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I was torn too. I loved a lot of the characters, the plot was actually so-so (or at least not really much that we haven't seen before), and the cinematic techniques often drove me up the wall. Given that, I probably should have liked the film less than I did. I guess the characters really carried the film for me or those cinematic techniques -- though a pain and boring at times -- actually added more than I thought. I'd probably give it 3 out of 5 stars.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
You didn't like Collateral? I'm not a Tom Cruise fan, but I thought he was excellent in this movie. As far as the Pinotage comment, I understand. I can't stand Robin Williams as a comedian, but I thought he was excellent in Awakenings.


Have not seen the movie.

Just kidding as your post seemed to be a, damned with faint praise comment.
It's on cable a lot. Jamie Foxx is also very good in the movie. Tom Cruise plays cold-blooded killer with an occasioanl heart. He's vicious with a soft side that comes out infrequently. I really enjoyed this movie and not much else that he's ever done.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
It's on cable a lot. Jamie Foxx is also very good in the movie. Tom Cruise plays cold-blooded killer with an occasioanl heart. He's vicious with a soft side that comes out infrequently. I really enjoyed this movie and not much else that he's ever done.


I shall check it out, thanks.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Skyfall - I'm happy to report that the James Bond franchise is alive and well, and Javier Bardem never disappoints.


Amongst the Daniel Craig Bond films, it was better than Quantum of Solace and not quite as good as Casino Royale. The "Bond girl" deserved more screen time than was shown. Plot twist that could be predicted 90 minutes before it occurred. And more than a few scenes that felt like "homages" (or ripoffs, depending on your POV) of other well-known but non-Bond films.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
It's on cable a lot. Jamie Foxx is also very good in the movie. Tom Cruise plays cold-blooded killer with an occasioanl heart. He's vicious with a soft side that comes out infrequently. I really enjoyed this movie and not much else that he's ever done.


I shall check it out, thanks.


Added to my queue as well. It better be good, Board-O Wink as I am also NOT a fan of Tom.

Last night, We Bought a Zoo.

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Originally posted by fusionstorm:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Skyfall - I'm happy to report that the James Bond franchise is alive and well, and Javier Bardem never disappoints.


Amongst the Daniel Craig Bond films, it was better than Quantum of Solace and not quite as good as Casino Royale. The "Bond girl" deserved more screen time than was shown. Plot twist that could be predicted 90 minutes before it occurred. And more than a few scenes that felt like "homages" (or ripoffs, depending on your POV) of other well-known but non-Bond films.

This movie was particularly compelling because it focused on the flaws of the protagonist, the questionable tactics of the organization and government he represents, and his relationship with his superior. Gone are the days of a world in which superficial nonsense prevails. The new world is filled with complication, questions, reflection, and turmoil. I, for one, find that much more interesting.

Daniel Craig has made this franchise better than ever, imo.
I've found that I like the Bond movies that don't have a "Bond saves the world" plot.

Movies like "From Russian With Love", "The Living Daylights" and "For Your Eyes Only", where no one is trying to destroy the world. Instead, the plot is a bit more "realistic": try to get your hands on the Lektor, stop a scheming Russian general who has gone rogue; recover the ATAC before the Soviets get it...
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Originally posted by Rothko:
I've found that I like the Bond movies that don't have a "Bond saves the world" plot.

Movies like "From Russian With Love", "The Living Daylights" and "For Your Eyes Only", where no one is trying to destroy the world. Instead, the plot is a bit more "realistic": try to get your hands on the Lektor, stop a scheming Russian general who has gone rogue; recover the ATAC before the Soviets get it...


The Timothy Dalton 007 movies were good as was Brosnan's Goldeneye but a lot of those 007 movies are ridiculous.

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