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. […]
Itâ€™s the lucky ones among us who get the luxury of a â€œdo over,â€ a chance to take the road less traveled. Poet Robert Frost isnâ€™t the first person to actively wonder what lies on the other side of the life weâ€™ve made. A pair of admired TV programs work that street of possibilities, although maybe not for long.
Letâ€™s touch on the newer and more endangered series first. NBC announced Awake as a mid-season replacement for 2012. This is a cop show with a twist that marks it as a fresh entry in a tired, overplayed genre. Propelled by advance hosannas at the Criticsâ€™ Choice Television Awards, the series premiered on March 1 to more than six million viewers, but despite the healthy start, low ratings may put Awake to sleep before it gets a shot at Season 2. […]
You have to hand it to French science fiction writer Jules Verne. More than a century after his death, he not only continues to be a best-selling author, his books still provide ripe material for movie adaptations. 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth was a more or less straightforward adaptation of Verneâ€™s adventure story aimed at kids, and while its similarly targeted sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, drifts a little from its origins, much of Verne’s content is used in the movie. Essentially, both are old-fashioned, earnest, quest movies spiced up a bit with contemporary references for the target audience, with 3D added to give the kids some funky eye candy. […]