Casino Royale

June 26, 2011

One line review: This reboot of the Bond series changes a few details about the characters and the original book, but it’s all for the better.

Movie Title: Casino Royale

Actors: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Isaach De Bankolé, Jesper Christensen , Ivana Milicevic

Director: Martin Campbell

Year: 2006

Genre: Action

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% – Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.

My rating: ****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): By the time I watched this movie I had read the multiple James Bond audiobooks, including Casino Royale. Contrary to the usual situation, I think the movie is better than the book and this helped with my positive view of this movie. I think it updates James Bond, makes the character more human than in previous books and films, and adds a bit more action to the story. What I may enjoy the most about this particular interpretation of Bond is that he seems more capable of making mistakes and more emotional rather than the generic action hero. A great film.


High Noon

June 18, 2011

One line review: A very simple film that practically fits the definition of a classic Western.

Movie Title: High Noon

Actors: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeagh, Morgan Farley, Harry Shannon, Lee Van Cleef

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Year: 1952

Genre: Western

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 95% – A classic of the Western genre that broke with many of the traditions at the time, High Noon endures — in no small part thanks to Gary Cooper’s defiant, Oscar-winning performance.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): There’s very little else to comment on this then it appears to be a classic western. The standard story of the sheriff meeting the bad guy at high noon in the middle of town. The only Western I had seen before this was Unforgiven, which seemed like the Western to end the genre itself. This seems like the Western in it’s prime. There were a few interesting twists like having a Quaker wife forced to take a life, however I felt it was over all a forgettable movie. Still, a movie worth watching if only to see a classic, enjoyable Western.