Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
“Will the Real Rhapsodist Please Stand Up?” I was 18 years old when Queen performed at Wembley Stadium as part of the Live Aid rock concert on July 13, 1985. The fundraiser to benefit starving Ethiopians amid a civil war and famine was one of the most sophisticated live events in the history of broadcasting, ...

Spectre (2015)

Spectre (2015)
“Narrative Bonds” I suspect Spectre will disappoint fans of James Bond. The film is slow and quiet, and all the better for it. Despite this languor, which produces the film’s excessive duration, just short of 2 ½ hours, the film’s action set pieces happen lightning quick. In the opening, Bond (Daniel Craig) knocks down an ...

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Quantum of Solace (2008)
“Fire and Ice” The 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008) takes a sharp narrative turn when 007 (Daniel Craig) and fellow avenger Camille (Olga Kurylenko) drive into the Bolivian desert. Camille is trying to assassinate General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio), who murdered her family in front of her when she was just a child. ...

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)
The Worlds of Bond’s Body In Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006), James Bond (Daniel Craig) tracks a terrorist, Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) to downtown Miami. The villain enters a Body Worlds exhibition, which he is using as the drop location for a satchel containing a bomb. Why would Dimitrios choose the controversial display of preserved ...