The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – In the opening song of the film Carly Simon sings “nobody does it better…” Funny, I can think of four other guys who are better at the whole James Bond thing. This is the first Roger Moore flick of my cable-inspired James Bond movie marathon. When forced to rank … Continue reading

The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012) – RAWR! EXPLOSIONS! MORE FIREPOWER! GRRRRRR!!! What? You wanted something coherent? Oh fine… Sorry about that I’m just still pumped a day later after seeing this movie. The “blood and testosterone” approach is still in full force as Stallone brings us a sequel to his action superstar showcase from two years … Continue reading

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – So I’ve come to this one… George Lazenby. This is the one and only time George Lazenby played James Bond. Other to be in multiple movies, even Timothy Dalton got two (Dalton was actually offered this movie but turned it down as he felt he was much too young … Continue reading

The Expendables (2010)

The Expendables (2010) – Recently, on Facebook, I found myself having to defend my love of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie career (I defend none of his political career). I got into me explanation of what the difference (in my mind anyway) is between actors and movie stars. Actors try their best to immerse themselves in a … Continue reading

The Living Daylights (1987)

The Living Daylights (1987) – The Bond franchise on occasion gets caught up on trying to capitalize on what’s new. On occasion this works very well (the parkour chase in Casino Royale). Other times it just gets silly (pretty much all of Die Another Day). The Living Daylights begins with a training exercise with double-0 … Continue reading

True Romance (1993)

True Romance (1993) – Quentin Tarantino is hailed (rightly, in my opinion) as one of the greatest directors working in film today. While nowadays he’ll spend years working on Django Unchained or Inglourious Basterds before actually making it, back in the day he had more scripts than he had time to film himself. Wisely choosing … Continue reading

Enemy of the State (1998)

Enemy of the State (1998) – The tagline of this movie is “it’s not paranoia if they’re really after you” or something to that effect. Some might look at this movie and see it as eerily prophetic of the USA PATRIOT Act era that came after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Surely what with … Continue reading

Taken (2008)

Taken (2008) – There are many important lessons one must learn in life, but perhaps one of the most important is this one: do not fuck with Liam Neeson. He will fuck your shit up. Luc Besson is a man of simple action plots. In addition to directing the classics Léon(aka The Professional) and The … Continue reading

Coriolanus (2011)

Coriolanus (2011) – Shakespeare… Sometimes seeing Shakespeare’s words brought to life means seeing a very proper Englishman on stage in a doublet and tights enunciating vowels and trilling r’s. Other time it’s a fucking tank bursting through the wall. (That second example is from Richard Loncraine’s Ian McKellen-starring Richard III.) Acclaimed British person (and man … Continue reading

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) – Buzz is an interesting thing. Sometimes it can clue you into a great little movie you wouldn’t have otherwise seen or possibly even heard of. Other times it can overhype something to the point where the results will be disappointing because your expectations were just so damn high. So … Continue reading