A Fall From Grace
In short, it’s nuts.
* This filmography is not intended to be a comprehensive list of this artist’s work. Instead it reflects the films this person has been involved with that have been reviewed on this site.
A personal report from the 2020 CCA Awards.
The 2020 Oscar nominations.
A report from the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
A report on the winners of the 2020 Golden Globes.
An interview with filmmaker Sam Mendes, co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns and actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman about their film, "1917."
Leading the Netflix movies was Marriage Story, which received six nominations.
A feature on the career of Leonardo DiCaprio through five performances: Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
While the gun barrel sequences in James Bond films have not changed a great deal visually, one element that has evolved constantly is the music.
An interview with co-writer/director/producer/editor/actress Quinn Shephard about making her debut feature, "Blame."
An interview with John Krasinski, star and director of "The Hollars."
FFC Gerardo Valero reexamines the 2015 James Bond film "Spectre" after the dust has settled.
Several great movies have been released on Blu-ray and DVD lately, including "99 Homes," "Black Mass," "Crimson Peak" and a Criterion version of Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid."
FFC Gerardo Valero reports on his experience working as an extra on "Spectre."
An overview of the films that will be theatrically released in the 2015 fall season.
Kevin Spacey discusses the timelessness of William Shakespeare, impact of Hill Street Blues, and the moment he knew he was an actor.
Remembrances of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Brian Tallerico offers a look at the television we'll be talking about in 2014.
The class gap caused by lack of Internet access; Andy Kaufman may be alive; Weinstein Co. wins MPAA appeal; "Carlito's Way" appreciation; Dunham and Kaling's brass tacks.
Rumors suggest the next Bond film will put Moneypenny in the field with James. Bond expert Jeffrey Westhoff has some thoughts on that.
Shutdown blues; "El Paso" in the "Breaking Bad" finale; reconsidering Ron Howard; All Female Directors for "Call the Midwife"; reconsidering films is part of growing up. Plus: Senator Elizabeth Warren is as awesome as ever.
Nick Schager ponders the new crop of action directors, who bring 'serious film' cred to the genre, but can't seem to show personality where it counts the most.
"Skyfall" is a theatrical film in the same way that its director, Sam Mendes, is a theatrical filmmaker. That is, its approach to organizing space for an audience (the camera lens) is noticeably stagey. I mean that in a "value-neutral" way. I just mean the frame is frequently used as a proscenium and the images are action-tableaux deployed for a crowd -- whether it's the designated audience surrogates in the movie (bystanders or designated dramatis personae), or the viewers in the seats with the cup-holders. That's not to say it's uncinematic (it's photographed by the great Roger Deakins!), but many of the set-pieces in "Skyfall" are conceived and presented as staged performance pieces.
I find it mind-boggling that something as trivial as an action film series could become such a constant presence in my life but that's been the case with the James Bond movies. It's not so much that their span happens to equal mine (to the very week, by the way) as I didn't start following them until I was 9 years old -- but ever since, they've always been around one way or another: from big theatrical openings to re-re-releases in the beat up movie houses of old; from Betamax tapings of network T.V. broadcasts (pausing the machine to edit the commercials), to the great looking discs of today. Every couple of years or so they have made their appearance and I've watched each one dozens of times regardless how good or bad they were, an odd fact for which I've had no reasonable explanation.
I'm double-posting my review of "Skyfall" to encourage comments, which my main site can't accept.
In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the disappointing "Quantum of Solace" (2008) still in our minds, "Skyfall" triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever made. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he earlier played well in "Casino Royale," not so well in "Quantum"--although it may not have been entirely his fault. I don't know what I expected in Bond #23, but certainly not an experience this invigorating.
Marie writes: "let's see what happens if I tickle him with my stick..."(Photo by Daniel Botelho. Click image to enlarge.)