This carefully composed symmetrical frame from the new Bond film Skyfall reminds me of those optical illusion teasers – do you see a vase or two people in profile?

The cinematographer has even given us the cue by placing the martini glass in the centre of the frame.

The reason I start my review with this is because, like the optical illusion teasers, I think in this new Bond film people will see what they want to see.

Some people will see a brilliant step in a new direction.  Other people will only see disappointing action moments that could have been payed off better, and a betrayal of the core trademarks of the series by the choice of blonde and cheeky Daniel Craig (who couldn’t be less like Connery), the rebooting of the series, the lack of gadgets, and the lack of witticisms and over the top Bond-esque absurdities.  I say this because Skyfall is a TRIUMPH of this new introspective Daniel Craig who uses literally “no more gadgets – just a gun and a radio”, and is sans absurd evil plots and escapes.

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Analysis of “American Beauty” – Part 1 of Several

2018 Edit: I can’t watch this movie anymore. Kevin Spacey is a fucking creep. This essay remains for historical purposes. There will very likely not be a part two.



My impression of the 1999 film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, and written by Alan Ball, was that we are being presented with a story that is all about suffering from depression, with a healthy portion of denial on top. Read more of this post

The Star Wars-Matrix Equivalency

Has anyone noticed how Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is exactly the same movie as The Matrix???

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