Sunday, December 2, 2012

Movie Quickies - Early Holiday Edition

Lincoln - Seen it twice so far and liked it even better the second time. And I'm up for a third, which is pretty amazing considering the movie is like 2 1/2 hours long. It goes so fast. The performances all around are spectacular, from Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, to Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, to Tommy Lee Jones as the staunch abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Even James Spader is incredible. Truly one of the best films I have seen—ever. Early prediction: Daniel Day Lewis nabs Best Actor (really that's a no-brainer). A+



Argo - It is going to be an awfully hard call come Oscar time as to which walks away with Best Picture, Argo or Lincoln. Argo is thrilling and absorbing from beginning to end. Just thoroughly entertaining. Wow, who ends up winning Best Supporting Actor this year is going to be a really tough bet to call: Alan Arkin in Argo, who is so memorable in this movie, or Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln (I even thought James Spader should at least be nominated for Lincoln).  A+




Skyfall - This was disappointing. I'd heard so many great things about the latest James Bond movie. But, aside from Javier Bardem's terrific villain - you just can't take your eyes off of him every time he's on the screen - the rest was a pretty formula Bond flick. Critics are calling this like the best Bond film ever. I'd pick Casino Royale (the second one, with Daniel Craig). This might grow on me if I saw it again, but after seeing it once, it was just ok... B-

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  1. Casino Royale was the first Bond with Daniel Craig and Quantum of Solace was the second. And Casino Royale was by far the best Bond movie (and yes I'm old enough to have seen everything from the late 70's on). Skyfall was disappointing. It didn't have enough pizazz.

    Haven't seen Lincoln, I assume I can watch that at home and not miss much. Argo was terrific. Loved John Goodman and Alan Arkin

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  2. I think when Drake says, "the second one, with Daniel Craig," he is saying not the first Casino Royale, which was with David Niven.

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    1. Ah, good point

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    2. Yes, was referring to second version of Casino Royale.

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  3. Update on old vienna, they have a notice by the front door that they've applied for a liquor license.

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    1. Someone commented here a month ago or so they are becoming an Irish bar of some sort.

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  4. Spader > Jones

    Kevin

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