Skyfall Review

I’m a Bond fan (despite Ian Felming). I’m a Daniel Craig fan. So Skyfall was a must see.

Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Skyfall is the third installment of the James Bond reboot starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Ralph Fiennes.

I was a fan of Casino Royale despite plot holes and dialogue issues mostly because of Craig’s take on Bond and the exploration of how Bond ended up the Bond we know and love. Let’s all pretend Quantum of Solace doesn’t exist. Craig’s gorgeous eyes, charm, and chest couldn’t save the film for all it’s over the top action sequences and crappy characters and plot.  But Skyfall? The best Bond film since You Only Live Twice (1967). (Yeah.. I’m partially throwing that out there to see what storm brews).

So quick sum up: Chase scene at the beginning leads to Bond’s death.  Except, (and really I don’t need a spoiler warning) of course, he didn’t really die. A giant hand saves him (This is a beautiful title sequence, and mostly, I love the Adele song… but I was caught off guard by the transition from Bond’s fall to the sequence). Meanwhile, MI6 freaks out over the stolen information that lists all MI6 agents. M is threatened, undercover agents covers are blown, and multiple people die. While hanging out at a resort, Bond sees the terrorist attacks on England and returns because we need him. And Bond has sex with hot ladies, charms everyone, faces his past, and saves the day. Continue reading

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Attack the Block Review: Conventional Othering in a Nice Package

I saw Attack the Block by director Joe Cornish last week.  So, to paint you the picture–Sam and I decided to go see a movie.  I wanted to see Cowboys and Aliens because come on… cowboys… aliens… Daniel Craig… I’ve been waiting to see this nerd and hot man extravaganza since I saw the preview months ago.  Unfortunately, Sam was less than thrilled about the possibilities.  Not the first time my extreme nerdiness has gone unmatched by the people around me.  Where are the nerdy hoards that will understand me????  *ahem*  Sorry.

Upon perusing the films at the Alamo Drafthouse (best. theater. ever.) I saw that Attack the Block was by the same producers of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead with Nick Frost starring in it.  The film was billed as a science fiction, comedy and horror, and so in my head I’m totally picturing another Fuzz of the Dead.  Yes!  I’m in!  Sam’s in!  Huzzah!

Wwwweeeellll… to both my delight and my horror (literally), it was far less in the comedy arena and more in the horror arena then I was thinking.  I spent the next hour and a half jumping in my chair with my heart pumping and my face in my hands like I could protect the film from diving into my penetrable eyeballs.  Yes, I’m a giant horror weenie.  So let’s go through the pros and cons.

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