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James Bond: The World is Not Enough

Posted by james on March 6, 2006

(post.rating: 5)
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Sophie Marceau does a good job as a strong-willed but ultimately psyco heiress. They decide to bring Judi M into the mix. She's always been a strong character, just a solid presence with only a little exploitation for gags. The Bond/M interactions actually.. have substance? Hmm... yes, suspicious. May actually be a second british drama that was somehow mixed into the final cut. The jury is still out on that one. While it's obvious character exploitation, it's still fun to see Robbie Coltrane and Bond. True pals. They actually explore the "complex" (hard to use that word for a Bond film) and even go so far as to throw an almost deep moment in there. Too bad those moments are far, few between, out of place in this high speed train of a film. No slowing for any substance, we still have that girl from Wild Things to get to! "We need another Bond girl, get that girl from Wild Things. No not that one, the other one. Well hell, just get one of em. That kind of script will work for just about anyone. Oh, can we do a wet t-shirt scene? Don't worry, it'll still be R. Just tell the editor to be careful." It's so sad... there are little glimpses you can find of what the movie could be if the did a real spy film. They've got some rich characters (if not deep, then at least well established) and the timeline (an unending series of barely related sequels) to really do some neat things. Too bad.

James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies

Posted by james on March 6, 2006

(post.rating: 5)
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I'm sensing a theme... two bond girls per movie. I guess lunchbox covers and action figurines need more variety. Jonathan Pryce does a good job not overacting an egotistical media maniac (say it 4 times! fast!). But somehow he's just... empty. All of the characters seem hollow archetypes, little flat plastic pieces revolving in a nice little "plot". Teri Hatcher seems to float above the film, just visiting. I imagine she's actually shot on clear celluloid and overlaid on this film. Perhaps she's really a clone, and all the real acting was done years ago and saved on clear celluloid. "Mack! We need a 'You said youd never come back' scene! Get it from the Teri Hatcher stock!" The one good thing? Michelle Yeoh. Yeah! She just has a clear/solid presence, even in the midst of a movie like this. The glib Bond-isms don't fit her. She still does well, though she seems a bit shackled by a movie this flat.

James Bond: Goldeneye

Posted by james on March 6, 2006

(post.rating: 9)
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Great great movie, right up there with Mission Impossible as a great spy movie. It's just very memorable, interesting characters. Bond is cliche and slick as always, but isn't too distracting. From the really imaginitive and slick bond opening credits (ie. naked women shown a million different ways) to the end of the film, the movie is very thematic and just has an incredibly oppressive feel to it. Mother Russia, communists, the urgency of stopping an evil man and his psyco assasin. Travelling the world, saving the girl, all that bit. And his "nemesis"... just great. The film just has such character that's strong consistently throughout the film. Plus, cool little bond gadgets. Neat.


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