Welcome to “Friday Favorites” which highlight some of my favorite movie-related things.
For today’s Friday Favorite I’m going to do something a little different. I just finished another rewatch of the James Bond series (minus 1967’s Casino Royale and the Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again) in order, with the exception that I started with Skyfall and ended with Quantum of Solace. So for today’s Friday Favorite I’ll be highlighting and listing some of my favorite, and least favorite, things from 50 years of James Bond movies. And at the end, I’ll list all of the films based on my preference. (Maybe I should start calling them “favourites” for this post?)
It’s interesting as you rewatch the films in order and in a short amount of time how the bad moments fade away and the good moments stick with you. It’s like a sensory overload of Bond, and your brain can only hold so much so it picks the good stuff. Continue reading
Another Academy Awards ceremony has come and gone, and overall it was an enjoyable evening. There were few surprises among the award winners, though I only correctly predicted 16/24 winners correctly (equaling my score from last year, at least I’m consistent). In addition to there being no real surprises there are also no winners that I feel were not deserving to win; even if I disagree with the outcomes, the awards went to quality films/performances which makes it hard to complain too loudly. The show itself was enjoyable, if not spectacular, with some wonderful moments and some bits that fell flat, and I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Seth MacFarlane. Read on to see my thoughts in a bit more detail.
Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond movie celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, is a bit of an oddity. It’s certainly enjoyable, but it’s also very different. It signifies a bit of a clean slate for the series, it has a unique villain, and it deals with some interesting questions about Bond’s place in the world (and, by extension, the relevance of James Bond movies in our current times). It contains the same globe hopping, martini drinking, explosion filled extravaganza we expect from Bond, but the last half hour contains something completely new.