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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Bond-A-Thon 2018 (formerly 2017)
    Film #21: Casino Royale (2006)

    Directed by Martin Campbell
    Starring Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007

    *This review contains spoilers for the movie Casino Royale, as well as the novel of the same name. You have been warned.*

    "I've got a little itch. Down there. Would you mind?"

    I know it seems silly now, but I imagine that in the aftermath of Die Another Day, a lot of people questioned if one of these…

  • Die Another Day

    Die Another Day

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Bond-A-Thon 2018 (formerly 2017)
    Film #20: Die Another Day (2002)

    Directed by Lee Tamahori
    Starring Pierce Brosnan as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007

    *This review contains spoilers for the movie Die Another Day, as well as for the novel Moonraker. You have been warned.*

    "Spare me the unpleasantries."

    Throughout this marathon, I have attempted to position myself as the Pierce Brosnan apologist. I sang some praise for GoldenEye, stuck up for Tomorrow Never Dies, and espoused the many merits of…

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  • Happy Feet Two

    Happy Feet Two

    ★★★

    "What is Free, Will?"

    Necessary? Not really.
    Lightweight? Absolutely.
    Miller's weakest movie? For sure.

    However, you do get to see Brad Pitt and Matt Damon voice a pair of existentially-minded krill, so if that doesn't make the entire experience worthwhile, I don't know what would have.

    George Miller ranked

  • Down by Law

    Down by Law

    ★★★★½

    "I scream,
    you scream,
    we all scream
    for ice cream!"

    My second Jim Jarmusch joint, and although it wasn't as life-changing as Paterson, Down By Law is pretty transfixing on its own. Playing out in these masterful long takes, it starts off as a mostly downbeat fable about wrongful imprisonment before taking an unexpected turn for the whimsical in its third act. Whether or not this shift works for you depends largely on how much you enjoy the acting, so luckily I found the central trio of Waits, Lurie, and Benigni all entrancing to watch. A marvellous experience, and one of my new favourite prison movies.

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

    "Time to meet God."

    I was mostly on the fence while I was watching Sicario. On the one hand, it is impeccably shot, with more of the seamless compositions, lighting and editing we've come to expect from Denis Villeneuve. But on the other hand, I felt a few of the characters (mostly Brolin and Kaluuya) were sadly underdeveloped, and that the middle section sagged quite significantly.

    ...then the final 20 minutes happened, and my rating went from a tenuous 4.0 to a guaranteed 4.5. Benecio, you magnificent bastard.