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Curious, most curious..............
Nov 23 2008, 9:36 AM EST | Post edited: Nov 23 2008, 9:36 AM EST
Interesting. Casino Royale still tops Quantum in international gross. That's interesting to me - I would have thought most fans and non-fans alike would enjoy the action than the hold em' game.

I know I did. Your thoughts?
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1. RE: Curious, most curious..............
Nov 23 2008, 11:02 AM EST | Post edited: Nov 23 2008, 11:02 AM EST

When I first saw Casino Royale, I didn't think terribly highly of it. I've since come to see it as an example of that rare event, in which what one thinks of a movie after multiple viewings is different from what one first thought with the big screen in front of him and a bag of popcorn under his chin.

That happens in *both* directions, by the way -- some movies, when we first see them we love them. Then we grow up. Others we could take-or-leave, at first, but then as the years tick by, the more we see it the more we want to see it again.

Both lists are exclusive clubs.

Movies that lose their luster:
1. Return of the Jedi
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3. Tomorrow Never Dies

Movies that become more precious over time:
1. Godfather I & II
2. The Incredibles
3. Casino Royale
4. Jaws

Quantum is not in either list, by the way. It was alright, but only that and nothing more. I'm disappointed. But the point is, a year from now I'll feel the same way. I can guarantee it.

What defines the items on that second list...

One word: Beauty. There are hidden treasures inside that one can't fully appreciate on the first viewing. In the four selections I made above, this has to do with multiple stories that are all wrapped together into one beautiful ball...each one compelling, each one interesting, each one unpredictable.

Also, character development is a part of this. This is where Quantum really falls down. In CR, the characters to be developed were James Bond, and to a lesser extent, Le Chiffre and M. (They tried with Vesper Leiter and Mathis, but failed, I think.) In QoS, it was Dominic and Camille. Well, Dominic was a weak effort, and Camille's character is an emotionally scarred waif. And the surprise is -- in spite of how many times 007 has done this, it just isn't an interesting character.
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Nov 26 2008, 9:48 AM EST | Post edited: Nov 26 2008, 9:48 AM EST
it was the first time i see the biggest theater in morocco (Megarama) full like he was last saturday for Quantum of Solace ! Do you find this valuable?