The newest trailer for the November release of SPECTRE has been dropped and wow, this movie really looks and feels like it may be an epic adventure for our favorite MI6 Agent.
You know the story of how it begins…two kids left in the wood on their own. Lost, tired, and hungry they stumble across a house made of gingerbread and candy. The Witch who lives there captures and tortures them to eventually try and eat them. Using her street smarts, Gretel breaks free of her chains and frees her brother Hansel who was being forced to fatten up and eat as much sweets as possible. They team up to destroy the Witch by pushing her into the oven and slow watch her roast away and burn. We’ve read/heard this Fairy Tale for years. But what happens after they kill the Witch and escape back into the woods and society? This is the question that “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” attempts to answer.
What did I think of H&G:WH? Well since you asked nicely I’ll tell you as I write a letter to the cast and crew with my thoughts. Read on why don’t ya!
Grade: F (for epic failure)
Bond is back, baby.
Have you been missing the ol’ motifs from earlier Bond films? Oh then honey, Skyfall is the film for you. Not that that’s surprising; there had been hints at the start of 2006’s Casino Royale that this new interpretation of Bond would come with a bit of character origin story. Now with three films in, you’ll see plenty of what Bond fans know and love; the groovy acid-trip opening credits montage, the Shirley Bassey-esque “Skyfall” sung by Bassey heir apparent Adele (who knocks it out of the park, btw), and the iconic in-the-barrel-of-a-gun view of Bond. And hey, is that a DB5 over there? An added bonus is the “50 Years Of Bond” logo at the end credits, a wonderful nod to the history of the series.
But Skyfall doesn’t require those motifs to fit it in with films that have gone before, however much fun they are to see. Gorgeous cinematography and camerawork echo the exotic locale shots of earlier films. The scene where Bond heads into a floating casino is breathtaking with it’s use of lanterns, huge illuminated paper dragons and ripples on the water that are a lovely counterpoint to all that candlelight. There’s also a birds-eye-view of a Firefly-like Shanghai that zooms in to Bond swimming in a pool at the top of a building that is simply perfect. What? I’m an angle nerd, it’s true. Skyfall is a perfect mix of old and new that takes the “Craig Bond” down a path that is comfortably familiar, yet thrillingly new.
Safe House is a heart pounding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Thank you Hollywood for finally delivering a movie that has a backbone and doesn’t pander to the lowest denominator. The gritty nature of Safe House manages to suck the audience into the story for an intense two-hour thrill ride that has you eagerly sitting in anticipation of what will happen next.