Friday, May 02, 2008
Time to play.
I think an all-movie edition once again. So in the comments, if you please.
1) Favourite Audrey Hepburn film and why.
2) Favourite Cary Grant film and why.
3) And just to change things up, favourite James Bond film ... and why.
1) I’m going to cheat on the very first question and say that there’s too many to count — I love Audrey Hepburn. She was absolutely luminous onscreen and so perfectly cast in most of her films that I wouldn’t even try to pick amongst Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina (with Bogie), Roman Holiday (with the inimitable Gregory Peck), Charade (one of my favourite Cary Grant films), and Wait Until Dark.
2) Arsenic and Old Lace. No question. Grant is beyond perfect in a film that is virtually flawless — entertaining cast, outstandingly witty dialogue and excellent direction from Capra. Some of my other favourites include Bringing Up Baby, North by Northwest, An Affair to Remember, and, as already mentioned, Charade.
3) Hmmmmm. That’s a definite toss-up between Goldfinger and the new Casino Royale. Sean Connery was the quintessential Bond — suave, debonair and oh-so-sexy — and that particular film had all the just-right Bond elements. Including one of the coolest hitmen ever in OddJob and some of Bond’s best dialogue ... "Do you expect me to talk? No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!".
Casino Royale with Daniel Craig was so much better than I expected it to be. I found the last few Bond films with Pierce Brosnan to be very formulaic and I’ve been a fan of Craig’s since I saw him in The Ice House which is based on Minette Walters’ excellent novel. Needless to say, I was interested to see what he would do with Bond ... and he did a hell of a lot. His Bond seems so very shallow as the movie begins but reveals untold and unexpected depths as the plot progresses. And the parkour chase scene totally kicked ass.