We Goes to the Talkies: A Lil Bit o’ Solace

The youngest of the numberless James Bond excitetainment movies, Quantum of Solace is the most modular and easy to use. As directed by M.C. Escher, Quantum of Solace quantumcan be viewed from any direction, in any order, backwards or forwards, right side up or upside down, in part or whole, enjoyed on the screen of your favorite Bijou or viewed through the bunghole of a reeking herring barrel, while you are fully alert or while you are floating lost in the jade mists of an opium dream, in the company of your dearest friend or while struggling for your life in the claws of your archenemy, with crystalline clarity across two million cubic feet of pure Alpine air or only dimly through the deathly cold rolling waters of the lead-colored Barents Sea. Whatever. However. Whichever. At any time or any place. Quantum of Solace will come out exactly the same. No beginning. No end. All middle. It’s a möbius movie.

Now, it may happen that even while you are enthralled by all the space-, time-, and gravity-defying excitetainment of Quantum of Solace you may yet be distracted, as I was, by one nagging question: What was that watch Daniel Craig was wearing? The answer to the mystery can be found on page 29 of the November Men’s Vogue.

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2 responses to “We Goes to the Talkies: A Lil Bit o’ Solace

  1. The one of my sons currently living at home went to see it with a bunch of friends. They thought it was a good movie for quite a while till it ended and they all went “huh?”. They had all kept expecting the big thing to happen and it never did.

    If I read your review right, you seemed to have a similar impression.

  2. Long ago I was listening to an LP of Ravel’s Bolero and reading the notes on the back of the record jacket. The note-writer quoted Ravel saying something self-deprecating about the work. I wanted to repeat the quote here, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t remember it after all these years, so I looked up Bolero on good ol’ Wikipedia and, sure enough, there was the Ravel line. Ravel called Bolero seventeen minutes of “orchestral tissue without music.”

    That’s what Quantum of Solace was like: 100 minutes of cinematic tissue without a movie.

    Actually kind of fun in a film-class experimental movie kind of way.

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