1. It's kind of funny to look back at how hard this movie works to sell us on the idea of Daniel Craig as the new Bond. It was a much easier sell than they realized.
2. Watching this post-Hannibal, the first time Mads Mikkelsen showed up, I thought, "Uh oh, James Bond doesn't stand a chance."
3. Pretty neat action sequences in this one.
I missed Weekend when it came out in 2011, but hearing good things about director Andrew Haigh's series Looking made me want to check out his breakthrough feature. It's a modestly scaled but emotional powerful movie about Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New), two young guys who, after a one-night stand, begin to form an emotional connection that is limited by Glen's plans to leave for a two-year trip to Portland, Oregon in a couple of days. Russell is…
Seeing Aliens in a theater reminded me of Roger Ebert's review, where he admits to being conflicted about praising a movie that did an exceptional job of making him feel terrible. Even more than Alien, which I also saw at the Brattle last year, Aliens was a different experience on the big screen. I was tense and apprehensive from the Marines' arrival on LV-426 until the end, and I've seen the movie countless times. If I'd been older in 1986…
One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…