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Old 11-11-2012, 01:04 AM   #61
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To be honest these are thoughts that had me conflicted the whole time I was watching it fluttering between straining credulity & enjoyment, not a sat after & thought about it analysis.

Ghost Protocol knows it's light, & it's breezy and tries some daring stuff in its first half, unfortunately for me the last section was a bit too reminiscent of the the bad, ridiculous later Connery/all of Moore's Bond films (the scene with Renner in the super computer especially). But the Burj Khalifa scene is far & away the most stunning human-performed stunt put to film I think.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:06 AM   #62
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I kind of feel like I need my eyes checked or half the world is taking crazy pills to call this Deakins' best work. I wouldn't put it over most of his Coens' films, and certainly not over The Assassination of Jesse James.
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I liked Jesse James, but True Grit may be about my favorite.

I watched it once, thought it was good. Then went back and watched it a couple of more times. My opinion went way up with the repeated viewings.
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Agreed on True Grit being a grower, I'd still give Jesse James the edge in cinematography & as an overall film though. But those shots of Rooster & the girl silhouetted against the night sky & desperately riding for help were stunning & haunting. Very memorable.
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I'm just going to take a moment to lazily copy and paste a couple tweets I made yesterday here that apply (not to Skyfall, as I haven't seen it yet):

I feel continually alienated by my own opinion that Roger Deakins is an obviously capable DP, but far from exceptional or interesting ... He displays the pinnacle of Hollywood handsomeness or fashionable visual aesthetic, either conventional/utilitarian as with the Coens ... or more safely stylized (Jesse James), but is it meaningful or stimulating like the work of the late great Harris Savides for example?
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:37 PM   #66
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Do I have to see the previous 2 Daniel Craig Bond films before I see this one?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #67
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Only if you want to see the better films

direct answer no, this film does not need a set up.
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Loooooooooooooooooooooooved it.

So fun.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:03 AM   #69
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Do I have to see the previous 2 Daniel Craig Bond films before I see this one?
No. This quasi reboots the reboot. It brings the Daniel Craig series much more in line with the tropes of the Bond series that Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace actively avoided & subverted; and the only ongoing continuity thing is the relationship between Dench's M & Craig's Bond.
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I'm just going to take a moment to lazily copy and paste a couple tweets I made yesterday here that apply (not to Skyfall, as I haven't seen it yet):

I feel continually alienated by my own opinion that Roger Deakins is an obviously capable DP, but far from exceptional or interesting ... He displays the pinnacle of Hollywood handsomeness or fashionable visual aesthetic, either conventional/utilitarian as with the Coens ... or more safely stylized (Jesse James), but is it meaningful or stimulating like the work of the late great Harris Savides for example?
I don't know if I'd go so far as to call his work with the Coens "conventional" (O Brother Where Art Thou alone makes that blanket statement untrue), but I've never subscribed to the Deakins as pinnacle of cinematographers school myself either. I'd also contend that his work on Jesse James very much adds to what the film is trying to accomplish, he chilled melancholy of the atmosphere mirroring the two sides of melancholy discontent in the film's 2 title characters, the lush landscapes & use of shadows elevating the tropes of "Western" genre material to something more, something beautiful, etc. It's not a radical breakthrough but it is very much a part of what makes that film so complete.

Maybe you'd care to elaborate more on Savides as a choice whose work was more meaningful. Outside of Zodiac, I always found his photography serviceable but not especially noteworthy beyond a few choice elements in his better work like The Game or weirdly enough even Somewhere.
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But I guess thinking more about your statement, yes he is Hollywood & content to be skillful in that swimming pool (but I continue to set Jesse James apart from that), unlike someone like say Lubezki who brings his maverick artist tendency to Hollywood & isn't satisfied to take a paycheck & make something look generically lavish.
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Well, again, he's very talented. I just fine him lacking in versatility, which isn't in itself a negative, except when I find so much of his work merely serviceable artistically while being that kind of Hollywood attractive. His work with the Coens is definitely some of his most stimulating, but even some of the time not very interesting. Jesse James I find a bit affected, eh. Just not really a fan of that film in general.

Savides popped into my head just because they're somewhat contemporaries and he's been on my mind lately, RIP. But he was a continually explorative and challenging DP, his work with Van Sant varied and wonderfully textural, always evocative. Then his work with Fincher in a different register, same with Coppola and Baumbach from that and so on. Not to make it all about versatility, in general he's more of an artist to me, whereas Deakins is a measured expert journeyman.

I do have his digital work really stimulating so far though and he's a great interviewee.
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"Skyfall" opened to massive success, proving that moviegoers are still obsessed with Bond ... James Bond. Arguably, one of the major draws of James Bond films is their litany of sexy Bond girls.

The James Bond of "Skyfall," Daniel Craig, sat down with Global Grind and was asked who he would cast as a Bond girl -- Rihanna or Beyonce.

Craig didn't hesitate to name Rihanna the victor of that contest. Why? "She's dirtier."
and make Justin Bieber the villain
guarantee that will shatter all box office records

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I LIKE this movie.
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more like SkyFAIL, amirite??


Deep's hyperbolic negativity is wrong, as usual.

One of the best in the series, easily.
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