Just thinking about Russia. And love. And James Bond.

Ramblog: First Blog Part II

I’m a fan of James Bond movies so I was excited to hear they’re making another one. Casino Royale is one of my favorite Bond movies, perhaps one of my favorite movies, though I found the two sequels (Quantum of Solace and Skyfall) to be disappointing.

So I thought I’d check out the trailer for one of my old favorite Bond movies, From Russia with Love:

They yearn for him. They die for him.

From Russia with Love has everything that has dominated popular culture’s idea of Bond. He has the Sean Connery smugness, the misogyny, and the Cold War intrigues. You could probably swap in Austin Powers and not notice too big a change in the movie experience. From Russia with Love is ridiculous. How ridiculous? How about two women cat fighting to the death?

Don’t worry, they don’t die, I think because James Bond marries…

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Offensive can have other messages

Mark Bialczak

(From syracusenewtimes.com) (From syracusenewtimes.com)

There are things happening up on the screen in “Get Hard” that, taken at face value, are offensive.

Yet I wasn’t ruffled nearly enough to stand up, do an about face and march out of there as I sat through the Friday matinee at the Regal Cinemas theater in Syracuse mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA.

You can read my review of “Get Hard” on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.


Thankfully, I got through the obvious lines and gags set up around the storyline of a guy facing prison time and all the carnal fears that entails on the screen to realize I was being set up. They were there for a purpose. There was enough insight behind the satire and comedy. It won me over with its overall perspective, in other words.

Which made me think, again, that my…

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The Magnificent Seven set for January 13, 2017


There’s a lot of excitement building for Denzel Washington’s third movie with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, a remake of the Western The Magnificent Seven, which reunites him with Training Day‘s Oscar-nominated supporting actor Ethan Hawke, joined by Chris Pratt and the recently-announced Vincent D’Onofrio.

The movie hasn’t started filming yet, but Sony has already set their sights on a release date according to ERC Box Officeand the plan is to release it on MLK Jr. weekend, January 13, 2017.

This would have it being released on the same weekend as Denzel’s hit action-thriller The Book of Eli, directed by the Hughes Brothers, which opened with $38 million over the four-day holiday on its way to $94.8 million. It was one of Denzel’s biggest openings at the time, following Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, although he has gone on to have other similar hits with Safe Houseand last year’s Fuqua-directed The Equalizer, which grossed more than $100 million after opening in September.

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