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Most car chases (and most mainstream fight scenes, to a lesser extent) are terrible. They can be done well if they're treated like their own mini-story within the movie, but they tend to be used as a time killer until the next scene comes up.

A car chase is usually just a badly edited sequence of two or more cars skittering around until one of them loses the other one or the other one crashes. Hurray.


Well when you say most of them are bad, the issue becomes whether maybe you just aren't a car chase guy. The main thing I look for in a car chase is rhythm and movement: is it aesthetically pleasing or isn't it? Does it flow well, and does it heighten the senses? That's all I ask. Justin Lin, for instance, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of lighting. But rhythm and movement are two things he's pretty much mastered.


Thu May 30, 2013 4:43 pm
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I think the operative difference between a "something" guy and a non-"something" guy is how relaxed their standards are toward the particular "something". There seems to be a certain prurient interest at work that doesn't translate for the rest of the world, some specialized set of criteria that differs from the set of criteria that applies to everything else. This does not necessarily prohibit the non-"something" guy from understanding the "something" when it's done particularly well.

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Thu May 30, 2013 4:59 pm
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A "prurient" interest? Really? In what way? You can only be a "something" guy if that "something" turns you on sexually? *scratches head* I don't know that I'd agree with that.


Thu May 30, 2013 9:47 pm
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It's a figure of speech. Relax.


Actually, it might be literally true more often than I care to think about.

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I'm a big fan of the car chases in both Transporter 3 and Taken 2. Of course it's zippy, that's the point. Megaton brings a whole new level of hyper-kinetic energy to those sequences which I've never seen before. It's a genuine stylistic advance. The one in Skyfall is a little perfunctory, imo. I don't think the Craig era has had a really good car chase yet, unless you count the airport scene in Casino Royale. It doesn't need to though. Fast/Furious has the car chase on lockdown, and I thought John Moore's freeway sequence in Die Hard was brilliant. Bond should stick to the things that are uniquely Bond. That's the main thing Mendes got right.

Hyper-kineticism is not what Bond needs. Right now, what the franchise desperately requires is a return to the basics. We don't need an over-stylized 007 movie; we just need one that reminds us of why this character is so culturally significant.


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Mendes & release date confirmed:

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The Oscar-winning director who helmed "Skyfall" to great acclaim and over $1 billion at the worldwide box office will direct the untitled 24th James Bond film, Sony and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer said Thursday. Daniel Craig will once again return as 007 while John Logan, who did similar duties on "Skyfall," will write the script. Sony and MGM are clearly sticking with what worked before -- and why not. The film is set for release in U.K. theaters on October 23, 2015 and in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015


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Mendes & release date confirmed:

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The Oscar-winning director who helmed "Skyfall" to great acclaim and over $1 billion at the worldwide box office will direct the untitled 24th James Bond film, Sony and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer said Thursday. Daniel Craig will once again return as 007 while John Logan, who did similar duties on "Skyfall," will write the script. Sony and MGM are clearly sticking with what worked before -- and why not. The film is set for release in U.K. theaters on October 23, 2015 and in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015


It'll mark the first time in 26 years that the same director has helmed two consecutive entries. I shudder to think of the paycheck Mendes will be getting for this. I'm excited.


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Mendes & release date confirmed:

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The Oscar-winning director who helmed "Skyfall" to great acclaim and over $1 billion at the worldwide box office will direct the untitled 24th James Bond film, Sony and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer said Thursday. Daniel Craig will once again return as 007 while John Logan, who did similar duties on "Skyfall," will write the script. Sony and MGM are clearly sticking with what worked before -- and why not. The film is set for release in U.K. theaters on October 23, 2015 and in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015


Cool and another good entry for 2015 :-)

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SkyFall was a great film – my only fear is that despite the ending which clearly leads into a sequel, the film itself is almost too all-encompassing and final in its nature to easily permit one. The departing writers did an excellent job, but at the same time behaved quite selfishly.

I’d be amazed if the next film is as good. This is a real challenge.

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the film itself is almost too all-encompassing and final in its nature to easily permit one


That's how I feel about Man of Steel. I think Snyder and Nolan got more money behind it than Warner Bros necessarily intended, and consequently made a more substantial film than the low key reboot it might have been. I think Skyfall might have gone through a similar process. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.


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I finally got to this one and am a little let down at the moment. I think this is definitely in the top half of Bond, but not nearly as close to the top as I had hoped it would be after reading the non-spoiler parts of this thread. The cinematography is as spectacular as everyone has said and the overall atmosphere was great. This, however, is the first Craig Bond I've seen and I really wasn't taken with the serious 007. I much prefer the playful Bond that enjoys his job and is much more entertaining through the transition scenes. Some of that was evident in the dialog with Eve, and quite frankly, Naomie Harris reminded me more of the Bond personality than Daniel Craig. Lots of very good actors that did not leave any kind of memorable impression.

Nothing wrong with doing it different and I think overall this is probably well done - just not really for me. 6/10


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