127. Skyfall (A)
James Bond returns, after fours years of doing battle with the most nefarious villains of all: MGM bankruptcy lawyers.
The Bond franchise has been notoriously producer-driven (the personal preserve of the Broccoli family, basically). Sam Mendes is, by far, the biggest director who's ever taken the franchise on, and (together with Roger Deakins) the result is one of the most stylish films by far. Plotwise it feels like some of the better of the ideas in GoldenEye
and The World Is Not Enough
have been filtered through the lens of a retro-return to the Connery-era status quo. Essentially, the series reclaiming its distinctive identity after the Bourne-style trappings the first two Craig films immersed themselves in. The result is still more serious than most of the franchise, but it's got some of the spectacle and humour back.
Cinema: 39 (+1)
Home Video: 75