Well Skyfall took over the box office in a big way, and deservedly so. Now I’m pretty interested to see how it does in the coming weeks.
We had a special guest with us this week, and it made for a lot of fun actually. Frank DeCaro, who conveniently had not seen Skyfall (but backed up our previous rating of Wreck-It Ralph), joined us to talk about his new book, The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe, which is really one hell of a title. From the Star Wars Holiday Special to It’s a Wonderful Life, the book includes recipes and, as Frank puts it, love letters to the celebrities who put them forward.
Movie critic for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for about seven years, host of his own Sirius/XM show, and author and writer who has seen his work in many a major and impressive venue, Frank puts together some great stories to make this something that is nothing like just another cookbook.
We got a bit of the story of these two books (this being the second), and it’s actually pretty fascinating how this all came together. Don’t miss Frank sharing the book with us, because it really was a great time, and we were sold by the time it was over.
On the Skyfall front, which we managed to cover pretty well in 30 minutes, which was completely shocking to us, this is a movie that comes down largely to where you find yourself on the Bond purist front. Even when I try to move past my own irritations with the film, which is clearly trying to move past being a Bond film (to which I say, then why be a Bond film), I still had a lot of negatives popping up at me throughout. But, even I have to admit, that there was a lot of fun involved.
Shane, naturally, was not only more forgiving, but dares to suggest that all those Bond elements I was missing, were actually in the film.
Look, I want gadgets. Bond films have gadgets, and cut and pasting the car from a previous film into this one doesn’t count as having gadgets. And, I want Bond girls. There’s a reason that the term “Bond girl” exists, and it isn’t by way of a girl being on screen for maybe ten total minutes, especially if her name isn’t even Pussy Galore.
Anyway, it just didn’t work for me, and the truth is, Bond films probably never will again, given the direction the powers that be clearly want to go.
Check out the whole show for the full story, including Shane’s defense, and don’t forget about the great contest we have running, which is tied to our Wreck-It Ralph episode.