Long Weekend Roundup: An underrated Bond flick, a Sci-fi Horror and some TV Watching

Happy post-Thanksgiving weekend! Hope those of you in the States enjoyed your long weekend off, spending time with family and perhaps got some sweet deals from Black Friday? I was quite bummed that I missed the Amazon big sale on the Pixar’s BRAVE 3-disc- st blu-ray, it was only $8 bucks on Thursday from 2-6pm but I thought it was Friday! 😦 Ah well, I guess I’ll wait a bit longer until there’s another good deal for it.

Well, I got 5-days off this weekend so it’s movie-watching time in the comfort of my entertainment room. We actually skipped the cinema all week long as there’s really nothing that made the trip worthwhile. So it’s a lot of rewatching and catching up on older movies, including my third rewatch of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which was still a lot of fun! I still got goosebumps watching Tom Cruise on top of that Burj Khalifa skyscraper!

I also got to rewatch On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, something I’ve been wanting to do but finally iTunes has it available to rent.

I think I saw this movie years ago when I was growing up but my memory of it is hazy. So I felt like I have seen this for the first time now and I actually enjoyed it. Ok so George Lazenby is far from being my favorite James Bond and there are some silly parts, especially those with all the girls at Blofeld therapy session, ahah, and what’s with him and the kilt? 😀

Back to Lazenby though, I don’t think he’s a terrible Bond, he just doesn’t seem all that charismatic. He does have a lean, athletic physique and handles all the action and fight scenes stuff very well. He even looked manly wearing a ruffled shirt! Perhaps if he had done a couple more films, I might like him more than Brosnan but I guess we’ll never know. I quite like Telly Savalas as Blofeld, he’s not super menacing but not cartoon-ish either. Diana Rigg is fabulous as the beautiful and feisty Contessa Teresa ‘Tracy’ di Vicenzo, the kind of brain + beauty combo I like, just like Eva Green’s Vesper. Now I know why my friend Michael likes Rigg so much 😉

I think the action stuff is excellent, especially the ski and sled chase scenes. But it’s the love story aspect that separates this Bond film from the rest, and that end scene when Bond cradles Tracy’s lifeless body in his arms is so heartbreaking. Even though I already knew it’s going to happen, I still teared up as he said, ‘It’s ok really, we have all the time in the world.’ Speaking of which, that score by Louis Armstrong is absolutely beautiful… it even has a tinge of sadness to it which is perfect for this film.

The one movie I have not seen before was the sci-fi horror vampire flick Daybreakers. I’m done with the review but I will post that separately as it’s quite long.

On the TV front, I watched some episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome in 10-minute increments on YouTube, which was pretty decent even though whoever plays the young Adama is not nearly as charismatic as Edward James Olmos but whatever.

My hubby and I are still hooked on Once Upon A Time show so we watched a few more episodes of that too on Netflix Instant. Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr Gold is still the best thing about this show but I’m warming up to Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas as Snow White and Prince Charming. We might actually finish Season 1 by end of the year!

Well, that’s it for my long weekend round-up. Any thoughts on these films/shows? What did YOU see this past weekend?

34 thoughts on “Long Weekend Roundup: An underrated Bond flick, a Sci-fi Horror and some TV Watching

  1. No matter what our colleague Fogs says (;-)), I’m so glad you enjoyed your re-visit with ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. I love its story, and obviously, its Bond Girl (Diana Rigg). Like ‘Die Hard’, OHMSS is also a great alternative Christmas flick, too. Fine and fun post, Ruth (and thanks for the linkage).

    1. Ahah I forgot he’s not fond of it, oh well. Yeah I quite like the story too, it’s interesting that despite how people feel about Lazenby, the film itself is pretty well-received. Yes you’re right it’s a great Christmas action flick like Die Hard, good one, Michael!

  2. Ted S.

    I decided to not look at any deals for black Friday, I’ve bought so many BDs already that I still haven’t watch yet!

    I finally saw The Amazing Spider-Man over the weekend, descent film but very uneven and totally unnecessary retelling of Spider-Man origin. They should’ve just continue the story from Raimi’s films but with a different cast. Also, the score by James Horner was awful! It just didn’t fit the the film at all, I don’t know what happened to that man. He used to be my favorite composer but his last few scores were just awful.

    As you know I love OHMSS, I actually watched the behind the scenes documentary that came with the BD. Yeah Lazenby wasn’t a good Bond but I thought the story, action, scenery, Diana Rigg and the score were excellent. It’s interesting learning that Lazenby was such an a-hole during the shoot and he actually got himself fired from doing anymore Bond films. Many reports stated that he quit but it’s the opposite.

    Curious to know your thoughts on Daybreakers because I didn’t really care for it.

    1. Ahah yeah, you do have a ton of BDs already Ted.

      I actually don’t mind the origin story of Amazing Spider-man, it’s just a bit too soon that’s all. But yeah, I didn’t really like the score either, can’t even remember it! Spider-man 2 is still my favorite of all of them though, I really like Alfred Molina as Doc Oc.

      Hey I’d like to borrow your BD of OHMSS if you don’t mind. I saw it on iTunes so no special features on there. I LOVE watching behind-the-scenes stuff on Bond flicks. Ahah, I did know about Lazenby’s big shot attitude, unlike Dalton who seems to be well-liked by the cast and crew.

      Well, we’d have to disagree on Daybreakers as I like it a lot! 🙂

  3. PrairieGirl

    Glad you guys are still liking OUAT, And you’re so right, RC as Gold/Rumple (like his Rumple better, though ;-D) is the best thing the show has going for it, but it’s hard to resist Snow and Charming too.
    Watched The Untouchables (1987). Sean Connery and Robert De Niro are the big names in it, but I think this film helped launch Kevin Costner’s career. I think I liked it, at least I think it had one or two fewer mob murders than Road to Perdition did…
    Also became a vegetable on Sunday afternoon and watched the whole first season of Downton Abbey on PBS. This afternoon marathon lasted for six hours! But at least I’m caught up with season one so far, it’s a very good series.

    1. Oooh, you saw The Untouchables! I love that film, I thought Costner was great but the star was definitely Connery.

      So jealous that you saw Downton Abbey! I still want to catch up on those at some point, hopefully early next year.

  4. Hey Ruth! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend with some great movie watching. You’ve inspired me to watch those two films that I’ve yet to see. I’ve heard great things about the book that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is based on! On top of that, it’s still one of the few Bond films that I have yet to see, so I’ll definitely check it out! Looking forward to reading your review of Daybreakers 🙂

    1. Hi Raul! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving too. Did you watch Lincoln? I think you said on Twitter you’re looking forward to that.

      OHMSS is worth a look, it’s the only one where Bond got married so that part alone is interesting but there are a lot to like about it as well. Have you seen Daybreakers? I’m surprised how much I like it.

  5. Nahhhhhh OHMSS is one of my least favorite. Riggs is the only redeeming element. That and a decent action scene here or there, but you mention it. Lazenby is weak, and there’s a lot of silly stuff… I … that’s easily one of my least favorites 😦

    1. He..he.. that’s ok Fogs, we can agree to disagree. The are some silly stuff, but then again so are a lot of Roger Moore’s Bond flicks. Glad you like Rigg though, so we can at least agree on that one 😉

  6. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth and company:

    Interesting post!

    Many people I know dismiss ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ out of hand and without a second’s though. And that’s a shame. Lazenby makes a decent, serviceable Bond during a time when the franchise was facing the very real prospect of dissolution.

    Granted, it was just the one film, but one that holds up well. And forms part of my personal dividing line between some of the lesser, more gadget~ized efforts of Roger Moore, specifically. And Dalton and Brosnan, who help to right the ship.

    1. Hello Jack! Yeah I think it’s gotten a bad rap unfairly but I’m glad I gave it a second shot. I enjoyed it and Lazenby wasn’t terrible. He has the swagger and the physique required for the role. It is amazing how this franchise was on the brink of collapse a few times but it’s quite resilient obviously, I mean it’s so lucrative now since Casino Royale.

  7. OHMSS is actually one of my new favorite Bond films. I was surprised at how much I like Lazenby as Bond. It’s too bad he didn’t do a couple more films.

    I saw some more 2012 films (Darling Companion, Hick, The Five-Year Engagement, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Life of Pi) over the weekend. Still have many more to see though. 😉

    1. Glad to hear. Well Lazenby is fine but far from being my fave. I might like him more than Brosnan if he did a few more though, it’s that close.

      You saw a ton of flicks! I haven’t seen any of those yet 😦

  8. Yes! Another fan of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I really don’t get the hate for this one. It made sense back when it was released because he was the first Bond after Connery. Looking at it today, it stands out as one of the most interesting takes on the character. Diana Rigg is so good!

    1. Yeah I think people just gave him crap because they missed Connery but he really wasn’t a bad Bond. I quite like the story and yes miss Rigg was definitely the highlight.

    1. Good for you matey! There were too many deals all over, so hard to resist 😀

      Ahah, well from the tone of your comment, most likely I like Daybreakers more than you.

  9. 5 days off? Wow Ruth, I’m so jealous. Glad you enjoyed your super long weekend, though. But I’m sorry you missed the Brave sale. I know how much you liked that one.

    This weekend I watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

    1. Yeah, that was awesome! I can’t believe I missed the Amazon sale even though my hubby already emailed me days before 😦

      Seems like a lot of people saw that one w/ Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley, I’m curious to hear what you think.

    1. Hey that’s cool Andina. Which Euro films are they playing? When did they start that film fest, I wish they had that when I was still living there.

  10. Daybreakers? Oh, that was such a weak movie. It was a cool idea and the thingy with pseudonurses giving out blood to vampires in various spots in the city was well shot and kinda new but other than that the film was a mess.

    I saw Lawless this weekend which was super boring, still not as boring as the stuff I had to read for my dissertation 🙂

    1. Ahah, I’m beginning to think I might be the few people who like Daybreakers. I thought it was interesting though I could do without some of the really gory parts. It was probably a more interesting concept than execution but still I thought it was better than I expected.

      Yeah I read your review of Lawless. I’ll just rent that one.

  11. Glad to hear you had an enjoyable holiday weekend, Ruth! I also caught up with a bunch of movies and had a great time overall. I couldn’t pass up some online Black Friday shopping. 🙂 Picked up the Coen Brothers Blu-ray box set (Blood Simple, Miller’s Crossing, Fargo, Raising Arizona) for $20 and a Scorcese triple Blu-ray pack (Goodfellas, The Aviator, The Departed) for $10. Can’t beat those deals. 😀

    1. WOW those ARE good deals! I didn’t make it to Best Buy or Target that day to see what BD deals they had. The one I really wanted was BRAVE but I missed out on the Amazon deal 😦

  12. filmplicity

    I like the intimacy and vulnerability of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, like Skyfall, it shows a more satisfying side to Bond, less cliched and more human. Cheers Ruth!

    1. Indeed Ronan. Glad they don’t shy away from showing Bond’s vulnerability nowadays, as it’s definitely NOT a sign of weakness in any shape or form.

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