“Resurrection”


I have definitely been remiss in my posts.  With the holidays, and my reentry into University my time has waned quite considerably.  I do apologize for my lack of updates and posts, especially to those of you who follow regularly or subscribe via Kindle…it truly is not fair to you who are paying for monthly content and not receiving it.  If you’ll stay on board a few months longer I do promise to up the post count by providing (hopefully) quality posts that’ll draw in more readers and keep the ones that have always supported me.

As a sort of symbolic gesture I give you “Resurrection.”  I have never been one to enjoy poetry, but this last quarter I was required to an introductory poetry course at Eastern Washington University that really opened my eyes.  I fell in love with T.S. Eliot…and hard.  “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is magnificent, and after reading it you open up to the world a little bit more than you were before.  Others also caught my eye and others I will always be disdainful of, but in the end I had garnished a bit of appreciation for the art which has led me to the writing of some of my own poetry.

Personally, I find my foray to be a bit shallow, but I am trying to improve.  “Resurrection” is the first hopefully many shallow forays, but for the content of the preface I think it fits quite wonderfully.  Read, comment, and enjoy.

“Resurrection”

His Walther PPK loosely holstered and licensed
A weathered Q Branch hidden with gadgets
to aid in his explosive endeavors;

Globetrotting to gather women–
left garbless & satisfied
they strike and parry in lust

Till the sky fell he was flat,
and
while he slowly declined the world became…
not enough.

The women fade under forgotten title screens
And, now he is grizzled and worn.
But
like his chief hobby

The Double-O is Reborn

“Skyfall”


“Skyfall” with Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear

Directed by Sam Mendes

Skyfall 01The latest installment of the Bond franchise marks the twenty-third in the series as well as the fiftieth anniversary of the very first Bond film, “Dr. No.”  Not only are the stakes and expectations high, but Daniel Craig is still relatively new to the character and has only just surpassed Timothy Dalton’s two-time efforts with the newly released “Skyfall.”  Craig has some big shoes to fill.  Does he hit the mark…does he hop and surpass it?

Yes, with resounding success, and the resultant is “Skyfall” being the best James Bond film to date.

It opens very traditionally with the titular hero chasing down a wanted criminal with the aid of another MI6 field operative.  Bond pursues the escapee in a superb chase scene that spans terra-cotta roof tiles and narrow ledges; the two adversaries ride motorcycles through crowded markets and buildings in a lengthy scene that dwarfs the introductory ‘race’ scenes in “Quantum of Solace.”

However, besides the aforementioned Bond introduction the rest of the film completely breaks convention, but that is what makes “Skyfall” the best James Bond film.

Bond does not use the traditional lines or the quick quips that we have all come to expect.  Instead the writers aimed to pay homage to the franchise by referencing to its predecessors.  With a bit of dialogue, Bond commands his fellow operative, Eve, to remove her hand from her ear in a direct reference to Craig’s debut, “Casino Royale.”  In a similar fashion, the new Q makes a jab to the absurdness of an exploding pen, which was of course used in Pierce Brosnan’s “Goldeneye.”  These are just but a couple references amidst a myriad.  There are several films that are referred to directly by name, but being used in dialogue throughout the film.  Even his trademark, “I like my Martini shaken not stirred,” is switched out for a brief scene depicting Bond telling the bartender that she made his drink “perfectly.”  The drink is still the same Martini, and the bartender obviously shook the drink rather than stirring it, but it is all handled within the scene rather than passing it off to Bond in dialogue.

But, besides this shattering of shackles and subsequent retelling of a classic character “Skyfall” aims higher.  It ponders questions of loyalty and global warfare, but through the lenses of cold war throwbacks.  Are individuals like M (Dame Judi Dench) and Bond meant to exist in a constantly shifting realm?  Are there any shadows left to skulk in?  It turns out there is.

For the first time “Skyfall” divulges some of M and Bond’s backstory.  Rather, than keeping with this shallow persona of what a secret agent should or should not be “Skyfall” rounds them out by adding substance and history to them.  It essentially serves as the conclusion to an ad hoc trilogy of films.  In “Casino Royale” we see James Bond become a 007 and flounder a bit as a new agent.  He is talented, but new to the trade–arrogant and hotheaded.  In “Quantum of Solace” the plot solely revolves around his want for revenge.  He possesses the skills and has been dealt the sorrow of experience, but in “Skyfall” we get to see what James Bond might look like if he lost his ‘oomph’ for the game.  It is the perfect end cap to the overarching plot.

Javier BardemAnd, not only does the plot dig deeper than ever, the acting is top-notch.  Silva (Javier Bardem) is the best Bond villain since Stravos Blofeld.  He is crazy and demented on a whole level on his own.  He is not about toppling the Crown or reaping the rewards from some nefarious plots; he is only bent on revenge.  It is personal for him, and not in the way that 006 (Sean Bean) grappled with 007 in “Goldeneye,” but in the way that an asylum patient stews over forgotten events by blaming the voices.

Although, Desmond Llewelyn is a legend and played Q with a certain sort of finesse that will never be matched, Ben Whishaw plays the part for modern audiences. He represents the modern era–forethought, rather than odd ingenuity.

Exploding pens?  No.  Radios.  Yes.

Ralph Fiennes plays his part wonderfully.  He fits into the Bond-a-verse with ease, and I am excited to see how his part expands into the future.

Overall, the film is exquisitely crafted.  It pays homage to its roots, but firmly moves forward.  It dismisses convention, and dives into the causation of Bond not Bond’s causalities.  I cannot recommend this film enough–even non-Bond fans will be surprised…who knows maybe you’ll become a fan?

Here is a trailer for “Skyfall” by Sony Pictures:

“Skyfall” poster from AllPosters.com


I am a huge James Bond, and recently I had the pleasure of seeing “Skyfall” in theaters with my longtime girlfriend, Celeste Sievers.  I haven’t been to the theaters to see a Bond film with her, so for me it was a sort of silly bonding moment–nevertheless I was ecstatic!  As far as the reviews are concerned–they are correct.  “Skyfall” is the best James Bond film to date, and I hope to have a corroborating review within the fortnight.

In honor of a tradition started by my lovely parents, I have continued onward with my collection of James Bond posters.  Beginning with Daniel Craig‘s run at “Casino Royale” I have framed the past two movie posters, which are up in my apartment along a wall.  To keep with this, I recently ordered my “Skyfall” poster (featured left), and I hope to have a picture up showing the three framed side-by-side as soon as possible.

If you haven’t checked out Allposters.com I would highly recommend you do so.  They sell a spectacular range of prints for very reasonable prices–along with framing services.  Also, every time I have ordered a poster from them there has always been a discount offered at checkout, whether it be free (or discounted) shipping or discounted posters there was always a promotional code available.  And, in this instance, it fit my James Bond tradition incredibly perfectly.

Cheers, to all the James Bond-o-philes and readers, and have a happy Thanksgiving if I don’t post before then!

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