Category Archives: 007

A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: Live and Let Die

Short Take: A bizarre set of scenes stacked on top of one another coupled with a strangely cautious James Bond makes for a uniquely entertaining experience. We all know the reputation of the Roger Moore Bond movies: somewhere between cartoonish, … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: Licence to Kill

Short Take: Dark, simplified, and bloody, Licence to Kill is a fresh take on James Bond that doesn’ t fully follow-through on its noir promise. Where The Living Daylights trapped Timothy Dalton, a dour though compelling Bond, into a plot … Continue reading

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Academy Awards Name Visual Effects Shortlist

Minus a few more “grounded” efforts – namely Looper, Flight, and The Impossible – this has been a inventive year for major blockbuster efforts in the realm of visual effects. Giving no love to smaller pictures, the Academy unveiled its … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: The Living Daylights

Short Take: Timothy Dalton’s take on Bond has the reptilian darkness to allude to something more interesting, but caricature villains and bombastic plot lines move in contradiction with the dour lead. You’ve probably heard about Timothy Dalton’s Bond being an … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: Skyfall

I initially planned to wait until after I had seen all the Bond movies before writing about Skyfall. But I’m not nearly as far along in my Bond movie marathon as I had hoped, Skyfall’s fresh in my mind, and … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: Die Another Day

Short Take: The last of the Brosnan Bond movies feels just as safe and pedestrian as the one before it. However, Die Another Day lacks the memorable silliness of its predecessor, making the plot look like it’s only going through the motions. I’d … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: The World is Not Enough

Short Take: A solid action flick with one memorably atrocious performance, The World is Not Enough is actually a cut above blockbusters of today, even if it’s not all that interesting on its own. The third entry in the Brosnan … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: Tomorrow Never Dies

Short Take: Fit with images and writing reminiscent of campy graphic novels, Tomorrow Never Dies undermines its potential to be a fun thriller with a lack of any serious direction. Officially entering my first real foray in the world of … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: GoldenEye

Short Take: GoldenEye might be forgettable, but its tongue-in-cheek playfulness and its suave lead are a breath of fresh air compared to the overly serious blockbusters of today. With an aesthetic of hard-lined doorways, two-tone grays, and primitive visual effects, … Continue reading

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A Bond Newbie’s Thoughts on 007: Quantum of Solace

Short Take: It seems strange to call a film with such a complex plot-line, “simple,” but Quantum of Solace felt more like it was running in place than unraveling a deeper purpose. Casino Royale unleashed everything and the kitchen sink, introducing a gritty Bond … Continue reading

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