Random Thoughts: Fun Clips of the men who could be Bond

Photos courtesy of L.A. Times' Hero Complex Blog

Happy Friday everyone! This random rambling sparked by a recent article I read yesterday.

L.A. Times Hero Complex blog recently featured a post saying that screen legend Clint Eastwood was offered the role of both Superman AND James Bond. Whoever did the Photoshop work of Clint as both characters did a pretty darn good job, but I’d say the 80-year-old actor is wise for turning them down. I mean, I just can’t see him in those roles, and Mr. Eastwood himself said, “‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”

Apparently Eastwood share the same lawyer as the Bond producers the Broccolis, who said that they would love to have him. In response, he said, “… to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.” That’s right, Clint. For me—and most people would agree–the role of Bond belongs to the Brits. Ok, so I did suggest New Zealander Karl Urban for Bond not too long ago, and someone already deemed it sacrilegious! 🙂

In any case, I thought it’d be fun to post a few clips of three British actors whom I can see as Bond. I’m not campaigning for them to nab the role, mind you, the first two obviously have an established career playing diverse characters that I’d rather have them continue in that direction. I just think they’d be perfectly suitable in these roles, had they been offered the part.

Christian Bale
This is such a well-mixed video that I could literally watch this over and over again. The music is perfect and whoever did this picked the right clips to go with it. The clips are from my guilty pleasure action sci-fi Equilibrium, Nolan’s Batman flicks and the batty crime-thriller American Psycho. As long as they don’t cast Katie Holmes as Bond girl, I’d watch Bale as the suave super spy!

Clive Owen
I’ve talked about how fitting Clive would be as Bond, but as I said previously, the point is moot really as the guy himself never desired it. Oh well, that’s what fan-made videos are for, right? It’s not as well-made as the Bale one, but obviously Clive gets the bad ass car chase thing down pat.

Henry Cavill
Now, this one still might be possible down the road, as the 27-year-old was actually considered for the role  and he even made it to the final screen test. The producers deemed he was too young, well obviously! I mean, I don’t know how they have such a range from the boyish-faced Henry to the craggy and hard-edged Daniel Craig in the same audition. Check out this clearly Bond-inspired Dunhill commercial, I’d say give the guy 5 years or so and I think he ought to be shortlisted as a contender once again.

Well, what do you think of these guys as Bond? Or maybe you have your own ideas who would be good as 007, so do share.

New LAMB on the Block!

Life is made up of small milestones, isn’t it? And so it is with the life of a blog, too. Well, as I let on in FC’s one-year anniversary post, as of  Tuesday July 6th, I’m officially a LAMB member! Special thanks to admin guy Dylan F. a.k.a Fletch for all the amazing work he’s put into that site, as well as his own exceptional movie blog Blog Cabins.

The Large Association of Movie Blogs is really a great community for movie bloggers and a one-stop-shop for anyone who loves movies and talking about movies, so it’s so exciting to be a part of that. I’m looking forward to joining all the members-only events and blog-a-thons, such as LAMB Devours the OscarsPlot Farms, and the annual awards, The LAMMYS.

To my fellow movie bloggers who aren’t members yet (if there’s still any), I encourage you join this awesome community! And readers, if you haven’t already, check out other movie bloggers on the LAMB site, or you can also click the red PROUD TO BE A LAMB button on my sidebar.

Random Flix/Life Moment: Mithril

I’m working on a post that takes me a while to finish, but I thought I share this funny story that happened after dinner last night.

You see, I was wearing this sequin tank to work today, which is a see-through blouse with itsy-bitsy golden sequins all over. It’s kinda festive so I tone in down with a white tank underneath and a cream jacket. Anyhoo, by dinner time I already took it off and as I held it in my hand, my husband exclaimed: “Mithril!” as he’s eating his ice cream.

I don’t know why but we both started laughing so hard. I thought he’d make some remarks along the lines of disco ball or Abba’s Dancing Queen, like some people at work did, but mithril?? That’s what happens when you watch Lord of the Rings once too many times! 😀

Bilbo: “Here’s a pretty thing: Mithril. As light as a feather, and as hard as dragon-scales.”

Gandalf says the value of this mithril-coat (or mail shirt) was “greater than the value of the whole Shire and everything in it.”

Speaking of LOTR, that scene where Bilbo Baggins gave his precious magic Ring, his mithril shirt and sword “Sting” to his favorite nephew Frodo is the one scene out of the entire trilogy where it literally jumped out of my seat, it scared the s*** out of me. Seriously, don’t watch this clip with your mouth full or if you have some kind of heart condition!

Oh, that expression on poor Frodo’s face is priceless. Boy, I LOVE those movies, makes me glad that Peter Jackson just might be back directing The Hobbit after all. Last I heard, he’s currently in talks with Warner Bros and New Line studios now that the project’s been in limbo for quite a while since Guillermo del Toro left. We’ll see if the two movies are on track for 2012 and 2013 release.

A Random Confession: What’s a tiger, a wolf, Matthew Goode & R-Patz have in common?

Well, they were all in my dream last night for some strange reason. I don’t usually divulge my dreams for the world to see, but this one is just so bizarre I felt compelled to share. Plus, since it involves a couple of actors, technically it’s movie-related (it’s a stretch I know, but it’s my blog ok?) 🙂

Now, before your mind starts conjuring scenes reminiscent of The Hangover, it’s nowhere near that crazy (based on what I’ve been told anyway, I haven’t seen the movie myself). Sometimes my dreams do get quite vivid, and this one happened to be one of them. It started out where I’m in the car with my twin brothers (I do actually have a twin brother so that part is real) and suddenly I spot a loose tiger walking on the side of the road. Then we end up in some kind of motel and lo and behold, that same tiger is walking around nearby! Can’t remember what happens next, but the next thing I know, there are a couple of wolves in front of our motel and the door was opened, so I rushed to close it. But the motel room actually has a storm door as well, and I only had time to get that door closed before the wolf arrives right in front of it! I remember yelling to my brother to block the door with the leather foot stool. No need really, as the wolf pretty much just rests on the doormat.

Matthew & Amy Adams in Leap Year

As my dream tend to be kinda haphazard, suddenly I find myself in the woods on some kind of hiking trail with the über gorgeous Matthew Goode! For you who don’t know who he is, he’s a British actor recently seen playing Colin Firth’s lover in A Single Man. He’s also in Watchmen, Matchpoint and Leap Year, to name a few. Anyway, we’re just strolling along when I suddenly asks him of his involvement in Leap Year. Cinematical had a post on what his real opinion was on that banal rom-com, and he pretty much confirms it. I then proceeds to tell him that Amy Adams got her acting start in Chanhassen Dinner Theater, just a few miles from my church (this one is a fact), and Matthew was quite bemused when I told him that. Not sure how he is in real life but he sounds like a very fun and cordial fellow, and definitely a fantastic hiking buddy! 🙂

Now, this brings me to the bizarre part involving Robert Pattinson. We’re back in a motel/hotel room of some kind, not sure if it’s the same one as before, and there were a few other people, including my husband (he’s almost always present in my dreams, even in the most surreal ones, go figure!). While the people are in the kitchen, R-Patz and I are in the living room and we’re quite chummy together. Heh, I’m not even a Twi-hard by a long shot, though I must admit, if the guy cleans up a bit, he’s quite a looker. I do prefer the non-sparkling version and with just a smidgen of a tan. Anyhoo, I remember being confused by his um, amorous behavior, though I bet his Edward fan-girls would totally welcome the can’t-take-his-hands-off-me part 🙂 I don’t recall if we talked at all during this encounter, but I remember his signature disheveled, unwashed hair and he appears to be very tall (like a foot taller than me!) and very, very skinny. Oh well, I woke up soon after, feeling disoriented and completely perplexed by the strange dream.

Now, has any of you ever had a strange celeb dream like that before? Or perhaps it’s a routine thing for some of you?? Come on, do share 🙂

Friday Flix Q: If you were a casting director, what would your dream ensemble cast look like?

Happy Friday, folks! I wasn’t going to post anything today, but this news I heard yesterday just sparked my inner casting-agent yearning aspiration to new heights. The new Hollywood powerhouse Relativity Media (according to Vanity Fair’s feature on its founder Ryan Kavanaugh, the studio grossed $2 billion last year) announced yesterday that they’re producing a new ensemble comedy flix à la Paris Je T’aime or the recently released Valentine’s Day, which given its popularity, we’ll probably be seeing more of. SlashFilm reports that Peter Farrelly (of the famous comedy directing team The Farrelly Brothers), Brett Ratner, actress Elizabeth Banks (making her directing debut), Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne (The Accidental Husband) are on board as directors – more filmmakers will be announced later – and it’s called Movie 43.

Winslet, Watts, Banks, Jackman, Butler and Warburton

Now, get a hold of the cast they’ve got lined up so far:

Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet.

This is just uncanny! Just yesterday as I was browsing IMDb when The Bounty Hunter banners were  splattered all over the site and at one point I glanced at a photo of the lovely Kate Winslet at Sunday’s Oscar. I immediately thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to see Gerry be in a movie with Kate instead of Jen?’ And voila!! Granted they might not be sharing a scene together here, but hey it’s a start!

Relativity Media is producing the movie with Peter Farrelly, Charles Wessler (longtime Farrelly colaborator), and GreeneStreet Films’ John Penotti. This is what Wessler said about the project: “We all sat down and came up with what we think is a hilarious through-line for the movie. Given the amount of pot I had smoked, at least I think it is hilarious.” This is likely shaping up to be an R-rated comedy in the vein of Tropic Thunder, There’s Something More About Mary, and the recent hit The Hangover.

This project definitely gets me all excited about who I’d cast if I had my way. It’ll be a super long list, but you’d most likely see Butler (natch!) among them, with Kate & Naomi as his co-stars. As for the rest, here’s a sampling.

Guys: Morgan Freeman, Rufus Sewell, Christian Bale, Alan Rickman, Mark Strong, Timothy Dalton, Alfred Molina, Denzel Washington, Lee Pace, Christoph Watlz and Viggo Mortensen.

Ladies: Cate Blanchett, Eva Green, Angela Bassett, Thandie Newton, Helen Mirren, Monica Bellucci, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson. And just because I can, I’d have them all play against type, so if an actor is used to playing intense/serious roles, I’d have him play a complete goofball or an over-sentimental lover (I’m looking at you Mr. Bale)! 🙂

Now, your turn, folks. If you could be a casting director for a similar ensemble project of any genre and money/talent is no object, who would you cast?

Which Oscar’s Best Picture winner(s) are great for repeat viewings?

Three more days until Oscar time! I was going to publish my Oscar chatter post on my winner picks vs. predictions on the major categories, but allow me to digress. I had an email conversation earlier today with a colleague/friend of mine and she confessed how The Hurt Locker is not something she’d enjoy watching because she finds war movies really depressing. Then another colleague who might be going to see Precious with her friends told me she was a bit reluctant about it after reading about how some scenes might be too painful to watch. This is the same colleague who couldn’t keep her eyes open during A Serious Man last weekend. All three of those movies I mentioned are up for Oscar this year, which begs the question: are the Academy Best Picture nominees the kind of films that are really enjoyable to watch? What I mean by ‘enjoyable’ is that they’re the kind of flix that don’t make your skin crawl or depress/bore the heck out of you that you actually don’t mind, or even look forward to, watching them again.

Looking back at some of the older movies that won Best Picture, the Academy is notorious for nominating ‘powerful’ movies that aren’t necessarily ‘entertaining.’ For me, there are only a handful of past winners that I actually enjoy watching them over and over again: Gone with the Wind (1939), Ben Hur (1959), My Fair Lady (1964), and The Sound of Music (1965).

But amongst the contemporary best picture winners (let’s just say those released in the 80s up until now), I only count Gladiator (2000) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) as those I can definitely re-watch again, in fact I have all of the dvds in my collection. I’m sure The Godfather (1972), Rocky (1976) or Titanic (1997) are popular picks in that category. As for the rest, either I don’t have interest in seeing them or they fall in the category of ‘great movies one would only watch once’ because they’re just too overwhelming, disturbing, emotional or a combination of all three. So for me, those would be something like Schindler’s List, The Last Emperor, Braveheart, and The Silence of the Lambs. They’re all worth-watching but I don’t think I can bear watching ’em again.

Of the ten nominees this year, three of them I wouldn’t mind watching again: Inglourious Basterds, District 9 and Avatar (which in fact I have watched twice!). You know how I feel about The Hurt Locker, so suffice to say no repeat viewing on that one for me.

Anyway, how about you, readers? Please do share which previous Best Picture winners you could really watch over and over again, or which one(s) fall under the ‘great movies you’d watch only once’ category.

Beset by blogger’s block

Happy Friday, all!

No post today as yours truly is beset with a blogger’s block again, happens once in a while y’see, especially when I haven’t seen any new flick in a week! (I have The Kite Runner DVD that’s been on my counter top for six days yet, waiting to be popped into the player). Between an 8-5 workweek, gym classes, errands, chores, etc., etc., whether I like it or not, this thing called life inevitably gets in the way of my bloggin’ time …

I’m sooo looking forward to weekend after the first long work week following the holiday break. I long to unplug and recharge my bloggin’ juice, perhaps take my laptop to a local cafe or bookstore, now that my newish Macbook actually has a functional battery. The number of drafts on my WordPress dashboard continue to climb, some of them are probably stale by now, but there are still reviews to finish, top-ten lists to muse about, even a new FlixChatter ‘series’ in the works, inspired by a fellow blogger that’ll be revealed in due time.

But, but… my writer’s block wasn’t in vain, as I ended up discovering this nifty site called The Auteurs.

the•au•teurs
-n.  [thē ō-tûrs’, thē ō-tœrs’]
1. an online movie theater where you watch, discover, and discuss auteur cinema.
2. a new social experience.

I plan to peruse the site more thoroughly real soon, sounds like a perfect resource for someone like me. Funny enough, Rockerdad just mentioned about the Criterion collection, which happens to be one of their partners. I really enjoyed scanning their picks of movie posters of the week (there’s a link to view their picks of Best of the Decade which totally floored me). If I had my way, I’d cover our entertainment room downstairs with a bunch of these. I might snatch the Art & Copy one for my cube, and the Bright Star one with its lush and vivid colors is one I can stare at for hours.

So, enjoy your weekend, folks, we might finally check out Up in the Air. How about you? Any movie(s) you’re gonna catch this weekend?