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"Spectre" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...
The Good: Daniel Craig once again reminds us all of why he's been such a fantastic Bond. Sticking"Spectre" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...
The Good: Daniel Craig once again reminds us all of why he's been such a fantastic Bond. Sticking to a depiction of the character that is closer to his literary counterpart, Craig might be the best Bond actor in the series. As usual, the settings were fantastic and exotic. The opening sequence doesn't disappoint and overall the action is well done. The fight scenes are also well choreographed and are the perfect blend of comedic moments and violent moments, which is a Bond staple. The supporting cast mostly delivers as well. Wishaw is an amusing young Q, Harris was a solid Moneypenny, and Bautista was classic Bond henchman. While Judy Dench's camaraderie with Craig was definitely missed, Ralph Fiennes was more than adequate as M. Perhaps one of the stronger points of the film was the fact that the other operatives in MI6 got plenty of screen time and were actually an integral part of the final outcome. Lastly, while he didn't have a ton of screen time, Waltz was fantastic as the lead villain.
The Bad: Unfortunately, Waltz's character was poorly written and not very well developed. His motivations were questionable and the end game of his organization, Spectre, was not as grand in scale as one would have hoped. As the film attempts to tie the previous three films together with this one, more was expected from the shadowy organization supposedly behind it all. Lea Seydoux (who is a very talented actress) was completely wasted in the film. We are advised and shown early on that she is tough as nails and can take care of herself, but then degenerates into a cliche damsel in distress within minutes of appearing, remaining that way right up until the end. She also lacked chemistry with Craig, thus making their supposed love completely unbelievable. Lastly, MI6 are "betrayed" by someone close to the organization, but the individual in question was obvious from the moment he steps onto the screen. When the big reveal occurs, you're surprised to find that this was supposed to be a twist of some sort. "Spectre" isn't a bad film and I enjoyed it and while it is a much better film than the disappointment that was "Quantum of Solace", it falls well short of both "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall".… Full Review »
Spectre was definitely a good film, but this is the case whereby the sequel did not pass it's predecessors . First of all the opening scene ofSpectre was definitely a good film, but this is the case whereby the sequel did not pass it's predecessors . First of all the opening scene of the movie was great, it was well shot and fun but the tempo for the rest of the film went downhill from there.What this movie really had was solid performances, like Daniel Craig's performance as James Bond(gold as always), Benjamin Whishaw as Q was also good, and Ralph Fiennes as M who surprisingly filled Judi Dench shoes well, but Christoph Waltz as the villain was rather disappointing,he never really feels like he is part of the movie because his screen time is short and even when he is there he really didn't do much as Oberhauser(Blofeld), in the last act there was some hope, but all potential was wasted, don't get me wrong he wasn't a bad villain it's just that he didn't do much.The run-time of the film was okay for me, it didn't feel too long because of the chemistry between Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig(even at times it felt a bit forced).Going in to this movie it was always going to be compared to Skyfall,which was amazing and going out of this film i wasn't as amazed, the plot was rather small compared to Skyfall making the risks not quite as big, which came off as a huge disappointment, but the film covered up with some one liner humour which the film pulled off so well and the action was okay not great but satisfying especially the car chase scenes which were awesome. Spectre was definitely not perfect, but i enjoyed this film, it tied up all of Daniel Craig's films neatly,came to a satisfying end, so overally not as great as Syfall but a good film in it's own right.… Full Review »
This is a great family movie and a new instant classic. I was pleasantly surprised of how much I liked this movie. It stayed true to theThis is a great family movie and a new instant classic. I was pleasantly surprised of how much I liked this movie. It stayed true to the comics and old cartoons, and didn't try to be something it wasn't. It is now my favorite movie within the franchise.… Full Review »
A master's class in pace and storytelling. Stories about the media themselves can often feel too self-important, but this story about theA master's class in pace and storytelling. Stories about the media themselves can often feel too self-important, but this story about the special investigation team at the Boston Globe (Spotlight) really feels the way a story about storytellers aught to. While I think the actors all deliver incredible performances (particularly Ruffalo, who will likely earn a nomination for Best Supporting Actor), it is most notable that they do not steal any of the drama of the story itself. I thought the film would be too dry for friends of mine that only really like action movies, but the subject matter is just so gripping that even they liked it. This will be a contender for Best Picture, for sure.… Full Review »
Carol, writes Patricia Highsmith, “would be in a thousand cities, a thousand houses, in foreign lands where they would go together, in heavenCarol, writes Patricia Highsmith, “would be in a thousand cities, a thousand houses, in foreign lands where they would go together, in heaven and in hell.” Carol, the latest film by Todd Haynes is starting to cause a rousing stir in cinemas around the world. Breath after breath, she will find home in many cities, countries and eventually our homes. She’s a ripple whose reach grows stronger with each pulse. An embrace between lovers, reunited — ever tighter. A spark set to a fire cracker. A slow burn. She invites us — cineastes, casual movie goers, humans from all walks of life — to see her, to feel her, to be absorbed, enveloped and be reminded of how movies used to move us, shake us in our cores and make our hearts flutter. In a World where we find ourselves more connected to one another than ever before, and yet even further removed from each other, we can still experience and share the gift of Carol.
Today we are flooded with content, especially an endless stream of movies. We consume films differently than we used to. A trip to the cinema is a rare occurrence. However, we still remember films from another time. We may or may not have seen them, but we would at least know what they are. At least someone would have told us at one point or another that it is a masterpiece. It becomes one when the talent, the means and the circumstances involved in the production all fall into place. There are no shortcomings. The acting, the writing, the directing, the production values, music…everything works in concert to achieve a perfect balance. It’s a rarity to see this achieved today. We can easily pick up on the shortcomings of most movies. The storytelling can be lazy. An over-reliance on CGI attempts to cover plot holes. The acting is wooden…But Carol makes me want to revisit her as soon as the credits have rolled, and I am about to see her for the fifth time.
It is not just Blanchett and Mara who are luminous, sumptuously playing off each other like partners engaged in committing the perfect crime. The supporting players are excellent. Kyle Chandler welcomes sympathy as Carol’s husband Harge who, despite and air of selfishness and concern for his own reputation, tries his utmost to keep his family unit together. Sarah Paulson is unforgettable as Abby, Carol’s childhood friend and ex, who chooses to remain in Carol’s orbit, to be there as her best friend, at all times, be they joyful or devastating. The rest of the cast, appearing in minor roles or as extras, many from Cincinnati, shed artifice and appear as real people, blending perfectly into the world of the film. Judy Becker’s production design supplies post-war austerity, livid colors and authentic detail while Sandy Powell’s costumes feel unique, stunning but also timely and lived-in.
Shot on Super 16mm and lensed by Ed Lachman, Carol pays homage to great photography of the 50s. Shots through windows, condensation, reflection, light- and shadow-play evoke the work of Saul Leiter. Photographers like Ruth Orkin, Vivian Maier and Helen Levitt, among others, were also major influences. Lachman and Haynes also referenced Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura, L’Eclisse and La Notte for their use of abstract and spatial relationships to enter their characters’ minds. George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun and David Lean’s A Brief Encounter informed the point of view of the most vulnerable lover. Even Carol’s editor Affonso Gonçalves shows restraint, lingering on silences, stoking our desire to witness a declaration of love between the heroines, just as Carter Burwell’s sublime score swirls around them. It is as if Carol is a revelatory time capsule, drawing us deeper into her mystery and secrets, where a simple act of love comes at a staggering cost.… Full Review »