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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Die Another Day

This film was the coveted 20th film in the James Bond franchise. Well guess what boys and girls after 19 previous films it looks like you are running out of steam. The opening teaser in this movie was not all that bad but the proceeding song was awful. It was song by a very aging Madonna. I mean really in 2002. What were the producers thinking? In the 80’s hell yea, sign her up. I’ll even accept her in the 90’s but in 2002 when she is well past her prime. It was just painful to hear her sing this awful song. I agree with Elton John who said it was the worst James Bond song ever. It may even be the worst song I ever heard period. Let’s get on with the rest of the movie now shall we. I was never really impressed with the picture as a whole. It seems like they just stole ideas from the previous films and put them all together to make this one. I am not saying by any stretch of the imagination that this was a bad film mind you. I am just saying it was not a good one. The feeling I got from it was like a nice day in early Autumn. It was cold and unimpressive. This was Pierce Brosnan’s fourth and final film. Perhaps that is a good thing. He seemed to be tired and running out of steam the entire 133 minutes. The best part of this mediocre film was its female co –star Halle Berry. She may the most popular actresses to star in a James Bond film. (At the time the movie debuted that is.) Normally the Bond casting crew looks for a relatively unknown woman to be 007’s love interest this was the first time they went with some one popular. (Denise Richards does not count.) I liked their (the casting crew) choice in this film Halle Berry played homage to the first ever Bond girl (Ursula Andress) by making her scene debut in a bikini. (Just like Andress did in 1962.) There were at one point rumors to make the first ever Bond spin off role with Halle Berry playing her same character, named Jinx in the lead and titular role. The Bond franchise ran in to a bit of a snare of it’s own and no Bond film of any king was made again for another four years. When that film came out it had a new actor as Bond and it brought much life to the seemingly dying film series. Let’s get back to the film at hand. Die Another Day had lots of thrills and many cool scenes and action sequences. I simply was not salivating over the screen. My mouth instead was left dry and parched and a glass of cold water was greatly anticipated. The villain or in this case villains (there were three) never really impressed me. I was never really scared they’d succeed in their attempt to win. I knew James Bond was going to capture and or defeat them in the end I just was not sure how and when it would happen. If you want to see a better Bond film then simply rent Casino Royal. It was the 2006 movie I eluded too earlier in this review and possibly the greatest film in the entire series. Daniel Craig rocked the house in his debut film and impressed audiences and critics everywhere. Including this hard-core 37-year-old curmudgeon of a film critic. This film did have its moments. (I liked like the invisible car for example.) It just did not have many of them. Grade C+

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Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm