James Bond and Pussy Galore, "Goldfinger" (1965)

When I decided to re-watch all of the James Bond movies in chronological order, I wasn't exactly expecting a politically correct, feminist franchise that would pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.

My memory of the early movies consisted of a lot of smarmy one-liners, plenty of women in those kind of pointy bikini tops, bad guys with Russian or German accents, and loads of shots of Sean Connery's legs. As far as Bond's relationship with women, I remembered that he was unquestionably a womanizer and women often just melted into his arms, apparently seduced by the mere sight of him. I was prepared to laugh at these outdated tropes and accept the movies' questionable gender dynamics as a product of a different time. I wasn't expecting to see point blank sexual assault.

WARNING: Discussion of rape and sexual assault.

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Billie Eilish Releases "No Time to Die" for New 007 Movie

The Grammy Award winner has added her name to the long list of artists to feature on Bond film soundtracks.

Billie Eilish is everywhere these days.

You can't turn on an awards show without seeing the 18-year-old clad in baggy designer clothes and sporting her signature thousand-mile stare. Now, her quiet, velvety voice will feature in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die. The new single shares its name with the film and begins the way many Eilish songs do: quietly and hauntingly. But, as is customary with the songs that prelude 007 films, the track soon builds into a multi-instrumental explosion of suspense. It's not as overtly produced as your average Eilish track, but it's decidedly stirring in its simplicity.

Eilish sings, "You were never on my side / Fool me once, fool me twice / Are you death or paradise? / Now you'll never see me cry / There's just no time to die." The dark theme of the song hints at the movie to come, which is sure to be full of surprises, given that it's supposedly Daniel Craig's last turn as the iconic secret agent.

The movie is scheduled to be released in April 2020.

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Why the Continuous Tracking Shot in "1917" Is More Than Just a Gimmick

1917's "single long take" aesthetic makes for one of the most tense war movies ever made.

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There are very few movie scenes that have any right being shot in one continuous take, let alone entire movies.

Typically, movies aim to absorb their viewers in the content of their story and action. Long takes are distracting because, by contrast, they draw attention to the camerawork and editing––or lack thereof. Many directors, especially those who fancy themselves "auteurs," like long takes because of their visual and technical difficulty. But great long takes don't exist solely for prestige amongst film buffs. No, the best long takes work in service of the larger story and themes at play in the movie.

For instance, the tricycle scene in The Shining serves to disorient the audience as they try to piece together the impossible layout of the Overlook Hotel. The hallway scene in Oldboy mirrors the arduous gauntlet of Oh Dae-su's path to revenge. And Birdman, an entire movie meant to look like one long take (it's actually multiple shorter long takes, expertly cut together), is reflective of its leading man's transition from film to live theater.

Much like Birdman, director Sam Mendes' World War I epic, 1917, isn't actually a movie made in a single take, but rather multiple long takes with clever editing. But, perhaps even more than Birdman, 1917 doesn't just look like a single take. It feels like one. And while the concept of a feature-length war movie that looks like a single long take might sound like a gimmick, 1917 proves the narrative value of its visual direction beyond a shadow of a doubt.

1917 has a relatively straightforward premise: During WWI, two young British soldiers stationed in France––Lance Corporals Tom Blake (Dean Charles-Chapman, Tommen Baratheon in Game of Thrones) and William Schofield (George MacKay)––are tasked with the mission of hand-delivering a letter to the 2nd Battalion in order to call off a planned attack on the Germans.

What proceeds is one of the tensest war movies I've ever seen, and that's owed in large part to the single take aesthetic. Normally, a well-composed series of shots encompass all the information we need to know at any particular moment in a movie, directing our eyes to the things we need to be paying attention to.

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But as the boys leave the relative safety of their trenches and venture out into No Man's Land, the camera slowly tracks them across a wide expanse of space with no particular direction in which we should be looking. This results in a constant feeling of tension, as we know the danger is ever-present, but we never know where it might be coming from. In a sense, the camerawork puts the viewer into the headspace of the soldiers, always scanning the landscape for threats.

In a similar vein, the single long take treats all aspects of the movie in a similar manner, gliding along with a slow track, sometimes moving in close, sometimes circling the area, but never speeding up past the gait of Blake and Schofield. This means that both light-hearted conversations and intense moments of action move at roughly the same pace. Doing so strips away some of the audience's most basic movie instincts.

For example, during the first stretch of the movie, which sees Blake and Schofield crossing through No Man's Land and an abandoned German trench, the boys don't encounter a single enemy combatant. Eventually, after they make it out of the German trench, Blake recounts a funny story as they walk through the woods.

Compared to the danger of the German trench, the woods feel much safer, but the contrast puts anyone well-versed in plot structure on their toes: If the trench seemed dangerous but nobody was there, then perhaps the woods will hold the real danger, ready to emerge during a moment of downtime when we finally feel safe. But nope. The boys make it through their conversation in the woods without a hitch and proceed to the next leg of their journey.

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Eventually, when battle scenes do occur, the long take style enhances the experience, as well. With the camera sticking to a single person, we get the chance to navigate battlescapes right alongside him. His danger is our danger. His enemies are our enemies. In other words, the long shot doesn't just function to show us battles, but make us invest in them.

1917 isn't a movie content with just depicting a war story. It requires our participation. By watching and following Blake and Schofield's journey, we enter the headspace of soldiers on a perilous mission right alongside them. So while 1917 is most certainly an impressive, ambitious act of technical filmmaking, it also offers an incredible narrative for which the technical elements serve a greater purpose. After experiencing 1917, it's hard not to wonder whether traditional film editing has been the real gimmick all along.

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September 6th is "National Read a Book Day," which is great news for nerds who celebrate every meaningless holiday, but bad news for all the rest of us who hate big, lame books.

So what do you do when some weirdo in your life who actually knows it's National Read a Book Day asks, "Hey, what did you read for National Read a Book Day?" Easy. You make like the president, and you lie.

Luckily, a lot of those books you never actually wanted to read have been adapted into movies that you can watch and maybe, kind of, get the gist of. To help you out, we've composed a list of some of the most accurate movie adaptations of stupid books nobody cares about, so you can trick your friends and family into thinking you know how to read.

The Golden Compass

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YA fantasy nerds love Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy for some reason, but watching The Golden Compass movie makes it pretty obvious that the books are no good! It's no wonder they didn't make a sequel. In fact, the only cool thing in the whole movie is the armored polar bear, and you can see that on the DVD cover. Honestly, you don't even need to watch it: Just tell people you're reading The Golden Compass and that your favorite character is the polar bear. They'll probably believe you.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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People who read books consider Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to be an integral part of Western literary canon. According to Tim Burton's 2010 adaptation, the book seems to be about The Mad Hatter, a wacky man with a big hat and wild red hair and a gap in his teeth. He enjoys drinking tea and saying cryptic things that don't actually mean anything. The Mad Hatter also seems to have romantic feelings for Alice, who I think is supposed to be a child, so that's creepy. No idea why people like this book.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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The real The Hobbit is just a single volume, but there are three movies, so I picked the first one. The Hobbit follows a pretty rude, standoffish little dude named Bilbo (lol), who goes on an adventure with a bunch of big-nosed dwarves (except one of them who doesn't have a big nose and is very handsome). Their goal seems to be waging battle against a very fat goblin. The plot is pretty hard to track, but basically they all meet the fat goblin, and then the handsome dwarf knocks him off a cliff. The hobbit never really does anything, so if you want to seem really smart, try saying, "I'm reading The Hobbit, but I really think Tolkien should have made the handsome dwarf who doesn't have a big nose the protagonist."

The Giver

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Now this is a great book. The Giver has everything: a hunky male lead, steamy romance, and adrenaline-rushing chase scenes. It's one of those non-stop action sort of books that you just can't put down, or at least that's what I gathered from watching the movie. Boiled down, The Giver is about a 16-year-old guy living in a repressed society who tries to escape with the girl he loves. Standing in his way are a council of old people, his former best friend (who he punches in the face), and military-grade UFO drones. The drone capture scene is definitely one of the standout moments in The Giver and certainly one that any book reader will regard as a favorite.

The Dark Tower

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UGH. The Dark Tower might be the most boring, simplistic book series ever created. It's so boring, in fact, that they fit eight entire books into a 95-minute movie. I'd tell you what it's about if it was actually about anything, but it's not. Matthew McConaughey plays some as*h*le named Walter who's trying to destroy a tower for no reason. To do this, he kidnaps psychic kids, because apparently he hasn't heard of explosives. But one of those kids meets Idris Elba first, and Idris Elba is a cowboy, so they go find Walter and shoot him. I thought Stephen King was supposed to be a great author, but honestly, this movie does not reflect well on his writing.

The Cat in the Hat

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Truly one of the scariest books of all time, The Cat in the Hat is about two poor children who are home alone, minding their own business, when a horrendous cat-man wearing a torn off human face breaks in. He destroys their home and ruins the lives of the children and everyone around them. This is the stuff of nightmares, and if Stephen King had any actual talent, this is the horror novel he'd have written.

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Top 5 | What movies are came out over the August 18th weekend?

TRAILER TIME | Watch the best movie trailers and a listing of what movies are coming out this weekend.

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It's difficult to know what to watch! Let Popdust help you out this weekend.

As this week draws to a close, movies we have been waiting for are finally here. Popdust's top picks this week are looking nice! My top pick for the action season is "The Hitman's Bodyguard." This buddy movie looks too funny and, let's face it, people like to look at Ryan Reynolds. Sometimes I can take or leave his movies, but I will always remember his genius roll and washboard abs in "Waiting." I would go just to hear Sam Jackson yell at Reynolds and drop the F-bomb about a million times. "Logan Lucky" may split the hard crushes, as we see a bearded Channing Tatum take the screen. It looks like a fun way to chill out, if you like NASCAR and numbskulls in a fated-to-fail heist plot with Daniel Craig speaking in a southern accent... priceless. My favorite trailer though... has to be "Patti Cake$." A regular girl from NJ who discovers herself through rap. It is a musical outlet, a way to channel her frustration. How cool is it to see the reason music is powerful? From the way she looks, you may not guess the talent within. Her life is forever changed, as this positive direction towards self realization brings love and positivity to the people around her. This movie may just inspire you to find your own voice. "Gook" is an indie film about 2 young Korean American brothers during the time of Rodney King and the 1992 LA Riots. Shot in black and white, the cinematography alone looks on point. It's coming from an original perspective and won many awards at the festivals. Definitely worth watching. "Sidemen: Long Road to Glory" is a documentary about the back-up musicians who supported blues legends, such as Muddy Waters. They got little respect from the masses, but influenced literally everyone in Rock n' Roll. For better or worse, Blues is for life. These are some great films, so check out these top five movie trailers. Then take a look at the full list of releases this weekend. Best of luck movie-goers.

1. The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

R | 1h 58min | Action, Comedy | Get Tickets for THE HITMAN'S BODYGAURD

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman

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Don’t bother asking Daniel Craig to bust out with his James Bond pout—because he’s not going to do it, no matter how many times you ask him.

In fact, as evidenced during a truly cringe-worthy interview that aired today on Britain’s This Morning show, Craig isn’t aware the “Bond pout” is even a thing—watch video here on Popdust.

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The 47-year-old appeared on the show to promote his new 007 flick, Spectre—he was interviewed by their showbiz reporter, Sarah Powell, who came across more as a dumb, vacuous teenage girl than professional reporter.

The result was an inane, embarrassing and excruciating segment, as Powell quizzed Craig about why he didn’t strip off his clothes more, the number of roll neck sweaters he wore during filming, and if he chose how to decorate Bond’s house—but, it was her repeated request for him to “pull the James Bond pout” for her, that finally led a stoic Craig to shut her the fuck down.

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“The James Bond.....The Daniel Craig pout,” Powell starts, continuing, “are you familiar? You know what I’m talking about?”

“No, not really, no..” Craig replies, prompting Powell to bust out with her best pout moves.

“Is that what it looks like?” Craig laughs, clearly so over this dumb interview.

“Go on, show me it….show me it,” Powell demands.

“No,” Craig replies.

“Oh! In the future, with like, whatever happens….oh, go on, go on, do it!” Powell beseeches, just refusing to give up.

“Do what?” Craig asks.

“Do me a little pout. You know like, when he rolls over and he’s like….” Powell continues, busting out with her pout yet again.

“I think you need to move on,” Craig says, shaking his head.

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It’s since emerged that following the super awkward exchange, Powell finished off as she started and continued, by gifting the actor a giant bumper sticker with his wife, Rachel Weisz’s name on it, prompting him to exclaim, “For fucks sake.”

Hahaha…..

James Bond Author Apologizes For Saying Idris Elba Is Too ‘Street’ To Play 007

Could be worse mate—you could be working two minimum wage jobs and taking one hell of a lot more shit and inanity day in, day out, with no respite in sight.

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#HollywoodCelebrityProblems indeed.

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