I spent about 15 minutes the other weekend trying to explain to my parents why I loved Melancholia. They had seen it and had no use for it at all. Kirsten Dunst really is great in that, the first movie of hers where I think you can say that (even though I've liked her fine in plenty of things).
Last night we finally got around to Skyfall.
Delivered the requisite thrills and setpieces -- especially the one on top of the glassed-in skyscraper -- along with the expected longueurs. As a rule of thumb I feel like Hollywood action movies should always be about 25 minutes shorter. And of course there's the problem of the casual and less-than-casual sexism. The booty calls are part of the franchise, but the dismissive execution of one of the bedded made me queasy. (Not executed by Bond, but he doesn't really do anything to stop it.) But it looks good, and on the merits I think Daniel Craig is the best-acted Bond ever. Whether he's the best Bond is a matter of taste, and probably also a matter of how old you were when you first saw Sean Connery or Roger Moore.