Thursday, October 8, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Thunderball

"Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #4
Star: Sean Connery #4
Director: Terence Young #3
My Ranking #10

The best of the worst; my (not so) guilty pleasure.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Goldfinger

"Beautiful animal, isn't she?"
"Certainly better bred than the owner."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #3
Star: Sean Connery #3 (my favorite of his)
Director: Guy Hamilton #1 (my favorite of his)
My Ranking #3

The classic Bond.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

James Bond Marathon: From Russia with Love

"Red wine with fish. Well that should have told me something."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #2
Star: Sean Connery #2
Director: Terence Young #2 (my favorite of his)
My Ranking #6

Quintessential Bond, Connery or otherwise.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Shooting Both Sides of International Politics in Sicario

"The CIA's not supposed to work this side of the fence."

I've been excited for Sicario ever since it was announced because I thought that after Edge of Tomorrow Emily Blunt had finally been given the action hero role she so deserved. It was one of my most anticipated movies of the year given what I knew going in (Denis Villeneuve still hasn't missed a mark for me, Roger Deakins is some kind of camera god), and the movie managed to meet those high expectations without being at all what I expected. There's plenty of action here, but there are no heroes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Revitalizing the British Crime Thriller with Sexy Beast

Just when I thought I'd seen it all (just kidding, obviously I haven't, I haven't even seen The Godfather Part II, it's a rhetorical device, try to keep up), Jonathan Glazer comes out with one of the most creative crime films of the new millennium. I went into Sexy Beast knowing nothing about it except that I absolutely loved Glazer's Under the Skin, and it put me so far on the edge of my seat wondering where it was going to go that I recommend anyone with any interest in gangster movies to check it out before reading anything else.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy & The Dehumanization of Late Capitalism

Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy is a meditation on three interrelated symbolic points: money, labor, and bodies. Although the characters across the three movies are technically different (they have different names), the Clint Eastwood character in particular and the Lee Van Cleef character to a slightly lesser extent develop during the series, and as a whole the films follow a tangible thematic arc.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Death Walks at Midnight & Overcoming Trauma

Not as wild as Argento, as silly as Bava, or as gory as Fulci, Luciano Ercoli's giallo Death Walks at Midnight is a more measured effort, for better or for worse. When Valentina takes an experimental hallucinogen called HDS, she believes she witnesses a horrific murder. Despite her conviction, everyone she talks to assumes she's delusional, and the situation is made more complicated when we find out that a similar murder took place six months ago.