|Directed by:||Roger Spottiswoode|
|Written by:||Bruce Feirstein, Iam Fleming|
|Cast:||Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Jusi Dench, Sesmond Llwewlyn, Samantha Bond, Gotz Otto, Joe Don Baker, Ricky Jay|
It's a step down from Goldeneye but it makes fun escapist fare with the 007 you expect.
I enjoy watching Pierce Brosnan in this. Charming and bad ass as usual an Ian Fleming's James Bond. Michelle Yeoh was a great casting choice as well. I think she is an underrated Bond Girl in my opinion. Capable and fast on her feet.
Johnathan Pryce is OK. I thought he was more egotistical then menancing but I guess that was the point. Teri Hatcher was wasted here but she plays secondary Bond Girl. Götz Otto was a great bad guy muscle. Menacing and arrogant.
The direction is OK. Roger Spottiswoode is no Martin Campbell but he is equal to John Glen in the director's seat when it comes to Bond. The action is plentiful and well filmed/edited. However, it upstages the plot and acting.
The script despite coming from Goldeneye writer Bruce Feirstein is lacking. The idea of using network satellites to overtake military satellites is silly but this series gave us spaceships being stolen to start World War III so anything is possible. I just don't see it as intimidating as Goldeneye.
I dug David Arnold's score and Sheryl Crow performing the theme.
Tomorrow Never Dies is enjoyable despite it's shortcomings. I could see re-writes as I watched.
The first clip of Bryan Singer's new X-Men movie shows a band of mutants (Iceman and Kitty Pryde are returning) dealing with Sentinels in the post apocalypse of Earth.
It's interesting to see various Sentinels. Ever since seeing the animated series on FOX Kids in the 1990's (along with Power Rangers and Eek! The Cat), I wanted to see them on the screen. Looks like were getting the big ones and some infiltrator ones (Terminator like).
Also great to see that Newton Thomas Sigel is doing the cinematography. Newton works mainly with Bryan Singer and photographed X-Men and X2. His steady cam and use of color brought those to life. No saturation to ensure a real world look and easy on the eyes as well as appealing.
The FX look solid. Singer isn't much of an FX director but he seems to get the right team this time around and a budget (FOX reportedly screwed him over with budgets in the first 2 X-Men movies). Blink's portals, Sunspot's heat, Iceman's power, and Kitty's phasing look good.
The mutants look great too. I like Bishop's look and BFG. Blink has me the most interested. Next to mind control, teleportation has fascinated me. I never heard of Sunspot but I already like him and great to see Ellen Page back. She is the only positive aspect of The Last Stand (let's not talk about it)
I'm very happy Bryan Singer is back in the director's chair. Props for getting DOP Newton Thomas Sigel and editor/composer John Ottman. The only thing I'm concerned about is Simon Kinberg writing. Here's to hoping Bryan brought his writing talents when needed. I'd have felt better if David Hayter was writing.
I think we're in for a ride come May 23rd.
|Directed by:||Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam|
|Written by:||Barry Wong, Hark Tsui, Tung Cho Cheung, Yik Wong, Val Kuklowsky, Rod Lean|
|Cast:||Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Teddy Robin, Nina Li Chi|
It's a solid action-comedy from two great Hong Kong directors (Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam). Know more for there serious work, they show they can do comedy as well.
It has the Jackie Chan stunts but they seem to take a backseat to the amusing plot.
Jackie has his comedic chops as well as his physical game. He seems to be enjoying himself as usual. The rest of the cast is good too.
Nothing serious but nothing stupid. Worth a watch for Jackie Chan fans and Hong Kong film fans.