The Eight-Day Week
A weeks-long tribute to Max Von Sydow concludes at BAM with a screening of Never Say Never Again, the Bond flick in which the forbidding Swede faces off against an aging Sean Connery over a hijacked nuclear warhead; this good-bad slice of cheese may not exactly be The Seventh Seal, but last night’s von Sydow Read More
The big question the pessimists are asking about Skyfall, the 23rd entry in the James Bond franchise: Does 007 still have a license to keep an audience alert? The answer: And how! Some of the exhilaration faded when Sean Connery lost his hair and took a powder, but 50 years after Ian Fleming’s super-cool agent from Her Majesty’s Secret Service was shot from a cannon into movie history, Bond is back, and so is high-octane entertainment.
Skyfall may not reach the sophisticated heights of Casino Royale, but it’s better than the lollygagging Quantum of Solace.With buff, camera-ready Daniel Craig lending fresh fisticuffs to the role, and acclaimed director Sam Mendes adding more realism and fewer jokes than in most Bond pictures, it’s a satisfying entertainment that delivers a kangaroo kick from start to finish.
The Eight-Day Week
We’re not ready to throw in the towel on the moviegoing just yet, but we’ll admit we’re ready for a break from the heavier fare. Today we’re dropping by the Museum of Modern Art for a Bond double-header, with screenings of Diamonds Are Forever (Sean Connery, kind of campy, Jill St. John as the girl, Read More
Today, hyper-popular balladeer Adele released her first new material since her blockbuster 21 album: it’s the theme song from Skyfall, the new James Bond film. Since the Shirley Bassey days, the Bond theme has been a vaunted, if very weird, tradition (after all, most movies don’t come with pop singles). But the anachronism Read More
Adele is following in the imposing footsteps of Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon, and Duran Duran–and the less impressive ones of Sheryl Crow and Chris Cornell–with her new theme song to the upcoming James Bond thriller Skyfall. Her song, according to Roger Friedman, is to be called “Let the Sky Fall” and feature the lyric “Let Read More
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Paul Thomas Anderson
The big story of the Olympics’ first weekend, for those waiting for the quadrennial sports fever to break, was the sudden omnipresence of Daniel Craig, who appeared in an Opening Ceremony skit with Queen Elizabeth and saw the teaser for his new Sam Mendes-directed Bond film, Skyfall, drop. Not much new information is revealed, here–it Read More
At a time when the new Russia is more about gangsters than politicians, along comes a benign thriller that is about as thrilling as last week’s borscht.
Javier Bardem, new father and Oscar nominee, may just have gotten even busier. Deadline reports that Bardem has been offered the villain role in next year’s James Bond movie, a spot most recently occupied by French actor Mathieu Amalric. Evidently, post-Heath Ledger Oscar and after long budgetary delays, Bond’s producers have decided that Read More
Unless you’re Nikki Finke and/or Mike Fleming, keeping track of how the floundering MGM continues to flounder while it’s up for sale is probably low on your list of concerns. But as savvy pop culture devourers, it might be a good idea to start getting a bit riled up. In fact, the list Read More