Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
In the immortal words of Nancy Kerrigan, this is so stupid. It’s a write-up about the “mistakes” in the new James Bond movie.
New JAMES BOND movie CASINO ROYALE has already been voted one of the top 20 most mistake-filled films of the year (06) – less than one week after its release. After spotting onscreen errors, fans have flooded film continuity website MovieMistakes.com to voice their complaints.
So what’re we looking at here…some dude gets off’d thirty minutes into it, and an hour after that you see the guy walking around in the background, maybe with speaking lines and everything? No, nothing of the sort. For detail, we go straight to the forementioned Movie Mistakes website (warning, spoilers be therein) and we find stuff like this.
During the scene at the restaurant in Monenegro (actually filmed in the Czech Republic) you see a payphone with a Czech Telecom logo on it (itself a piece of history as these are all now rebranded O2).
When James Bond is supposedly in Montenegro, this was filmed in the Czech Republic – although they changed most of the signs they forgot some. When they are having a drink in the square there is a visible sign saying “Bily Kun” which means “White Horse” in Czech.
On the train to Montenegro, Bond & Vesper are swaying or rocking with the train, but the wine on the table is not.
Oh me. Oh my. I fear the movie has been ruined for me.
No, of course I’m being sarcastic. What a bunch of buttholes.
Okay, here’s some information you can use about the new Bond movie. First: It is a “reboot.” M, as in the female M who started her stint in the seventeenth Bond film, is James Bond’s first boss. Yeah, so in other words, all that stuff that happened in the previous Bond films, never happened. Nor has the stuff since then. All twenty Bond movies…events described therein, never took place. You over it yet? Good. Read on.
Bond becomes a Double-oh. So yeah, you get to see the origin of James Bond. And here’s the cool thing — it’s got something to do with the famous gun-barrel opening sequence that has been present throughout all the Broccoli films since From Russia With Love. Something cool. Rather trivial, but it’s really snazzy. I liked it a lot. So from now on, you can dig out one of the other twenty Bond films, and you’ve got an explanation for what went on with the gun barrel sequence. But remember…it is a reboot. References are made to the September 11 attacks; James Bond, himself, is a counterterrorism weapon created to address the new threats in a post-9/11 world.
Casino Royale follows the For Your Eyes Only scheme of things. Light on the gadgets. With a dark and brooding Bond. Great stunts, a complicated story from the pulp novels kept more-or-less intact, lots of intrigue. Little itty-bitty kids who were able to appreciate Moonraker and Goldeneye and Die Another Day — they might not be able to get into this. As for the new actor, he is good. Very, very good. But he does fail to capture the overlap between the manicured foppish upper-cruster and the cold-blooded hired killer, as Sean Connery did. Daniel Craig is decidedly rugged, with the splotchy pale skin of my own Nordic forebearers and a big honkin’ potato nose. That’s fine. Some of the dialog suggests there is difficulty involved in spotting the real James Bond, and figuring out he doesn’t come from “old money.” This is inconsistent with the actor chosen for the role. If this fellow comes from old money, something is terribly wrong. He looks like a swedish hog farmer and his hair is sticking out in several different directions.
But I can get past this stuff…and a bunch of signs that say Bily Kun. This film is a work of quality…bordering on a work of art. It captures a new perspective of an old action hero, and manages to blend in an attribute of youth and inexperience. Certain events the Bond fan may recall from the other twenty installments, are “prequeled.” The wedding, and events leading up to it, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service — this comes immediately to mind. Our new vision of this gentleman, this hired killer, comes straight out of the Fleming novels, and yet it blends in easily with the Broccoli contributions. It’s fascinating, really.
But I can give a much shorter review of this film. I can shorten it to one word, if I really try. Just one. And here it is.
The new James Bond movie is the fifth-best.
Here’s how I see the 21 films at this point. Best-to-worst, each entry contains ranking, title, installment number, and the actor who played 007. See how it squares with your own list.
1. Goldeneye (17) (Brosnan)
2. From Russia With Love (2) (Connery)
3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (6) (Lazenby)
4. Goldfinger (3) (Connery)
5. Casino Royale (21) (Craig)
6. License To Kill (16) (Dalton)
7. Thunderball (4) (Connery)
8. Octopussy (13) (Moore)
9. For Your Eyes Only (12) (Moore)
10. The Man With The Golden Gun (9) (Moore)
11. Die Another Day (20) (Brosnan)
12. Dr. No (1) (Connery)
13. Moonraker (11) (Moore)
14. The World Is Not Enough (19) (Brosnan)
15. Diamonds Are Forever (7) (Connery)
16. The Spy Who Loved Me (10) (Moore)
17. Live And Let Die (8) (Moore)
18. A View To A Kill (14) (Moore)
19. You Only Live Twice (5) (Connery)
20. The Living Daylights (15) (Dalton)
21. Tomorrow Never Dies (18) (Brosnan)
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