Skyfall

Bond on the run – ★★★★

Believe it or not, it’s actually been four years since we last spent a few hours in the company of Jimmy Bond. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s been less than that due to the pre-release coverage that MGM and Columbia have been shamelessly pushing over the last two years. The tools and medium may be changing but the promotional cycle seems to have been the same for every new Bond since Pierce Brosnan relaunched the franchise with 1995′s Goldeneye…

  • Confirmation of Bond actor and discussion of his big fat salary
  • Bond girl speculation and hiring. She’s an unknown. But kinda hot. Fair enough.
  • Director brought on board (usually a cost-effective action-specialist who knows his place)
  • Slew of on-set photos published as tabloid newspapers go to town on sexy shirtless Bond
  • Analysis of all the sponsorship and product placement deals that will pepper the film
  • Complete Bond brand bombing. 2012 Summary – you need to be wearing James Bond aftershave while watching Sky Movies 007.

It’s a well-trodden path that means absolutely everyone on the planet knows when there is a new film in the series. If you’re sad obsessives like us Spoooolers then it means your consumption of regular AND film media is dominated by the character and makes it almost impossible to approach release day without fatigue and with fresh eyes.

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TIFF Day 5 – To the Wonder

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Not quite a tree of life – ★★★½

[TIFF listing]

Director: Terrence Malick  //  Country: USA  //  Year: 2012  //  Language: English, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish  //  Runtime: 112 minutes  //  Principal Cast: Javier Bardem, Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams  //  Screenplay: Terrence Malick

How the hell do you go about reviewing a Terrence Malick film? That’s actually a serious question. The traditional structure we like to follow here at Spooool – nice soft welcome and intro, plot details, chat about what works and what doesn’t, quick summary – doesn’t really apply to his films.

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TIFF 2012 – A look ahead

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| o | – It’s TIFF 2012 time!

 

I finished up at my job at the tail end of July and we all (@dunnez, @oheag2 and previously @parallellevision) moved out of our lovely old house on Toronto’s Davenport Road. Since then I have spent time faffing about with my family, camping in Canada’s wondrous Algonquin Park and travelling around the eastern side of the US. Usually you do all those things and then go back to your homeland, but since Christmas when I formulated this plan I knew I had to base my exit strategy from Toronto around one thing – TIFF.

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Ridley Scott + Cormac McCarthy + Pitt + Bardem + Fassbender + Jolie + Cruz = Success

| o | - Ridley Scott, fresh off directing 'Prometheus', will tackle Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'.

News this morning from The Hollywood Reporter that Penelope Cruz is the latest name to be circling Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Counselor. The film is most notable for featuring the first screenplay by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy who illiterate cinephiles will know from writing the books that The Road and No Country for Old Men were based on.

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Can we go for a drink with Jean Dujardin please?

Oscar nominee Jean Dujardin will obviously be playing a villain in his next role, Funny or Die has the audition tapes.

OK, so first off he’s probably not going to win the Best Actor Oscar with Brad gaining momentum and George being, well, George.

But the main man in The Artist has entertained us twice this week. First of all we saw his bonkers poster for his next film Les Infideles (The Players) which got everyone in a tizzy for being too racey and were eventually replaced.

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