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Nov 13, 2008

A little TGITDNMAR, a little news...

Headed for a long weekend in Dallas on Friday to spend some time with some friends. Will return Monday to Phoenix and to Blogland on Tuesday (most likely) with overdue reviews of Happy-Go-Lucky and Role Models. In the meantime, enjoy this brief TGITDNMAR, made even briefer by the scheduling gods, as all other comers are terrified of...

Quantum of Solace - I complained about this overhyped latest installment to the Bond series some months back. I still don't get it. This looks just as dumb as any other action film, just with more brooding and/or pouting. Waah.

I'm not trying to seriously hate on it, but I guess I just dislike the disproportionate amount of love it's getting (and Casino Royale got). It's still a popcorn flick, people, and I still don't care who is singing the theme song (though "Live and Let Die" turned out to be a song for the ages, so it's got that going for it).
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 007%...as if I could resist.

That's it! Only other release is limited, and that's Slumdog Millionaire, which has an even worse title than Quantum. But it's Danny Boyle, so I'm sure I'll be seeing it in time.

If you are indeed a Bond fan, or just a fan of good writing, click on this:

Have a good weekend, folks.

11 people have chosen wisely: on "A little TGITDNMAR, a little news..."

Farzan said...

Alot of people are saying Solace isnt good. Their saying its a big let down compared to Casino Royale. I actually enjoyed Royale, I thought it was a good action movie. Not really a good Bond movie, but rather an action movie. It sucks that Solace isnt going to get the same treatment.

Caitlin said...

You're in Dallas? Yay, Fletch! Have fun and enjoy the fair city I call home. :p

Daniel Getahun said...

Well, I've called you out on your Bond opinion, sir. Not really, I just used you and Scott as examples of people who I was surprised don't like the franchise.

In other news, I'm officially dying to see Slumdog Millionaire.

Nick said...

I really didn't care for Casino Royale outside the 20 minute free-running segment at the beginning. But I'm not huge into James Bond, either, so I'm not really hyped about this one at all, either.

As for Slumdog Millionaire... I've just recently heard about it, and I really want to see it. I also really wanna read the book it's based on, too, as it's supposedly equally terrific.

Unfortunately, we're only getting the former 'round these parts.

Fletch said...

Will respond to the rest later, but I'm checking email quickly and wanted to tell you, Caitlin, that there will be no escape from the movies whilst we are on vacation. Mrs. Fletch and I will be at the Angelika tomorrow night (Saturday) with our friends that we're in town seeing. Synecdoche, here we come.

If you make it out, we'll be the four white folks. ;)

Fox said...

Yummy! I'm looking forward to your takes on both Happy-Go-Lucky AND Role Models... so hurry up and get back! :)

Hope you enjoy your stay in my (and Caitlin's) state!

Caitlin said...

Fletch, sadly, I'll be at work Saturday night. Enjoy the Angelika, though, I love that theater!

Dean Treadway said...

I personally agree with your assessment of the boring quality of the Bond movies. Looks like the reviews are in and aren't too good for the supposed "deepening" of the series. CASINO ROYALE was good--a step up from the Brosnans--but it was very little like a Bond film. I always said the way to reinvigoriate the Bond franchise is to make them wild 60s set pieces, with the Russians as vilains again. And with Tarantino directing. They need to get a kick-ass director to agree to do one. Maybe Paul Greengrass (Bourne movies and United 93) could put a new spin on it, as long as it doesn't replicate bourne.

I'm seeing SLUMDOG and SYNECDOCHE on Tuesday. Maybe I'll post about them.

I like your site, Dylan. You have a breezy writing style I enjoy.

Daniel Getahun said...

We may differ on our enthusiasm for the Bond franchise, Dean, but I definitely agree it needs its 60's and 70's mojo back. Unfortunately Marc Forster seems to have taken directly from Greengrass here; Solace doesn't so much replicate Bourne as it entirely exists as Bourne, just with a British accent.

Anyway, Fletch I'll be interested to see what you think of SNY. I've been speechless about it for a week, mostly out of confusion...

Juanita's Journal said...

Bond doesn't need its 60s and 70s mojo back. Stop trying to live in the fucking past. It was bad enough seeing a reminder of GOLDFINGER, one of the few Bond movies I despise with heart and soul, in QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

As for the movie, it's pretty good but the pacing was uneven. It's not as good as CASINO ROYALE. But I suspect that years will pass before anyone can surpass CASINO ROYALE.

Fletch said...

I think, by and large, people are mistaking my distaste for Bond Hype and interpreting it as Bond Hate.

I didn't hate Casino Royale. I thought it was well done up until the final act, and the pacing was awful. Broken record here - action flicks shouldn't be 2 1/2 hours long.

Thus, all the love for Casino annoyed me - top 10 of the year? Please. Subsequently, the hype and potential love for Solace have also found their way into my annoyance zone. It may in fact be great - I'm just apathetic. When I watch it on HBO and come back with "BEST EVER!" in my review, I'll eat crow then happily.

And, quickly -

Nick - I enjoyed the "parkour" action piece in Casino as well. Well, until it got ridiculous. But it was a creative twist and a great jolt of energy nonetheless.

Fox - yes indeed, we enjoyed our Dallas trip, though did you have to turn the thermostat down so much? Dallas was windy and (relatively) cold (compared to Phoenix). Brr. Loved the houses - I expected the landscape in general to look much more southwestern than it did.

Dean - thanks, glad you like it! Dean/Dan - as I said, saw Synecdoche in Dallas. Review coming...eventually (I've got to get my head around it, too).

Juanita - we've already danced a dance, but I had to point this out. You might well be the first and last person to ever tell me this in regards to my movie tastes:

"Stop trying to live in the fucking past."

Well done. :)