Sunday, December 2, 2012

Catching Up with Quelle (10)

Skyfall (2012) on the IMAX – The internet has been buzzing with great reviews of Skyfall (2012) and I was particularly excited about this new addition to the James Bond film legacy. My husband Carlos took me out on my birthday to see this film at an IMAX theater. Let me confess to you dear reader that I have never been to an IMAX theater to see a movie. I have been to the Mugar-Omni Theater at the Boston Science Museum where I had seen several wildlife documentaries. The Mugar Omni Theater has a five story tall IMAX dome screen which wraps around you. The seats are slanted and you feel like you are floating and falling at the same time. I always had to take Dramamine as the experience kicked in my motion sickness.

I came prepared to see the Skyfall movie the same way, I even took my medication in advance, but this IMAX was much different. It’s not a dome so I came to it expecting something very different and was quite relieved that the regular IMAX experience is not quite so intense as the IMAX Dome one. The visuals were wonderful and the experience was very enjoyable. I felt very immersed in the action and the settings. Skyfall (2012) was a wonderful entry into the James Bond repertoire. It had a solid plot, lots of twists and turns, a great cast and good quality action. I am a sucker for a good chase scene and the one in the beginning of the movie did not disappoint. My only complaint about the film was the lack-luster femme fatale Severine who was just plain boring.

Everything else about the movie was spectacular. Daniel Craig  as James Bond works for me. I like him as Bond just as much as I like Sean Connery’s Bond. One theme I noticed in the film was the importance of doing things the old-fashioned way. Bond and Agent M are continuously put down by various people in the story for being too old or to old-fashioned in their actions. At one point someone says “sometimes the old ways are the best”. Even the new Agent Q with all his new technology can’t compete with the fundamental and classic tactics employed by Bond and Agent M. While the film is not anti-technology, it still demonstrates that sometimes the old ways truly are the best. This theme made me so incredibly happy. It felt like some sort of vindication for my nostalgia for the past and appreciation for history and the old ways. Thank you Skyfall! I thought the experience had some nice irony. A story reinforcing old-fashioned methods while being shown on a screen that is made of new(ish) technology. The IMAX was great but I don’t think I need to see all films that way. Sometimes the old ways are the best!

Shameless family plug - Check out my cousin-in-law Nick's article about Bond's Aston Martin on

The Stecher men love their cars! Here they are (Nick and my husband are in the middle) on our wedding day in front of a sweet Bentley.

10 top films I have never seen - The blog Shadows and Satin had a post of the top films Karen had never seen. It was pretty cool so I thought I'd do my own. I limited mine to just 10 as I saw a lot of new-to-me classics this year including To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Birds (1962), Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Cape Fear (1962)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
West Side Story (1961)
Indiana Jones (any)
Star Wars (any)
Psycho (1960)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
City Lights (1931)
Ben Hur (1959)
My Fair Lady (1964)

I have seen bits and pieces of Psycho and I have been avoiding West Side Story, Indiana Jones and Star Wars for year. It's kind of "my thing". The others I plan to watch eventually!

Picture of the week - From Classic Montgomery - Film thoughts from a modern Robert Montgomery fangirl. James Cagney and Robert  Montgomery with their sons James Cagney Jr. and Robert Montgomery Jr.


  1. The picture is so cool! In your list of films never seen, I already watched six, and also Star Wars 4. In my "list of shame" I'd include Scarface, The Best Years of Our Lives, Jules et Jim, The Sound of Music, It's a Wonderful Life, Stagecoach, The Birth of a Nation... Well, I think it's shame enough.

    1. Ola Le! I haven't seen Stagecoach, Jules et Jim Scarface or The Birth of a Nation either. And I still have to sit and watch The Best Years of Our Lives entirely! Oh man, I got some work to do. Thanks for sharing your list. :-)


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