“No Time to Die”A few days ago, we watched “No Time To Die,” the very recently released James Bond movie, and supposedly the last to feature James Bond himself. I remember seeing the very first one with Sean Connery, and I’ve always been a fan, though I liked some better than others. This one has some good chase scenes, as well as references to many of the classic James Bond cliches.
We are being very cautious, so all our watching is at home — it’s sad that we can’t go to a movie theater as people used to do during Christmas celebrations.
|In “No Time to Die” Bond is true to form in every way.|
He even orders his classic vodka martini, shaken and not stirred.
|Bond’s vodka martini recipe was actually invented by. Ian Fleming,|
who created the character in a series of books published in the 1950s.
|Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond is as cool as Bond ever was!|
“The French Dispatch”
On Christmas we watched Wes Anderson’s new movie “The French Dispatch.” As a long-time reader of the New Yorker magazine, I appreciated the way it was a send-up of what I’ve always referred to as “endless New Yorker articles.”
James Bond is the epitome of one type of cool — the very cool super masculine man (perhaps he’s so super masculine they have to retire him). “The French Dispatch” is the epitome of another type of cool — the cool of Paris, being in Paris, the eternal Paris. The legend of the 1920s expatriates in Paris drives much of the material in “The French Dispatch.” However, Wes Anderson extends, distorts, satirizes, spoofs, over acts, and otherwise works on this cool image.
Wes Anderson is very special, and I haven’t any hope of really explaining or describing the essence of this fun film. All I can say is that it’s visually amazing because of all the stylized scenes, especially of Paris streets.
The family is also watching the Frankie Drake mystery series.
And we rewatched an old Miyazaki favorite: Porco Rosso
ONE MORE added Monday! The Big Lebowski.
Now that's a classic.