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2008 Round-Up Review – Kept You Waiting, Huh

March 9, 2009

2008 was nowhere near as stellar a year for movies as 2007, but any year without There Will Be Blood, No Country, Michael Clayton, The Mist and a new Ghost in the Shell movie will suffer.

BUT. 2008 was one helluva year for genre film. Probably the best since 1999 or 1982. Those years gave us The Matrix, Iron Giant, Blade Runner, Wrath of Khan… y’know. Classics. 2008 has some serious future classics as well.

First let’s go backwards. The worst of the lot:

Worst Movies:

Rambo – In my review I wondered if I would ever warm up to this big stupid, bloody gore-stravaganza. I’ve liked dumber movies. And well, I kinda did warm up to it. Not a whole lot, mind you! It’s no great piece of art by any means but it’s worth seeing for… for… for the carnage. Yes. That’s it. It’s almost… cathartic? Is that cliche? Well, then, it fits. For a movie so full of cliche – bad guys kill good people, good guys kill bad guys – it executes every single one of them visceral aplomb. Recently, in the comments section I defend Stallone as someone who knows exactly how to pander to a sick, depraved audience. Genius or not, he knows what he’s doing. Just look at who he’s casting in his next movie, The Expendables. Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Forest Whitaker, Jason Statham, Jet Li, ARNOLD … Bastard’s got my money again.

Quantum of Solace – I warmed up to Rambo’s idiocy, but I grew even colder towards James Bond’s latest escapade. I actively hate Quantum of Solace more and more with each passing day, my thoughts coalescing into a ball of climactic hotel-destroying fury. A misfire in every possible way. Dull villain, wafer-thin plot, pointless Bond girls – a boring Bond. Way to squander that reboot, fellas. Can’t believe ya did, but ya did. At least there’s still Bourne.

Pineapple Express – Hey, we got a weekend, some weed and woods in the backyard. Let’s make a movie!

Harold and Kumar 2 – Poop poop poop poop poop poop outdated George Bush jokes poop poop poop poop poop celebrity cameo poop poop poop poop poop. $10.75 please.

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QUANTUM OF SOLACE – Quantum of Bolus

November 18, 2008

The first warning sign came in the meandering car chase intro that’s edited far too haphazardly to tell what is happening, or who or what is where. It’s choppy to the point of looking unfinished. In Quantum of Solace, the latest Bond flick, director Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction) forgets all about the geography of an action scene. How does Bond get there from this shot to that shot? What caused this event to happen? Why am I not the least bit excited? At least in Paul Greengrass’ Bourne Ultimatum, which Quantum unabashedly apes in style and tone from rooftop chases to stark and brutal close quarters combat, you can tell what’s going on through the flurry of cuts and edits. Here it looks like shots are simply missing. The scene takes a dramatic turn when the camera lays still for once watching the cars just follow each other… and follow each other… and follow each other. Until Bond escapes his pursuers and I can’t remember how he does it. And I just saw this hours ago.

Quick, shoot the writer

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