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Old 10-20-2012, 07:05 PM
Skyfall



Written By Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan

Directed By Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition)

Genre Action/Adventure/Thriller

Plot Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Cast Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Helen McCrory, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney

Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language anf smoking.

Runtime 143 min

I've been anticipating this even more than Avengers, TDKR and even Looper.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:45 PM
oh hell yeah here. I just went through the Bond set. so i'm pumped for this. so far the reviews have been off the charts even for a bond film.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:31 PM
I need this right now.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:15 PM
And it opens in the UK 2 weeks before the USA.

You all want ruinous spoilers put in really big type in this thread, don't you?

(Kidding. )
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:44 AM
I will say, I finally listened to Adele's theme all the way through. IMO, it's pretty awful. The instrumentation is fine as well as Adele's vocals, but the lyrics are particularly terrible, even for a Bond theme. And the backup vocals in the 2nd half are sooo bad and completely unnecessary. It's a shame, Adele was a good choice, but yet again, we get very "meh" theme. Maybe it'll grow on me, "You Know My Name Did," "Another Way to Die" did not.

Anyway, this does not at all take away from the fact that we this may be, potentially, the best Bond film yet
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:28 AM
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:07 AM
Anyone else thinking this is the last time we'll see M?
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:40 AM
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Anyone else thinking this is the last time we'll see M?
Judi Dench as 'M' - yes. But somebody will take over as 'M' in the next film.

I cannot wait to see this movie. I'm somewhat pissed that it's opening in England two weeks before the U.S. Open it here in the U.S. too, dammit!!
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:59 AM
Dear baby Jesus, I need this movie now.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:55 PM
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:57 PM
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Is M a character or a niche within MI6? Wikipedia states it as a character, but I recall Coltrane's character saying he heard "the new M is a woman". I guess Dench's character could be corrupted and, or killed off, and the role of M still continue.
I always assumed it was a title or position.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:41 PM
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I always assumed it was a title or position.
From Casino Royale...

Bond: "I always thought M was a randomly assigned number, I never knew that it stood for------"
M: "Utter one more syllable and I'll have you killed."
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:04 PM
I saw the first 2 with Craig and may see this one.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:24 AM
I had no Idea this was screened to critics...

Damn , this is looking good.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/skyf...ws/?sort=fresh
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:52 PM

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Runtime 143 min
damn. Looks like Mendes is giving folks their moneys' worth.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:31 PM
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damn. Looks like Mendes is giving folks their moneys' worth.
Indeed, although Casino Royale was 1 minute longer.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:50 AM
This entry is shaping up to be the best of Craig's Bond films.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:07 AM
Ha, I had a feeling this was the case:
http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/in-w...ndes-tells-all

They all want to mimic the true master of film.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:58 AM
Looking at the cast list, this may also be the most star-studded Bond movie to date.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:17 PM

Up to 38 Positive to only 1 Negative on Rotten Tomatoes

Just a couple of more weeks...and to anybody interested Best Buy has a ton of the old films on Blu-Ray for sale ($9.99) this week with free tickets to SkyFall, pretty sweet deal. I grabbed Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger....
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:09 AM
Oh boy, here we go - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu_SC...eature=g-all-u
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:59 AM
Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)



Ok, so, I need time to digest the film, give it another watch, etc, but I think that this is the best Bond film ever made. It's pretty much as close as a Bond film can get to being a quality 'art film' whilst still following all the James Bond tropes that we know and love. Craig gives what may be his best performance in the role, Judi Dench makes the most of the fact that she is given a lot more to do with her role as chief of MI6 and Javier Bardem continues his run as one of the most impressive actors of the last millennium by giving a performance equally as chilling (but still very different) as his Oscar-winning turn for the Coens. When it comes to plot and direction, there's nothing that Mendes does to make it particularly different from others but the film is sexier and funnier than the franchise has been for a while, perhaps ever, and of course when you hire Roger Deakins you can expect a quality of picture that most blockbusters will lack. There was an article on the site recently about Mendes being inspired to direct the film after watching The Dark Knight, realising that popcorn movie fun and serious movie engagement could be combined. Well, he's surpassed even that incredible movie with Skyfall, finding that perfect combination that movie fans love, in what is the definitive Bond movie.

10/10
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:03 AM
8/10

Solid 8/10. I really enjoyed the more personal story. There was no "end of the world" plot... it's a smaller, more character focused story that helps sell the small bits of action.

The acting and directing is superb.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:19 PM
I hope M doesn't die. But it kind of actually almost sounds like she does from the reviews I have been reading. It kind of seems to be hinting at that direction. And I'll be very sad if that happens as Judi Dench has been perfect as M.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:45 AM
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There was an article on the site recently about Mendes being inspired to direct the film after watching The Dark Knight, realising that popcorn movie fun and serious movie engagement could be combined. Well, he's surpassed even that incredible movie with Skyfall...
Um, No. Mendes doesn't come close to the intelligence and skill of Nolan. Try again.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:15 AM
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Um, No. Mendes doesn't come close to the intelligence and skill of Nolan. Try again.
Actually, yes he does. Both American Beauty and Road to Perdition are masterpieces and are right up there with Memento and The Dark Knight. Mendes and Nolan are both incredible filmmakers. And I can't wait to see Skyfall!
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:05 AM
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Actually, yes he does. Both American Beauty and Road to Perdition are masterpieces and are right up there with Memento and The Dark Knight. Mendes and Nolan are both incredible filmmakers. And I can't wait to see Skyfall!
Mendes has directed 8 movies. Only one of those movies is on the IMDB top 250 list. American Beauty was a fluke, and Road to Perdition was heavy handed mediocrity.

Nolan has directed 8 movies. 6 of them are on the IMDB top 250 list. TDK is in the top 10 movies of all time, TDKR is in the top 20, Inception is in the top 30, Memento is in the top 40, The Prestige is in the top 100, and Batman Begins ranks 104.

Nearly every movie Nolan has made is on the top 100 list. TDK & Inception were once both at #1. Nolan has made some the greatest movies of all time.

Mendes doesn't have shit on Nolan. Mendes wishes he was Nolan, and that is why he copied TDK with Skyfall. Mendes pretends to be an intellect like Nolan, but his work says otherwise.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:08 AM
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Um, No. Mendes doesn't come close to the intelligence and skill of Nolan. Try again.
My first online argument with a Nolan-fanboy...yay.

Agree to disagree X-Frog. I'm a big fan of Chris Nolan and The Dark Knight as well don't get me wrong, and I'm expecting most people to disagree with me on the idea that Skyfall is better. The Dark Knight does blend the two features I mentioned really well but I still think that whilst the terrorism symbols and metaphors within Nolan's film does make it more effective, there's still certain inconsistencies (Joker is built up in the film's subtext as this grand terrorist when he is in fact, in his own words, just an "agent of chaos") with the film's messages as well as it's editing/direction.

Mendes has the slight advantage here just through the source material, not because he's a much better film-maker or anything. MI6 are an actual organisation that deal with terrorists, surveillance and secrets, so the more serious themes and ideas don't have to be as carefully inserted and suggested as they are with superhero and fantasy films. There's not really any "pretending" involved here.

As I said, I love The Dark Knight too and don't expect people to agree with me here. Though I would suggest you actually see the film and "try again" before you come back with more intelligent and analytical posts about how "Nolan movies are btter coz IMDB says so!"
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:07 AM
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Though I would suggest you actually see the film and "try again" before you come back with more intelligent and analytical posts about how "Nolan movies are btter coz IMDB says so!"
IMDB is the voice of the people.

Nolan's films even rank better on Rotten Tomatoes than Mendes. In fact the best rated film of Mendes is Skyfall, which is an emulation of Nolan. Not only do critics think more highly of Nolan, but Nolan also ranks far higher at the box office.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Nolan - Box Office Since 2001: $1,621.9M
Mendes - Box Office Since 2001: $202.1M

The stats clearly show Nolan as the winner. Mendes isn't even in the same league.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:43 AM
So with you awesome boxoffice logic , you would say that Michael Bay >>>>Nolan >> Mendes ..right?

Both Mendes and Nolan are talented directors , get over it.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:23 AM
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IMDB is the voice of the people.
People who create multiple accounts to boost the ratings of Nolan's movies. The fact that The Dark Knight Rises is #29 on IMDB is telling. It probably won't even be in the top 30 of this year, given that there seems to be something awesome coming out every week.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:32 AM
I thought I was a Nolan fan-boy but holy shit.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:51 AM
^This. Some are logical.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:01 PM
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IMDB is the voice of the people.

Nolan's films even rank better on Rotten Tomatoes than Mendes. In fact the best rated film of Mendes is Skyfall, which is an emulation of Nolan. Not only do critics think more highly of Nolan, but Nolan also ranks far higher at the box office.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Nolan - Box Office Since 2001: $1,621.9M
Mendes - Box Office Since 2001: $202.1M

The stats clearly show Nolan as the winner. Mendes isn't even in the same league.
Christopher Nolan is the greatest director of all time because a lot of people like him and a lot of people went to see his movies.

This makes so much sense!
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:15 PM
It's interesting how a post saying that Sam Mendes used Nolan's movies as inspiration for the style he used in Skyfall has led to the two directors being compared.

They're both great directors for different reasons.

Apparently arguing with X-Frog is pointless because he's taking his opinion as fact, instead of just an opinion. Just let it go.

In other news, I can't freakin' wait to catch Skyfall in IMAX. I'm loving the reviews I've been reading of this thing.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:24 AM
...my small two cents...but American Beauty and Road to Perdition are better than anything Nolan has done. IMO, of course
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:36 AM
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...my small two cents...but American Beauty and Road to Perdition are better than anything Nolan has done. IMO, of course
Agree. Especially Road to Perdition. Fantastic film.

I have loved a lot of Nolan's work, and he clearly has experience in the big budget department, but some of these claims are just getting ridiculous.

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:04 AM
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...my small two cents...but American Beauty and Road to Perdition are better than anything Nolan has done. IMO, of course
I LOVE Nolan as much as anyone yet I actually agree with this as well. Truth is Road to Perdition is a movie that just gets better and better with each viewing. In fact, it's become one of my favorites.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:45 AM
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IMDB is the voice of the people.

Nolan's films even rank better on Rotten Tomatoes than Mendes. In fact the best rated film of Mendes is Skyfall, which is an emulation of Nolan. Not only do critics think more highly of Nolan, but Nolan also ranks far higher at the box office.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Nolan - Box Office Since 2001: $1,621.9M
Mendes - Box Office Since 2001: $202.1M

The stats clearly show Nolan as the winner. Mendes isn't even in the same league.
Going by your logic George Bush was elected twice and since public voting is "the voice of the people" he was the best man for the job right? Also Bush raised more campaign money so that means he was better right? People who hold majority consensus or collective wisdom as an absolute measure of quality and success (along with cherry picking blogs & quoting box office numbers) need to rethink things.

I actually respect a lot of Schmoes on here for keeping their patience with this guy. If this was another board... man... smh... I just don't know.

If there was one poster to actually make me like a filmmaker less it would be him. He isn't because I'm above such remarks but its definitely making me completely non-vocal about defending Nolan's films from Nolan haters.

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Old 10-30-2012, 06:32 PM
I'm looking forward to it. Daniel Craig is the first Bond I've liked.

I read the plot. Very complicated!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyfall
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