By Jacob Slater
Or, If You’re Gonna Spy, Spy Hard
Whether you’re a huge fan of the long-running James Bond movie series or only became aware of it through the success of the Daniel Craig films, it’s important to establish that by the mid 80s the franchise needed a bit of retooling. The last 007 film, A View To A Kill, starring Roger Moore, had been an inglorious end to a controversial era in the super spy’s history. While Moore wasn’t an unacceptable iteration of James Bond (and I’m sure a true Bond fan can name some of his crowning moments), his legacy is marred by a level of excess that comes off as rather farcical in retrospect, even for a series that has a secret agent going around telling people his real name. James Bond literally dressing up as a clown that one time probably didn’t help either. We did get a pretty good Paul McCartney song out of that era though, which is cool.
Y’all know the drill. Gonna say stuff. Some of it will make sense. Some of it won’t. You may laugh. You may think I’m outside my mind. But this will be entertaining while you’re in the can or in line at the bank. Do people go to the actual bank anymore? Did I leave the stove on? What day is this? Do you think I’m pretty?
It’s the first BITD edited on the BITD Central HQ’s new computer! Pity it focuses on some frustrating films that The Boys Outta Brooklyn saw from August to October of 2007. Sure, Derrick raves about Shoot ‘Em Up, but then Tom tries to figure out why 30 Days of Night doesn’t thrill him, Derrick bitches about the use of caffeine-cam in The Bourne Ultimatum and both do an intervention for Rob Zombie and his white trash obsessions! There’s only one way to feel our wrath…and that’s by clicking like your life depends on it!
By Jacob Slater
or, It’s Not A Real Party Until Somebody Dies
Originally, I was going to write that there’s not much else new to say about Rope. The truth of it is, I don’t think I can find the words to express adequately how I feel. I’ve seen a fair amount of movies in my time, not enough to make me an expert but enough to occasionally know what I’m talking about, so it might not sound too much like hyperbole to say that Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope stands as one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Not just my favorite movies or movies I like, which occupy a large portion of space, but films that I feel exemplify filmmaking as an art form. Metropolis, Apocalypse Now, The Thing, The Bicycle Thief, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, etc., the cream of the cinema crop.
Originally posted on Mark Bousquet: Travel, Thoughts, Tinkerings:
July 31, 2015
His real name was Roderick George Toombs.
This was one of the facts I’d digested and forgotten about over the years, and I bring it up because when I was first introduced to Rowdy Roddy Piper all those years ago through the TV, I had no idea wrestling was anything but a real contest between good guys and bad guys who chose to settle their scores in squared rings in front of thousands of people wearing tights and boots.
To a kid, I don’t think that sounds all that strange. Sports teams put on silly outfits and do battle in front of thousands of people, after all, and superheroes put on silly outfits to do battle in front of thousands of people, and when you’re five and know one of those two is non-fiction and the other is fiction, wrestling seems a lot more like the former than the…
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