Archive for October 2012

Countdown to Skyfall: License to Kill (1989)

Countdown to Skyfall: License to Kill (1989)
LICENSE TO KILL (1989) BOND: Timothy Dalton DIRECTOR: John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights) BOND GIRL(S): Carey Lowell (Pam Bouvier); Talisa Soto (Lupe Lamora) COOL GADGETS: A machine gun that only operates when Bond holds it. THEME SONG: “License to Kill,” sung by Gladys Knight.  Oddly,... Read more »

NaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow. Strap On Your Bionic Typing Hands.

The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Which sounds like a lot, but it’s not. 50,000 words over 30 days is about 1,700 a day, which (if you’re staying on track) should take you about two hours. I’ll be participating this year for the second... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: The Living Daylights (1987)

Countdown to Skyfall: The Living Daylights (1987)
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987) BOND: Timothy Dalton DIRECTOR: John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill) BOND GIRL(S): Maryam d’Abo (Kara Milovy) COOL GADGETS: Bond’s go-to gadget here is a keychain that explodes when you whistle. THEME SONG: “The Living Daylights,” sung by a-ha  Another uptempo song in the mold of... Read more »
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The Walking Dead Recap - 'Walk With Me'

The Walking Dead Recap - 'Walk With Me'
Down is up, up is down, The Walking Dead is firing on all cylinders. With last night’s episode, the show gave us at least one new character with heretofore unseen emotional complexity and the beginnings of the story line that I had been longing for since Season 1. And there was no Lori! Best episode... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: A View to a Kill (1985)

Countdown to Skyfall: A View to a Kill (1985)
A VIEW TO A KILL (1985) BOND: Roger Moore DIRECTOR: John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy) BOND GIRL(S): Tanya Roberts (Stacey Sutton); Grace Jones (May Day) COOL GADGETS: Remote controlled robot (the “Snooper”) – catches Bond and Stacey in the shower at the end.  ”Oh, James.” THEME SONG: “A View to a Kill,” sung... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: Never Say Never Again (1983)

Countdown to Skyfall: Never Say Never Again (1983)
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983) BOND: Sean Connery DIRECTOR: Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, Robocop 2) BOND GIRL(S): Kim Basinger (Domino Petachi); Barbara Carrera (Fatima Blush) COOL GADGETS: A fountain pen that shoots an explosive dart. THEME SONG: “Never Say Never Again,” sung by Lani Hall.  Uh, who?  Yikes.  If the last Bond song... Read more »
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The Walking Dead Recap - Sick

The Walking Dead Recap - Sick
The title of last night’s The Walking Dead, “Sick,” refers to the fact that all humans are infected with zombie-itis and can expect to become undead after they’ve died. But it also alludes to the notion that this was just a plain gross episode for many reasons. Ooginess #1: Rick just stone cold killed some... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: Octopussy (1983)

Countdown to Skyfall: Octopussy (1983)
OCTOPUSSY (1983) BOND: Roger Moore DIRECTOR: John Glen (For Your Eyes Only) BOND GIRL(S): Maud Adams (Octopussy); Kristina Wayborn (Magda) COOL GADGETS: A fountain pen that shoots liquid to melt metal; a fake crocodile water craft.  Okay, maybe that last one’s not so cool. THEME SONG: “All Time High,” sung by Rita Coolidge.  The second... Read more »

Countdown to Skyfall: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Countdown to Skyfall: For Your Eyes Only (1981)
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981) BOND: Roger Moore DIRECTOR: John Glen BOND GIRL(S): Carole Bouquet (Melina Havelock) COOL GADGETS: Other than the various gadgets quickly shown in Q’s lab (the best being an umbrella with spikes coming out as it folds), the 3D identigraph is a hilarious sight to behold. THEME SONG: “For Your Eyes... Read more »
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Every Person in America Watched 'The Walking Dead' Premiere Last Night

That is, if “every person in America” equals 10.9 million people. That’s a lot of zombie watchers, folks. That’s enough for the biggest ratings grab for a basic cable show ever. (Methinks we’re getting a tad specific with our record breaking these days.)