With the latest James Bond film coming out in the States in just a few days, that's given Criticwire the opportunity to serve up some quality pieces featuring the suave (or in some cases, not-quite-so-suave) superspy. As usual, though, there were plenty more topics to be covered this week, including a deal that may have shifted the Hollywood landscape in a snap.
Weekend Reel Reads: Frights on the Big Screen: In advance of Halloween, there were a number of film-related pieces from the past week that dealt with the spookier side of cinema.
The Criticwire Survey: Movies You're Afraid to Watch: Not familiar with "A Serbian Film?" Then perhaps a few respondents would convince you to keep it that way.
James Who? In Praise of the Forgotten Bond: Timothy Dalton's messy version of 007 did many of the things that Daniel Craig gets credit for today. Yet, after two decades, the man in front of "The Living Daylights" still hasn't quite evolved from being pigeonholed as a franchise blip.
Stranded by the Storm? Watch a Long Movie: As Northeasterners hunkered down during storm prep, Matt assembled a handy list of epics and other lengthy films that cinephiles might not otherwise have had time for.
20 Weird Things That James Bond Is Inexplicably Good At: Most likely the only Criticwire post that will ever feature the phrase "Cello Case Toboganning."
Why One of My Favorite Movies of the Year Was a Huge Flop In Its Own Country: Issues with dialogue and subtitles in "Sleepless Night" actually forge a path that might help you enjoy films with terrible dialogue, regardless of what language it's in.
Is Disney a New Hope for 'Star Wars?': George Lucas' ceding of ultimate control over future franchise installments is a step in a new direction, but one that may not necessarily allow more fan contribution.
Village Voice Hires Scott Foundas As Principal Film Writer: Amidst recent editorial turmoil and turnover, the publication finally got a bit of good news this week.
Criticwire Picks: "Flight" Benefits From Fresh Headwind: This week's look at new releases examines the successes, the underachievers and why "Quartet" and "A Late Quartet" might not be as common as their titles would indicate.
The Worst Bond Films Ever: Matt's got his pick for the bottom five (and Connery is nowhere to be found).
From the Wire: Criticizing Your Own Movies: It's easy for actors to use past work to contextualize the "greatness" of their current offerings, but does that cheapen the praise they heap on what they've just finished helping to make?
Watch the Full Andrew Sarris Memorial: Over two hours of tributes from critics and filmmakers alike (as well as clips from Sarris' favorite films) are now available to see in their entirety.
VODetails: 'The Bay': There's a possibility that Barry Levinson's new film might have more to offer than popularizing the term "eco-horror found footage."
Is James Bond a Socialist?: There's a common theme between a number of post-Connery Bond villains: they happen to be capitalists.
'Star Wars' Fans React to the Disney/Lucasfilm News With Typical Restraint: And they definitely aren't taking up wildly polarized opinions at opposite ends of the enthusiasm spectrum, either.