Serial, Super Serial: Live and Let Die

on November 14, 2011

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Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

When one era ends, another begins. Although Sean Connery is often considered the best James Bond, Roger Moore has done the bulk of the work. Spanning twelve years and seven films, his tenure as Bond may not be as highly regarded, but he’s had possibly more cultural impact. I’m both looking forward to and a little anxious about the next seven films, as I understand they won’t be enjoyable — but in the context of the series, there could be a lot of interesting fodder to write about. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: Diamonds are Forever

on November 11, 2011

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Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

Bond is back! Sean Connery is back! And maybe better than ever! After George Lazenby’s venture into super-spying, he surprisingly decided not to return to the franchise, which left a gaping hole for what was to come next. The famed producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli wanted to re-team Connery and director Guy Hamilton (from Goldfinger) and were able to convince Connery to come back with a then-record (said in Dr. No’s voice) $1.2 million salary. I have to say, bringing those two back together for one more film works. As you can tell from these posts, Goldfinger has been the most satisfying film thus far, and Diamonds Are Forever comes as close to it as I’ve seen. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

on October 31, 2011

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Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

Peter Hunt’s 1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service starts off routinely enough. We get the circles across the screen, then the famous shot down the gun barrel. Besides a tweak to the Bond theme (with a little synth added in), it all seems familiar. We then see M, Q and Moneypenny, all recognizable faces. Finally, an elaborate staging of a shadowy Bond behind the wheel. A closeup of his cigarette; a cut-in to his hands. Obviously, the film’s avoiding something… and then… wait a second, who the hell is that?! — more

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Serial, Super Serial: You Only Live Twice

on October 25, 2011

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Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

Coming off the disappointingly dour Thunderball, Lewis Gilbert’s 1967 You Only Live Twice tries to recover with an admirable attempt, but ultimately goes too far in the other direction. I like the many of the camp elements in this film — there are a number of genuine laugh-out-loud moments — but there’s definitely something troubling about the brand of humor the film employs. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: Thunderball

on October 10, 2011

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Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

Of all the films I’ve seen thus far, Terence Young’s 1965 Thunderball is the first I have not enjoyed. Considering the greatness of Goldfinger, this is a big-time disappointment. The problem isn’t necessarily the filmmaking — I actually think this might be Young’s best-directed film, but it’s pretty lackluster all around. Looking through my lens for this series, the film doesn’t have the hook or the crooks to be memorable. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: Goldfinger

on October 03, 2011

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The 1964 Goldfinger takes a break from the continued storyline established in the first two James Bond films and delivers the single-mission dose that I have been expecting from the series. And boy did this one deliver! Although I’ve liked all the films I’ve seen thus far, Goldfinger just feels like a Bond film — we have everything here at top gear, from the gadgets, to the car, to the theme song. It’s the perfect blend of good filmmaking and camp entertainment. — more

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Movie Quick Hits: Reviews of Blitz, The Debt, Dream House & more

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on October 03, 2011

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We can’t write 500 words on everything, so here are bite-sized portions of recently seen independent and foreign releases, as well as films new to DVD. Even though they slipped through the cracks, these films still warrant your attention. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: From Russia with Love

on September 26, 2011

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Directly following the ending of Dr. No, James Bond is back in the adaptation of Ian Flemming’s fifth Bond novel, Terence Young’s 1963 From Russia with Love. That’s right, it’s a sequel, but from an earlier novel. This time, Bond must go to Russia to stop the evil organization SPECTRE from stealing a language decoder, because that is obviously a main concern for the world’s top super spy. But what Bond doesn’t know is that the plot has been designed to lure him into danger as revenge for the killing of Dr. Julius No. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: Dr. No

on September 19, 2011

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There’s no turning back now. Twenty-two (plus a few) films already seems like a big venture, but you have to start somewhere. Enter: Dr. No, based on the sixth film in Ian Flemming’s novel series. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: An Introduction to James Bond

on September 11, 2011

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I am pleased and honored to be taking over the reins for the next Super Serial, this on one of the most important film franchises/series of all time. Spanning 22 (+2) films over 46 years (and counting), the James Bond film franchise is certainly the most prodigious continual series to ever exist. Unlike any other set of films, it has earned huge successes and survived giant failures all while cycling through a number of tones, directors and stars. — more

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