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 3.4
 
Thursday, 30 October 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren & AVRev.com  | 
Dr. No The mighty oak that is the James Bond series grew from this acorn, but looking back, 'Dr. No' is not so little. 'Dr. No' is sharp, focused and well-paced, an excellent introduction to the series--and a note should be made about that very concept. In 1962, the only movie series still going on were the Hammer 'Frankenstein' and 'Dracula' movies, a few comedy entries and the occasional Tarzan title (in fact, Sean Connery went from the set of a Tarzan movie, where he was a secondary villain, to that of 'Dr. No'). Series aimed at the general audience just did not exist, but producers Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman realized there was room for one. Although 'Dr. No' was not the first 007 novel from Ian Fleming (Casino Royale was and would never be produced by Broccoli and company ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren & AVRev.com  | 
Die Another Day This is the 20th James Bond movie actually in the Eon Productions series ("Never Say Never Again" and, lord knows, "Casino Royale" were independent productions), and it's an above average 007 adventure. As he's aged, Pierce Brosnan has smoothly blended his personality with that of the world's most famous spy; he's better here than in his other 007 outings, and he was fine in those, too. The screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade roughly follows the same structure of their earlier script for "The World Is Not Enough," but almost all the Bond movies after, oh, say, about "Diamonds Are Forever" have been modeled on earlier Bond films ("Goldfinger," still the best 007 movie, was a favorite model), but they've also gone back to Fleming for some of the more interesting elements. Like for instance, the opening. After a superb surfing ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Friday, 24 October 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren & AVRev.com  | 
Casino Royale (Collector's Edition) Many people were intensely curious about “Casino Royale,” the most recent James Bond movie, when it was released theatrically late in 2006. But except for some diehards who bristled at the idea of a colder and blond 007, most people were pleased by the movie. Certainly I was. In terms of the movie itself, based on watching this brand-new Blu-ray disc, there’s little to add to that review in terms of discussing “Casino Royale” as a movie. The film is a bit lopsided—there are two sensational action scenes in the first half, then none until the finale, set in Venice. At 144 minutes, the movie is probably somewhat too long; this is not helped by seeming to end completely about fifteen minutes before it actually does. And it passed my notice altogether the first time around that a bit of dialogue ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Monday, 20 October 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren & AVRev.com  | 
Incredible Hulk, The Marvel Comics has formed its own film production company; their first two releases are “Iron Man” and, now, “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man” is great fun, a well-made movie that gave comic book fans—and everyone else—just what they wanted from that kind of film, and it was blessed with an outstanding star performance by Robert Downey, Jr.. “The Incredible Hulk” is a lot of fun, but it’s not the special treat “Iron Man” was. This new movie, scripted by Zak Penn, is grim, humorless and routinely plotted. But in terms of action, it’s great fun, and sure to please audiences around the world. It’s not exactly a sequel to Ang Lee’s “Hulk” of 2003; though several of the same characters reappear, the roles are all played by other actors. The origin of the Hulk is recapped in a behind-the-credits montage, and ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Thursday, 09 October 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren & AVRev.com  | 
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Few are expecting another “Raiders of the Lost Ark”—unless they’re naïve. But “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (awkward title) is unquestionably an Indiana Jones adventure and not merely an imitation. It’s the real deal—exciting, mysterious, funny, and with Harrison Ford in great form. Sure, he’s older, grayer, a bit more lined, but he’s still that dashing, ever-inventive archaeologist he was in the other three movies, staying just ahead of (or sometimes behind) the bad guys. It’s great to see Indy back, dodging bullets, swinging by his bullwhip, plunging off cliffs, and always enthusiastically, even obsessively, on the track of weird archaeological wonders. It’s satisfactory but never as astonishing as you want it to be. A good Indiana Jones, but not a great one. Film buffs have fun picking apart the Indiana Jones movies—a bit of Republic serials, ...
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