One blockbuster franchise and a couple of retro classics made for excellent viewing and good reasons to stay home during this frigid week.
SPECTRE – Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as Agent 007 makes for the best installment yet in his run as the blonde Bond . Rumor has it that this is his last outing and , if so, he definitely goes out a winner. This flick has it all form an outstanding opening sequence to a secret cabal of evil doers bent on sewing chaos in the world for monetary gain. It also gets personal as Bond discovers how has been pulling the strings to make him suffer since the first flick. Great stuff!
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS – Bolivian politics are the subject of this cynical, and often hilarious , look at the art of public persuasion. Sandra Bullock stars as an image maker who is offered big buck to run interference on the reelection campaign for an unpopular president. The public is already on the side of the opposition but things get trickier when Bullock’s American rival, played by Billy Bob Thornton, heads South to help out the other side.
SERIAL – A classic American comedy finally lands a DVD/BluRay release. Martin Mull stars as a bewildered husband whose wife, Tuesday Welt, pressures him to loosen up and enjoy the 70’s. What follows is a hilarious take on Southern California lifestyle in the age of Aquarius. The topics tackled include the sexual revolution, therapy, and religious cults. A cool as ice supporting cast includes Tom smothers as a guru and the late Christopher Lee in a change of pace role as a businessman with a secret lifestyle that is totally unexpected. Fun!
THE GUARDIAN – Every dog has its day and maybe it is time to look back at this 90’s horror flick from William Friedkin (The Exorcist). There are a few chills here but this degenerates into another nanny form hell flick . A yuppie couple entrusts their newborn to a babysitter who just happens to be a druid priestess who plans to fed the tot to a tree spirit. Huh? Good for a chuckle and a few sequences but what was Friedkin thinking?
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.