An outsider’s take on the James Bond saga: ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008) (Movie review)

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ith “No Time to Die” coming out in November, I’m looking back at the eight modern-era James Bond films from the perspective of a newcomer, from July 11-26. Next up is the 22nd Eon-produced film and second starring Daniel Craig, “Quantum of Solace” (2008):

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‘The Last Kiss’ review

“The Last Kiss” – In this thematic sequel to “Garden State,” Zach Braff’s heartwarming 2004 directorial debut, Braff plays a guy torn between his fiancee (Jacinda Barrett) and a full-of-life collegian (Rachel Bilson). (If only we all had such a dilemma.) Two other on-the-rocks relationships are explored with intelligence and humor. Mix-tape master Braff also compiled the soundtrack, featuring sad pop gems by Snow Patrol and others.

– John Hansen, Brainerd Dispatch, Dec. 28, 2006

‘Crash’ review

“Crash” – Writer-director Paul Haggis (“Million Dollar Baby”) follows about a dozen characters – played by Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Brendon Fraser and Terrence Howard, among others – through initially unrelated stories about their daily problems. As the threads balloon into high drama, “Crash” manages to make subtle observations on race relations and communication roadblocks while dodging stereotypes.

– John Hansen, Brainerd Dispatch, Dec. 15, 2005