One of the most interesting aspects of Daniel Craig’s time as James Bond is the push-and-pull it has offered between the traditional and iconoclastic versions of the character. The delicate balancing act has not always been a successful one for… Read More ›
Movie Review: “Final Score”
Movies featuring terrorist plots, necessarily, require a place for said plot to unfold. As in real life, the bigger and more scary the potential disaster, the more panic that can be created amongst the crowds within the film, the higher… Read More ›
Does “Red Sparrow” Sing or Squawk?
On today’s podcast we look at Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow,” which is out on Blu-ray now. The movie, which is based on a book by Jason Matthews, has the distinct sense of an old school, John Le Carre Cold War… Read More ›
One from the Shelf: “The Shining”
I can’t say exactly how it is that I’ve lived 40 years without ever having watched “The Shining,” but when the Stanley Kubrick classic’s number came up for “One from the Shelf” I was delighted. Trepidatious, but delighted. Would it… Read More ›
In Which my Eyes are Dilated and I Watch “I, Tonya”
Yesterday I went to the eye doctor (no, mom, nothing is wrong, just a regular old eye exam and, yes, mom, everything was fine). Naturally, the eye doctor dilated my pupils and thereby made it exceptionally difficult for me to… Read More ›
Notes from a Writer: The Idea Man
I regularly worry about ideas. I don’t know where they come from. I don’t know how to find them. Once I have one, I can develop it, I can expand upon it, but it’s that initial, “Oh, here’s an idea”… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #24 – "Spectre"
“Spectre.” It is what 007(x3) Weeks of 007 has been buildings towards. One James Bond movie a week for 23 weeks. The good, the bad, the ugly. The trends, the changes, the consistencies. The friends, the villains, the henchmen. The… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #23 – "Skyfall"
The time has come on 007(x3) Weeks of 007 for “Skyfall,” the last entry of the rewatch and the second-to-last entry overall. Tonight, I see “Spectre” and the plan is to post that review Thursday (if all goes well). Actually,… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #22 – "Quantum of Solace"
This is it, or almost it, the third to last entry in 007(x3) Weeks of 007, a series that will end next week with two entries, one on “Skyfall” and one on “Spectre.” First though we have to work our… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #21 – "Casino Royale"
And so with this week it begins, the final phase of “007(x3) Weeks of 007.” Today, we get to our last Bond, our current Bond, Daniel Craig. His first film, “Casino Royale,” is the reboot of all reboots in the… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #19 – "The World is not Enough"
The end may be drawing ever more nigh, but 007(x3) Weeks of 007 still has some work to do. Up today, Brosnan’s third outing as my hero and yours, James Bond. It is time to see if “The World is… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #18 – "Tomorrow Never Dies"
Welcome back to 007(x3) Weeks of 007. Today we have Pierce Brosnan’s second, and perhaps second best, Bond outing, “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Sure, I could talk about Sam Smith’s song for “Spectre” which was released last week, but I’m not… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #17 – "GoldenEye"
We enter the ’90s this week on 007(x3) Weeks of 007. We have a new James Bond in Pierce Brosnan. We have a somewhat different real world in which the films operate. We have the first Martin Campbell directed movie…. Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #16 – "Licence to Kill"
It is a big day week here with 007(x3) Weeks of 007 as we discuss “Licence to Kill,” the second—and final—Timothy Dalton movie. Why is this big? Because “Licence to Kill” is the first Bond movie I saw in the… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #15 – "The Living Daylights"
Big week here at 007(x3) Weeks of 007. The Roger Moore days are behind us. We have passed the two men who played the character the longer and the one who played it the least. The brief Timothy Dalton era… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #14 – "A View to a Kill"
This first Thursday in September brings with it the end of an era, the Roger Moore era. Today, 007(x3) Weeks of 007 takes a look Moore’s last outing as Bond, 1985’s “A View to a Kill.” Want amazing? “A View… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #13 – "Octopussy"
Oh, yes, I am indeed on vacation this week, but my being on vacation doesn’t mean that we’re going to skip a week in our Bond rewatch, so here we, the next entry in 007(x3) Weeks of 007, “Octopussy.” I… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #12 – "For Your Eyes Only"
James Bond may be undergoing a reset this week, but we’re not, 007(x3) Weeks of 007 is continuing with “For Your Eyes Only” and the back half of Roger Moore’s run as everyone’s favorite secret agent. Last week we talked… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #11 – "Moonraker"
Another week, as you may suspect by now, brings us another James Bond adventure here in our 007(x3) Weeks of 007. This time out, it’s “Moonraker,” Roger Moore’s fourth film and if you don’t think anyone can argue for “Moonraker”… Read More ›
007(x3) Weeks of 007 #10 – "The Spy who Loved me"
The time has come, as they say, for a new entry in our regular 007(x3) Weeks of 007 series. This week, it’s Roger Moore’s third Bond adventure, “The Spy Who Loved Me.” Let’s get this out of the way right… Read More ›