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  1. Emperor Guillotine

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    Ditto. I liked him too. Is that rumor still circulating that the next Bond is going to be black? I wonder if/how that will affect the franchise. It'll be different if it is true based on how the character of Bond has been portrayed in the minds of the world for decades. But theoretically in the fictitious story of Bond itself, it could work since the 007 thing is just a agent number moniker (even the name James Bond could be a pseudonym).

    Right there. I agree that Casino Royale is possible the best Bond film in the entire series. No matter who played Bond, it doesn't matter. That one particular film had everything that you could ask for. I actually might go watch Casino Royale to wash out the bad taste that Spectre left in my mouth.

    I just can't believe Spectre was so bad. Every spy cliche imaginable was in there, the organization was glossed over, the motives of the organization were not explained (other than Waltz's character providing them with global info for their terrorist attacks), Waltz was wasted as an actor (they didn't even explain or dive into his character other than the fact that the guy wanted to control all surveillance across the entire globe), the acting was so bland like all bodies were just going through the motions in front of the camera lens, and the entire plot felt completely void.
     
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    I didn't even know such a rumor existed, but it can be a really cool idea. Now I wonder if I can think of any black actor who can be a good bond... :scratch:
     
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    It's just been tons of wishful thinking from people who wanted Idris Elba to be Bond, but he'll be way too old in the 5-6 years it will likely be before the next Bond's movie will come out.
     
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    He's literally the first one that came to my head and I was like "well there's got to be another one" :lol:
    I really like him as an actor but I'm not sure if he'll be my pick for the next Bond.
    But giving new twists to the franchise is exactly what I think needs to be done to keep it alive (and I personally like that they tried to do that in Skyfall) so I'm definitely hoping for an interesting actor choice.
     
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    There aren't too many high profile English black actors I'm aware of, and Elba is the only one that has the right combo of suave and tough. Can't really imagine the guy from Star Wars VII or David Oyelowo in the role. I'm sure there are others out there that just haven't broken big in Hollywood (or do the typical English actor thing and speak with a perfect American accent and thus I don't realize they're English).

    Elba hasn't been contacted by the Bond people at all, though. The three that apparently are in the running so far are Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Henry Cavill (Superman in the Snyder movies), and James Norton (never seen this guy in action, but I don't like the looks of him!!).
     
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    Yeah, I tried to see if I can come up with anyone and came up empty handed (empty headed?).

    Never heard of James Norton, but he looks weird judging from a quick googling. Henry Cavilll... will either be too serious or too silly, I think. I liked his character in The Men From U.N.C.L.E, but it was too much of a comic-esque role to imagine him doing a serious Bond. And he's acting in BvS was too serious (Not that he's necessarily to blame). As for Hiddleston, I'm not sure if I've seen him act in anything serious but Marvel films, so I can't really judge. He does star in a new series based on La Carre's "Night Manager", and I still need to check it out...

    Maybe they should take Benedict Cumberbatch :lol:
     
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    NO.
     
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    ^ Wait, I didn't read through the entirety of the most recent posts, but did you just suggest making Benedict Cumberbatch the next James Bond? Because LOL :rofl:
     
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    asher So Did We

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    No Michael Fassbender? He's like Hiddleston, just fits the square jaw action hero look better :lol:
     
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    He basically gave an audition in the early part of X-Men First Class where he's going around the world killing Nazis, and it was AWESOME. It would be great to see him in that role, but I think he might be too straight-ahead for what they usually get. There's not much wink with Fassbender. He also hasn't come up in any of the rumor-mill stuff, so seems unlikely. My guess is he'd probably rather stick to all the prestige movies he usually does instead of getting roped into TWO big blockbuster franchises.

    EDIT: Actually, I guess he's now in Assassin's Creed, and the Prometheus sequel, so that's more than enough slumming :D
     
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    I've seen Fassbender's name brought up before as a suggestion for Bond now that Craig is done.

    There is a sort of parody video on YouTube of Fassbender as Bond in Casino Royale. :lol:

    Maybe they will get tired of searching and just throw Christian Bale on as Bond? :rofl:
     
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    Norton's the only one mentioned that I can actually see in the role.

    Though I have seen him in action. :shrug:
     
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    Well, then you are better qualified to comment than I am!
     
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    Maybe Charlie Hunnam? Though I do think Fassbender can pull off a good Bond.

    And back to the actual thread-

    Watched Whiplash two days ago. Absolutely amazing in my opinion- J.K Simmons was absolutely terrifying and Miles Teller gave a wonderful performance as well.
    Made me feel ashamed of myself for not practicing enough :lol:
     
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    Hahaha, you should post that suggestion other places, I think you'd terrify a lot of people. He has to be one of the most-hated actors working today.

    I really didn't like Whiplash on first watch, I should probably watch it again someday knowing what to expect. Everyone took it so seriously when it came out, when it's essentially a cartoon. Knowing it's quite close in tone to the director's previous work, the hilarious "Grand Piano," would have helped me enjoy it more. I highly recommend Grand Piano, btw, it used to be on Netflix and might still be! Elijah Wood plays a concert pianist who is playing on a piano that contains a safe that can only be unlocked if a nearly impossible piano piece is played perfectly on it, and during a concert John Cusack has a sniper rifle trained on him and demands he play that nearly impossible piece or he will be SHOT! It's great.
     
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    It's written by him, but not directed by him. (Haven't seen it though and will do- I just quickly checked IMDb)
    Would you care to explain what do you mean when you say "it's a cartoon"? I mean, it's obviously exaggerated, but I felt it's based in truth, or at least grounded in real ideas, and trying to bring these questions into discussion (How far should a teacher push his students in order to achieve greatness, and so on).
    As for Hunnam- really? I had no idea :lol: why is that? I don't have any particular love for him, he just randomly popped into my head.

    Also, watched Synecdoche, New York two days ago. It was, hands-down, THE most depressing movie I've seen. Amazingly crafted, and absolutely genius, but depressing as fluff. I'll probably have to watch it again once or twice to completely understand it.
     
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    It's a cartoon cause practically nothing that happens in it is remotely believable, many things are massively heightened beyond the point of any realistic characterization or actions. The instructor is like a comic book supervillain that commits a couple acts that are just purely ridiculous and out of the realm of any believability. Stuff like the main character getting in a car accident and still running into the concert is intentionally totally over-the-top. Perhaps least believably, that prog-metally tasteless drum solo resulted in a jazz audience's applause instead of boos or silence. :fawk: That last one I'm not sure about the intention of, though. Basically, I can't see how anyone took it as a totally serious movie based in gritty reality. After seeing Grand Piano and seeing how much fun the director was having there with similar plot ideas, I realized he wasn't trying to be an edgelord, he was having fun with Whiplash too.

    The thematic intentions are sort of besides the point. It obviously has something to say, but so does X-Men 2. They're both still cartoons! That's what they're aiming for, and it's fine.

    Hunnam is one of the most-hated actors out there in any serious movie/tv forum you see mostly because of Sons of Anarchy being so bad. Plenty of people enjoy it, obviously, but it's the show equivalent of...I dunno, Limp Bizkit, and Charlie Hunnam is Fred Durst. He's also disliked because HE is so bad in most of the other stuff he's been in. Like, everyone was annoyed that he was by far the blandest actor/character in Pacific Rim, but was also the main character and given top billing. I will say I liked him alright on Undeclared.

    Synecdoche kind of blew me away when I saw it even though I didn't really know what was going on. The last 1/3 or so caused me existential despair.
     
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    Rewatched 'Ant-Man' last night, and it's still one of my top superhero movies. The right amount of self-deprecation about the nature of the character, while still allowing him to be a hero.

    Only thing I felt was forced was the relationship between Scott and Hope.
     
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    I was a bit disappointed by that movie, because Paul Rudd doesn't really do anything funny. Usually he's by far the best thing about any movie he's in, but he was way too constrained by the character here. Michael Pena, on the other hand, is incredible, and his story sections are the best parts of the movie. I'd rank it in about the middle of those Marvel movies.
     
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    It was a different type of humor for him in this case. More akin to say, Role Models than ...40 Year Old Virgin if that makes any sense. Like, the scene where he ruins the moment after Hank tells Hope about her mother? Probably the funniest part in the whole movie. Either that or when he's training with the Crazy Ants and ends up freaking out when they swarm him - but that ones more a blend of the visual humor showing the nature of being small vs. big along with his delivery.

    For me, it's probably the 2nd best of all the Marvel movies that have come out, ranked below Winter Soldier as my favorite of them
     

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