The chase scene is an art form within cinema. If you do it right, you can boggle your viewers’ minds with amazing F/X, choreography, and even character development, but if you do it wrong, you just end up with a lot of noise and filler. I think the greatest car chase I’ve ever seen is The Bourne Supremacy‘s Moscow masterpiece. Not only does it manage to top the amazing chase seen from The Bourne Identity, it manages to build Bourne’s character while he’s playing high-speed Russian bumper cars (I wrote separate piece on the scene you can read here). My favorite foot chase of all-time is similar in that aside from being gorgeously shot and exemplary action scene, Casino Royale‘s African Rundown serves as your first introduction to who Daniel Craig’s 007 was going to be (also wrote an article on that one here).
CineFix’s lists are my favorite because of the wide insight over the entire history of film and the different kinds of awards given to earn a place on their “Top” lists. Here they present a primer on cinema’s most kinetic action pieces. It’s a great homage to the chase and the directors who have done it best.
It’s always fun when a director can insert a famous actor into their movie for a quick cameo in a way that doesn’t detract from the film. That’s a fine line to walk, but when you get it right, you usually find out about it afterward and it just makes you like a movie you already enjoyed all the more. The most famous recent example was the discovery that Daniel Craig was slipped into Star Wars Episode VII as a stormtrooper. It’s something that you can definitely notice if you’re listening for his vote, but I had no clue that James Bond was wandering around Starkiller Base until I found out after the fact. Screen Rant has put together a great video going over 10 similar instances in film history where famous stars or directors made a quick appearance in famous movies.
Going in to SPECTRE, I was of the opinion that Daniel Craig was the best Bond of all-time and was more worried that this might be his last film as 007 than I was about the film itself. After all, the same team behind Skyfall, probably the best Bond film of all, was back and everything we’d seen looked fantastic. Leaving SPECTRE, I have to say, even though he’s under contract for a fifth film, I hope Daniel Craig is done. SPECTRE isn’t just the biggest disappointment of 2015, it sets the Bond franchise back to its pre-Casino Royale renaissance and paints Craig’s Bond into an ending so final that it’s difficult to see how anything but another reboot is the next step. Continue reading Movie Review: SPECTRE (2015) *Bond Bombs* Spoiler Warning
Before Casino Royale, the venerable Bond franchise had become a joke. Quite literally. Michael Meyers and his Austin Powers films so thoroughly lampooned the camp and plot tropes of the Bond franchise that it teetered on the edge of extinction. Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as bond started out wonderfully with Goldeneye, but by the time he’d filmed his last film, the series seemed painfully accurate to Meyers parody and a pale shadow of the gritty and more relevant Bourne films. I’m not exaggerating at the Powers film impact. If you ask Daniel Craig why his Bond has been a darker, grimmer, grittier version, he’ll simply say, “Michael Meyers (rather naughty word) us.” Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Casino Royale (2006) “African Rundown”