25 October 2008

Countdown to Solace - Dr. No


The Year: 1962 - #1

The Bond: Sean Connery

The Babe: Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder



The Big Bad: Dr. Julius No



The Take: $16,067,035 or $109,025,765.82 in today's bucks

Up or Down: Thumbs up for Bonds debut


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24 October 2008

Radar Blips - X2: X-Men United


The Year: 2003

The Players: Boris the Computer Geek as Nightcrawler joins the cast of Catwoman as Storm, the Wuss from Superman Returns as Cyclops, Jean-Luc Picard as "Wheels," The dude who played Wolverine as Wolverine, Gandalf the Gray as Magneto, Xena Onatop as Jean Grey and Jimmy Olsen's twin brother as Iceman,

The Take: $215 Million

Whats with the lame title?: I guess "X2" didn't have enough brand recognition, so "X-Men United" was added as the X-Men and Brotherhood united against a common foe.

Why you should see it: This is one of the best Superhero films ever made and until The Dark Knight, my undisputed pick for Superest Sequel. X-Men was good, but no one was prepared for the epic X2. The film seemed like it could be overstuffed like many sequels are, but the additions of Nightcrawler and Lady Deathstrike did not rob the other heroes of their moments. The opening scene of Nightcrawler's White House infiltration is a perfect action sequence and Magneto's plastic prison escape was also awesome. Though the subtitle "X-Men United" is awfully cheesy, seeing the X-Men have to team up with Magneto, and then be betrayed by him, was great. The film's cliffhanger ending was a perfect final note for this near flawless sequel.


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23 October 2008

Radar Blips - Star Trek: Insurrection


The Year: 1998

The Players: The jolly TNG crew for one more adventure.

The Take: $70 Million (8th highest of 10)

Is this an odd or even one? Most definitely one of the crappy odd ones featuring the never before mentioned but suddenly "imposing" face stretchers / Sona. Not really a good way to follow up Klingons and Borg.

Why you should see it: Yikes, there arent too many reasons unless you are a TNG diehard. There is a decent nebula battle but it also has some cringeworthy moments, mostly featuring Data singing, or saying "Lock and load." Movies like this are why Trek has lost all its fans.

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