Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mamo #126: Quantum of Mamo

James Bond Has Returned, spraying bullets and blood all over a thin holiday movie season. He's already breaking records overseas, but how will Daniel Craig's darker, grimier outing fare here in this winter of the damned?


Blogger Tederick said...

Incidentally, for those paying attention, I was NEARLY right, Quantum of Solace is running at 35% on Rotten Tomatoes for top critics. The overall average is significantly higher in the mid 60s.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the trailer for 7 Pounds so much that I had a 40 minute conversation trying to dissect it with my buddies.

Our final concluding thoughts? It has something to do with organ donation and Will Smith trying to save people's lives by giving away his "seven pounds" of organs before he dies of some kind of debilitating condition.

We could be totally off base, we were just guessing at 2am, but it's the only thing we could get from the trailer.

I refuse to read anything about it on the web (including the IMDB profile) because this is one of the first films that actually has be intrigued and completely mystified by its trailer in a long long time.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Gooooooooooooooooooood answer.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Uri said...

Some thoughts about action in Bond. I completely agree that they went way too much with this adrenalin style that worked so well in Bourne. As far as director goes I think Foster did a good job overall, excluding the action sequences, which AFAIK is not his fault at all. The fact we're forgetting (including me, because I realized that even though I heard about it, I never gave it much consideration while writing movie reviews until QOF) is that action sequences [in big budget productions] are almost always done by second unit. And it's not a coincidence that Dan Bradley (2nd unit director of QOF) did the same [on top of stunt coordination] on last two Bourne movies. Also Alexander Witt (2nd unit director of Casino Royale) was 2nd unit director on the first Bourne.
So IMHO the producers and 2nd unit director are to blame or applauded for the action stuff.

FYI, I gave QOF 3/5 and Casino Royale 4/5.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Well, my expectation is that regardless of whether the second unit shot the action material, it was Forster and his editor who blendered it into an incomprehensible mess. There are shots in the trailer which are held longer than they appear in the final film.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Uri said...

You have a point there. Director and editor are responsible for final product and overall look & feel, so I stand corrected.

5:26 AM  

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