For the thrid time, I watched Quantam of Solace, the second of the James Bond refresh movies. It isn’t nearly as highly reviewed as Casino Royale and it is my least favorite of the new Bond films and the heavy-handed editing (quick cuts and shots) during the action scenes make them almost unwatchable, but it *is* James Bond and Daniel Craig as James Bond and good enough to watch. It is a forgettable film though – twice before I’ve forgotten the plot. With that in mind, here is my quick summary:
A few moments after Bond shoots Mr. White in Casino Royale, Bond takes White back to M for interrogation. We learn that White’s org is everywhere, including M’s assistant from the first Bond film who starts shooting (whoa!) and allows White to escape. Bond goes after White and ends up in Haiti, where he learns that a Mr. Green is leading another shadow organization within the larger organization that ostensibly is an environmental nonprofit but is actually taking ownership of all the water and utilizities under a corrupt Bolivian dictator. Bond kills Mr. Green and brings down this organization, and also tracks down Vesper (Casino Royale) faux-boyfriend who is actually a mole for Mr. White’s org. In the meantime, we see a couple of Bond girls (including one who dies in oil like the girl died in Goldfinger), a couple of chase scenes in a boat and a plane, two gatherings in tuxes, and a taste of the rugged Bolivian townslife. I love Bond/M’s sardonic humorous exchange when they find Green: “We found his body in the desert… He had a quart of motor oil in his stomach, do you know anything about that?”
For me, the the movie needed to be more patient. Casino Royale and later Skyfall have a lot of patience, letting scenes develop without a lot of cuts. THere are so many cuts, and so many quick scenes, it is hard to observe things unfolding naturally – it is like the director is constantly forcing us to look somewhere. Still, it is JaMes Bond and – again — Daniel Craig as James Bond (Craig is my favorite Bond, kind of a perfect combo of Connery and Moore).
Good Time is running at our local theater – I love seedy films and this has good reviews. I’d love to see it!
For some reason, Wife M and I like horror movies more in the summer than the winter, perhaps because the winter is so gloomy and gray it is hard to escape it with a gloomy movie… Switching gears a little bit, I had high hopes for Annabelle creation, having liked The Conjuring and Annabelle so much. We bought tickets for opening day And counted down the days. It was not a perfect movie (some cliches such as isolated farmhouses, scarecrows, etc.), but very enjoyable and entertaining, and certainly met my expectations and was a worthwhile investment of time and money. The fact that so much of the scares took place at night after everyone went to bed was on my mind that night when I got up to get a drink of water 🙂
Like most people who’ve seen it, I liked Dunkir, which I watched today while Wife M was occupied. For awhile now, I’ve been burned out on WW2 movies, but this had Christopher Nolan’s signature “voice” to it, and I found the characters compelling and likable, although we don’t get to knew them too deeply. The movie had meaning for me becuse so many people gave so much at that time to try to save Great Britain from grave (“is there another kind?”) danger, yet today we live in a world filled with billionaires who’ve never served their country in any shape or form.
Wife M and I went to the Annex for a drink then to The Big Sick. The Annex’s cocktail was awful – I am not sure how a drink can be too bitter and too sweet at the same time, but it was. Wife M’s drink was too sweet. Won’t be going back there… We loved The Big Sick, which turned out to be a true story based on the Pakistani actor from Silicon Valley’s courtship of his girlfriend, where they fall in love, break up then she gets sick. We loved it – it was a touching, funny and enduring story about lovable characters, and I loved it much in the same way I loved the lovable people in Bend It Like Beckham from 10 years ago. A fun summer evening that ended at a reasonable hour (9:40pm).
Note: her illness reminded me of my mom’s illness in 2009, when she had to be intubated and was in ICU for several weeks where we didn’t know if she’d live, and my dad, sister, wife and I spent a lot of wrenching time together where we all really bonded.
Watched Dark Water, a Japanese ghost film where a newly divorced mother and her young daughter move into a building haunted by the ghost of a girl who drowned there. It felt a little long, a litte slow, a little predictable and a little unreal (e.g. Where were the neighbors in their building?). Very meh. 😦
The family ordered pizza and watched Vertigo last night – wonderful time together… Vertigo is widely considered Hitchcock’s best film, and I try to love it, but I don’t. It’s creepy, but I don’t like the “As you know” dialogue in the beginning, its length, how Stewart forces Judy to wear certain clothes before he knows she’s scammed him and it seems slow for a Hitchcock Film. I love the how green surrounds the characters when they are influenced by the plot, and the reds. I love Ebert’s observation that Hitchcock put himself (Stewart) on the screen for judgement. But I like other Hitchcock movies more.
.. Was curious during movie about 1906 San Francisco earthquake. 3,000 people (out of a population of 400,000) died, over half the city ended up homeless and it hit an estimated 7.8 on the Richter scale (which was created 3 decades later).