Another pair of quick-hit DVD reviews

Cary Ashby
Mar 29, 2010


Reviews of two sequels, the first I hadn't seen yet and the latter, one I hadn't seen in many years:



"Quantum of Solace" (PG-13, 2008): Certainly there's enough action here to go around for James Bond fans, but it's a bit of letdown after the absolutely spectacular "Casino Royale." What's especially fanboy cool is "QoS" is the first 007 film to be a direct sequel to the previous outing, meaning this one ties up the loose ends Bond faced in the death and betrayal of Vesper at the end of "Casino Royale." "QoS" also holds two other distinctions, it's the shortest movie in the franchise and the first not to include the signature "Bond, James Bond" line, which was sorely missed. While there's virtually no chemistry between Daniel Craig's Bond (who after two goes already has proven to be an instant classic and a Bond not to be messed with) and Camille, there's plenty of zing between 007 and Strawberry Fields (who sadly gets little screen time) and more tension with M as Bond's boss once again worries about her top agent's mental well-being and his thirst for revenge. There's also a surprising twist with a new traitor in the midst of Her Majesty's Secret Service at the beginning (whom we'd already met in "Casino Royale"), get to see the trust between Bond and Felix Leiter grow and finally are (re)introduced to longtime Bond and M confidante, Bill Tanner. It's certainly not my favorite Bond flick, but it's not nearly as bad as anyone has said. Enjoyable, but not memorable. Grade: C+



"Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (PG, 1993): Once again, anybody who doesn't see Whoopi Goldberg as an extremely talented and charismatic actress hasn't give the proper attention to the "Sister Act" franchise. There are some great tunes, but not as many enjoyable ones as the original. This time the focus is on newer songs and young people for Deloris/Sister Mary Clarence to teach music. It doesn't have the laugh-out-loud moments of its predecessor, but it's a good time and once again (although not as strongly), addresses following one's calling. What grabbed my attention this time around was the big names in just the supporting roles: Michael Jeter (best known for his "Elmo's World" and "Sesame Street" gigs), singer Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Love Hewitt (now on "Ghost Whisperer"), James Cobrun and Robert Pastorelli. Grade: B


telli Tell It L...

(TILII- Tell It Like It Is) I agree with whoever said it'll be Macy Gray (Zombie Queen) and Ashley Hamilton taking the first steps off the show. His performance was stiff and lackluster. To say that Macy lacked grace is being far too kind. To have included Tom DeLay on DWTS is a disgrace.