wanted to see more, because somehow even though you knew every single detail backwards and forwards, you were engaged 100% on the screen. You head was spinning through the full two and a half hours, and after so many years, here we are in 2008, still remembering this movie. Its a timeless, classic mystery, but its too action packed to be a classic or a mystery. Its a great action movie, but there wasn’t a single drop of blood. This movie deserves to be in its own category, and it goes to show you that even though today we have all the money and brains we want to spend on a cinema, we are still too egotistic and stubborn to produce a movie with a plot and sequence that we could 40 years ago. And because of this, I am saddened that I was not born yet into that past movie era of great minds, directors, actors, and above all…plots.