6 items from 2015
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Following up On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, widely considered by most fans to be the best Bond incarnation pre-reboot, here the series takes a step back to recast the iconic Sean Connery in the role of mischievous misogynist Jimmy B, and promptly trips over itself in a strangely crass and dull outing. Replacing the wooden George Lazenby with the series’ original super spy proves to be mere consolation rather than icing on the cake bomb.
Diamonds are Forever surprisingly starts with direct continuity, with Bond leading a ruthless and fisticuffs laden hunt across the world for wife killer Ernst Stavros Blofelt (played here by Charles Gray). He eventually tracks down the evil mastermind and gives him a searing exit to proceedings, or so it seems. Getting back to the small matter of his day job »
- Scott Patterson
Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of Diamonds Are Forever…
After On Her Majesty’s Secret Service producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman sought Sean Connery to come back to the role he made famous one last time (officially at least) in Diamonds Are Forever, the conclusion to the Spectre era of Bond films (until next month that is). After the death of his wife, Bond attempts to move on and is investigating a diamond smuggling operation that is far more sinister than the typical smuggling ring when he discovers his arch-nemesis Blofeld is behind it.
After George Lazenby decided to drop out of the Bond franchise for fear of being typecast (on advice from his agent no less) production had to work fast to recast the role. Despite looking at new actors, they thought it would be best to gain Connery back one last time »
- Ricky Church
Fans want Jimmy Dean to come back to the Five and Dime; Shakespeare writes it “As You Like It”; and a dive-in movie is showing at the Georgia Aquarium. It’s this week’s Atlanta events roundup. “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”In 1955, James Dean was filming “Giant” in a small town near McCarthy Texas, but died soon after. Twenty years later, his fan club, The Disciples of James Dean, reunite to commemorate the anniversary of his death. But events from their past begin to emerge that should have stayed hidden. The original play premiered in 1976 and was directed by Robert Altman, as was the 1982 film version. This version, directed by DeWayne Morgan, is playing through June 27 at Onstage Atlanta. “As You Like It”Take another trip into Shakespeare's enchanted woods in “As You Like It,” where Rosalind disguises herself as a man while »
One of the things that I love most about being a horror writer and a longtime rabid 80s horror nut is getting the opportunity to meet other fans like myself and talk about the films that we sat through as kids for the first time and how we have grown to become so attached to them as adults so many years later. While established franchises like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street have their own masses of followers, it warms my heart when I meet a fan of the Sleepaway Camp series and get the opportunity to banter back and forth with them and discuss what we both love and hate about the original trilogy. Surprisingly, there is a sort of divide among fans about which sequel they prefer most – Unhappy Campers or Teenage Wasteland. It’s fascinating to get to hear them speak so passionately about »
- Leonel Benavides
More advertisers are sending the message loud and clear to TLC ... they don't want Anything to do with "19 Kids and Counting." Jimmy Dean, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Ace Hardware, David's Bridal, ConAgra Foods, Party City and Behr have all just announced they've removed their ad campaigns from the show and Cvs, H&R Block, Ricola and Keurig all say they have no plans of advertising with the show if it's reinstated. It's been almost a »
- TMZ Staff
Paul Thomas Anderson learned to make movies by watching movies. Each of his films bears the ghostly fingerprints of his masters and mentors: the obsession and one-point perspective of Kubrick; the tough-guy veneers and fetid societies that sated the first decade of Scorsese’s career; the intense meditative stares of Jonathan Demme, constantly reminding us that we are, of course, watching a film—we’re immersed in it, but we are spectators, non-participants, in the hands of an artist. Anderson has never created voyeuristic or naturalistic films, never approached Cinéma vérité, and he’s never tried to feign an amateur aesthetic. He crafts films indebted to the grand ambience of New Hollywood, rendered unnaturally lucid and diligently composed. To watch one of Anderson’s films is to get a condensed lesson on the artisanship and history of American cinema.
But Anderson’s most obvious early influence—one he has name-checked, »
- Greg Cwik
6 items from 2015
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