As BlogAlongABond launches its mad campaign to get bloggers and the like (Best for Film included) to review one Bond film a month until Bond 23 comes out, we are proud to kick off our Bond remembrance season with our review of the film that started it all, Dr. No.There are four semi naked women on the original poster for Dr. No. Four. When Bond was born, there was no mistaking what the man was about; girls, cars, drinks and a licence to kill.
In the 1970’s the former Cambodian government, the Khmer Rouge, was responsible for the deaths of nearly two million people. This documentary follows journalist Thet Sambath as he slowly gains the trust of Nuon Chea, Brother Number Two, of the former regime and the others who perpitrated the killings – looking to gain an insight into what exactly happened and an official admission of guilt.
The original Paranormal Activity was a great revisionist horror. Adapting Val Lewton’s classic less is more philosophy, the film dealt in suspense rather than cheap pay-offs, in drama rather than violence and in fear rather than gore. In short, it worked because the audience cared about the characters and didn’t know what was coming next. Wanna take a guess at why the sequel fails?
Marketed during its Edinburgh Film Festival run as “the Afghanistan war film that renders all others unnecessary”, Restrepo is the work of two war correspondents who’ve seen more action than most. An artfully documented account of 15 months embedded in Afghanistan’s deadly Korangal valley, this film captures the highs and lows of warfare from the viewpoint of the men who were there. An intimate account of friendship and firefights in one of the world’s most dangerous environments.
Damn you George Lucas! No, not for making the Star Wars prequels and casting a Canadian Redwood as the Dark Lord of the Sith. And not for flogging a dead, Indiana Jones shaped, horse in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. No, we damn you because as the Godfather of the franchise you are directly culpable for Ratnerised X-Men: The Last Stand. It’s complete uselessness is the reason we’ve been treated to this Wolverine prequel (and, if rumours are to believed, a sequel to the prequel plus a Magneto movie as well). An entirely new franchise of an existing franchise – great, just what we’ve always wanted!