Monthly Archives: November 2012

Technical Difficulties Resolved (and some random movie stuff)

Who would’ve thought that all I needed to do was to uninstall my browser, and reinstall it again? Hehe. I’m back! 🙂

On an aside, I just want to say that despite my relatively positive review of The Dark Knight Rises, I don’t think I’ll be including it on my Top 5 of the Year. Now this is just a possibility, but it seems to be coming closer to reality, considering that I’ve seen quite possibly one of the best films of the year.

But what the hell, I’m spoiling my surprises. Just wait along. We only have one month left before 2012 ends so I hope I still get to see some really good films before the year ends.

Oh! One last thing. I know that I’m a Tolkien fan, but it’s precisely that I’m a Tolkien fan that I have to say that I’m not too excited with the upcoming Hobbit films. There’s a lot of factors as to why I’m not hyped up, but the main reason is my skepticism of extended a relatively short novel into three epic length films.

That and I think that Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables and Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln are far more interesting films for the year. 🙂

Anyways, good night my minions! 🙂 See you at the end of the world!

Technical Difficulties

Okay, there seems to be something wrong with my laptop as I cannot compose text entries on my Tumblr and here. I am currently writing this update on the QuickPress thing so, at least there’s that. For now, I’m giving you guys a heads up on my current status. Unfortunately, this thing could persist longer than I wish but for now it seems I’ve got to weather it.

I’ll still be updating this with reviews and other entries, but it won’t be as pretty as the earlier one as this won’t have any pictures or the like.

Thank you for your continued support! 🙂

REALLY Short Review: Skyfall

Okay, the last film review on this blog was The Expendables 2. For that, I apologize. Some might say that my analysis of Sinister can be classified as a review, but it isn’t: it’s an analysis on my impressions of how horror films must end (wherein I lazily included the score).

But I digress, I am here to briefly talk about the movie formerly known as Bond 23, A.K.A. Skyfall. For now, let me just say that this film is possibly one of the best action film’s I’ve seen this year (and that’s saying a lot, considering that for some reason, 2012 seems to be having a drought on decent films recently).

The Good

Can I say that this film is near perfect in every way? These are just initial impressions about the film but for now, I would have to say that this film, despite it pretty overlong, is an excellent film.  The cinematography is excellent (courtesy of Roger Deakins, who lighted and shot the Coen Brothers’ visually excellent films). Thomas Newman’s score is probably the best I’ve heard from him. The performances from Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, and Javier Bardem are amazing. And the action sequences show us  Sam Mendes’s abilities as an action director: they are exciting enough without having to resort to Quantum of Solace‘s shaky-cam approach which clearly does not belong to a James Bond film.

The Bad

This portion is mere nitpicking. The film is a bit over-long (two hours and twenty two minutes) and one gets the impression of Sam Mendes pulling off a Christopher Nolan here.

One last thing: Naomie Harris seems out of place as a Bond girl, although I think I understand her being cast here. She really isn’t a Bond girl per se, but she is definitely  one of those girls who have to be present in a traditional Bond film.

The Verdict

Overall, my qualms about this film is mere nitpicking. For now, I still can’t find anything distractingly wrong with this film. The action sequences are well shot and choreographed, the visuals are stunning, the script is well written, and the Easter eggs for those Bond enthusiasts will clearly satisfy them.

I can’t wait for the next one.

4.5 stars out of 5.