spectre reviews

I still remember how dazzled I was when Casino Royale first burst onto the scene in 2006. Gone was the campy, suave, gadget-y Bond of years past. In its place was Daniel Craig, a chiseled, rugged specimen of a man. Craig brought an amazing physicality and gravity to the role. The message was clear: This was a Bond for a new age — an age when spying was no longer some exotic gig just to get women and save the world, but a task that would brutalize you emotionally and take away everything you loved.

The Daniel Craig-era Bond films have been uneven at best, but I don’t think anything could’ve prepared me for Spectre. This movie takes a massive step in the wrong direction for the series: towards camp. Hit my jump for my full video review.
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Will Smith hasn’t been an Oscar contender for a few years now. The actor almost exclusively appears in big-budget movies these days, but every now and then, he’ll star in a drama. Like his upcoming picture Concussion, which premieres in the next few days at the American Film Institute. Before Peter Landesman‘s film makes its debut, a new trailer for the drama has been released.

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Until, that is, today. The studio is finally getting the ball rolling on a Dragon Tattoo sequel, four years after the original hit theaters. However, it won’t quite be the film we were expecting. Sony is looking to adapt The Girl in the Spider’s Web, not The Girl Who Played With Fire. What’s more, Fincher and his original cast aren’t returning — as of now, word is Alicia Vikander is the top choice to replace Rooney Mara.  Read More »

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Even as the James Bond series marches into the future and changes with the times, it’s a slave to tradition. Every 007 movie has a theme song sung by an artist who usually represents pop music at the exact moment of the film’s release. In an age where most movies don’t even bother to have opening credits, these movies feature extended title sequences that are deliberately constructed to show off the song that was recorded just for the movie. A Bond song is an event.

So with Spectre in theaters this week, it’s time to do what any James Bond fan likes to do whether they admit it or not: rank things. And with Spectre‘s theme song drawing mixed reactions from people all over the world, why not rank the James Bond songs from worst to best?

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In The Final Girls, there’s a key sequence that was pulled off in a single impressive shot. (If you’ve seen it, it’s the part when the camp counselors and kids trapped in Camp Bloodbath try to trap the killer.) I was sure that visual effects were used to combine several different shots into one, but now we can show you on-set footage of The Final Girls single shot being completed by a programmed camera rig that made it possible. And if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t worry, because we have the finished clip from the movie too. Watch! Read More »

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Daniel Craig is the best actor to play James Bond since Sean Connery, but the two of them have more in common beyond providing audiences with a stellar 007. Connery famously hated playing the world’s most popular movie spy, famously saying “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.” Over the past few weeks, it has become obvious that Craig has similar feelings for the character.

Much like how being under a constant spotlight drove Connery to leave the series after You Only Live Twice (a reporter once followed him into the bathroom), the amount of media attention being lavished on Craig during the press rounds for Spectre appear to have completely and thoroughly broken him. “You want James Bond?” he theoretically snarls, his breath smelling of vodka martini, “Let me tell you about this James Bond you love so much!

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