‘Spectre’ is an excellent Bond film, but pales in comparison to ‘Skyfall’

One thing every movie sequel has in common with other sequels is that it will be compared to the film or films that came before it.  With the 24th film in the official James Bond line of films (ignoring the original farcical version of Casino Royale in 1967 and the non EON Production movie Never Say Never again in 1983), the problem is only magnified.  Especially since 2012’s Skyfall was one of the best Bond films in a long time.  If we evaluate Spectre solely by comparing it to Skyfall, it suffers greatly.  However, the proper way to critique Spectre is to evaluate it without such comparison.  On that level it is an excellent effort.

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‘Munich’ is worth a visit

“Deuteronomy 19:21 – Thus you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” In Steven Spielberg’s brilliant film Munich, one cannot help but  wonder if Israel’s Prime Minister Golda … Read more

Daniel Craig explodes in ‘Layer Cake,’ a smart, slick flick that rarely stops moving

Daniel Craig and Colm Meaney in 'Layer Cake'
Daniel Craig and Colm Meaney in ‘Layer Cake’

[rating=3]Starring: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Louis Emerick, Tom Hardy
Director(s): Matthew Vaughn
Writer(s): J.J. Connolly

I’m not sure why, but the Brits seem obsessed with fast-paced, super edited crime thrillers where there are no real good guys, just a bunch of bad guys trying to one-up each other.

That’s pretty much the concept behind Layer Cake, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining. In fact, it’s actually a pretty good movie.

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