7:15 p.m. NOTE TIME CHANGE! on Wednesday, November 21st at The Capitol Theater
Director: Sam Mendes.
Columbia Pictures: 143 minutes
Written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan,
Based on Ian Fleming's James Bond characters.
Rated PG-13 (for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking).
Cast: James Bond - Daniel Craig
“M” - Judi Dench
Silva - Javier Bardem
Mallory - Ralph Fiennes
Eve - Naomie Harris
“Q” - Ben Whishaw
Kincade - Albert Finney
Skyfall Web Site (click here) (http://www.007.com/skyfall/)
7:15 p.m. –Skyfall (2012) – The Capitol Theater, 1390 West 65th Street, Cleveland 44102 Map (http://maps.google.com/?q=loc:1390%20West%2065th%20Street%20Cleveland,%20OH%2044102)[masked]. The Capitol is a Cleveland Cinemas theater (click here for showtimes) (http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/)
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: At the time of posting, the schedule had not been posted. Please check back for the exact showtime or refer to the Capitol schedule on-line. (Update: Time moved ahead 15 minutes)
Meet at the entrance door 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater. DO NOT ARRIVE LATE! This will be well attended so it is advisable to arrive early or purchase tickets on-line to avoid missing the start. We will sit in the upper level, center. This film will be the HOT TICKET this weekend, so a large attendance is expected. The flick is 143 minutes, so expect to be out around 8:15 p.m. You may also meet us afterward outside the entrance door. If you RSVP, we will wait for you. If you do not have a photo posted, you will have to find us.
We have multiple meeting places: 1. Entrance door to the movie in the theater hallway 10 minutes before the movie starts, 2. By the Marquee (or auditorium entrance) after the movie, or 3. Reserved table at a restaurant under the name "Movie Group".
9:40 p.m. – Dinner/Discussion at Stone Mad Irish Pub, 1306 West 65th Street, a 5-minute walk north from the Capitol.
Considering the ending time of 9:30 p.m., we will take the short walk to Stone Mad for a discussion and or drinks if the group is so inclined.
Please let us know your dinner plans on your RSVP so that we can either save you a seat at the "Movie Group" table or plan to meet you at the movie. We have asked for separate checks but please bring cash to pay for your meal.
Our new group will be successful partly because members have a genuine interest in meeting fellow cinema lovers for a discussion before or after the film. We don't always know where to look for you, especially those without a profile picture and first timers.
It’s very important to RSVP early and cancel your dinner reservations if you can’t attend. Please be respectful of the Organizers and the Restaurants we patronize.
Since this is a brand new group, a word from your Organizers:
“We have costs associated with being on meetup.com that we ask you to assist with. Our nominal $5 annual membership fee goes toward the meetup.com charges and other related administrative expenses. You may use the PayPal link in the left margin of our homepage or pay the host in cash at your next event. Organizers are not compensated and contribute their time simply for the love of the art of film. Please be current on those fees.”
Skyfall Trailer (click here) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kw1UVovByw)
Rotten Tomatoes 91-percent Fresh! (click here) (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/skyfall/)
BY ROGER EBERT / November 7, 2012
In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the dismal "Quantum of Solace" (2008) still in our minds, "Skyfall" triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever. This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he earlier played well in "Casino Royale," not so well in "Quantum" -- although it may not have been entirely his fault. Or is it just that he's growing on me? I don't know what I expected. I don't know what I expected in Bond No. 23, but certainly not an experience this invigorating.
The movie's innovations begin in its first shots, which abandon the familiar stalking silhouettes in the iris lens, and hit the ground running. Bond and another agent are in Istanbul, chasing a man who has stolen a crucial hard drive, and after a chase through city streets (involving no less than three Fruit Cart Scenes), 007 is running on top of a train. We know from earlier films that Bond can operate almost anything, but "Skyfall" incredibly has him commandeer a giant Caterpillar and continue the chase by crushing a flatcar filled with VW Beetles.
It's the kind of absurd stunt we expect in a Bond movie, but this one relies on something unexpected: a dead-serious M (Judi Dench), following the action from M16 in London and making a fateful decision. After an enemy agent grabs Bond as a human shield, M's other agent, Eve (Naomie Harris), has both men in her gun sights. The stakes are very high. "Take the shot!" M commands. Bond seems to die, although since this happens around the 20-minute mark, we're not very surprised that he doesn't.
M begins to compose the obituary of Commander James Bond, and she might as well also be writing her own. Time has passed her by, she's older, and her new boss, Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), convenes a public (!) hearing requiring her to defend her tenure. It's time for a generation to be put out to pasture. Even Q and, as it turns out, Miss Moneypenny are practically kids.
M is not quire ready to retire, and "Skyfall" at last provides a role worthy of Judi Dench, one of the best actors of her generation. She is all but the co-star of the film, with a lot of screen time, poignant dialogue, and a character who is far more complex and sympathetic than we expect in this series. The film is guided by a considerable director (Sam Mendes), written by the heavyweights Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, and delivers not only a terrific Bond but a terrific movie, period. If you haven't seen a 007 for years, this is the time to jump back in.
There's a theory that you can grade the Bonds on the quality of their villains. In "Skyfall," this is a cerebral megalomanic named Silva, played by Javier Bardem, whose unpronounceable Anton Chigurh in "No Country for Old Men" approached the high-water mark of Hannibal Lecter. Here he plays a bleached blond computer whiz who stole the drive containing the guarded identities of every M16 agent. Are we supposed to think of Julian Assange?
This is a brand-new Bond with love and respect for the old Bond. This is dramatized during Bond's visit to the weathered Scottish mansion inhabited by Kincade (Albert Finney), which has secrets to divulge and continues the movie's rewriting of the character's back story. During the early Bonds, did we ever even ask ourselves about 007's origins in life? "Skyfall" even produces a moment designed to inspire love in Bond fans: a reappearance of the Aston Martin DB5 from "Goldfinger," which remains in good operating condition.
Just as Christopher Nolan gave rebirth to the Batman movies in "The Dark Knight," here is James Bond lifted up, dusted off, set back on his feet and ready for another 50 years. And am I completely misguided when I expect to see Miss Moneypenny become a Bond girl in the next film?
'Skyfall' has biggest Bond opening ever in US with $87.8 million
By Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter
Sam Mendes' James Bond pic "Skyfall" easily seduced the North American box office with a potent $87.8 million debut, bringing its worldwide cume to $518.6 million.
The film's four-day domestic total is $90 million, including $2.2 million earned in exclusive Thursday runs in IMAX and other large-format theaters.
Returning Daniel Craig in the role of 007 for a third time, MGM and Sony's "Skyfall" nabbed the biggest domestic opening for a James Bond pic. It also marked Sony's ninth No. 1 opening this year.
"Quantum of Solace" debuted to a series-best $67.5 million in mid-November 2008, and "Casino Royale" -- marking Craig's first turn as 007 -- opened to $40.8 million in November 2006.
"Skyfall" is doing massive business overseas, where it grossed $89 million during the weekend for an international total of $428.6 million. The pic began rolling out two weeks ago overseas.
The 23rd installment in the Bond franchise is certain to surpass the $586.1 million earned by "Quantum of Solace" and the $594.2 million grossed by "Casino Royale" in their entire worldwide runs.
Photos from tHR: The Making of 'Skyfall': Bond is Back, Better Than Ever
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