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Who has seen "Skyfall"? And what did you think of it?
self | November 11, 2012 | Me, Myself, and I

Posted on 11/11/2012 7:02:59 PM PST by EinNYC

I promised myself that if I was able to find gasoline today in the fuel-starved NYC area, I would reward myself by seeing "Skyfall", the new James Bond movie. After getting in one gas line and being told immediately by an employee that they were out of gas, then sitting 50 minutes on another gas line only to be told they were now out of gas when I was getting close to the pumps, and then finally paying an exorbitant price for gas after a 10 minute wait on line, I had just enough time to make it to the bargain matinee at my local theater.

I, and other members of the audience found this to be the BEST James Bond film for a long while. It was very exciting, really. Javier Bardem seems to make malevolent weirdos his specialty. Seeing the film was rather an antidote for all the wasted time of the morning chasing gasoline, even WITH using the www.gasbuddy.com special Sandy gas-finding links.

Has anyone else seen the film, whether or not they had to wait in a gasoline line? What did YOU think?


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1 posted on 11/11/2012 7:03:00 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: GSP.FAN; Guenevere; SJSAMPLE; Larry Lucido; fieldmarshaldj; Clemenza; Impy; archivist007; ...

ping


2 posted on 11/11/2012 7:05:25 PM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: EinNYC

About 20 minutes too long. Suffered from inadequate editing. OK otherwise, but “Goldfinger” it isn’t


3 posted on 11/11/2012 7:06:50 PM PST by rstrahan
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To: EinNYC

Saw it. For a Bond movie it was one of the better ones. Good roller coaster ride, good (and funny) references to old Bond flicks. Decent story. Beautiful... well you know.

4 out of 5 stars.


4 posted on 11/11/2012 7:06:50 PM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: EinNYC

Watching a movie...at a theatre? People still do that?


5 posted on 11/11/2012 7:07:06 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

I haven’t been to movies for 20+ years, or even watched then when they appear on televison. So I do find myself pretty clueless about a lot of pop cultural references by friends / co-workers.


6 posted on 11/11/2012 7:09:02 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: EinNYC
wow. sorry you guys are still having to deal with that.

after a morning like that, are you sure the movie was that totally awesome, or were you just so happy to finally be at the movies that it could have been The Smurfs Go To Rainbowland and you would have been just as awed?

j/k hope gas gets easier to get for you soon.

7 posted on 11/11/2012 7:09:43 PM PST by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: EinNYC

Relevence?


8 posted on 11/11/2012 7:14:04 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: EinNYC

I saw Casino Royale this afternoon and liked it a bit better than the first time. Still not great but at least it was one of the very few to have any connection to the book.


9 posted on 11/11/2012 7:16:04 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Not everything is political.


10 posted on 11/11/2012 7:17:04 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: nascarnation

You are an absolute Paragon!

I bow in respect.


11 posted on 11/11/2012 7:17:27 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

See http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2958443/posts?page=11#11


12 posted on 11/11/2012 7:19:21 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: EinNYC

The only 007 I like is Sean Connery. Daniel Craig is probably OK. Goldfinger was the best Bond movie IMO. Never say Never again was 2nd best.

North by Northwest (Hitchcock’s best) was the precursor to the Bond movies and is my all time favorite besides Day of the Jackal.


13 posted on 11/11/2012 7:31:47 PM PST by entropy12 (3 new SCOTUS appointments by Obama will ensure killing of unborn for next 30 years)
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To: EinNYC

Please stop supporting and glorifying Hollywood and the ideals it espouses.

Thank you.


14 posted on 11/11/2012 7:35:16 PM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: ZinGirl
No, I definitely would NOT go to see a Smurfs movie! I thought that was what the Democrap National Convention was. I am actually quite discerning about what movies I will go to see. So, "Revenge of the Ninja Great White Shark-Rex" would not be a movie I'd go to see, even if I found FREE gasoline. Neither would "Sexy Quaker Parrots and the Women Who Love Them" or any movies about hangovers.

I hope that getting gas normalizes real soon, too. This has given me great insight into what it must have been like during WWII.

15 posted on 11/11/2012 7:37:37 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: rstrahan
About 20 minutes too long. Suffered from inadequate editing. OK otherwise, but “Goldfinger” it isn’t

agree completely.... it was pretty good, but.. a bit SLOW in parts.

16 posted on 11/11/2012 7:37:55 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: EinNYC
We just saw it tonight. My first Daniel Craig Bond movie and I loved him. Others in the group liked Casino Royale better. Daniel Craig completely pulls off the role even though he isn't as suave and debonair as Connery. The twists often caught me by surprise and I liked the psychological drama thrown in this time. I watched a lot of it peeking through my fingers covering my eyes. If you like Bond movies, you'll love this one.
17 posted on 11/11/2012 7:39:55 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: EinNYC

Save your money.

The movie comes to an early climax as new Bond villain Adele crushes metrosexual Daniel Craig by jumping on him.

Prince Harry is tasked by M with killing Adele. Unfortunately he gets drunk and forgets his mission.


18 posted on 11/11/2012 7:39:55 PM PST by iowamark
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To: EinNYC
We just saw it tonight. My first Daniel Craig Bond movie and I loved him. Others in the group liked Casino Royale better. Daniel Craig completely pulls off the role even though he isn't as suave and debonaire as Connery. The twists often caught me by surprise and I liked the psychological drama thrown in this time. I watched a lot of it peeking through my fingers covering my eyes. If you like Bond movies, you'll love this one.
19 posted on 11/11/2012 7:41:19 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: EinNYC

Saw it with my wife and daughter today. All three of us wanted to stay and watch it a second time.

Excellent.


20 posted on 11/11/2012 7:46:33 PM PST by RavenATB
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To: Bryanw92
Watching a movie...at a theatre? People still do that?

I rarely go to the movies but my son and I saw Skyfall yesterday. It was a matinee, so it only cost six bucks each. I am not a good critic, but I will impart some thoughts without spoiling any climactic scenes. It is a good, solid Bond movie -- not as good as Casino Royale but a significant improvement from Quantum of Solace. The special effects and fight scenes and chase scenes are good. The plot? Well, it's a Bond film. As for characters, if you liked Daniel Craig in the last two Bond films, you will not be disappointed with his performance. Ralph Fiennes (sp?) is very good, too. The villain, Mr. Silver, is very gay and very creepy. I am not too fond of the new nerdy Q (there were a couple of times when an exploding pen really would have come in handy) or the way they introduced Moneypenny.

I also thought the film was too relentlessly dark and at times I yearned for Roger Moore in a khaki safari suits or a good ski chase. Finally, there is much practical knowledge to be gained from watching this film, e.g., don't use a flashlight when you are trying to escape undetected over an open field at night from an evil maniac and a dozen or so heavily armed henchmen -- and don't take refuge in the nearest building, either.

21 posted on 11/11/2012 7:48:36 PM PST by Atticus
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To: Eccl 10:2
Please stop telling me what to do and ascribing motives to me which I do not happen to have. You are not omniscient.

If, after a very trying day, I seek a bit of escape in the movie theater, that's my business. By no means do I advocate any immoral lifestyles being followed, by Hollywood inhabitants or anyone else. By your logic, no one would read novels to seek a temporary escape from the mundane any more either.

MYOB. Are we clear on that? Good.

22 posted on 11/11/2012 7:49:21 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: nascarnation

>>I haven’t been to movies for 20+ years, or even watched then when they appear on televison. So I do find myself pretty clueless about a lot of pop cultural references by friends / co-workers.

But you’re enough of a NASCAR fan to make it your screen name??


23 posted on 11/11/2012 7:51:24 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: EinNYC

Hahaha...some of the comments here remind me of that old saying by Mencken about Puritanism being the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is happy.

I saw the movie, it was fun. Not rocket science, but hey, who goes to see a Bond movie expecting it to adhere to the laws of nature and physics?

And the evil guy was sufficiently creepy to merit laughter from both my wife and I.


24 posted on 11/11/2012 7:52:10 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: EinNYC

True to the basic Bond formula. After seeing the first 22 installments, I still get excited. Daniel Craig is good, Sean Connery was the best. Wow, having I been watching Bond movies for 50 years?


25 posted on 11/11/2012 7:53:35 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: EinNYC

I saw it on IMAX- you get spoiled with IMAX and it is hard to watch movies in regular theaters. The humongous screen really reveals that Daniel Craig’s face has a lot of potmarks in closeups and let’s not even talk about M’s wrinkles!

That said, the movie was excellent- just suspend your beliefs in parts and tell yourself it is Hollywood- and enjoy the escapism, which after the storm (I’m in coastal Jersey) and the election can only benefit your mental health for a couple of hours.


26 posted on 11/11/2012 7:56:35 PM PST by pineybill
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To: EinNYC

Come to CT for gas. It takes us an hour to get to NYC and there is plenty of gas.


27 posted on 11/11/2012 7:56:35 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: EinNYC

Saw it in Europe on a Monday - (small) theater was full. Good film - yes! Bond film - no! 20 minutes too long - probably.


28 posted on 11/11/2012 7:56:49 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: EinNYC

I would be spending money better useful in another direction, like another case or two of drinking water. Or more camping fuel, or propane for the trailer should I have a disater and I need to live in it.


29 posted on 11/11/2012 7:57:10 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: EinNYC

Didn’t see it yet... but saw Argo today... and loved it.


30 posted on 11/11/2012 7:57:50 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Eye of Unk

Wow, Unk. Happens that I have several cases of drinking water stashed away and a case of Sterno canisters. Great minds think alike, eh? The $5 spent on the stress-relieving pleasure the movie gave me: priceless.


31 posted on 11/11/2012 8:02:09 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Atticus

We saw a matinee in our local family owned non-chain theater that was opened in 1949. Matinee price was $5.50 per person. You can get a screw-cap bottle of soda for $1.75 and a bag of popcorn for $2.50.

They don’t gouge you. I don’t mind giving them my business at all. I definitely feel differently about chain movie theaters, though. Ironically, my last really nasty movie going experience was seeing Casino Royale at a Regal Cinema chain. I had to threaten to sic the management on a row of 12 year old girls sitting in front of me, and also speak to a teenager and his girlfriend sitting behind us.

Made me madder than hell that I had to be put in a position to even say anything. Both my wife and I had no desire to go to a movie theater after that, but we understand the difference between the local one and the chain.


32 posted on 11/11/2012 8:03:00 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: EinNYC

Hubby and I saw it in The Texas Theater last night.....and thought it was the best Bond ever.....really liked the references to old school Bond...so it was neat to see it in an old theater.....red velvet chairs and no cup holders or Lee Harvey Oswald either.....


33 posted on 11/11/2012 8:03:02 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: EinNYC

Great Reply.....


34 posted on 11/11/2012 8:04:50 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: Kimmers

Now, that is history.


35 posted on 11/11/2012 8:05:04 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: EinNYC

Skyfall was ok. It is only worth a rental. The theme song is horrible. The movie isn’t worth full admission price.

Casino Royale was very good.

I enjoyed Quantum of Solace.


36 posted on 11/11/2012 8:05:51 PM PST by moviefan8
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To: Eccl 10:2; EinNYC
People have to come up for air. If we all look at the lives we lead, the items we own and the things we do, especially for entertainment, there's no doubt that we feed the monster in some way.

The movie was really good. Nice to see Bond's original sporty car make a cameo appearance.

37 posted on 11/11/2012 8:06:17 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: EinNYC

Costs a lot more than $5 to see a new movie where I am in Wasilla, Alaska. I’ll wait for the Bluray to come out, I have maybe another week or two of my job before I get laid off.

Yes its cheaper to go to the theater than buying the disc, and I can see it with captioning and of course as much as I want.

Bottom line is everything is getting a priority lately, and I’m not even a victim of Sandy.


38 posted on 11/11/2012 8:07:26 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Eccl 10:2
Please stop supporting and glorifying Hollywood and the ideals it espouses.

Your comment immediately brought this photo to mind.


39 posted on 11/11/2012 8:08:45 PM PST by expat1000
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To: RavenATB

Since reading the Ian Fleming James Bond novels, I find that the movie plots and characters are unrecognizable from the novels going back to Dr No. The books were real spy thrillers but the movies have become thrill-a-minute gadgetfests.

For instance, Q wasn’t in the books, neither was Jaws; Moonraker had nothing to do with outer space; there was no laser in Goldfinger (it was a circular saw), etc.

Fleming’s Bond used few gadgets, and he wouldn’t recognize most of his plots or characters as shown on the movie screen.

James Bond has devolved into a comic book superhero in order to capture the attention span of today’s movie audience.


40 posted on 11/11/2012 8:08:49 PM PST by AlienandStranger
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To: EinNYC

Daniel Craig performs his part as aging 007 to perfection. The story dwells on the conflict between old school and new school. The old school has the bag of gadgets and the iconic Aston Martin DB5. The new school is GPS tracking, super smart computer software and photo surveillance. We saw glimpses of the old school throughout the movie to remind us of the glorious past, that is being buried by the new technology. Bond’s near death was symbolic of the death of the human contribution when technology has highteched out the human element. Bond is not just a number—007—he is that human element in its glory.

The movie is a celebration of the human element. It is that humanity that triumphs over all detriment because of that connection with the past which can do what no machine is capable.


41 posted on 11/11/2012 8:16:09 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of other people's money.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Yes.

Heck, there are people think that buying vegetables to eat is feeding a monster of some kind, often called Monsanto, Dow or Dupont.

Not everyone is in a situation to successfully cut themselves off without cutting their own throat.

Yes, I liked the Aston Martin appearance as well.


42 posted on 11/11/2012 8:16:33 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: expat1000

All of us who post on here are directly supporting Intel, Apple or Microsoft, three of the most liberal companies there are.

And those of us who own and operate open source systems are accessing the Internet via providers who directly purchase Intel based equipment.

Intel today just announced it was discontinuing support for the Boy Scouts since they discriminate against homosexuals.

There is almost always something you have that supports something unsavory.


43 posted on 11/11/2012 8:22:34 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: EinNYC

and what about the homo crap, yet again?

(the testicular beating he took in casino royale was homo-erotic, for the normals out there)


44 posted on 11/11/2012 8:27:48 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Kimmers

I love those old theaters.


45 posted on 11/11/2012 8:29:47 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: HokieMom

unless something changed, Craig’s Bond is a prequel to the other Bond movies... so i see it as ok if he’s not quite as suave


46 posted on 11/11/2012 8:30:36 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: EinNYC

Quantum of Obamanesia....


47 posted on 11/11/2012 8:32:07 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: sten

When I saw that cool old house Skyfall, it made me wonder what Bond’s “Before He Became 007” persona was like. Obviously he came from great wealth. I did not read the Ian Fleming novels. Do they describe his pre-007 childhood?


48 posted on 11/11/2012 8:34:31 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: mylife
I love this one in my town:


49 posted on 11/11/2012 8:41:55 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: Eccl 10:2

Not sure why FReepers are jumping down your throat for making a polite, rational and well-intentioned request.

Hoyyweird is called that for good reason...and the people who run it are no friends of God or the United States.


50 posted on 11/11/2012 8:46:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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