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Old 11-13-2012, 12:13 AM   #76
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I was reading some chatter today about what some folks disliked about it ... while I had to agree with some of the points, I don't care. I still had a blast watching it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:38 AM   #77
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more like SkyFAIL, amirite??


Deep's hyperbolic negativity is wrong, as usual.

One of the best in the series, easily.
And with such tough competition too.

But no, I'm rather excited. Seeing it Wednesday.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:04 AM   #78
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And with such tough competition too.
Really my thoughts exactly. I think the series overall has been a lot of fun (though I find the Brosnan Bonds rote and boring), but very few have any merit as cinema.

So I was pretty optimistic a legit director and cinematographer were going to have a big effect.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:38 PM   #79
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I liked Brosnan as Bond, but I agree, the scripts were weak during that era. I don't think it was his fault. And I did like Goldeneye a lot.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:52 PM   #80
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There are really only a small handful of Bond films I really like - From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, both Craig films to varying degrees. And that's more or less it. I need to revisit Dr. No though, as I feel that one might hold up rather well. Otherwise, yeah, the all the rest are enjoyable in their Bond-ness with a few exceptions, but wholly worthless.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:09 PM   #81
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Dr. No is very good. And of course I'd have to add Goldfinger to that list.

And I have a soft spot for You Only Live Twice. There's some really cool visuals in that film along with the Roald Dahl script, and of course you have some of the obnoxious set pieces that would be fodder for films like Austin Powers.

Plus, Connery in yellowface.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:36 PM   #82
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I liked this film quite a bit. It's a B+ or so, sunk partially by a rather bland narrative and a contrived "oh jeez we've been around 50 years let's get back to basics" and "fucking hell, we're old" attitude that kept the thing grounded. It was tough to get swept away, as gorgeous as Mendes assured this film would look (everything in Macau, damn). Otherwise, I only have positive comments to make. As much as I bitch about how creaky the film seemed at times, the action sequences, particularly in the first 5 and last 30 minutes were highly memorable. Most of the actors were terrific, particularly Bardem, who put in a hammy and uniquely likable performance. Craig's Bond isn't Rambo anymore, which is good, even though he's growing old before his time. We put up with Brosnan longer than we have thus far enjoyed Craig; don't retire him yet.

It was a bit too self-aware for my liking, but also warm, fun and easy on the eyes. Glad I saw it.

I have not, for the record, seen Solace; the reviews at the time were so mixed that I didn't feel the need. Now, I'm in a Bond sort of place, so I'll give it a chance.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:14 AM   #83
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Forgot to mention, I thought Adele's tune was one of the best Bond themes in a very long time. I had somehow managed to avoid hearing it once before seeing the film, so I can now associate it with that classic Bond credits imagery.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:08 PM   #84
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I'm not sure I ever got around to seeing any of the Brosnan Bonds.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:54 PM   #85
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I liked this well enough. On par with the last two, I guess. Peaks early with the first set-piece and opening credits, which might be the series best. Holy shit, the overrunning tone of the film is annoying though. Would make a great drinking game: every time somebody says "old," "old-fashioned," "old ways," or some other such derivation. Mendes remains as unsubtle a filmmaker as ever, and I wasn't overly impressed with his action filmmaking. It's no Casino Royale in terms of maintaining a groove, and that film did a lot to craft its own iconography instead of revisiting old iconography with a thousands winks and nudges. Whatever. Handsome movie though, far from Deakins best work.

Made me want to revisit True Grit for that.
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Hey, I agree with literally every word Lance wrote, down to the letter.
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Not even a mention of the Shanghai neon scenes, Lance?

Certainly not typical for Deakins.
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Not typical, no. His work on In Time definitely shows here with further embellishment. They were very attractive. The silhouetted fight in one-shot in that sequence was another highlight of the film.
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I liked this well enough. On par with the last two, I guess. Peaks early with the first set-piece and opening credits, which might be the series best. Holy shit, the overrunning tone of the film is annoying though. Would make a great drinking game: every time somebody says "old," "old-fashioned," "old ways," or some other such derivation. Mendes remains as unsubtle a filmmaker as ever, and I wasn't overly impressed with his action filmmaking. It's no Casino Royale in terms of maintaining a groove, and that film did a lot to craft its own iconography instead of revisiting old iconography with a thousands winks and nudges. Whatever. Handsome movie though, far from Deakins best work.

Made me want to revisit True Grit for that.

thank you
I had about the same impressions, I obviously am not as articulate as you.
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Bond 50, which is the new box set of all the films, is on sale today only at Amazon for $99.99. That's 22 films on Blu-Ray for a hundred bucks.
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