(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Quantum of Solace deserves better than the frequently snide dismissals you’ve all been giving it.)

Casino Royale (2006) is not only the best of Daniel Craig’s James Bond movies, but it’s the best Bond movie period. That’s just factual and not up for debate, but there seems to be less certainty when it comes to ranking the remaining three films from his tenure as 007. It’s easy, though, if you remember that the chronological order is also the order of descending quality – Casino Royale > Quantum of Solace (2008) > Skyfall (2012) > Spectre (2015). Yup, they’re a series of diminishing returns. You’re welcome.

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Quantum of Solace

2012’s Skyfall made it easy to forget Quantum of Solace ever existed. Not only did it blow the previous installment out of the water, it made nary a reference to the plotline from the last film. That was just fine with some James Bond fans, who regarded Quantum of Solace as a low point in the franchise.

But Spectre, it seems, may be bringing those memories back. Jesper Christensen, who played Quantum agent Mr. White in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, has revealed he’ll return for the next Bond movie. Hit the jump for more on the Spectre Quantum connection.  Read More »


This week, Dave Chen, Devindra, and Adam discuss The Dark Knight Rises prologue, praise the rarely seen Enlightened, and reflect on shows that have come back from the dead, creatively. Special guest Tasha Robinson from AV Club joins us for this episode.

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/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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Five months ago, the only opinion I thought I’d be spreading in regards to Bolt was pure unbridled hatred. As a major supporter of Lilo & Stitch, I had been following co-writer/director Chris Sanders follow-up project American Dog since the first day it was announced, and everything about the movie looked fantastic. But the higher-ups at Disney weren’t as confident, and questioned the film’s marketability. Their solution was to remove Sanders from the project and give it a substantial overhaul. Bolt was the result of that overhaul. I wish I could tell you that it’s terrible, and the people at Disney made a huge mistake… But damn it all, it’s actually a really solid movie. While I do still wish I could’ve seen what Sanders had in store for us, there’s also no denying that Bolt is incredibly well-made, consistently funny, and genuinely heartfelt. I plan on buying it.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-Disc includes ‘Super Rhino’ animated short, In Session with John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, ‘A New Breed of Directors’, Deleted Scenes, ‘Act, Speak! The Voices of Bolt’, ‘Creating the World of Bolt’ and Digital Copy.

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Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

What? Save $10 when you buy both Bolt and Lilo & Stitch DVDs.
Where? Target.

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The /Filmcast: After Dark – Ep. 26 (GUEST: Angie Han)

The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave, Devindra, and Adam spend more time ragging on Quantum of Solace, continue geeking out about the new Star Trek trailer, and share preliminary thoughts on Oscar nominees. Special guest and old colleague Angie Han joins us for this later-than-usual show.

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I just got home from seeing Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (yes again… what a wonderful film) and noticed the new posters for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button hanging in the lobby of the Sundance Kabuki theater in San Francisco. I snapped some photos with my iPhone (hence the low light artifacting). Click on the images to enlarge.

Also, /Film reader Christopher M found a digital copy of the poster for Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler. The design is a little different than the one that was on display at the red carpet during the AFI Fest.

And below that we have an extremely cool poster for The Day The Earth Stood Still, found on IMPA.

And RopesofSilicon found this explosive poster for Quantum of Solace (how did we miss this? And is it even real?).

Movie Review: Quantum of Solace

It’s impossible to talk about Marc Forster’s Quantum of Solace without first reflecting on how far the Bond franchise has come in recent years. When Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale debuted in 2006, it rebooted the franchise and heralded the age of a bold new Bond. The suave secret agent of previous years was replaced by a rough-and-tumble soldier, who relied more on fists, knives, and guns to get things done, rather than outlandish gadgets. The lifestyle of a double-O, which had seemed intensely appealing over the course of the last few decades, was suddenly transformed into one filled with self-sacrifice, self-reflection, and self-loathing. While the card game sequences might have been a bit hokey and some of the dialogue was a bit too Haggis-esque for my tastes (“I have no armor left. You’ve stripped it from me.”), make no mistake: Casino Royale was completely badass, filled with spectacular action set pieces and a brave portrayal of 007 by always-stellar Daniel Craig. Heck, Casino Royale was so good that it almost made us forget the filmic atrocity that was Die Another Day. Almost.

These are the expectations that Quantum of Solace steps into this weekend, even as it’s already well on its way to a critic-proof, record-breaking box office take. But does the movie live up to its promise?
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VOTD: The Incredibles – Quantum of Solace

The Incredibles – Quantum of Solace

The Pitch: CutHD has created a trailer mash-up of Quantum of Solace and Pixar’s The Incredibles.

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VOTD: Quantum of Bonds

Quantum of Bonds

The Pitch: “One Bond replaces the other, but it won’t go down without a fight.” Black20 is back, trying to recreate the magic of the popular viral movie trailer mash-up, Battle of the Batmans. Edited using Casino Royal (Daniel Craig’s first Bond film) and all of the Pierce Brosnan Bond films, Quantum of Bonds isn’t quite as good. But give it some time as it really kicks into full gear about 45 seconds in.

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