I'm a huge Bond fan, and I love the Connery movies so much, more than any of the others. All of his films are enjoyable and really capture the essence of the character. Don't get me wrong - I love the other Bonds too. But Connery has a nostalgic element to his films that the others, I think, lack.
That being said, Daniel Craig has done an excellent job so far. It's too early to call it with the newest film (EON has a habit of making a great Bond film, then making a terrible one, sort of like the theory that only the even-numbered Trek films are the good ones), but if Craig keeps it up, he might be a close second to Connery in my book...
actually my husband I were discussing the Batman issue just the other day (I guess with the new movie coming out everyone is...). Bale makes a great Bruce Wayne, no doubt about it... and Keaton makes a great Batman, hands down. So I need a movie with Bale playing Bruce and Keaton in the batsuit.
Batman, however, does tie with Hellboy as the coolest superhero of all time.
As for Bond... I like Craig, but I'm not a huge Bond watcher so that's not a very educated opinion, he's just so bad *tooshie* it's great.
how I feel about Will Smith...he can do no wrong. Sometimes the scripts are bad...but he's NEVER bad.
Posted on 2008-07-02 at 14:17:19.
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For some reason, my daughter (age 12) had decided that she wanted to see Doogal (had heard that it was funny). It arrived from Netflix a couple of days ago, and last night, we sat down to watch it.
The first few minutes elicited horrified expressions from my children - the characters look very much like something you'd see in a cartoon designed for preschoolers. The voice work was similar, full of extreme over-annunciation and sickly-sweet tones. My daughter could not get over the fact that the chaacter's mouths were not particularly in synch with the dialogue.
But, we toughed it out, and I'm glad that we did.
Understand, the plot for this movie is incredibly shallow, and occasioanlly confused. Rag tag group of friends have to find three magical diamonds before the bad guy does, so that they can save the world. Okay, fine.
What made this movie so entertaining was the fact that it clearly did not take itself seriously in the least. It is packed FULL of various pop culture and movie references, and loaded to the gills with awesome (aka terrible, groan-inducing) puns.
Examples: the stoner rabbit character is secretly a martial arts master, which comes in handy at one point when the group is attacked by skeletons. Said rabbit informs the others to "call him Neo," tells us that there "is no spoon," and begins demolishing the skeletons, all the while peppering them with quips like "I have a bone to pick with you."
The choo choo train wanders into a passage in the side of a mountain, and wonders out loud why he "always gets the shaft," but is glad that "he has tunnel vision."
The bad guy in the move is a spring. Lets us know that there is "one spring to rule them all," even calls himself the "lord of the springs." Ian McKellen voices the good spring, and does so in a manner that sounds suspiciously like Gandalf.
Also, for no discernable reason, a purple moose makes fairly frequent onscreen visits, where his main job, apparently, is to fart.
Aaanyway, I found myself laughing out loud more than once at the absurdities in this movie. To me, the humor was so intentionally dumb/warped that it was hilarious. Your mileage may vary.
Posted on 2008-07-11 at 14:03:41.
Edited on 2008-07-11 at 14:06:17 by t_catt11
Saw Hancock recently. The movie was funny, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I think my biggest issue was that the plot turned out to be more complicated than I had orginally anticipated and it almost felt like they were trying to squish this very interesting complex story into a tiny time frame. I actually wanted more information in the end and wished the movie had gone on longer. Or that they had gone with a simpler plot and kept it at it's current length.
But Will is hot as always, and amusing as Hancock.
I also watched Bloodwork last night, with Clint, and older movie but my first time seeing it. I had part of the movie figured out, but not all of it and for that I give them kudos. And I was hugely impressed that for a change the murderer was actually a believeable character. I've seen too many of these movies lately with serial killers and assasins and the what not in them that are just not believeable, mainly because they lack in consistency or they are cardboard cut outs of supreme evil. Most recently it would have to be the serial killer in Disturbia. The concept behind the movie is great, Rear Window, mets teenage delinquincy in an American Suburb... fantastic. But the killer was not that great of a character. Serial killers do not generally start off doing a great job of covering their tracks, being careful, neat and organized only to end up becoming some manical hack-n-slash killer jumping out of shadows. Bloodwork was much better.
Ok there have been many movies about Batman both Live Action and Comic with the Comic’s coming the closet so far to what I think Bob Kane envisioned when he first created Batman back in 1939. But I have to say, as far as I am concerned here and now, none of them captures the true essence of Batman as does "The Dark Knight". Jesus the movie was dark and I mean dark with a capital D. Heath Ledger, Oscar nomination or not, is hands down the best Joker yet. His portrayal made my skin crawl especially his constant movement of his tongue over his fake facial scars as if they were really a part of him. And Bale did a damn good job showing how tormented and full of anger the Bat is and how hard it is for him to restrain himself and stay “Good”.
I warn all of you that go to see it though it is rated PG-13 it is much closer to a R rating in the tone of violence so be aware of that if you take your kids. The movie is good but it’s more of a thriller then an action pic and has some good skin crawler moments in it including Harvey Dents face towards the end.
The movie ends on a kinda twist but it clearly leaves the storyline open for more.
Also just a head’s up Bale’s next movie looks to be a good one and is previewed in a few theaters it is Called Terminator :Salvation: and he plays a grown John Conner.
We went to see the Dark Knight last week, and though we liked it, it did not reach our expectations. Yes, it was well executed and intriguing, but we didn't leave the theater with as content a feeling as we would've liked.
Heath Ledger does a good job as the joker, but I must confess that I got really annoyed by the licking that he did. Eventually it became too much, and then it doesn't enhance a performance, it breaks it down. Still, his way of portraying the joker was far more gruesome than Jack Nicholson's in the Tim Burton original.
I would like to see it again, because I think that we would appreciate it better. Very high expectations can also mislead sometimes.
For now I would like to say: Please forget about the Dark Knight for a moment, go see WALL-E. We just came back and it was seriously better than Ratatouille (which I didn't think was possible for Pixar to do).
There isn't a lot of spoken words, but they manage to make it compellingly engaging, with lovable characters, interesting plots and as always: stunning designs and graphics. But as with the Dark Knight, the visual effects are only there to enhance the story-telling.
The reactions from the audience showed just how much they loved it, the range of emotions that were touched were audible like I've never experienced. And I have never in my life seen so many people remain seated all the way to the end of the credits, still wanting to see more or revelling in what they just experienced.
Ten out of Ten stars, people.
We also watched Son of Rambow... yes: RamboW with a W. The story is that two kids from different backgrounds meet and connect in their love of filmmaking. Together they start a project inspired by the first Rambo movie. They hit the necessary bumps on the way, but the story strays from cliches and shows us how important friendship is.
Definitely one to watch.
Posted on 2008-08-02 at 00:01:27.
Edited on 2008-08-02 at 00:07:43 by Almerin
Well I finally got to go see Hellboy 2, just before it left the theaters. I liked it. It is interesting to see the changes from the first to the second film, and the things that remained the same. Del Torro obviously took alot from Pan's Labyrinth, and many of the fantastic characters seem very familiar in Hellboy... anyone else creeped out by the creatures with eyes not on their heads but on some other body part instead?
The theme pretty much stayed the same as the first one, although with the big forest monster he started to touch on a new idea, and then went right back to the same free will argument from the last film.
It is a beautiful film though, and full of moments that keep you laughing, gasping and then relating to the characters... I actually kept nudging my husband when Liz and Red would fight, it was so familiar lol...
All in all I'd give it 7 of 10 stars, and would recommend it