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007: SKYFALL [movie] Review
*spoiler alert*
If you’ve been keeping up with the Daniel Craig version of Bond, and have until now thought “I liked the original series better” THIS is the movie that will win you over. Yes, it strays from the story line that “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” started, and that’s a good thing. They finally get into the wild territory of other missions, and really open up a great NEW world to play in.
Right away it’s obvious what they’re doing; throughout the film they continue to show you something, and then take it away. First the M16 HQ is blown up…to open the doors to the new digs, which is actually the original set. Revelation of more 00 agents…to find out there’s only two left. You meet the new Q…but find out they no longer will be making neat gadgets. His classic car makes a reappearance…and then is destroyed. Even the “Bond girls”…one dies, and the other turns out (shockingly) to be none other than MoneyPenny! Then of course, the biggest turn of events, M is killed…in order to bring in a whole new era of leadership.
- ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE NECESSARY -
When Quantum came out, I wasn’t happy that they were deciding to rewrite such an important series. However, the entire theme of this film is a homage, a tip of the hat, a lil nod to how times are changing. And, like his predecessors, this new “modern” Bond must adapt. After all, no matter who’s played the role, the key to Bond’s success is that he is a survivor. We love him for his boyhood charm, respect him for his cunning intuition, but believe in him because in the end we know we can trust him. Skyfall is the new powers-that-be saying that they see we care, and they do as well.
Some people have pointed out the flaws in this movie, like the scene with the komodo dragon…it took his gun! Or the fact that all this new and powerful technology that they were pushing down your throats every two seconds sure did seem to fail them a lot! But that’s not the point of this movie, everything - even the storyline - doesn’t matter. You have to see this as the gateway to a something new. Like how Halo isn’t actually the story of Halo, it’s just setting you up for something bigger. Skyfall is the new “Dr. No”, for me at least. And I loved it.
However when it comes to Bond, only one opinion matters to me, and that’s my dads. He grew up with these movies much like my generation has grownup with something like Halo. He even has a 007 tattoo on his arm! He’s been there since the beginning, so when I went to see it with him tonight I asked him what he thought, and he simply said “I thought it was great!”

007: SKYFALL [movie] Review

*spoiler alert*

If you’ve been keeping up with the Daniel Craig version of Bond, and have until now thought “I liked the original series better” THIS is the movie that will win you over.
Yes, it strays from the story line that “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” started, and that’s a good thing. They finally get into the wild territory of other missions, and really open up a great NEW world to play in.

Right away it’s obvious what they’re doing; throughout the film they continue to show you something, and then take it away. First the M16 HQ is blown up…to open the doors to the new digs, which is actually the original set. Revelation of more 00 agents…to find out there’s only two left. You meet the new Q…but find out they no longer will be making neat gadgets. His classic car makes a reappearance…and then is destroyed. Even the “Bond girls”…one dies, and the other turns out (shockingly) to be none other than MoneyPenny! Then of course, the biggest turn of events, M is killed…in order to bring in a whole new era of leadership.

- ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE NECESSARY -

When Quantum came out, I wasn’t happy that they were deciding to rewrite such an important series. However, the entire theme of this film is a homage, a tip of the hat, a lil nod to how times are changing. And, like his predecessors, this new “modern” Bond must adapt. After all, no matter who’s played the role, the key to Bond’s success is that he is a survivor. We love him for his boyhood charm, respect him for his cunning intuition, but believe in him because in the end we know we can trust him. Skyfall is the new powers-that-be saying that they see we care, and they do as well.

Some people have pointed out the flaws in this movie, like the scene with the komodo dragon…it took his gun! Or the fact that all this new and powerful technology that they were pushing down your throats every two seconds sure did seem to fail them a lot!
But that’s not the point of this movie, everything - even the storyline - doesn’t matter. You have to see this as the gateway to a something new. Like how Halo isn’t actually the story of Halo, it’s just setting you up for something bigger. Skyfall is the new “Dr. No”, for me at least. And I loved it.

However when it comes to Bond, only one opinion matters to me, and that’s my dads. He grew up with these movies much like my generation has grownup with something like Halo. He even has a 007 tattoo on his arm! He’s been there since the beginning, so when I went to see it with him tonight I asked him what he thought, and he simply said “I thought it was great!”

Coffee & Multitasking v.105

Today is one of those days where my newsfeeds are bursting at the seems…

1. REMEMBERING STEVE [Apple.com]
It’s been one year since the innovators death, and the company has revamped their website with a commemorative video.  

2. HAPPY 50th MR BOND [NationalPost]
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the most iconic franchises in cinema history. I’m sure my dad is pretty stoked!  

3. LIVE-ACTION HALO SHOW [IMDB]
Machinima’s official Halo4 series premieres today! If you’re not a geek of the series, at least check out the list of actors…it’s legit. 

4. FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE YEAR [WeatherOffice.org]
To all my non-Canadian followers; today marks the first snowfall of 2012 in my area. Yay? 

Some of these stories are just too huge to not go into further detail. I’ll be posting more as the day goes on. 

007 SKYFALL [trailer] First Official

I’m not sure how I feel about this new Bond flick. Over the years, as the originators grow further and further away from the franchise, I see it becoming more of a straight forward action series and less of the slick-spy noir.
And with the amount of hype shoved into this one, not to mention the rumors surrounding the future of Craig as James, iiiiii dunno…something is just off. 
And am I the only one sick of these “DUN DUN” trailers? I mean c’mon, we get it, the soundtrack/noises is cool BUT the trailers have become more entertaining than the movies themselves! Think of something original!  

Coffee & Multitasking v.94

1. DUDE WHERE’S MY JOB? [CBC.ca]
Eisenberg worked as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, so who’s to say Kutcher can’t be the CEO of Apple?

2. BREWED NOT STIRRED [TheProvince]
In the new James Bond flick “Skyfall” 007 will be drinking Heineken instead of shaken vodka martini’s. Updating or selling out?

3. GOOGLE GLASSES [LaughingSquid]
Android powered smart-eyewear is being developed…

4. 1st AVENGERS CLIP [YouTube]
Watch the first official clip from Marvels “Avengers” movie; Black Widow doin her thang!

Goldeneye comparison:
N64 vs Wii

I’ve been waiting a while to see what the different would be like, and so far I’m still not very impressed. Besides the fact that they cut key characters out of the remake, like General Orumov, I can’t get over the fact that Pierce Brosnan was replaced with Daniel Craig. To me this isn’t a remake, it’s an entirely new game slapped with the name of one of the biggest games of all time in order to make money.
My entire Jr High life was spent playing this game with my friends; I even setup a booth at my schools carnival and challenged the entire grade (and won I might add). What I was hoping for, was what Microsoft did with Perfect Dark; keep the game, just upgrade the graphics. It’s not the same game if the levels, characters, weapons, and gameplay has changed! 

What do YOU think?

MGM Studios Say "New Bond Film Every 2 Years" << click

So apparently MGM (that studio with the roaring lion) filed for bankruptcy today, in a move to remake the company from the ground up. While the company EON still owns the rights to the 007 movie franchise, MGM and Looking Glass are trying to make a deal. If it works out, Daniel Craig and the director are already on board for the project; to try and release a new James Bond film every two years.
The next book in the novel series is slated for a Spring2011 release, and the 23rd movie will be based on it with a Fall2012 release.

My Thoughts:
This is crap! They are taking one of the most amazing, thrilling, and powerful franchises, and Hollywood-ing it up to make a profit. I mean, what else is new, but not even 007 is safe anymore? C’mon!
EON has had the reigns on the franchise from the beginning, starting with Dr. No in 1962. This move, I think, would be the death of “the longest running and most financially successful English-language film franchise to date” (Wiki). 
Craig is awesome, MGM is great, but this is rushing it; forcing what doesn’t need to be forced.