Look! Wes Anderson Winners, Over the Rhine, James Bond, “Anna Karenina,” “Lincoln,” Twitter, Wim Wenders, Aimee Mann, Scott Derrickson, Sara Zarr, and “The Kid With a Bike”

Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on. … [Read more...]

Skyfall (2012)

For all of the talk of Sam Mendes’ first James Bond movie — Skyfall — being a “substantial” Bond movie, its real strengths are aesthetic, not literary. This, the twenty-third movie about the hero if Ian Fleming’s spy novels, is typically predictable, full of been-there-done-that plot twists, and standard issue action-hero revelations.But genre pictures are all about the “how.” And Skyfall’s “how” is top-notch in several ways. … [Read more...]

Damon on Bond vs. Bourne

Matt Damon on why J-Bourne is better than J-Bond: Bond is "an imperialist and he's a misogynist. He kills people and laughs and sips martinis and wisecracks about it," Damon, 36, told The Associated Press in an interview...."Bourne is this paranoid guy. He's on the run. He's not the government. The government is after him. He's a serial monogamist who's in love with his dead girlfriend and can't stop thinking about her," Damon said. "He's the opposite of James Bond." Amen. And that's … [Read more...]

Specials: Mourning Mr. Miyagi. Raving about Narnia. Killing Alias. Casting "M." Previewing "Mary."

Friday's specials:WAX OFF Farewell, Pat Morita.DAILY MAIL CRITIC GOES BANANAS FOR NARNIA Sheeesh! It is not just a 'must see' but a 'must see again and again'. Where is that sixth star when you need it? Not only does it miraculously do full justice to CS Lewis's classic fantasy, it improves upon it and gives a more sophisticated sense of humour. Above all, there's a spectacular sense of scale that turns the children's sagas into a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings as an … [Read more...]

A New James Bond

I first saw Daniel Craig giving an extraordinary lead performance in a BCC Mystery special called The Ice House almost a decade ago, where he played a cop and an alcoholic. He made his first strong big-screen impression as an assassin priest in Elisabeth, and an even stronger impression as the dangerous son of Paul Newman in The Road to Perdition.Now, he's won the dubious honor of playing James Bond.Well, for the first time, I'm actually interested in an upcoming James Bond flick. Craig … [Read more...]