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  •  James Bond & Sexism (13+ / 0-)

    From The Guardian: "Is Skyfall a less sexist Bond film?"

    Judi Dench started life as M, the fictional head of MI6, by calling James Bond a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur". Oh how we cheered, us feminists sick of a long-running multibillion-pound franchise that left a series of beautiful women as little more than roadkill in the path of the spy we never loved. Seventeen years later, the great Dame seems to have left us with a film, Skyfall, we can all cheer. Or at least a proper female hero

    This statement may cause offence both to other feminists and die-hard fans who have long maintained that us laydeez can just go and talk on the phone while they enjoy the ultimate in male fantasy. Feminist author Bidisha once said: "Ian Fleming hates women and I don't buy into anything to do with that. The Bond films are generally sexist. I don't like anything that descends from a sewer of misogyny." And writer and broadcaster Fay Weldon said: "These characters were male fantasy figures. These films were attempts by men to keep women in their place and to ensure they still ironed their shirts."

    The procession of women with ludicrous names (Pussy Galore: arf arf) and the patronising use of "girl", dreadful dialogue (some of which you can enjoy here) and ridiculous storylines have made me hate the whole idea of Bond. Until now.

    However, not everyone feels 'Skyfall' is better.
    [Times columnist Giles Coren railed] against the film for being "so vile, sexist and sad that it made me feel physically sick". In particular, the moment when the spy seduces the baddie's girlfriend who "was kidnapped and enslaved as a child by human traffickers" and who "gives no sign of being sexually interested in Bond". And yet "he creeps uninvited into her hotel shower cubicle later that night, like Jimmy Savile, and silently screws her because he is bored".
    •  I've been waiting for the opening title (11+ / 0-)

      ...ever since I watched Adele's music video.  Thanks!

      "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

      by Neon Vincent on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:26:51 PM PST

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    •  "Most Boring Bond of All" (10+ / 0-)

      Stephen Marche writing at Esquire called the new Bond movie as: Skyfall : The Most Boring Bond of All

      I've already given my opinion about the Bond franchise in general, which can, roughly speaking, be summed up in three words: bland, tasteless rapist. Having now seen Skyfall, which comes out on Friday, I'm going to have to revise that assessment somewhat. Bond is no longer a rapist. In fact, he barely has sex. He retains his level of generally obvious taste, which as I said before, is less a style than a price point. This time, however, Bond has doubled down on the blandness. Skyfall is one of the most smoothly manufactured acts of purely forgettable filmmaking we are likely to see this or any year. I'm glad I took notes, because when I woke up the morning after seeing it, they were the only thing to remind me that I had seen a film at all.

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      What's most extraordinary about Skyfall is how boring all its massively talented cast manages to be when they put their minds to it. Sam Mendes is a great director. Daniel Craig is probably the best Bond ever. He has this way of running that looks exactly how a professional assassin would look if he had been trained to run like an assassin. And Javier Bardem is Javier Bardem. I did not believe before this film that he could turn in a bland performance. What he and Mendes did was look over the supremely brilliant turn in No Country for Old Men and figure out a way to do the same thing, with less interest. And they succeeded. There is something terribly wasteful about having all these brilliant artists deliberately trying not to entertain or to surprise. It's like going to Per Se and ordering a PB&J. Skyfall represents a high (or low) moment for the blandification of pop culture. It's the filmic equivalent of what you hear while you're waiting in line at Starbucks. It's like the art in the hotel room of midlevel boutique hotels.

      Still haven't seen it myself, so dunno.
    •  I literally kept yawning non-stop (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Rimjob, maggiejean, JML9999, Larsstephens, Oke

      "It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems" - Kurt Vonnegut

      by jazzence on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:58:32 PM PST

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