REVIEWS | JAMES BOND’S SKYFALL

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The hype surrounding the latest James Bond has been going into overdrive after the premiers in both the U.K and the U.S, so on Saturday night I took myself to see Skyfall. After the last film Quantum of Solace didn’t to well critically, the makers of the new film were under pressure to make this one work. Well after seeing it, in my opinion they redeemed themselves. I am a big fan of 007, and especially of Daniel Craig in the role of the super spy.
The script, written by the writing duo of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and John Logan was well written. For QoS the writer’s strike overshadowed the writing of the script, which in my opinion lead to it not being as good as Casino Royale, but without that causing problems this time it allowed for a supercharged story. The story was relevant to todays world, which can be a challenge especially for the Bond series. I won’t spoil the story if you haven’t seen it, but believe me, once you see it you will pick up on a few things.
The acting was pure gold, I mentioned earlier that Daniel Craig was my favourite Bond, it could be because he brings a new side to the character, this Bond has a human side that shows emotion, breaks out in a sweat when he runs, and can get injured. “M” played by Judi Dench is after seven films still getting it right, with a stella performance, and could possibly be her best and most believable performance to date. Other characters including Gareth Malloy (Ralph Fiennes), Bond girls Eve (Naomi Harris) and Severine (Berenice Marlohe) also put in fine performances, with a couple of them having an interesting story arc. Finally the bond villian, it was an interesting step to put in Javier Bardem as Silva, in some ways he didn’t seem like a traditional villian, but then what about the new Bond series is traditional. Javier was a good choice to say the least.
In traditional fashion exotic locations are important,but with London playing a refreshingly important role throughout. That is all I’ll say on the matter, though there is one place which I think could have been utilised a whole lot more. Sam Mendes who is not traditionally a action director managed to take an iconic film series and make it a winner, who after the first scene I think you will agree, deserved to be in that directors chair.

Final Opinion:

Day – Wasted, Agent – Provocateur, Woman – Provocatrix, M – Bitch, Gun – Shot, Murder- Occupation, Country – England, Skyfall – Done. I think incredible is word that people are uttering after stepping out of cinemas world-wide. Sam Mendes has managed to release a fine work of cinema gold, bringing it back to form after a critically panned release of Quantum of Solace, and after this one I suspect he could be asked to direct the next film. If you’re in the mood to see a movie with a decent story, character development, and some of the best action scenes I have seen in a while, this movie is for you.

Skyfall is out now in cinemas across Australia, United States, and the U.K.

LOCAL BRISBANE BAND STARLIGHT THEATRE RELEASE “AFRAID” MUSIC VIDEO

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Some long term friends of mine, Starlight Theatre keep on rising up and up in the Australian music scene, with their catchy tunes, and innovative sound, there really is no stopping them. They have just released a new music video for their song “Afraid”. At the time of writing this little piece it’s only about 90 minutes old. I said earlier their innovative, and the video is no exception, taking me completely by surprise by incorporating animation to the story. All up I’m impressed once again, and that isn’t bias talking. Have a look at the video below, and if your ever in Brisbane be sure to catch them live.

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Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Complete Trailer Released

Earlier today we posted a mini trailer for the upcoming Iron Man 3 film with Robert Downey Jr returning as the suited hero, and mentioned that a complete trailer was getting released sometime today. Well here it is, the trailer in full, and it looks incredible. Here’s a description from the studio.

“Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

“Iron Man 3″ is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases Anzac day, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 – Only at the Movies April 25, 2013
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