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 Bridge Project was founded last year to mount productions of classical theater with top-flight Anglo-American casts under the direction of Sam Mendes. It does that, certainly, and does it well, but perhaps the most notable element of a Bridge Project effort is the stunning production design. Shakespeare’s The Tempest—which opened last week at the Read More
It’s not like anyone ever accused the Academy Awards of having good timing, but even by their standards, putting out a major press release on a Friday—following the death of Michael Jackson—has to rank as a poor decision. Since you, like the rest of the developed world, probably missed it: The Read More
Moratorium alert! It seems about as good a time as any to call for filmmakers to stop using earnest indie rock when they want to underscore emotional angst. Since you were busy standing on line to see The Hangover this weekend, chances are you didn’t get around to Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, the indie-rific Read More
We hope you’ve got some free time this weekend! The first week of June ends with four movies hitting theaters, and, as usual, there’s something for everyone. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Land of the Lost
What’s the story: Based on the cult ‘70s kid series from Read More
One of the very best films to come out in the last couple of years hits DVD today and you haven’t seen it. Why Revolutionary Road, Sam Mendes’ tragically beautiful adaptation of Richard Yates’ novel, failed to connect with moviegoers is a question that has many answers: In an era of hope, it was too Read More
Sitting in a quiet corner of the Mercer Hotel recently, Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph, curls demurely pinned back, was dressed in a soft pink sweater over a black dress that just barely showed the swell of her second pregnancy with her long-term partner, Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of There Will Be Blood. Read More
Break out the SPF 50! The summer movie season starts in earnest this weekend with the openings of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and, frankly, we could not be more excited. Bank on the next four months being filled up by superheroes, stunted man-children, teenage wizards and an unusual amount of killer Read More
While this summer is shaping up to be one for the fanboys—X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation all open within four weeks of each other in May, while Transformers 2 hits theaters soon after—there is hope for people with slightly more refined tastes. (Not that we won’t be seeing all of those movies Read More
While the majority of their peers are content to perform in jeans and tees surrounded by little more than effects pedals, Apes and Androids would rather dish out their manic glam rock wearing wife-beaters, bandanas and full-color face paint while a giant papier-mâché monster looms overhead and the band’s friends—all clad in zombie Read More