This week’s podcast provides a very unique experience. When I did this one, I was suffering from the worst headache I’d had in ages. I had taken close to the allowable limit of Tylenol. And, I figured I still had to put on a show.
Quantum of Solace
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Matheiu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, and Jeffrey Wright.
Has it been that long already? I guess it’s time for a new James Bond film. After giving the series a shot in the arm with Casino Roayle, Daniel Craig comes along with his second Bond outing. Does he have what it takes to continue in the role? Will the second one maintain the momentum started with Craig’s first film?
Picking up mere minutes after the end of Casino Royale, Bond and M begin interrogating the mysterious Mr. White, the figure who blackmailed Bond’s lover Vesper Lynde into betraying him. When White breaks free and Bond is dusting through the destruction, he begins to learn more information about White’s mysterious organization, Quantum. Following the leads, Bond soon crosses paths with another Quantum operative, Dominic Greene, who’s plotting something big in Bolivia. Just what exactly is Greene after? Will Bond be able to stop Greene, or succumb to his desire for revenge?
What I Liked
I think Daniel Craig is settling into the role of James Bond quite nicely. There’s some truly spectacular fight scenes and action sequences. David Arnold delivers another solid Bond score.
What I Didn’t Like
There’s so much action that the plot becomes quite muddled…I often found several character motivations to be a big confusing.
A fantastic, exciting entry to the Bond canon…too bad the plot takes a back seat.
This panda is sad because Pushing Daisies got the boot. But, there’s good stuff, too! I debate whether I should apply to be an Olympic torchbearer, and the epic crossover I’ve been waiting for since I was 8 years old has finally come to pass: MASK and G.I. Joe!
I urge you to help me save Pushing Daisies, share the latest news on Captain America, and it’s a great weekend to be a geek!
I rip apart the Graysons, obsess over cataloging my DVDs, and review the trailer for Pixar’s next, Up!
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Directed by Kevin Smith
Starring Seth Rogan, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson, Traci Lords, Katie Morgan, Brandon Routh and Justin Long.
Kevin Smith. One of my heroes. Counting down to his new movies is something that I always do with great anticipation. So, when his latest film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno hit theatres, I knew I had to be there opening weekend. Couldn’t go opening night, because I had to to work, but I was there the next day.
Zack and Miri are lifelong friends and we currently see them as roommates. They’ve bounced from minimum-wage shit job to shit job for most of their life, and they’re just coasting. And then, several factors converge to change their lives. They can’t pay the bills, so they lose all their utilities. A video of Miri in her underwear goes viral and becomes an internet sensation. Zack meets a gay porn star at his 10-year high school reunion. Zack puts all these things together in his head and decides to make a pornographic film to solve all his financial woes. Zack discovers a newfound ambition as he gathers his friends together to make this film and re-discovers a zeal for life. But, as it comes time to film the climactic sex scene — Zack and Miri actually having sex with each other — will they be able to remain friends, or will they become more than friends?
What I Liked
Well, I’m definitely biased, because I like Kevin Smith’s films. Therefore, I found the film to be funny as hell. I also enjoyed Seth Rogan’s performance. I know that a lot of my friends are sick of Rogan and his schtick, but as I haven’t seen a lot of his films, I guess I’m not sick of him yet. Elizabeth Banks is also fantastic. The introduction to Jeff Anderson’s character is a highlight, as it has to be one of the most illegal moves in hockey. It’s just very funny.
What I Didn’t Like
The plot is rather cliched…in fact, it kind of struck me as being a mainstream Chasing Amy. And the end is rather abrupt.
This fanboy is convinced that Kevin Smith has produced another winner. But then, as I said, I’m biased.
Not gonna lie…kinda phoned it in this week. Just didn’t have much to talk about. I brag about my new massage chair, Athabasca’s new Canadian Tire, I wonder about the correct pronunciation of “Calgary,”…oh! And I review Zack and Miri Make a Porno!