Friday, October 30, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Die Another Day

"Must you touch everything?"

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #20
Star: Pierce Brosnan #4
Director: Lee Tamahori #1 (his only one)
My Ranking #22

The one with all the horribly dated CGI.

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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Octopussy

"I haven't time for these adolescent antics."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #13
Star: Roger Moore #6
Director: John Glen #2
My Ranking #24

Bond on autopilot—autopilot on a crash course straight to the bottom of the Bond barrel.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

James Bond Marathon: For Your Eyes Only

"Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned."
"That’s putting it mildly, 007!"


Chronology & Stats
James Bond #12
Star: Roger Moore #5
Director: John Glen #1
My Ranking #18

Why does the best Bond stuff always involves skiing?

Monday, October 19, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Moonraker

"James Bond. You appear with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #11
Star: Roger Moore #4
Director: Lewis Gilbert #3
My Ranking #19

It's Bond in space, so what's the problem?

Friday, October 16, 2015

James Bond Marathon: The Spy Who Loved Me

"Moneypenny, where's 007?"
"He's on a mission sir. In Austria."
"Well, tell him to pull out. Immediately."


Chronology & Stats
James Bond #10
Star: Roger Moore #3 (my favorite of his)
Director: Lewis Gilbert #2 (my favorite of his)
My Ranking #8

The best of the Roger Moore Bonds.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

James Bond Marathon: The Man with the Golden Gun

"You get as much pleasure out of killing as I do, so why don't you admit it?"
"I admit killing you would be a pleasure."


Chronology & Stats
James Bond #9
Star: Roger Moore #2
Director: Guy Hamilton #4
My Ranking #12

More like the man with the third nipple.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Live and Let Die

"Hey man, for twenty bucks I'd take you to a Ku Klux Klan cookout!"

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #8
Star: Roger Moore #1
Director: Guy Hamilton #3
My Ranking #17

Bond (ill-advisedly) meets blaxploitation.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

James Bond Marathon: Diamonds Are Forever

"My God! You just killed James Bond!"

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #7
Star: Sean Connery #6
Director: Guy Hamilton #2
My Ranking #23

Sean Connery returns in an unconscious attempt to derail the entire franchise.

Monday, October 12, 2015

James Bond Marathon: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

"This never happened to the other fellow."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #6
Star: George Lazenby #1 (his only one)
Director: Peter R. Hunt #1 (his only one)
My Ranking #2

The one where a new bond steals the show by running around in a kilt and fanny pack.

Friday, October 9, 2015

James Bond Marathon: You Only Live Twice

"I have much, much better. Ninjas. Top-secret, Bond-san. This is my ninja training school."

Chronology & Stats
James Bond #5
Star: Sean Connery #5
Director: Lewis Gilbert #1
My Ranking #16

The one that only looks good from the point of view of vulgar auteurism.

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.