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Spectre: Taking Bond to a New Place in His Life!

The Day Of The Dead parade is recreated in Mexico City for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.
The Day Of The Dead parade is recreated in Mexico City for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.

One of the most important parts of Daniel Craig’s time in the James Bond series is the way has evolved ever-so-slightly from a thug with a licence to kill into a man who knows when not to kill. Another is the way that we’re getting to see bits and pieces of Bond’s life the way they’ve formed the man.

Spectre brings Bond into conflict with the titular group, but even more, with its head, Franz Oberhauser – a man who has been thought dead for decades. To make things even more significant – and personal – the two know each other from when Bond was a boy.

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A Matter of Perspective Trailer: Spectre!

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SPECTRE.

The final trailer for Spectre has arrived and is as cool as we’ve come to expect from a Bond trailer. It features a key point of debate as well as a wee bit of new footage. Check it out after the jump.

Spectre opens on November 3rd.

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Mounting Tension Trailer: NBA Spectre Spot!

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If you didn’t catch Game Three of the NBA Finals last night, there’s a good chance you missed this lovely, tension-packed teaser for James Bond #24, Spectre – and I don’t care what name he’s using, Christoph Waltz’s villain is Blofeld (a stinkweed by any other name…).

Check it out after the jump. Spectre explodes into theaters November 6th.

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First Look: Spectre!

Spectre Teaser Poster

What would a James Bond movie be without stunning locations and terrifying situations?

The first behind-the-scenes video from the Spectre shoot has just been made available – from a set-up in the mountains of Austria. Very cool (in every respect). Check it out after the jump.

Spectre opens on November 6th.

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Skyfall Holds Up Well on DVD–Pity About the Features!

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Skyfall is one of the best Bonds and part of the reason is that not only does Daniel Craig’s Bond continue to reveal new sides to his personality and resources; not only is he given one of the best Bond villains ever in Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva, but Judi Dench just kills it as M – giving her every bit of the toughness and resiliency that we always expected of her, and an equally unexpected tenderness that we might not have.

The film holds up well on DVD, even on the small screen it’s a terrific experience, but there are barely fifteen minutes of features – most dealing with technical stuff but not in a superficial way.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Away We Go – An Unintentional Odyssey In Search of Home!

Burt [John Krasinski] and Verona [Maya Rudolph] are six months along the road to having their first child when they learn Burt’s parents, Gloria [Catherine O’Hara] and Jerry [Jeff Daniels], are moving to Brussels a month before their grandchild is due. Since they moved to be nearby the grandparents-to-be, this causes unexpected turmoil – but Gloria and Jerry’s selfishness inspire the couple to seek a better place to raise their daughter.

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Since they both have good jobs that they can do over a phone, they can live wherever they want – so they pick a number of possible places, places where they at least know someone, and set out. Phoenix, Tucson, Montreal, Miami – each place they visit provides them with a good reason to move on. Finally, they settle on a place that is simultaneously a surprise and seemingly inevitable. That’s pretty much it for plot.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Away We Go to a wonderful dramedy

Away We Go is a new film by Sam Mendes that tells the story of a couple who are expecting their first child.  Verona (Maya Rudolph) is an early 30’s artist who wanted to know if she is ready for the next step.  Burt (John Krasinski) is her boyfriend who can be a bit goofy but is always supportive of Verona.

One day, while meeting with Burt’s parents they found out that his parents are moving to Belgium for two years of the baby’s life. At first, Burt & Verona were distraught that his parents will not be in the baby’s life. However, Verona decide that they should leave their home and travel across the country to find the perfect place for their upcoming family. So, they packed up and headed to Phoenix, AZ; Madison, WI, and Montreal, Quebec . Along the way, they met up with old friends and relatives who can help them find their “home”. At various points in the film, Verona wonders if Burt and her have what it takes to become great parents and improve their lives before the baby arrives. Burt wonders why Verona will not marry him since he had always been by her side.

Away We Go is one of the best films I have seen this summer. The casting could not be better! Krasinski and Rudolph played their roles so well that soon-to-be parents can relate to the struggles and the triumphs that everyone may endure. Burt & Verona showed great chemistry throughout the film. It was like looking at a documentary of a young couple getting ready to become a happy family. I have to give praise to Allison Janney who plays Lillian, a former coworker of Verona who we meet in Phoenix. Lillian is so hilarious that she is funny and obnoxious at the same time. Lillian just steals the Phoenix scenes hands down when she talks about her kids and her husband Lowell (Jim Gaffigan) in the most embarassing way imaginable. Another scene stealing performance goes to Maggie Gyllenhal who plays LN (Yes you read the spelling correctly). LN is a professor at a University who is into the new age of things and is somehow against strollers.

Away We Go is a journey about adulthood and responsibility. It cleverly disguises itself within the movie. The way it did was done so well that it can speak to people. I have to give Kudos to Maya Rudolph. She has come a long way from her long stint on Saturday Night Live. To see her in the role of Verona allows us to see Maya in a dramatic role that’s fit to a T. Maya has found her starring vehicle as a dramatic actress. I proudly tip my hat to her outstanding performance. John Krasinski’s role as Burt was very good as well. Krasinski, know for his role in The Office, played Burt as this very suporrtive, often goofy, very friendly gentleman. If we keep seeing films like this, Hollywood won’t need all the hype. It just need a great story, wonderful casting and a brilliant director to blend it all together.

FINAL GRADE: A+

I will declare that Away We Go is the Sleeper Hit for Summer 2009!

EM Review by Dean Rogers