Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How The Force Awakens Is a Politically Reversed Remake of the Original Star Wars Trilogy, and What That Means for the Progress — or Regress — of American Ideology

Everybody knows the story of Star Wars. Even if you haven't seen the original three movies made between 1977 and 1983, you will recognize their structure. As every modern review of them loves to point out, they are a close adaptation of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth (aka The Hero's Journey), and as such their story of a young boy answering the call to adventure is a familiar one to audiences of any age or literary expertise. But it's in the details that this tale begins to take on political significance.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Quantum of Solace

"They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #22
Star: Daniel Craig #2
Director: Marc Forster #1 (his only one)
My Ranking #15

Ironic quote considering the film has one of the most forgettable enemies of the series.

Monday, November 2, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Casino Royale

"This may be too much for a blunt instrument to understand, but arrogance and self awareness seldom go hand-in-hand."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #21
Star: Daniel Craig #1 (my favorite of his)
Director: Martin Campbell #2 (my favorite of his)
My Ranking #1

For me, this is the one. After my long journey through the Bond franchise, I can finally say with certainty that this is my favorite James Bond movie.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

James Bond Marathon: The World Is Not Enough

"Oh, pipe down, 007."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #19
Star: Pierce Brosnan #3
Director: Michael Apted #1 (his only one)
My Ranking #20

This is what happens when you prioritize big action set pieces above everything else.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Tomorrow Never Dies

"They'll print anything these days."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #18
Star: Pierce Brosnan #2 (my favorite of his)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode #1 (his only one)
My Ranking #7

The one where they say "satellite" way too many times.

Monday, October 26, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Licence to Kill

"I help people with problems."
"Problem solver."
"More of a problem eliminator."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #16
Star: Timothy Dalton #2 (my favorite of his)
Director: John Glen #5 (my favorite of his)
My Ranking #5

Bond gets personal.