Double-Oh Watercooler

Yes, I know this is the third John Barry/James Bond tune in a row I’ve picked for the Watercooler Musical Interlude, but I’m still in a James Bond 50th Anniversary state of mind and I’ve been watching them all for the ongoing Movie Quote of the Day feature. Though Norman/Barry’s iconic “James Bond Theme” is (read…)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – JB50

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Directed by Lewis Gilbert Roger Moore as James Bond. Bond (to Major Anya Amasova): Can you swim?

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – JB50

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Directed by Guy Hamilton Roger Moore as James Bond and Maud Adams as Andrea Anders Bond: Ms. Anders… I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on.

Director James Ponsoldt on his new film Smashed

Director James Ponsoldt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead on the set of Smashed Photo by Oana Marian, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics “You’ll pay 15 bucks to go into a theater with 500 strangers and you want this thing to make you cry. That’s a really beautiful thing. To be able to participate in that for (read…)

Live and Let Die (1973) – JB50

Live and Let Die (1973) Directed by Guy Hamilton Roger Moore as James Bond and Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver. Bond: Why, it’s just a hat darling… belonging to a small-headed man of limited means who lost a fight with a chicken. Rosie: It’s a warning. Get it out of here!

Django Unchained

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – JB50

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Directed by Guy Hamilton Sean Connery as James Bond and Jill St. John as Tiffany Case Bond: Mmm. That’s quite a nice little nothing you’re almost wearing. I approve. Tiffany: I don’t dress for the hired help.

Anthony Hopkins is “Hitchcock”

Check out the trailer after the jump…

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – JB50

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Directed by Peter Hunt Diana Rigg as Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo and George Lazenby as James Bond Tracy: Why do you persist in rescuing me, Mr. Bond? Bond: It’s becoming a habit, isn’t it, Contessa Teresa? Tracy: Teresa was a saint. I’m known as Tracy. Bond: Well, Tracy, (read…)

Wuthering Heights (2012)

This is not your grandmother’s Emily Brontë [Wuthering Heights opened 10/5 in New York. It opens 10/12 in Los Angeles, Portland and Washington D.C. with further expansions to follow] With Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) has revisited a timeless though sometimes musty literary classic and come up with a spare, intense, personal vision unlike (read…)

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo in Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere The title of Ava DuVernay’s lovely and moving Middle of Nowhere speaks to the main character Ruby, a woman caught between worlds.  Once a happily married med student making her way out of a rough upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, Ruby’s goals and dreams (read…)

You Only Live Twice (1967) – JB50

. You Only Live Twice (1967) Directed by Guy Hamilton Sean Connery as James Bond James Bond: Siamese vodka?

Oscar Podcast #2: Argo

Sasha, Ryan and I managed another episode without anyone losing an eye. We kick off this week talking about the ramifications of Oscar moving the nominations announcement ahead 5 days, we discuss the cinematic goodness (and Oscar potential) of Ben Affleck’s Argo and we dig in to the Sundance best director award-winner Ava DuVernay’s lovely (read…)

Thunderball (1965) – JB50

Thunderball (1965) Directed by Terence Young Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo and Sean Connery as James Bond Bond: That gun… looks more fitting for a woman. Largo: Do you know much about guns, Mr. Bond? Bond: No… I know a little about women…

On Her Majesty’s Watercooler Service

Last week I celebrated the pending 50h Anniversary of Dr. No by featuring the original James Bond theme as the Watercooler Musical Interlude. I’m still on a James Bond kick so let’s go ahead and run my all time favorite Bond opening theme: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by John Barry. Off the top of (read…)

Goldfinger (1964) – JB50

Goldfinger (1964) Directed by Guy Hamilton Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Mai Ling as Mei-Lei and Sean Connery as James Bond Pussy Galore: We’ll be landing in twenty minutes. Do you want to play it easy… or the hard way? And this isn’t a tranquilizer. James Bond: Now, Pussy, you know a lot more about (read…)

From Russia with Love (1963) – JB50

From Russia with Love (1963) directed by Terence Young Robert Shaw as Red Grant and Sean Connery as James Bond Red Grant: My orders are to kill you and deliver the Lektor. How I do it is my business. It’ll be slow and painful.

The Paperboy (2012)

There were a lot of things I didn’t like about Lee Daniels’ Precious (2009), but mainly it was the lurid, cartoonish tone it tended to slip into at moments of high drama. It has been suggested to me though that I’d have liked it better if I took it as camp and maybe I brought that attitude into The Paperboy because that same overheated, over-the-top quality actually fit the story really well.

Butter (2012)

Welcome to the exciting world of competitive butter carving. Yes, this is an actual thing and apparently has been at least since the 1911 Iowa State Fair. Reigning supreme over this world is Bob Pickler (Modern Family’s Ty Burrell) the undisputed king of butter carving for 15 years running. Bob is content with his place in the universe, but his upright and uptight wife Laura (Jennifer Garner, Alias) has big, Lady Macbethian plans to parlay Bob’s innate butter carving talents into perhaps one day a run at the highest office in the land. When the local butter carving committee convinces Bob that maybe it’s time he stepped aside and let someone else have a chance at glory, however…

Frankenweenie (2012)

The hardest lesson learned in life is how to deal with the loss of a loved one. A lot of us learn that lesson early on when a cherished family pet dies and that’s what’s at the heart of Tim Burton’s funny and sometimes a little dark stop motion-animated Frankenweenie, a clever riff on Mary Shelley’s Franksenstein and the many Universal horror films that story spawned. Far from Frankenstein’s musty old German castle however, Burton shifts his location to a sunny suburbia stuck in the early 1960s – a neighborhood which looks an awful lot like the Burbank California Burton himself grew up in. There we find Victor, a budding young filmmaker…

Dr. No (1962) – 50th Anniversary of the World Premiere 10/5/1962

Dr. No (1962) Directed by Terence Young Bernard Lee as M and Sean Connery as James Bond Bond: Good evening, sir. M: It happens to be 3 AM. When do you sleep, Double-oh-seven? Bond: Never on the firm’s time, sir.

Charade (1963)

Charade (1963) Directed by Stanley Donen Cary Grant as Peter Joshua and Audrey Hepburn as Regina “Reggie” Lampert Reggie: How do you shave in there?

Oscar Podast

So… here we go again. Sort of. I didn’t mention this before because I wasn’t entirely sure if this was going to turn into a regular thing. You may recall previous attempts by the same parties to do a podcast, but consistency never proved to be one of our strongest virtues. In the mean time, (read…)

Dumb & Dumber (1994)

Dumb & Dumber (1994) Directed by Peter Farrelly Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas and Jeff Daniels as Harry Dunne. (somewhere in the middle of Nebraska) Harry: Huh! I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this. Lloyd: I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver’s fulla shit, man!

Blithe Spirit (1945)

Blithe Spirit (1945) Directed by David Lean from the play by Noel Coward Rex Harrison as Charles Condomine and Margaret Rutherford as Madame Arcati Charles: Would you like a cocktail? Madame Arcati: If it’s a dry martini, yes! If it’s a concoction, no. Experience has taught me to be very wary of concotions. Charles: It (read…)

Dillinger (1973)

Dillinger (1973) Written and directed by John Milius Warren Oates as John Dillinger Dillinger: Don’t nobody get nervous. Ain’t got nothin’ to fear. You’re being robbed by the John Dillinger Gang, that’s the best there is. These few dollars you lose here today, they gonna buy you stories to tell your children and great-grandchildren. This (read…)

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