Joe Michael Sasanuma Obituary

Joe Michael Sasanuma, who earlier today died at the eternal age of 18, never had a moment in which he didn’t enjoy life.

He lived by the words “What’s the point of living if you can’t feel alive?”, a line fittingly taken from the James Bond movie “The World is Not Enough”.  Of the many things Joe loved about life, watching and critiquing movies, with the James Bond series closest to his heart, was on his list of top ten.

Joe’s unique talent was having opinions and verbally expressing them, often with very little thought.  One-liner insults were his specialty.  Joe referred to actress Denise Richards, who co-starred in the aforementioned James Bond film, as “The bitch who ruined a perfectly fine James Bond film.”  Of Picasso, he said “I know shit when I see one.”  But Joe always kept the best lines for liberals, about whom he memorably declared “Everyone has the right to be wrong.”

 

The Lackluster “Spectre” (2015) Lacks a Punch

The lesson to be learned from “Spectre” (2015), the first James Bond movie since the stellar “Skyfall” (2012), is that just bringing back the star (Daniel Craig), the director (Sam Mendes) and the screenwriters (John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade) from a critically-acclaimed, commercially-successful predecessor is no guarantee that the magic can strike again.

The Bond franchise tried something similar once before with “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) and the dud “Moonraker” (1979). In fairness, “Spectre” is no “Moonraker,” but it certainly fails to meet the high standards filmmakers set for it when they chose to revise the classic villainous organization from the 1960s and name the film after it.

 

I’m Available to Give a Lecture

One of the things I remain mystified about is why no one has ever asked me to give a lecture. I would have thought that a person like me with an opinion on a whole range of topics would be hounded to share just a small portion of all the invaluable insight.

The only explanation I have for this perplexing omission is that people, out of due consideration, have been hesitant to ask me to take the time out of my busy schedule to prepare and give a speech, or worse, was afraid that I would charge Hillary Clinton-like fees to provide my thoughts, including demands for hotel and limousine accommodations.

I write this post to assuage those concerns and announce that I am fully ready, willing and able to give numerous lectures, without any form of compensation or benefits, monetary or otherwise.

 

Three Second Movie Review: James Bond Series (Part III)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series James Bond Movie Reviews

(English Only) This is the third in the “Movie Review in Three Seconds” series of the blog. The idea is simple.  In the spirit of Siskel & Ebert, I, along with one guest critic, review several movies on a scale of 1 to 10 with a short commentary that is

 

“Skyfall” (2012) is One of the Most Personal Bond Ever, and One of the Best

The newest installment explores entirely new ground, like Bond’s complicated relationship with M, or elaborates on what was only fleetingly referenced before, like Bond’s childhood. Over the years, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I haven’t been a fan of Daniel Craig playing the title character, but he was convincing playing Bond as a conflicted soul. I suspect Craig’s rawness was perfect for the dark script, but he has also managed to polish the character so there is finally some semblance of suaveness that has traditionally been one of James Bond’s main attraction. Seeing Craig, in a tuxedo, pull off a casino scene in Macau, I couldn’t help but think how far he has come from “Casino Royale” (2006).

 

Three Second Movie Review: James Bond Series (Part II)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series James Bond Movie Reviews

(Original in English) This is the second in the “Movie Review in Three Seconds” series of the blog. The idea is simple. In the spirit of Siskel & Ebert, I, along with one guest critic, review several movies on a scale of 1 to 10 with a short commentary that

 

Three Second Movie Review: James Bond Series (Part I)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series James Bond Movie Reviews

(Original in English) This is the inaugural “Movie Review in Three Seconds” segment of the blog. The idea is simple.  In the spirit of Siskel & Ebert, I, along with one guest critic, review several movies on a scale of 1 to 10 with a short commentary that is no

 
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