Friday, January 25, 2008

Bond 22 Title Revealed

The next James Bond movie will be titled......

Quantum of Solace

Well, I swear I'm being serious about it. So many sources. Valid sources. Press conferences with the stars and writers have confirmed this. Quite unorthodox for a 007 movie title, but then again it's part of the reboot started with Casino Royale in 2006. QoS stars Daniel Craig who reprises his role as a younger British super spy James Bond and the story continues from its predecessor. Judi Dench returns as "M" for the 6th time, Jeffrey Wright returns as CIA ally Felix Leiter, and French actor Mathieu Amalric plays the villain. As far as the Bond girls go, yes they still exist, young English actress Gemma Arterton will play an MI6 field agent, while Hitman's Ukranian born actress Olga Kurylenko plays the kick-ass and bitter girl. I hope Arterton's character doesn't go stray else it'll be a similar sub-plot as Die Another Day.

Shooting for this film is taking place/will take place in the UK, Italy, Panama, Austria and Bolivia.

Like every Bond movie, I look forward to this one... despite the title which almost make it sound like a Sci-Fi movie where the hero gets lost in space! However, Daniel Craig and the reboot as a whole surprised most of us in Casino Royale, thus this film should be a worthwhile entertainer too. Modest to high expectations.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Movie Review: Walk Hard

Walk HardMovie Title: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell and a dozen cameos.
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
My Rating: 6.5/10

For those who don't know, this movie is nothing short of a complete parody on various musical biographical movies. This poster to the right, for starters, mocks Jim Morrison of the "Doors." Most of the story is a mockery of Walk the Line, with some random jokes off Ray and a fictional drug n' yoga experience with the Beatles. Walk Hard stars John C. Reilly, who has an Oscar nomination to his name and many praises for his supporting roles in various genres of movies. The rest of the billed actors comprise of current and former TV stars known for comedy skits and shows.

For a parody, the original music in this music is above decent. I wouldn't buy the CD but if any friend of mine is playing it in the car, I won't complain. Otherwise the story as a whole is expectedly ridiculously but unexpectedly hilarious! I'll admit I laughed throughout the movie. It may not be the best comedy I've ever seen, but definitely one of the best parodies ever since the Hot Shots! movie franchise stopped at 2, and Scary Movie flicks started getting lamer and lamer. This is one of the movies that don't have Will Ferrell in there but you almost feel it's a Will Ferrell movie. Maybe because it's produced by Judd Apatow (Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad) and stars nothing but comedians all throughout. This is a totally "leave your brains at home" type of movie with absolutely no wit despite the smart references, and would make a good rental with a bunch of friends on an otherwise dull Sunday evening. After watching this movie, you will praise Reilly for making a good effort as the lead character. Jenna Fischer deserves credit too. Pam from The Office never looked so... glamorous before. Well, she did look decent in Blades of Glory too. The supporting cast of current and former SNL and NBC comedians also filled their role well, especially Tim Meadows who played the drummer with a bad drug influence on the singer.

6.5 Out of 10. Nothing exceptional.

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