Sunday, December 03, 2006

Swamped

Wow... I've just been swamped lately. Hopefully, one of these first years, things will taper off a bit and I'll be back to my usual posting habits of twice a week. :P

But last night I did something that I haven't done in a long time. In fact... I can't remember when the last time was I did it. When I was younger, I did it all the time. Twice a week or so I'd get the urge and then do it. But not lately. I must be getting old.

Anyway... last night I actually went out and saw Casino Royale in the theatre. I haven't seen a whole lot (read any) reviews of it, so I'll tell you what I thought.

It was strange in that it is supposed to be the first of the Bond films, the one where he gets his 00 classification, but it takes place in modern times. So there is that moment when you've got to suspend your disbelief and not try to make it fit with the other past films.

After I got over that, it became an interesting new approach to the Bond saga. It wasn't in any way comical or campy like some of the past ones have been. No, it was a serious action drama from the get go and it never broke character. There were the typical "Bond girls" in the film, but they weren't empty heads, in fact... all of the characters were developed in different and interesting ways.

Daniel Craig, while not what I picture Bond to look like, did a very good job being Bond. I've only read one Bond book, From Russia With Love, but he definitely portrayed the character as he is in that book. A cold, calculating killer with some redeeming qualities. Just what you'd expect from a 00.

I never tell anyone whether a film is good or not, because it's such a subjective thing, but I did like it. The only bad thing I can say about it is... it was just getting good and then it ended. ;)

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Today's Mystery Lyric:

A band is blowing dixie
double four time
you feel alright
when you hear the music ring

15 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

I keep hearing good reviews about this film. My husband loves Bond. He takes my son to Bond films and Borne films. I watch the videos. =)

I'm not really a fan of Bond anymore. As a child ... totally loved it, but I hate that machoism thing now. Girls are trampy and barely dressed ... they fall for him just because he's Bond. Blech.

12/04/2006 8:00 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I'm actually tempted to see this one and I haven't seen a Bond film since Roger Moore - not that I've ever seen one in the theatre. Like you, I rarely go to the movies.

12/04/2006 9:52 AM  
Blogger trinamick said...

We are the Sultans, we are the Sultans of Swing...

How freaky is it that I was listening to that CD this morning? Mark Knopfler is the man.

I love Bond movies, with the exception of George Lazenby, Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton. Gag. They gave love, err, Bond, a bad name. I haven't seen CR yet, but I'm hoping to go tonight. I think Daniel Craig should be up to the task.

12/04/2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger fermicat said...

I guess we'll forgive you for having a life. Next thing you know, you'll try to convince us you don't live in your parents' basement!

Thanks for the review. PDM and I have been thinking about going to see Casino Royale - looks like we should.

12/04/2006 1:29 PM  
Blogger LL said...

Beth, I think you'd enjoy this Bond film. It's not a classic, but I would actually hasten to say that it's the best one when viewed through the prism of the book I read.

Kath, if you like the campy Bonds, fraught with innuendo and comic relief, this isn't the film for you. It's really... erm... gritty and real. Bond is a serious character, with interesting personality flaws, who I could relate with better than all the rest. He's not a caricature of a real person, he's the real deal.

KTM, perhaps we share the same brain. :P

As for Lazenby, he's actually been my second favorite Bond to date, after Sean of course.

Fermi, I don't have a life, that's the problem. I've got an overabundance of work to get done, and an underamount of time to get it all done. One of these days, I might just tell you all about it. (Fair warning!)

Truth be told, I used to live in my folks basement, but out here, it's a little bit different than it would be in the big city. Did I ever mention my folk's nearest neighbor was 1/4 mile away? Shoot, I'd probably still be there if not for the fact that we bought one of our neighbors out and a house came with the deal...

12/04/2006 3:12 PM  
Blogger mr. schprock said...

I loved the latest Bond movie and hope to see it again before it leaves the theatres. Did you notice how it dispensed with a lot of the shopworn formulaic stuff: flirting with Miss Moneypenny, Q showing off the latest gadgets, the stupid puns that somehow are funny, that sort of thing? Interesting how they waited till the very last line of the movie to have the character say, "The name's Bond. James Bond." Bloody good show.

12/04/2006 6:34 PM  
Blogger LL said...

Yep. I noticed all of those things too Mr. S.

I didn't want to spoil anyone, so I didn't mention anything like that, but one of the most glaring things to me was the fact that they didn't play the Bond theme until after he said that line.

I didn't like it that they jumped on the Hold 'em bandwagon, but that's so minor it's forgivable.

12/04/2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

It's not that I necessarily like the campy Bonds, those just happened to be the ones I saw. Perhaps I don't like campy and that's why I haven't seen any of the others. ;-) I actually like gritty and all that. But knowing me, I'll wait for it to come out on DVD and put it in my Netflix queue.

12/05/2006 6:08 AM  
Blogger trinamick said...

I'm a firm believer that a Bond movie can only be truly appreciated on a big screen. I rarely watch one on TV, because I think it takes away some of the magic.

12/05/2006 9:25 AM  
Blogger LL said...

I haven't missed one on the big screen since I was able to go by myself.

I gather from your comment that you didn't make it last night, eh KTM?

12/05/2006 1:48 PM  
Blogger trinamick said...

No, too many things came up. Maybe tomorrow night.

12/05/2006 2:04 PM  
Blogger LL said...

Never put off until tomorrow that which you can do today. C'mon... I'm sure House won't even be worth watching tonight. If it is... I'll tell you all about it. ;)

Word ver: fuxbahc
Carnac: Fuxbahc.
*tears open envelope* What do you do when someone fux you?

12/05/2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger fermicat said...

Oh come on. House was a rerun tonight. :P

12/05/2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger LL said...

Yeah... everything was a rerun last night. Were they all scared to go up against Victoria Secret or something?

12/06/2006 8:00 AM  
Blogger fermicat said...

It's the rerun time of year. It's gonna be a long seven weeks to wait to get a new Heroes episode. Sigh.

12/06/2006 5:47 PM  

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