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RL - I'd be interested in hearing your description of the difference between the Daniel Craig Bond and previous Bonds. I touched on the subject pretty briefly in the essay.
And glad you liked it, by the way.
I remember really liking Bridge Over the River Kwai when I saw it however many years ago. The overt racism was a little off-putting, but the performances and direction were simply brilliant.
Folk singer Phil Ochs was a big fan of John Ford/John Wayne westerns (and other movies they made, like The Long Voyage Home - based on a Eugene O'Neill play, about sailors). Ochs made a career of protest songs in the 60s, and yet never lost his love for the Ford/Wayne patriotic epics, stating in the patter introducing a song in a 1968 live performance that they were great at what they did, despite being right wing, reactionary and not particularly intelligent. The audience laughs, thinking he's taking a dig at these figures from the right, but he seemed to be able to separate their politics and even the politics of their films from their achievements in making films that moved him, and many others.
I suppose that's a way to appreciate Bridge Over the River Kwai, and other movies of that kind, if they succeed on levels unrelated to their propaganda.
Essay on action movies - Studio Alessio
The 60-second teaser borrows its structure from the movie: the prologue with no clear connection to what follows, the direct introduction of a large cast of characters, the rapid-fire shifts from one story strand to another (through some remarkably fluid swish pans), and ... a frog. This accurate thumbnail is Magnolia writ with stunning brevity, and I’m guessing that one’s reaction to it portends one’s feelings about the movie. Those who loved this one minute of film probably loved the whole movie, and those scratching their heads were wise to avoid it.