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  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Jack White & Alicia Keys - Another Way to Die
  • Reading: Ultimates 1
  • Watching: Quantum of Solace
  • Playing: Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Eating: Chinese
  • Drinking: Roy Rogers
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Bet you thought this was gonna take awhile, eh?

QUANTUM OF SOLACE

Truly the best way to enjoy the Craig Bond series is to watch the movies back to back, which, I could say I did, sort of. Quantum starts right after Casino ends, with Bond putting clues together about a mysterious agency that even MI6 can't detect. With twice the action of Casino Royale, it's hard to believe that this Bond film is a good 40 minutes shorter than it's predecessor, possibly making it the shortest Bond movie to date, and perhaps one of the most enjoyable.

If you caught my last journal, and if you're reading this, there's a good chance you did, you'll remember the severe panning I gave Daniel Craig, an opinion I still stand by, actually. He's cold, wooden, and intense. But DAMN, did you know he did his own stunts? That's saying alot for him with this movie. He may have just a smidge of personality but he's one Hell of an action star, that's what good I can say about him.

The movie itself is a HUGE step up from Casino. For one, it's got some of the best camerawork I've seen in an action film. That and the titles for every scene change are wonderfully done, with different font and style, it's very cool. That and they're tastefully giving Bond back some suave humor, which made me very happy.

The music, once again, was awesome. Jack White wrote a KICKASS opening theme and with Alicia Keys' vocals it's a very powerful Bond theme. Also, the opening credits had many references to older Bond credits which was VERY cool. Love eet.

I can't say much more about the film other than it's certainly worth the price of admission. Go see it while it's still in theaters, with friends, and if you can, watch Casino Royale before going to see this, they really make one big movie together.

All n' all, this one stands up as high as any of the better Brosnan films and even some of the Connery ones. It feels good, it really does.

8.5/10

Also, saw a preview of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Looks freakin'... I donno, not like Star Trek. But very cool anyway.
Reboots.
They're the "in" thing now.

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:pencil: :reading: Journal of a Paladin Recap :reading: :pencil:
This is just a list of all the chapters I've done with JoaP so far. Makes reading it a little easier, so you don't have to go hunting for it in my gallery.

:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/1… - JoaP I - Journal of a Paladin
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/1… - JoaP II - The Misadventure of the Crimson Knight
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/2… - JoaP III - A Brisk Reception on a Warm Evening
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/2… - JoaP IV - The Good, the Bad, and the Nameless
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/3… - JoaP V - Black
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… - JoaP VIa - Confinement: Part I
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… - JoaP VIb - Confinement: Part II
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… - JoaP VII - Princesses
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - JoaP VIII - Royalty and Loyalty
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - JoaP IX - Marching Home Again
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - JoaP X - Bright Lights
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/6… - JoaP XI - Unusual
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XII - Education
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XIII - Romantic
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XIV - True Sight
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XV - the Inquisitors
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XVI - the Way
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XVII - BOBCOB
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"Someone that you think that you can trust is just another way to die."

Jack White & Alicia Keys - Another Way to Die
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superogue-KD Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008   Writer
I'm uncertain if this new fad of restarting great story-arcs is such a positive trend. Yes, a great many ideas have already been used, but that doesn't give people a right to "reboot" great story-lines just because they don't have the creative fervor to write their own. There is a word for what this is starting to become, "piggy-backing."

I stand firm by the creed, "If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it."
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Aye. Piggy-backing, coattail riding, artistic stagnation. Bah.

Though I'm so glad they did it for the Hulk.
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Chaos-Cary Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008   Photographer
I liked Solace alot and I liked the humor they are giving him. I thinked they realized they might not have had enough in the first. I love the tribute to Goldfinger. The oil death reminded me of the cased in gold death. What is oil but black gold anyways? I can't wait for the next one. Do you know what the next one might be?
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
If they're following the books, the next one should be a more accurate adaptation of Live and Let Die.

...I wonder who they'd get to remix the theme song...
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Chaos-Cary Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008   Photographer
That was one of my favorite Bond films. So if they do that then I will have me expectations and they better be meant or exceeded. And it better be a remixx and not a new song!
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Soultaker06 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
I haven't seen the movie yet but I heard it was so-so; heard some people complained about blurry fight scenes, lack of any gadgets, not feeling like they wanted to cheer for Bond etc. On rottentomatoes CR had a score of 94% (as it should, I really liked that one), while QoS got 66% I think. That's a pretty big dropoff.

I doubt I'll watch it any time soon, I'd rather see Role Models first.
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student Digital Artist
It's hard to take either of them at a single time. I watched CR the night before, so watching QoS the next day, made it feel like one whole movie and I guess that's why I scored it higher than most. Though I still rate it better than CR just because it felt more "Bond" to me.

I'd like to see Role Models. McLovin is in it. McLovin rocks.
And I don't care if I ever learn his real name.
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YelZamor Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hallo again, Cheesy!

I have to agree with you with regards to Craig's Bond being very cold... but remember, he has just lost the love of his life.. a love who had betrayed him, yet saved him at the same time. He's a conflicted, troubled man.
I can imagine that his cocky, womanising self is just a mask to cover up his growing sense of distrust in people from now on... something I hope Daniel Craig develops in his performance as the sequels roll in.

I found this instalment lacking, to be honest. The villains didn't quite do it for me.. and I begin to dislike this 'bum movie to introduce the next film'. It definitely felt that they've saved the meat for the next film.. which is bloody unfair, since we came to see this one.. Movie makers fully intend to make part three, but it sucks that they chose not to fill out this part as much. Very annoying, in fact.

X3... if ya know what I mean. All in all, I got a special dvd edition of Casino.. but I don't at all intend to get Quantum.. it just didn't do anything for me. :S

But otherwise, great review :D.

~Yel.
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digidino Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Glad you liked it. Some of the people I saw it with said that it wasn't enough like a Bond movie because the villian wasn't trying to take over the world and because there weren't really any cool gadgets. But I liked it. I think my favorite action scene was the plane one (including the parachuting part). Overall, I thought it was a good movie.
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Student Digital Artist
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KYLE! 0_o
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