Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Skyfall Again and Chako Again

Tuesday November 20, 11:54 a.m.

Well, after all that talk on religion vs. science on Sunday, I had lunch with my brother's family and then it was off to see some of The Anime Court at the Cineplex near Eglinton and Pharmacy, near old Magder Studios where they had filmed part of the legendary comedy series, "SCTV" in the early 80s.

I ended up watching "Skyfall" again....it's pretty rare that I watch any first-run movie twice, but I think the latest 007 caper is worth a repeat look. It's definitely a few levels higher in quality than "Quantum of Solace", which I'm slowly warming up to, but the fact is that compared to this one and "Casino Royale", the second Daniel Craig movie will always come out as a bit of a slump. One critic said that the middle movie was the producers' failed attempt to fast-track Craig's 007 from rough-around-the-edges blunt end of the stick to suave-and-sophisticated killer elite. "Skyfall" was more successful from that angle. I mentioned to the bunch at dinner afterwards that Sean Connery had been approached to play the role of Kincade that Albert Finney eventually got. They were quite surprised but came to the conclusion that Sir Sean's inclusion would've been too distracting. Perhaps, but I would've been personally thrilled to see the very first....and still best....James Bond coming in on the 50th anniversary of "Dr. No". A few of the lines from Finney sounded as if they had been made specifically for Connery. However, I have the feeling that Connery is probably no longer quite well enough to do a cameo now.

After the movie, the six of us all headed out for that Korean/Japanese BBQ place Chako out in Agincourt. It cost each of us $27 but since it was all-you-can-eat which included a lot of variety in beef, chicken, pork and lamb, plus sushi and dessert, I'd say the cost/satsifaction ratio was very fair. And unlike Bulgogi Brothers, the large table has two, instead of one, burners, although arguably the latter place had a better quality of meat. However, with a bunch of friends, it's always more fun to go with the all-you-can-eat option. Apparently, Xmas has started over there since the seasonal music was playing on the speakers.