Thursday, November 07, 2002

bond ... and pig's blood

With Die Another Day just round the corner, ads have flooded all television channels (including the overplayed Circuit City ad featuring the American father faking a British accent; Berry, Halle Berry for Revlon's new 007-inspired lineup). AMC had a neat little hour-long feature on the Bond girls, aptly titled Bond Girls Are Forever which had Maryam d'Abo (herself a Bond girl in The Living Daylights) chatting with the different Bond girls and the importance of being a Bond girl.

I finally saw Carrie, which is replete with all the trademarks of a Brian de Palma film: the split-screen, the Hitchcock references {the high school is called Bates School, a reference to Norman Bates in Psycho; the soundtrack by Pino Donaggio quotes a theme from Herrmann's score for Psycho; the blurry lensing that abounds (although this could also be interpreted as a reference to Vertigo); the slow motion sequences}. There's something about most pre-1990 Brian de Palma films I've seen: they all seem to have been made cheaply, or else I've been duped into viewing bad prints.

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