Skyfall is all over the place. The film jumps from a cyber-hacking informed thriller, to a commentary on old-fashioned espionage and then morphs into a campy Bond homage before the credits roll. There are moments where the film displays a more European art-house sensibility, evoking Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï. But then the film remembers that it’s a Bond film and falls back on sexy ladies and gratuitous explosions to perpetuate thrills. Continue reading Skyfall (2012)
Note: photography was not allowed in the exhibit, hence I will be using stills from the Bond films.
Barbican, a museum/exhibition venue for various forms of arts and entertainment, is currently running a James Bond exhibit. Entitled “Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style,” the exhibit displays a number of props, costumes and documents from and related to the film. And there are clips of the movies playing everywhere. Continue reading Braving Barbican: Visiting Designing 007
You expect me to give a postmortem on this Bond marathon? No, Mr. Blake, I expect you to wait till Skyfall. Tough cookies, bud, because I’m here to give you the lowdown on all things good (and bad) relating to the Bond. I’ve made it no secret that I’m still no Bond fan, but I still found a lot to love about the franchise. But that also won’t stop me from talking about what I hated. Continue reading James Bond Postmortem
After coming off the high waves of the 2006 version of Casino Royale, my gut reaction is that Quantum of Solace is one of the worst Bond films ever made. I know that on my first viewing I thought it was quite possibly one of the worst follow-ups to a film I’d ever seen. And while there’s no denying that this is a huge step down from the previous film, upon reexamination, I think the film has some merit. Continue reading Quantum of Solace (2008)