Spectre is the latest Bond film. I just got the Blu-ray of it with a gift card from the bi-annual retirement lunch at my old job. My first lunch with the group as a participant, and I won something. I got a $25 gift card for Sears. I stopped into the Sears store at the Mall Of America and tried to buy something. There wasn't anyone to take my money which really didn't matter since I didn't find anything that I wanted to buy. Big store in a busy mall, with almost no customers, and there was no one at either of the cash registers on the main floor. There were some on the tills on the second and third floor. I found a rack of shitty cheap DVDs and pondered getting some of them. I even picked out some and went to the cash register. No one was there and no one called when a guy from the coffee bar paged someone to the station. I put the DVDs on the counter and left the store wondering how they stay in business. Luckily the card was good at K-Mart so I went and bought the movie there.
Daniel Craig is James Bond and Christoph Waltz is the baddie Blofeld. James starts the movie in Mexico City blowing up a bad guy and destroying much property. He gets called on the carpet by his new M, played by Ralph Fiennes, for the incident but he's doesn't much care. He's got a secret mission from the old M and killing that guy was part of the deal. He goes to the funeral, against M's orders, but misses Blofeld because he didn't look around enough. The dead guys wife leads him to Spectre, a super secret evil organization. James goes to a meeting and sees a man from his past, Franz Oberhauser, a man who died 20 years ago. That leads him to another man, Mr White, and his daughter. After that it's an on going battle with Franz who turns out the be the head of Spectre under the Blofeld name. He's been dogging Bond for years with James figuring it out. He has a hatred of James that goes back to his childhood but he's a psycho so he has to torture James a bit. It's all part of his elaborate plan that is headed for failure.
There's plenty of fights, shooting and explosions. There's a ticking time bomb and lot of collateral damage. Plenty of evil people die and the world is a better place. Sadly Bond runs out of bullets before he can kill Blofeld. We wondered why he didn't use one of those many killing techniques he's been trained to use. Sequel I guess. So for the most part is was an OK Bond film but I think I still enjoy the earlier ones the best. I still enjoyed it and was glad to have a copy, especially for free. I would watch it again. In fact I have the whole series on Blu-ray, picked up for cheapish on an Amazon Deal Of The Day, and I'll watch them sometime soon. That's the plan anyway.
Extraordinary Tales is a 2013 animated version of 5 Edgar Allan Poe stories. It's written and directed by Raul Garcia. A raven and death talk in a cemetery about his life and stories. Then they cut to the story. The five are The Fall Of The House Of Usher, The Tell-Take Heart, The Facts In The Case Of M Valdemar, The Pit and the Pendulum and Masque Of The Red Death. I liked the animation of the scenes in the graveyard with the Raven the best. I liked the look of the first two tales as well but I didn't care as much for the look of the other three tales though Masque has some interesting backgrounds. I'm just not a Poe fan, the stories didn't intrigue me as much as I might like. I find I like the Roger Corman adaptations better than the stories they started out as. I'm sure others would enjoy this more than me.