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Quantum of Solace, a review by GSyren

TitleQuantum of Solace (Disc ID: 3E4D-FE55-F7B7-3C23)
DirectorMarc Forster
ActorsDaniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini
Produced2008 in United Kingdom
Runtime106 minutes
AudioEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1, Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1
SubtitlesDanish, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
OverviewOn a nonstop quest for justice that crisscrosses the globe, Bond meets the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who leads him to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious Quantum organisation. When Bond uncovers a conspiracy to take control of one of the world's most important natural resources, he must navigate minefield of treachery, deception and murder to neutralise Quantum before it's too late!
My thoughtsBond marathon #22

Those are the lingering impressions of Quantum of Solace. It's a directorial and editorial mess. And the screenplay doesn't seem to be much to boast about, although it's not easy to tell given how the director has screwed it up.

The best thing I can say about this film is that it is the shortest of all Bond movies. And still it feels too long. After the excellent Casino Royale this is a terrible letdown. In my opinion easily the worst Bond movie. And that's saying something, given how little regard I have for some of the Moore movies, especially Moonraker.

Fortunately things became better with Skyfall, and hopefully Bond #24, Spectre, won't be anything like this mess.
My rating

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on December 5th, 2014)

Member's Reviews

The 39 Steps, a review by Dragonfire

The 39 Steps

Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) picks up Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim) at a music hall, but he finds her behaviour strange. She tells him she is a spy and warns he is now involved. Indeed, she is soon murdered and he is the only suspect and on the run to Scotland, with the one lead she gave him. Along the way he meets Pamela (Madeleine Carroll) and soon she is also caught up in discovering just what The 39 Steps are.

My Thoughts

I was a little distracted when I first started watching this one, but I ended up really enjoying the movie overall.  The plot was interesting and there is a decent amount of suspense with what is going on.  The characters were interesting and seemed more..likable at times as well.  It does seem like Hitchcock was trying to push the limits of what he got in the movie, especially with that scene involving the stockings.  That had to be shocking when the movie first came out. 

My copy is part of my set with several Hitchcock movies and a few episodes of television shows.  The picture quality really isn't that bad even though it hasn't been restored.


I'm making progress on getting caught up at least even though I'm still behind.  lol  But I've made progress. :)

(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on May 12th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl (2006/Japan)
IMDb | Wikipedia

AnimeWorks, Media Blasters (United States)
Length:325 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

On a warm, cloudy afternoon, Tomari bursts in on two girls from her class, Hazumu and Yasuna, sharing a tender first kiss. Her heart breaks ... from jealousy.

Hazumu was born a boy, but he certainly doesn't act it. He's sensitive, delicate, and loves gardening. Lucky for him, he grew up with the tomboy Tomari, who is always there to protect him. Despite her own feelings, she pushes Hazumu to confess his love to the elegant Yasuna. After Yasuna rejects him, he retreats into the mountains in despair. So begins the strange series of events that changes him into a her, and earns her the love of both Yasuna and Tomari.

Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
1.01 The Young Boy's Life Changed That Day
Writer: Satoru Akahori (Original Material By), Yukimaru Katsura (Original Material By), Jukki Hanada (Screenwriter)
Director: Nobuaki Nakanishi
Cast: Kana Ueda (Hazumu Osaragi (voice)), Yui Horie (Yasuna Kamiizumi (voice)), Yukari Tamura (Tomari Kurusu (voice)), Masumi Asano (Ayuki Mar (voice)), Daisuke Ono (Asuta Soro (voice)), Yuko Mizutani (Namiko Tsuki (voice)), Makoto Yasumura (Hajime Osaragi (voice)), Yuko Nagashima (Kaoru Osaragi (voice)), Ryoko Shintani (Spaceship (voice)), Keiji Fujiwara (Alien (voice)), Asuka Nakase (Female Track Club Member (voice)), Michael Naishtut (Man A (voice)), John Wyckoff (Man B (voice))

An alien spaceship accidentily kills the main protagonist. But they are able to reconstruct him, but they switched the gender.
Now the boy is a girl caught in a love triangle with two other girls. Both of which were in love with him before and now have come to terms with him being a girl.
I really had enjoyed this series. It is well done and handles the matter surprisingly well considering it is a comedy. I also have read the manga and enjoyed that one as well.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 3rd, 2012)