Friday, September 23, 2011

New Segment! And it's EDUCATIONAL!!!

Subliminal college recruiting...
You may have noticed that there is a new tab up above (probably not...), and if you were curious enough to click on it, you saw that there was a "Stay Tuned."

Now, some of you might be wary about a tab called "Educational," but don't worry, it's cool. Trust me.

Here at YAMB, we could be seen as "critics." As one of my professors have told me, "Critics are the eunuchs of the world. They can talk about it, but can't do it." Hmmmmm... While being a critic is fun, I mean, we just pretty much talk for a living, making what is being criticized on is even more exciting.

Being Bond: Life After Bond

"The Name's Bond. James Bond."
Originally created from the mind of Ian Fleming back in 1953, the iconic and all-around dashing British spy James Bond has captured the imagination of young and old alike. From Bond’s witty one-liners to his suave escapes, managing all the while to keep his well-greased hair and pristine suits in perfect condition, the MI6 agent immediately won over audiences everywhere.

In the Bond film franchise, a franchise that has made as much as $5 billion US dollars, six actors have slipped into the role of the sophisticated Brit. From the original Sean Connery to the brief appearance of George Lazenby to the seemingly-never-ending tenure of Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton to Pierce Brosnan to the current Bond, Daniel Craig, all six men gave their own take on the charming spy. However, was “being Bond” a good thing for these actors? Or did it create an unwanted typecasting for them?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2012 Oscar Contenders, Pt. II

Two strong contenders... Only one prize... 
In the next installment of the 12 for ’12 Oscar Watch series, two serious Oscar contenders and a dark horse are covered. This post features two legitimate contenders and a potential contender, unlike the first post... 

To put a brief background on this series, in July, I presented a list of 12 films that I considered being legitimate Oscar contenders. I will be covering all 12 films in four posts (do the math, and that’s three films a post. Hurray math!).

Now… Keep reading to see the next films that could be big winners at the 84th Academy Awards.

Monday, September 19, 2011

How Did the 2011 Summer of Superheroes Fare…?

Yeah. These guys. Well, only like three or four...

Going into the summer of 2011, I could only groan when I looked at the lineup. Sequels, remakes, reboots, and of course, the ever increasing number of superhero movies. Sick of the supers? Sorry folks, 2012 features another lineup packed full of comic book adaptions. And, well, as they continue to make money, expect this superhero trend to continue.

But enough about the future of these films, how did this summer of crime-fighters fare? To be perfectly honest, it was quite a lackluster performance in both the box office and critical acclaim. There are no Chris Nolan Batman-type movies, or box-office smashes like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Sigh. Instead, we were forced to watch the hard-to-look-at Green Lantern film, a laughable Thor, yet another Avengers set-up in Captain America: The First Avenger, and a few others of unimportance. Oh yeah, also IN 3D!!! THREE DIMENSIONS GUYS!!! /facepalm.

Let’s take a look at how some of these super-ly un-super films did…