Skyfall – Review

I know you have probably all heard it before but BOND IS BACK! …And this time it’s personal.

M orders a MI6 agent to take an unclean shot on Bond and a crony who has stolen a hard drive containing names and identities of double agents in criminal organisations all over the world. The shot hits 007 and he is knocked from the top of a train (of all places). With Bond missing in action believed dead and the hard drive now in the hands of the enemy there are questions to answer for M and all of MI6 is brought under scrutiny. The security of MI6 is questioned even more when a hacker seems to be able to infiltrate the MI6 firewalls and systems with ease. But he seems not to be targeting MI6… He’s after M.

Once again we have Daniel Craig playing the Blonde Bond, Judi Dench as M and Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner the MI6 chief of staff and M’s aide, similar to the pervious Craig films. But now we add Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Naomi Harris as Eve, and Ben Winshaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster to the team of good guys. Also starring in this film is Skyfall’s baddie, Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva and the Bond Girl Bérénice Lim Marlohe as Sévérine.

The film calls on a lot of the flare from the old bond films and hopefully it will last because the last two films were a little low on ‘Bond-ness’. Skyfall brings back the the car, the gadgets, the corny lines and the action like the Bond movies of old, but still hanging on to the newer films grittier feel. If this is a sign of things to come, bring on Bond 24!

Skyfall: Above Average

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Seven Psychopaths – Review

Seven Psychopaths is one of those films that clearly no one knew was about. In the screening I was in, three older ladies left about 15 minutes in and never came back. In another screening I heard about people were vocal about how it was not what they expected. “I thought this was supposed to be funny” was alone heard by a friend of mine in another screening. This movie in that case, I will say is an acquired taste. This film has a black comedy swing to it in the style of a pseudo Tarrentino flick. Lots of over the top blood splatter and a hilarious look in to the minds of different psychopaths.

All this is happening while Marty (Colin Farrell) is writing a screenplay titled ‘Seven Psychopaths’ about the psychopaths that feature in the film. This film is brilliantly paced and the violence and comedy nicely balanced. At sometimes I found myself laughing out loud at this fantastic film.

Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken execute their roles perfectly and I mean what would you expect from some of the world’s best actors. Woody Harrelson also plays a brilliant psychopath who only seems to care about his missing dog. Also keep an eye out for the very sexy Aussie Abbie Cornish. The writer/director Martin McDonagh was a playwright and now a screenwriter/director. He has directed two films before this one, Six Shooter (2006) and In Bruges (2008).

One of the best films for the year, Seven Psychopaths is a great example of the sort of original film that there should be more of in this time of sequels and remakes.

Seven Psychopaths: Above Average