Discussion in 'Role Playing Forum' started by Thok, Apr 3, 2010.
I'vs honestly lost touch with the Bond movies sometime after Die Another Day. Though that could mostly be because I had never seen any of the movies until Goldeneye but that was mostly due to the N64 game that came out. I watched Casino Royale but...meh, just haven't been that much into them.
And it seems like I got me some utility vehicles all over mg street. Hopefully that means I'll be getting power back soon! Which means I can get back to playing Halo 4 which is currently trapped in my Xbox! It wants to be played with so badly but I can't do it because I have no power! :'(
*rolls around happily on the ground* Powerpowerpowerpowerpower!
*immediately grabs a can of Mountain Dew Game Fuel, pops it open, and starts drinking while plopping down on his chair and powering up his Xbox* Good thing I've been stocking up on Dew, cause I got some codes to use to catch up on all the days I've lost!
Yay! Sarge! Welcome back to civilization!
It be good
Welcome back Sarge!
And here's a bit of a pick me up for everyone. Still good and relevant.
As someone who's done a lot of critical thinking and writing about Bond, I have quite a lot of thoughts regarding Skyfall. The only question is whether anyone in Hooper's wants to hear them.
I do, but I'll hold off on reading them until after I've seen the film tonight
Actually, after a conversation with a friend, my thoughts are changing. I'm very much still in process.
I liked it. In an unpassionate kinda way, because I never felt too involved into Bond movies. But it was entertaining. And it had Javier Bardem.
Tis that time of day...
My thoughts are still in process but I will make this one point that I have felt strongly and uncompromisingly:
Spoiler: Skyfall stuff
Javier Bardem made this movie. Without him, Skyfall just doesn't work. More than anyone in a very, very long time Bardem understood what it meant to be a Bond villain and everything he did was gold. The last villain who I felt was this good was Sean Bean, but in a much different way.
More to come eventually.
The movie is fantastic because reinvents Bond all over again. Questions of age, appropriateness, skill and meaning are raised throughout the film, but in the end Bond is still necessary, warts and all, and that's okay. The movie doesn't try and patronize the old Bond tropes, but rather embraces them through the lens Casino Royale provided.
This keeps with a trend I've seen in modern media of late - until 2010, all that was necessary to make a successful movie, book or comic was to deconstruct the genre and its tropes. Modern media became obsessed with gritty realism, but we've seen things come full circle now.
Kick-Ass deconstructed the superhero, but reconstructed the superhero's motivations. The Amazing Spider-Man rebooted the ailing Spidey franchise and showed us that something can be more grounded in tone and still call to mind the superhero and why we root for them. Finally, the Dark Knight Rises (yes, not the masterpiece that The Dark Knight was) completely rejected the crime drama in favour of large-scale superheroics - Batman was taken out of the shadows and displayed for the hero he is.
Skyfall is, in its own way, completing this journey - it's a love letter to the old Bond films, the tropes and cliches we expect, but it doesn't wallow in the past so much as it finds a way to make the past relevant today. I can't wait to see where the series goes!
*sits down* Ah, blessed work. Really, I don't mind coming here. It's the eight hour wait before I can go home that's the pain.
I suppose the one advantage of being a grad student is that I can always leave and do my work at home. At 11:30 at night. Like I am right now.
Well, switch on the TV; Gigli's on:
So how bout that second episode of Spartan Ops released today?
Guess my friends and I will be teaming up as Crimson Team again for some more missions today
I may be widely sharing that first sentence with some acquaintances with whom I discuss Bond regularly because I think that it may hit the nail on the head.
As for where the series goes, I just hope it finally...
Spoiler: Minor Skyfall spoiler
Opens with a frigging gun barrel sequence again because, being a traditionalist, this needs to come back.
Also, another thought that I have and have had ever since seeing the film is that Quantum of Solace has now proven to be an even greater waste of time and resources, making me even angrier than I was before about QOS.
I'm not angry about QOS, because it sets up the Quantum organization for future use, but much as I enjoyed the film, it's not really an integral part to Craig's tenure as Bond.
I really enjoyed that this movie FINALLY sets up a support team and home base for Bond; it's no longer just him and M, and all is well in the world. We finally see that MI6 actually, y'know, does stuff beyond being infiltrated by Quantum and pointing Bond in the right direction.
Also, Kincade is the man, but I heard a rumour Connery was asked to play him. WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN!
Wow... *looks around*
It's so quiet. Must be because it's during the week. Oh well. More Cafa for me!!!
*reads the boards*
The kids gave me their germs and now I'm miserable. It morphed into something worse than what they had.
Dawz *pats the Sey*
That is ALWAYS the case!!!
The kids cooks those germs nice and long, so by the time you get it, its triple strength!!
I feel for ya!
*Have a hot toddy...and some meds*
Threw out my back sometime in the middle of the night, working away at papers...time for a meal. That'll cheer me up.
Look on the bright side Peng. You know what came out today? Mass Effect 2!
But blargh, throwing out your back. I think of all the times that I have to lift stuff up at my jobs and wonder when my back will give out on me. However, currently its just my knee that likes to bother me if I work it too hard