Monthly Archives: October 2012

Skyfall Movie Review

I’m pretty sure that I have seen every James Bond movie and that includes the lastest Bond movie Skyfall that I saw yesterday.

There has been a lot of hype about this movie and it has had a good reception from critics. Overall, I thought that it was a great movie but it has its flaws.

The opening scene finds 007 in Istanbul trying to find a missing computer hard drive, with the names of all British agents on it. After a car and motorbike chase through Istanbul and over roof tops Bond finds himself on top of a train fighting the villain. This sequence is fantastic and the way it is filmed takes your breath away.

The lost hard drive then seems to take a back seat in the films plot as the main villain appears and he only has one thing in mind and that is to kill “M”. Gone are the days when the bad guy in a Bond movie wants to take over the world. Also gone are the Bond gadgets like exploding pens. This Bond movie is tough guy Bond taking on a fanatical computer hacker.

Daniel Craig is a great Bond but he is now showing a few wrinkles and droopy eyelids but he is in my opinion the toughest Bond there has ever been.

After a bit of a lull in the action the final sequence sees Bond and M in a shoot out in a remote Scottish house. Why Bond decided he would take on the bad guy, his gun weilding thugs as well as an attack helicopter with only a small handgun is beyond me.

The other bit of action that I thought was over the top was a tube train that crashes through a hole in a tunnel !

All said, this is a movie that will keep you gripped from start to finish and is one of those movies that you will say to yourself “I will see again”.

What happened to being polite?

Being polite doesn’t take much effort but I think it may be part of our behaviour that’s slowly dying. Politeness is just a way of being “nice”. Many people might say that being “nice” is a weakness and the word itself is a bit wishy-washy but I don’t think there is anything wrong with the word. The dictionary definition of the word “nice” has several meanings. It can mean:-

  • Pleasing and agreeable in nature: had a nice time.
  • Having a pleasant or attractive appearance: a nice dress; a nice face.
  • Exhibiting courtesy and politeness: a nice gesture.
  • Of good character and reputation; respectable

Being polite is the equivalent of giving someone a present but without it actually costing anything. It feels good to give somebody a present. You feel pleased with yourself and we often get a better feeling from giving than we do receiving.

Everyone, of course learns courtesy and politeness in their early years. I was no exception and I was always taught good manners. At school as well we had to stand when an adult walked into the classroom as this was a sign of respect for your elders. I often gave up my seat on the bus going to school for old ladies and I felt good about it. To this day I still hold doors open for other people and have been known to open a car door for someone.

It’s on the road though that the worst of lack of courtesy is seen. Everyday, I’m carved up by other drivers who break the written and unwritten rules of the road as they try to gain a few extra seconds on their journey to and from work. These are the people who will end up with heart attacks and who will argue with their wives!

Less young people are saying “please” and “thankyou” and I’m not impressed with that. Saying those words with a smile is even better.

Being polite will cause others to like you more and give you respect. Try being extra nice for a day. Smile at everyone and even try to make small talk with a complete stranger. You might be surprised how good it will make you feel.