Serial, Super Serial: Moonraker

on December 06, 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.

I don’t know who writes the Netflix plot summaries for movies, but please sign me up. The entries for James Bond films have been particularly amazing. I don’t think I can do much better than them setting up Moonraker: “Agent 007 (Roger Moore) blasts into orbit in this action-packed adventure that takes him to Venice, Rio de Janeiro … and outer space.” — more

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Trailer: Dark Horse

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on November 30, 2011

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At first glance Todd Solondz’s new film Dark Horse doesn’t feel, aside from the cinematography, like a Todd Solondz film. Must be that air of optimism that pervades the first 60 seconds or so of the trailer. I detected enough cynicism and wit hidden under the sugary exterior to determine that the actual film will be substantially more dark and world weary than the trailer lets on. Hit the jump for the stream. — more

Tagged: christopher walken, Jordan Gelber, selma blair, todd solondz
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Serial, Super Serial: The Spy Who Loved Me

on November 28, 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.

Ten years after his first Bond film, Lewis Gilbert returns to direct 1977′s The Spy Who Loved Me. His previous film, You Only Live Twice, is perhaps my least favorite of the films so far, and he improves greatly with his second try. I wouldn’t yet call Gilbert an auteur, but you can see lines connecting his two films, even though they are separated by ten years and four Bond films. — more

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Serial, Super Serial: The Man with the Golden Gun

on November 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.

Guy Hamilton’s 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun is an unremarkable yet enjoyable film where it feels like every Bond cliche finally clicks into place. From the film’s sequence of scenes to its villain and Bond Girls, this is the first film that has really felt explicitly formula to me. That, of course, is mildly frustrating, but you can tell that the screenwriters, director and actors all know the game they’re in and play it full tilt. Basically, if this post seems incredibly generic, don’t blame me, blame the film. — more

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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

Tagged: guy hamilton, james bond, live and let die, super serial
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Trailer: The Hunger Games

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on November 14, 2011

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The new trailer doesn’t offer much more than a glimpse of the first few chapters of the novel’s story, but I thought it really captured the spirit of the books. The casting all looks great, though I question giving Woody Harrelson that long hair. Hit the jump top stream the newest trailer. — 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

Tagged: diamonds are forever, guy hamilton, james bond, super serial
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Return of the Jedi lost scene

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on November 07, 2011

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I think this scene would have markedly improved Jedi, not sure why they decided to trim it. Hit the jump to stream. — 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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Trailer: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

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on October 31, 2011

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The first teaser was OK. I was a little less than enthused. But now I am starting to get a little bit psyched for the new Mission Impossible. The full trailer has dropped and it goes into a little more detail, and gives us a glimpse into the kind of action we’ll be dealt. It looks big, full of way over-the-top explosions and of course, falling from great heights. That’s pretty much all anyone ask for in this kind of flick. Ghost Protocol is Brad Bird’s first foray into live action film and it looks like, from what we can see, he is taking the “whatever i can do in animation, I’ll sure as hell try it with actors too” approach. Hit the jump to stream the new trailer. — more

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