Two determined superspies, two venerable movie franchises. The more venerable one, James Bond â€“ by some standards, the longest-running film series in history â€“ fattens its library this weekend with the release of Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig, who plays the suave secret agent for only the third time. Fighting in the defending champâ€™s corner is The Bourne Legacy, featuring a lead character so new, heâ€™s not even named Bourne. Jeremy Renner plays the genetically enhanced secret warrior Aaron Cross, outrunning various government creeps who are trying to assassinate their own man to protect their black-ops program. […]
â€œListen, guys, we got J.J. Abrams writing and directing a film about alien contact that Spielbergâ€™s gonna help him produce. Whoâ€™s in?â€
When the words were first uttered in Hollywood, there must have been a hush in the room. Now, with the sci-fi world ablaze with anticipation, Super 8 is ready for its own close-up.
In Summer 2011â€²s first big swing into science fiction, this Spielbergian team-up goes with a story of kids in small town America discovering something amazing. Our Challenger Super 8 is set in 1979, just a few years before the release our Defending Champion E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Both films involve kids getting involved with aliens, cover-ups, and military diversions and suppressions.
And even though Steven Spielberg is on the team of this latest effort, over here at the Smack, itâ€™s still personal. Two directors slugging it out. The brash new contender in J.J. Abrams and the wise, beloved champion in Spielberg. […]