Monthly Archives: October 2012

Who is Your Favorite James Bond?

Welcome to the first day of Movie Fanatic’s 007 Days of James Bond! As the new film is merely a week away, we will spend the next seven days exploring the best moments in the film series, from best Bond girls, best gadgets (check out the Movie Fanatic Round Table Best Bond villain!) and of course we start off determining who was the best Bond!

Sean Connery James Bond
James Bond is back to save the day in Skyfall and as the franchise celebrates 50 years of thrills — we turn to our readership to once and for all anoint which actor is the best Bond. Each performer put their own stamp on the character, and thus the films that they starred in.

Sean Connery famously originated the role with a brash toughness, George Lazenby gave emotion to the role for his one-off, Roger Moore went kitsch, Timothy Dalton gave a Shakespearean Bond, Pierce Brosnan brought back the tuxedo-sporting swagger and Daniel Craig has managed to incorporate all of the above while still carving out a stellar turn as the man with a license to kill.

Be sure to come back tomorrow as we announce the Top 10 Bond Girls as Movie Fanatic’s 007 Days of Bond continues!

Who is the best Bond?

Rise of the Guardians Featurette: An Entirely Different Breed of Bunny

This new featurette from Rise of the Guardians focuses on Bunnymund a.k.a The Easter Bunny. Check it out:

Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) voices the character, who along with Santa Claus, voiced by Alec Baldwin, the Tooth Fairy, voiced by Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, and the Sandman, who doesn’t speak, comprises “the Guardians.”

The Guardians must band together to ward off the evil Boogeyman, voiced by Jude Law.

Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21. Head to our Rise of the Guardians character posters page for another look.

The Shining Wins the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket!

All this month, leading up to this day, you have been casting your votes for your favorite horror films of all time. Today, Movie Fanatic is excited to announce the winner of the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket: The Shining!

The Shining Poster

The Shining joins Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which won best comedy, as the second ever winner of the Tournament. Jack Nicholson, Stanley Kubrick, and Stephen King fought a long, hard battle together, beating The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, and Halloween to reach yesterday’s finals matchup. Then, in a final epic battle of first-seeded horror classics, The Shining inched out what may be the narrowest victory we’ve ever had, beating Poltergeist by a margin of 50.6% to 49.4%!

Take a look at the final bracket, then scroll down to read through some of our favorite The Shining quotes! Have an amazing Halloween, and thank you for being a part of the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket!

Horror Bracket Winner

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Grady daughters: Come play with us, Danny. | permalink

Jack Torrance: Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in. | permalink

Danny Torrance: Redrum. Redrum. Redrum. | permalink

Danny Torrance: Danny isn’t here, Mrs. Torrance. | permalink

Cloud Atlas Explained: All the Characters in One Infographic

Cloud Atlas is a relatively simple movie disguised as a complex mess. The film, at its heart, is about little more than the everlasting vitality of life, and the unbreakable human will to survive.

But then there’s the matter of the makeup, and that weird birthmark, and the intertwining storylines. Is that Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) under all that makeup? Or Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit)? How many Tom Hankses are there? If you split up the main characters into three groups, you’ll see that each time period has a “Struggler,” a “Villain,” and a “Savior.”

Halle Berry and Tom Hanks Cloud Atlas

The Struggler in each story has a comet-shaped birthmark, which some have suggested indicates that all of these characters are reincarnations of the same “soul.” Others have suggested that the common actors signifies some kind of spiritual connectivity. In reality, the interconnectivity of the characters has nothing to do with the actors playing them (though Weaving and Hugh Grant are pretty much only jerks).

The birthmark signifies a shared lust for freedom–a “birthright” to advance civilization, if you will–with all six stories paralleling each other pretty tightly (which is perhaps why the 45-minute climax was so utterly taxing). While some element of each plotline carried over to influence the next (Sixsmith, The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish, the Sonmi statue, etc.), ultimately the film does little to reinforce the theory that souls are being recycled.

Take a look at this infographic, which explains the character types for each time period, then check out our Cloud Atlas review.

Cloud Atlas Characters Explained Infographic

Django Unchained Stills: Don Johnson and Walton Goggins Debut

A whole heck of a lot of new stills have dropped for Django Unchained, including a first look at Don Johnson’s, Walton Goggins’, and Franco Nero’s characters. Check them out (click thumbnails to enlarge):

Django Unchained Don Johnson

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Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave freed by a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz, in order to help him find a gang of vicious killers. If they succeed, Schultz promises to free Django’s wife from the plantation owner Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception).

Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Anthony LaPaglia, Bruce Dern, Jonah Hill, and RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) also star.

Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed the film. Catch Django Unchained in theaters December 25.