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Quantum of Solace (2008)
Focus on the film not the legend
I think the problem here is that a lot of people are either bemoaning QoS because of its lack of Bond elements and because it is not as good as Casino Royale. This isn't really the best way to approach a film is it? I take on board the too fast - too close editing and the fast forward travelogue style of the film, but overall this is a really gripping film. Casino Royale was successful partly because it followed a run of tired Bond cliché's and Daniel Craig was not deemed suitable by many as a successor to Brosnan (unbelievable now). QoS is never going to have that same surprise element as CR, but it does exactly what it said it would, it has continued in the same gritty no holds barred style. To re-introduce Q, Moneypenny and unbelievable gadgets would be redundant now, they would be a parody of former glories from a time when they were a novelty, nothing more. Even M's interactive Minority Report style "table" in QoS jars a little and seems a step too close to the days of Q - and pointless. I am also puzzled by claims that we don't get to know much about Bond's character in the film, when we do. The action does dominate about the first third of the film, but we do get to know Bond sufficiently after that for what is essentially an action film. The final segments particularly reveal a great deal about his character. For the very first time with CR, I totally bought into the romance story, and I was so glad to see a lack of one in QoS, what would be the point. His one sexual encounter proves that he is still the Bond we expect and love, but there are no deep feelings yet, Vesper's still fresh in her grave. My only concession to the bring back our Bond campaigners would be for the return of the gun barrel opening. Through all Bond's many changes, yes this has happened before (OHMSS, FYEO), the opening gunshot has remained a welcome constant, and unlike Q, Moneypenny and gadgets, it has not become dated. It did work at the end of QoS but would have been much better placed at the start where it belongs. Watch it again people, not as a Bourne imitation or a poor relation to its predecessor, but as a good Bond movie that finally puts the hard hearted bastard that Ian Fleming envisaged on the screen.
Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)
Not too beautiful
I saw this film recently and it was fairly disturbing. My previous reviewer has reacted a little violently to the anti-cruelty issue and for no good reason, this is a factual piece of documentary footage shot a long time before Cannibal Holocaust and should not bear any comparison. I'm pretty sure that given the conditions of Coney Island in those days, over packed, rowdy and boisterous, that the elephant was probably provoked. I believe it was fed a lit cigarette, so there you go. This is a fascinating piece however that reveals a time when it was not unusual to inflict such cruelty on animals for spectacle (diving horses and pig chutes).
Ein Toter hing im Netz (1960)
a fabulous 8 legged sleazeathon
Admittedly a dreadful film, but I just love this kind of stuff. Gary is my kind of hero too, not a hair out of place, even in his more hairier moments, and his leg crossing in the office was undoubtedly the highlight of the film. Classic sexploitation throughout, but what a rough deal the guys get, the two scientists share a brain cell and cannot decide whether to fight, get drunk or snog and end up behaving like children at a wedding, running about frantically and achieving little. I felt jetlagged by the end due to the uncertainty of night and day, women scream in daylight as the spider man monster growls in the night. Unless you are a fan of extreme trash such as this there is little I can say to tempt you to watch this film, but for trash hounds such as I this is a real treat.