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Goldfinger

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2009 by themoviecult

The James Bond movies are an awesome franchise, but as you no doubt have heard, the Bond books are quite different from their 60’s/70’s/80’s/90’s movie adaptations. The movie adaptations focused on the elaborate plots of Flemings’ super villains, and creating cheesy idiosyncrasies of the James Bond character, while forgetting the smarts of the writing.

Casino Royale is the closest movie depiction of James Bond in the books. It portrays the character as a strong bastard; as hard a thug as he was in the books. It developed the character like no movie before it had, and it was pretty awesome to watch.

Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and future James Bond adaptations, as faithful as they will be under new writing and direction, will still miss a little something that made the books golden.

Here is a little snippet from Goldfinger, where Ian Fleming muses on the connection between homosexuality and meterosexuals (he’s ahead of his time, here). This is James Bond’s reaction when he finds out the woman he is attracted to is a lesbian:

Bond came to the conclusion that Tilly Masterson was one of those girls whose hormones had got mixed up. He knew the type well and thought they and their male counterparts were a direct consequence of giving votes to women and ‘sex equality’. As a result of fifty years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males. Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused, not knowing what they were. The result was a herd of unhappy sexual misfits – barren and full of frustrations, the woman wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied.

Hopefully, this, and the socially accepted racism – which is mostly against Koreans in Goldfinger, makes it into the future movies.

Okay, maybe not. But it’s still amazing to notice the attitudes of the time in Goldfinger, and even more amazing to notice that the majority of the people who follow the James Bond films have no idea about it.

Thanks to Mr Gale, over at the Frostiest Dog, for recommending Goldfinger.

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Article: Top 5 of Slacker Cinema

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2008 by themoviecult

Slacker Title

Slacker Cinema has been prospering for decades, possibly because we enjoy watching loveable, charismatic characters with potential waste their life and dodge responsibility.

Some think that Richard Linklater’s 1991 independent film, Slacker, was responsible for the creation of the slacker film.  The movie wasn’t the first to feature slackers, but it has certainly played a major part in inspiring the tradition.

With Slacker Superhero movie Hancock hitting cinemas in early July, you’ll need a refresher course on the influence lazy, futureless characters have had on cinema. Let’s take a look at the upper echelon.  Here’s the “top five” of Slacker Cinema.

#5 Will Hunting

Will Hunting, from Good Will Hunting

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Good Will Hunting.  Written by and starring both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  Directed by Gus Van Sant.  Released in 1997.

The Slacker

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a young and brilliant mind, able to understand the most advanced mathematical concepts better than anyone has in a long while.  He is a prodigy, predicted to be able to offer as much to the world as Einstein did.  Unfortunately for the world, Will Hunting lives only to waste his life away as a janitor, get drunk and start fights, like a true slacker.

Great Slacker Moment

This is the correct way to intentionally botch a job interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtVg05JLPc&hl=en

#4 Randal Graves

Randal Graves, from Clerks (and Clerks 2)

From…

Clerks.  An independent hit and one of the classics of Slacker Cinema.  Director, Kevin Smith’s first movie.  Released in 1994.

The Slacker

Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) is a typical slacker in that he has no motivation.  He also doesn’t care about anyone but himself.  He spends his life working in a video store.  He is unpunctual, unfriendly, and careless.  He has no problem closing the store for five minutes during his shift to have a chat with the guy at the nearby convenience store, and he has no problem telling rude customers where to go.

Great Slacker Moment

This clip conveys Randall’s attitude to work perfectly:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8H7wUKryrw&hl=en

#3 Smokey

Smokey, from Friday

From…

Friday.  The classic comedy starring gangster rapper, Ice Cube, and crazy funny man, Chris Tucker.  Released in 1995.

The Slacker

Friday is not the only day of the week Smokey (Chris Tucker) has nothing to do.  He is an irresponsible, carefree dope smoker.  He deals drugs, unsuccessfully.  When not not working, Smokey spends his days sitting around, getting high, and making fun of the locals.  He never has any short term plans, and just like a good slacker, he is either unwilling or unable to plan for his future.

Great Slacker Moment

Smokey, doing what he does best:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYvuoGC8k5E

#2 Peter La Fleur

A True Underdog Story

From…

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.  The 2002 sports comedy, starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller.  Directed by newcomer writer/director, Rawson Marshall Thurber.

The Slacker

The smart ass, carefree Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) is a loveable gym owner who frequently turns up to work hung over.  He can, because he owns the place.  La Fleur likes to quit, because slackers don’t do hard things.  An inspiration to slackers everywhere, his motivation is beautiful: “I found out that if you have a goal, you might not reach it.  But if you don’t have one, then you are never disappointed.”

Great Slacker Moment

La Fleur converses with Lance Armstrong (who can’t act) about quitting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNJTDt9d6Kk

#1 The Knocked Up Gang

The gang, from Knocked Up

From…

Knocked Up.  The romantic comedy for both women and men.  Written and directed by comedy genius, Judd Apatow.  Released in 2007.

The Slackers

Ben (Seth Rogen), Jonah (Jonah Hill), Jay (Jason Segel), and Martin (Martin Starr) all happily live together in a share house.  They like nothing more than to waste their time getting high, mucking around, and talking about movies.  Mostly, they have no jobs, and no ambitions, and thus are the royalty of slackers.

Great Slacker Moment

Practical jokes around can have their dangers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W56WagyhEAY&feature=related