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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn Movies, Argo and Sky Fall 007


I love autumn and one of the prime reasons is the movies get good again.

Don’t get me wrong I love taking our son and a few other 12-year-old boys to see “The Avengers” for the second time, or any of the other summer popcorn movies at a discount matinee, but by autumn I want my turn to choose the movie. I want a movie date with my husband to see something, anything that isn’t necessarily kid oriented.



It’s getting easier, our son was actually the one who insisted we see “Argo” this weekend and I have to say he made a great choice. We loved Argo. Ben Afflect has redeemed himself in my eyes. The movie is understated and played close to the chest. It never devolves into easy melodrama. Though the threat of violence is always present, it’s the tension and absence of trust between a few of the players in the story that will have you nibbling your fingernails.

This is not a flashy action movie. It’s grounded, low key and perfectly paced. The attention to detail is excellent. Ben Afflect looks like a super sexy swinger with his shag haircut and trim beard. With the exception of a few dramatic license conversations, this movie could be a docudrama.

If you see Argo be prepared to remain in your seat at the end. A few of the most poignant photos and bits of information come well into the end credits.



Next week we are meeting friends to see Cloud Atlas as a group. This movie looks really interesting and I think I understand the premise, but I’m going to go with an open mind and just enjoy it.



After that is autumn’s jewel in the crown, her majesty’s crown that is—007!
I’m a huge Bond fan; some might say a fanatical Bond fan.  007 has always been part of my life and through thick and thin I depend on the Broccolis to deliver my Bond to me.

I’ll admit I wasn’t crazy about the last dreary Bond film, Quantum of Solace. Excessive violence against women and endless rape/beating scenes are not my idea of 007 fun. Ian Fleming would have hated it. If anyone was due a beating it was Bond. Without doubt both the character Bond and most likely Fleming himself were/are rip-roaring masochists.

Nearly every Fleming book ends or begins with Bond skirting death and being admitted or released from the hospital. Daniel Craig’s debut in Casino Royale was in my opinion the ultimate match of Fleming’s vision of Bond and all that the Broccolis had brought to the 007 franchise over the years. The only detail out of step was Craig’s blond hair, but what the hell, Daniel Craig nailed every other 007 detail to the wall—where it will remain untouched by all other Bond actors for another generation.

The torture chair scene in Casino Royale sums up Bond’s core personality. Bond can take a beating—Bond expects a beating and when all is stripped away from him to the point when anyone else would be broken, he is at his best and his indestructible core is exposed.

That’s why the super villains can’t simply kill Bond without making a tremendous fuss. They have to torture Bond first and take him to that place where they can catch a fleeting glimpse of Bond’s indestructible strength. That steel core is something we all wish to possess. It’s also a beautiful example of topping from the bottom.

I wish I were a Bond girl. I’d take the short but exciting ride. Every woman in Fleming’s books was an adult who had already been around the block with men far worse than Bond. In fact Bond plays the archetypal white knight to most of the women he rescues and is later dumped by them. All the Bond girls are sophisticated enough to know what they are getting into. They say yes to a moment of pleasure with a dangerous man but they don’t try to keep or tame him. Smart women.

Do know what Fleming wrote as Bond’s retirement dream? If you know, write it in the comment box and I’ll be very impressed.

PS. I did buy a couple OPI 007 Sky Fall collection nail polishes this week. In real life several of colors were odd and poorly named. “Sky Fall” is the exact color of uncooked liver… No thank you.

My favorite polish was “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” which is an iridescent pewter embedded with tiny flecks of holographic rainbow glitter. I can’t afford an Aston Martin but I can have an Aston Martin paint job on my fingertips!

XXOO Kat

27 comments:

  1. Hint: Bond teases poor Money Penny about this quite a bit.

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  2. fun! I also want to see Flight (love me some Denzel!)

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    1. What is with that terrifying scene of a plane flying upside down?
      Denzel in a captain's uniform is a big yes!

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  3. I'm looking forward to Argo and Flight, as Liz mentioned. :)

    Have fun...

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    1. You'll enjoy Argo, Flight looks great too.

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  4. Love the reviews! Have you ever thought of another career as a critic:)

    I have to say that I'm very interested in seeing "Argo". The cast, besides Affleck are some of my favorites and the story sounds very interesting.

    Daniel Craig is the sort of street-smart, sexy that screams Bond and I've loved all the films so far and am looking forward to "Skyfall".

    And please let us know what you think about "Cloud Atlas"!

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    1. Paris, the entire cast of Argo deserves an Oscar. They worked together as a team beautifully. I loved watching a movie where people call on their higher angels and take terrifying risks to help others. It was really satisfying. Gazing at Ben Afflect's compassionate brown eyes, is also worth the price of admission.
      I'll quote an anonymous source:
      Daniel Craig=Nothing is sexier than a cleaned-up thug.

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  5. I am a huge Bond fan myself and have been for years! When they first proposed Daniel Craig as the new Bond, I refused to entertain the idea. But I got sucked into it and gave him a chance, and I think his performance is totally spot on! He's now officially my favorite Bond ever, and after him Sean Connery. I will definitely be seeing Skyfall, can't wait! I actually liked Quantum, and Casino Royale too.

    Argo looks good, would like to hear your thoughts on Cloud Atlas. I keep thinking it could be very very good, or nothing special.

    Great blog!

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    1. Julie we should talk!
      I had the exact early reaction to Daniel Craig based on some stills I had seen. I was enraged that the Broccolis had committed a blasphemy by hiring a pretty blond man and I was prepared to boycott Casino Royale. During the first minutes of the airport scene I shut my mouth and accepted conversion! lol

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    1. Hi Nicole, I love seeing you here, thank you!

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  7. I agree that Craig is by far the closest Bond to the books. It's interesting to see him appealing to a whole new generation of viewers.

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    1. He's appealing to me... lol
      I think Daniel Craig's great strength is he is a fearless actor. He does step into a role and "go there". I've seen him play a really convincing creep as well as a hero.

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  8. Saw Argo and it was fantastic. Probably not Cloud Atlas. However, Bond--ROCKS. I am just drawn to them. He's tough and can save the world, an ultimate hero.

    BTW, I agree on no liver-colored nail polish. lol

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    1. Hi Vicki, thank you for drooping by!
      I cannot tell from the ads if Cloud Atlas is going to be great or just a lot of sappy yuck. I'll find ut soon enough.

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  9. PS Liver colored manicure? Maybe for Halloween it works but it's not the 007 glamour I was craving. What was OPI thinking?

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  10. I can't wait to see Argo and Skyfall. I do agree with you about Quantum of Solace. Nothing I care to remember. I'm hoping Skyfall will return Bond to form.
    Ben Affleck is wonderful both in front of and behind the camera. Other than Sean Connery, Daniel Craig is the only Bond I find acceptable.

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    1. Hi Julia!
      Ben fell down for a while... But he's done a graceful reboot as both a director and actor and he's back!
      I'll always love Sean Connery-- he cast the die.

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  11. Hi Kat--Skyfall is a must see for me. I think Daniel Craig is a fabulous 007 and Casino Royale might be the best Bond movie ever. I loved Pierce Brosnan as 007 too. Argo is another must see movie. I've always liked Ben Affleck. Heroes are self-sacrificing. That's just what they do.

    Best--Adele

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    1. Hi Adele!
      Pierce Brosnan is so handsome and he was a good Bond too. Bu I do think Pierce did his best character acting outside the Bond role. Brosnan's 007 reign was hampered by some weak scripts.
      Daniel Craig has gone back to basics and gotten lean and mean again.
      Argo was great.

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  12. Kat, I saw Argo last weekend and loved it. Totally agree with your critique. Ben Affleck looks like my husband did back in the 70's. That could be another reason I loved the movie. I've always loved the Bond movies, but hated Quantum of Solace. I liked your assessment of the Bond legacy. Cloud Atlas looks interesting, and I'm into reincarnation, but will wait for the reviews before I see it. I also like to splurge on nail polish. Will have to check out the Skyfal colors.

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  13. Hi Cara. please consider posting a picture of your handsome husband! I was loving Ben Afflect's shag hair.
    I'm really into reincarnation and parallel lives as plot devices and I've recently used both in several books so I'm hoping Cloud Atlas doesn't taint them with sap.
    Nail polish is a super feminine and affordable pick-me up. I share mine with my nieces and god-daughters. I love having common ground with them.

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    1. LOL. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of him from the 70's. But it won't be digital. I love nail polish--polish the toes green in the summer. I hate plain nail polish.

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  14. Fanatastic post, Kat! I'm sure I won't see these movies in the theater but will look for them when they're available for the small screen!

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    1. Tessie you won't be waiting long. It seems like movies are rushed to DVD BluRay in three or four months.

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  15. Squee about the nail polish - I didn't know but will get some. I'm a huge Bond fan too, and my dad ruined my dreams of being a spy when I was about 10 yrs old by telling me spies didn't exist anymore. I think he just wanted me to wish to be something more appropriate for a young, southern girl :-)

    I enjoyed your post, but will admit I skipped down to only ready the segment on Skyfall!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Melinda

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    1. Hi Melinda! I cannot wait for Sky Fall.
      Is it too late to be a spy? I think not. I'm actually considering reactivating my membership in the Official James Bond fan club. Once you're issued your "00" number We can report to Q together.

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