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I've been bummed over the pandemic's delay in releasing No Time to Die. In lieu of that, it may be time for a rewatch of Casino Royale.

 
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Going from big blockbusters like "Justice League" and "Batman v. Superman" to "The Block Island Sound" made for a great weekend. Variety is the spice of life, and sometimes you just need a little cheap indie thriller to remind you that simple films can be successful too.

Good story, creepy music (although admittedly if that weird music had gone on much longer it would've gotten on my nerves), and a scary mystery.

Given the parallel that was being drawn, do you think a naturalist/environmentalist wrote that story? LOL.

I liked that it gave you somewhat of an explanation without spelling it all out. Basically that end voice-over was all you needed to know. And I like that they left you wondering about the woman. Was she gonna drown out there with no boat? More likely, was she now the vessel for...whatever? Does that mean that her daughter is its next victim for sure?

I also wonder if the actor playing Harry's father had a hard time remembering his lines. "Dooooog!" "Deeeeeeer!" 😄


I've been bummed over the pandemic's delay in releasing No Time to Die. In lieu of that, it may be time for a rewatch of Casino Royale.

That movie had the most amazing opening credits. At least, until "Skyfall".
 

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That movie had the most amazing opening credits. At least, until "Skyfall".
I agree about the opening credits. I realized as I watched last night, I had somehow missed this entry into Bond land. When Daniel Craig first hit the scene, I didn't like his look. The purist in me thought Connery was it and a blonde Bond just didn't sit right. Now, I very much like Craig's version of Bond. I think part of what changed my mind over the years was learning how Connery saw and treated women. I do like Craig's modern, trimmed down take - more to the essence of who I take 007 to be (not having read any of the books).

Now I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of Craig's Bond films. It's been long enough, it should be like watching them for the first time again. Really want to see No Time to Die. I worked with director Cary Fukunaga many years back on a Levi's campaign we shot in New Orleans and San Francisco. He was fun to work with.
 

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I’m one of the rare few for whom Connery wasn’t necessarily the best Bond—even without the actor’s own misogyny. The rest I agree with. I somehow couldn’t see Craig as Bond, but now that I have, he certainly fits the new, world-weary, nearly dead inside version of him.

And I too have not read the books, but from what I hear this is closer to Fleming’s intended version of him. It’s also right for our current world-weary, almost dead inside times.
 

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I agree about the opening credits. I realized as I watched last night, I had somehow missed this entry into Bond land. When Daniel Craig first hit the scene, I didn't like his look. The purist in me thought Connery was it and a blonde Bond just didn't sit right. Now, I very much like Craig's version of Bond. I think part of what changed my mind over the years was learning how Connery saw and treated women. I do like Craig's modern, trimmed down take - more to the essence of who I take 007 to be (not having read any of the books).

Now I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of Craig's Bond films. It's been long enough, it should be like watching them for the first time again. Really want to see No Time to Die. I worked with director Cary Fukunaga many years back on a Levi's campaign we shot in New Orleans and San Francisco. He was fun to work with.
I still view Sean Connery as the definitive James Bond, but acknowledge Daniel Craig as worthy and consider his Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace as the best 2 Bond movies ever made. Of note they are linked stories. Is that one of a kind for the Bond series? I was disappointed by SPECTRE.
 

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Spoilers in this post, avert you eyes if first time viewer.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
(2014)- Incredible story evolution in this movie. How to spell Shield with an H. The Nick Fury ambush, if this was all physical effects it’s impressively filmed on the streets of Washington DC Cleveland. The elevator ambush, awesome! Armin Zola bad mad German scientist turned into an AI genius behind Project Insight. Incredible photorealistic CGI. Robert Redford Hail Hydra!

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)- If the Academy Awards had a Best Adventure Film, this would have won in 2015. Great CGI, great characters, story, and great toons. :D Excellent description of what the Infinity Stones are.

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I'll have to try "Guardians" again the next time it's on, but I've tried twice before and never made it past the first forty minutes or so.

I just caught "Shaun of the Dead" and was disappointed, given its minor cult status. There were some funny gags in there, and the ending actually got a little tense, but as a whole it didn't work for me.

...was that the ending would be very similar to "The Mist", of all things!

Personally I thought "The World's End" was a superior movie. At its heart it's a similar story from the same director and even shares some of the same cast. It just does it better. It is harder to find, though.

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I'll have to try "Guardians" again the next time it's on, but I've tried twice before and never made it past the first forty minutes or so.

I just caught "Shaun of the Dead" and was disappointed, given its minor cult status. There were some funny gags in there, and the ending actually got a little tense, but as a whole it didn't work for me.

...was that the ending would be very similar to "The Mist", of all things!

Personally I thought "The World's End" was a superior movie. At its heart it's a similar story from the same director and even shares some of the same cast. It just does it better. It is harder to find, though.

Are you probably put off of Guardians by some of it’s humor? Here is a spoilerish rundown of the story which should get you started: ;)
  • Peter Quill is abducted as a boy right after his mother dies, by Ravagers who are being paid to deliver him to his Father.
  • Not delivered to his father who is a mystery at this point, 26 years later he has been part of the Ravagers, and goes to the Planet Morag to retrieve a mysterious orb for the Broker, on Xander, a guy who obtains important items for third parties. However Quill has done this behind his adopted father’s back, Yondu.
  • While on Morag he has a run in with Agents of Ronan, a renegade Kree who has vowed to destroy Xandar for personal reasons.
  • Now Thanos is the head bad guy in this story and in the entire Marvel Infinity Stone saga. Just about all, if not all Marvel movies are in this universe and one way or another are effected by, related to, or lead to the events in Avengers: End Game. Thanos sends his two adopted daughters, Gamora and Nebula to assist Ronan and demands that Ronan obtain the Orb For him.
  • Quill who likes being called Star Lord, has returned to Xandar to sell the Orb to the Broker.
  • There he runs into Gamora, there to retrieve the Orb, and just happens to cross paths with Rocket, an intelligent genetically altered raccoon and Groot, basically an intelligent, mobile tree like creature, who are both criminals. They discover that Quill has a bounty on him.
  • They: Quill, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot get involved in a public ruckus, are arrested, convicted, and sent to a prison called the Kiln.
  • There they meet Drax the Destroyer, who also has a beef with Ronin and Thanos and they end up banding together to become the Guardians of the Galaxy, as they devise a plan to escape the Kiln, and head to Knowhere, to try to sell this orb to The Collector. It is here, through a calamitous event they discover The orb is an Infinity Stone, a powerful artifact left over from the creation of the Universe.
  • The entire Infinity Stone Saga, involves Thanos collecting all of the Infinity Stones so he can reshape the Universe as he sees fit and his intent is to indiscriminately eradicate half of all living beings to make the Universe a better place. You might question this rational. :)
 

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“Cats” (HBO) seems to be one of those movies that people just love to dump on.

Two caveats: I’ve never seen the stage musical, and I came in part way through this film. Nevertheless, I found it enjoyable enough. The music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is as good as you’d expect; the acting is fine; and the artistic representation of the cats’ world beautifully done.

Some critics seem to have had a problem with the realistic makeup, which they found creepy. But having sought out images from the stage version...what’s the big difference?

Whatever you think about this film, it once again proves that Judi Dench can play damn near anything.
 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)- Yes, again. :) In the Shield-Hydra aftermath, Tony Stark get’s hold of Loki’s Scepter, decides an unknown AI, (whatever an AI is doing in an Infinity Stone?) could be good for his protect humanity project, but then it gets lose and all hell breaks loose, Tony, Tony, Tony. :oops:

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Ant Man (2015)- This movie has a special quality about it, cool concept, great cast. Seems like Corey Stoll more times than not gets cast as a heavy.

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“Cats” (HBO) seems to be one of those movies that people just love to dump on.

Two caveats: I’ve never seen the stage musical, and I came in part way through this film. Nevertheless, I found it enjoyable enough. The music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is as good as you’d expect; the acting is fine; and the artistic representation of the cats’ world beautifully done.

Some critics seem to have had a problem with the realistic makeup, which they found creepy. But having sought out images from the stage version...what’s the big difference?

Whatever you think about this film, it once again proves that Judi Dench can play damn near anything.
Saw it at a theater (play) where we couldn’t understand a single word. :(
 

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I like how "smoking" is now part of the viewer discretion warning labels.

"I was fine with the language, nudity, sex, graphic violence, drug use, alcoholism, adult situations, animal abuse, and cultural insensitivity, but when I saw smoking was also in the warnings I knew this was a movie I wouldn't let my daughters watch."
 

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I like how "smoking" is now part of the viewer discretion warning labels.

"I was fine with the language, nudity, sex, graphic violence, drug use, alcoholism, adult situations, animal abuse, and cultural insensitivity, but when I saw smoking was also in the warnings I knew this was a movie I wouldn't let my daughters watch."
Before I got the box set, I used to watch "Green Acres" on Amazon Prime, where several episodes began with warnings about drug use and violence.

The only violence was when Oliver's tractor blew up, and the only drug use was whatever Mr. Kimble was on.
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2024)- Again...a Marvel story propelled by great music and an emotional ending. Peter’s Father, it’s all about him. :) Vol 3 due 2023.

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