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Posts from the ‘Best Of and Other Features’ Category

9
Mar

Favorites Corner: Films of Wong Kar-wai

by GEOFF GEIB and HELEN GEIB

An occasional feature where the writers compare their favorite films by some of the greats of world cinema.

Wong Kar-wai (b. 1958)

Wong Kar-wai (b. 1958)

In the Mood for Love (2000) Read more »

9
Jan

Nir’s List of the Best Films of 2013

by NIR SHALEV

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

When viewing films, there exists a significant amount of subjective attachment, and also, usually a much smaller amount of objective reasoning. Ever since I’d graduated from film school, approximately five years back, my objective reasoning had overtaken and significantly overshadowed my personal taste in films- a/k/a my ability to watch films subjectively, “shut off my brain”, and enjoy films for what they are purely and simply. Read more »

19
Dec

The Connery Years: Q’s Handiwork

by HELEN GEIB

A rather well equipped briefcase in From Russia with Love (1963)

From Russia with Love (1963)

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18
Dec

The Connery Years: Credits by Binder x2

by HELEN GEIB

Dr. No (1962)

Maurice Binder’s iconic images (Photo Play stills gallery). The inimitable “James Bond Theme”. These are the credits that launched the world’s most famous franchise. Read more »

11
Dec

The Connery Years: Six Memorable Moments in the Water

by HELEN GEIB

Dr. No (1962)

A drifting speedboat was the setting for the series’ first fadeout clinch. Many subsequent entries* would reprise or quote this scene.

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5
Dec

The Connery Years: Three Sleazy Low Points

by HELEN GEIB

From Russia with Love (1963)

I can spot the guys the belly dancer. After all, we get nearly two hours of Sean Connery while they get a few minutes here and there with one of the least consequential Bond girls. However, the gypsy catfight is just too much sleaze to stomach. Note the male gaze. At least there’s no pretense. Read more »

4
Dec

The Connery Years: Three Villains to Reckon With, Two Second Bananas to Remember, and One Useful Bond Girl

by HELEN GEIB

Robert Shaw in From Russia with Love (1963)

With three “numbers”, a key operative, and a couple of standout minions, SPECTRE supplies an abundance of memorable villains in From Russia with Love. Even up against strong competition, Robert Shaw steals the evil show as a cold-blooded professional killer. Shaw had a dominating physical presence and inimitable voice, yet his killer was all the more menacing for not speaking a word until well past the movie’s mid-point- and not long before the train compartment fight to the death that remains one of the series’ top action scenes. Read more »

27
Jan

Top Ten Films of 2012 (Helen Geib)

by HELEN GEIB

In the final analysis, every “best of” list is a list of favorites. These are the ten movies that made me the happiest in 2012.

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers

The final Marvel origins story is the year’s top juggling act. Read more »

19
Jan

Top Ten Films of 2012 (Geoff Geib)

by GEOFF GEIB

Ten Best Films of 2012, in no particular order.

The Grey (2012)

1. The Grey

a/k/a Punches With Wolves Read more »

19
Jan

Top Seven Films and Other Bests of 2012 (Nir Shalev)

by NIR SHALEV

The Master (2012)

The general population attests that 2012 ended up as one of the most mediocre years in film. Personally, it’s been the worst year ever. Most of the films I watched are bad and the rest are just average. As an example, The Dark Knight Rises (an entirely average and mostly uninteresting film), The Avengers, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were the biggest moneymakers but stand merely as equivalents to generic summer, popcorn blockbusters. And those were the films that most were looking forward to! Read more »