We went negative with last week’s Roundtable topic about worst movie endings. This week, let’s turn that around to talk about movies that had truly great opening scenes that really grabbed us right from the start.
Guns, guns, guns. From Dirty Harry’s .44 Magnum to Han Solo’s blaster pistol, Hollywood loves guns, the bigger and louder the better. Setting aside political arguments about the 2nd Amendment (we’re talking about fiction and fantasy here, folks), this week’s Roundtable takes a look at some of the most iconic guns in cinema.
Product placement in movies and TV is certainly not a new development, but it seems to be getting more overt and annoying in recent years. As far as I can tell, this week’s theatrical release of ‘The Internship’ is essentially a 119-minute commercial for Google that we’re expected to pay upwards of $15 a ticket for the privilege of sitting through. For today’s Roundtable, we look at other examples of blatant and obnoxious product placement.
Ian Fleming’s 1955 novel ‘Moonraker’ shares precisely three things in common with its 1979 film adaptation: 1) the lead character James Bond 007, 2) the name of the villain, and 3) the title. Those are the only similarities between the two works.
I recently decided to revisit the original Ian Fleming novels that introduced world to the legendary international secret agent known as James Bond. Unfortunately, while Fleming’s first 007 book, ‘Casino Royale’, still holds up as a pretty exciting spy adventure, the second, ‘Live and Let Die’, is much harder to get through.
After the blazing success of ‘Skyfall’, Sam Mendes has turned down the offer to direct the next James Bond movie, claiming that he wants to devote himself to theater for a while. All things considered, that’s probably a wise career move on his part. How do you top a billion-dollar blockbuster? Almost anything is destined to be seen as a disappointment. Better to go out on top. Nevertheless, James Bond will return, and somebody will have to direct the next movie. In this week’s Roundtable, we offer some suggestions.
One of the consequences of my home theater construction setback is that I’ve fallen hopelessly behind in reviewing the remaining titles in last year’s ‘Bond 50‘ Blu-ray box set. Since I’m completely unable to watch Blu-ray discs at the moment, I thought that I might fill the time by revisiting the original James Bond novels by author Ian Fleming that started the 007 phenomenon. Because there’s no better place to start than at the beginning, I’ve already dug right into the first Bond book, ‘Casino Royale’, which was first published in 1953.
Last week, we offered you the chance to win the James Bond blockbuster ‘Skyfall’ on Blu-ray. After pouring through the entries, we’ve finally picked a winner. Read on to find out which of our lucky readers will receive a free copy of the disc!
Good morning, readers! Did you stay up too late watching the Oscars last night? Yeah, me too. Would a good contest perk you up a little? That’s great, because we’re giving away one of the biggest Blu-ray releases of the year. Read on after the page break for your chance to win the James Bond extravaganza ‘Skyfall’ on Blu-ray!
Okay, I’m making a rule. Studios, you can no longer take old vintage films and give them 3D makeovers. We don’t want the 3D, and we certainly don’t want to pay overpriced ticket prices to see a movie we already own on Blu-ray again. I doubt that anyone will listen to me, but if we all say something, maybe this madness will stop. Why do I bring this up now? Well, it seems that James Bond – specifically the old Bond films – may be re-released in theaters and Blu-ray in 3D. I’m not happy about this.