Davis: Spectre is back; free showing of Hyena Road

…after four films, [this] Bond is really starting to look like the best of the early movie…

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Spectre.

Back in the early days of the James Bond movies, the criminal organization Spectre was the major nemesis of the British Secret Service. It has not appeared in a Bond movie since 1971’s Diamonds are Forever (except for the “unofficial” 1983 Bond movie Never Say Never Again), mainly due to a copyright dispute that had to do with 1965’s Thunderball (and its remake, the aforementioned Never Say Never Again).

And although 1981’s For Your Eyes Only had an opening sequence that featured a character that looked like Blofeld, the leader of Spectre, he was never referred to by name. Now, 44 years later, Spectre is back and is the title of the 24th Bond outing.

Daniel Craig is back as Britain’s most famous spy who receives a cryptic message from the past that sends him on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre.

There is a lot of interesting trivia coming out of this outing, but what is most fascinating is how, after four films, Bond is really starting to look like the best of the early movies mixing with what has made the modern movies popular and exciting.

Blue Sky Studios, the creators of Ice Age and Rio, is helping celebrating the 65th anniversary of Charles Schulz’s classic comic strip by making The Peanuts Movie. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang appeared on the big screen for the first time in 1969’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown but now a new generation gets to see them like never before—in glorious computer generated 3D.

This is the first big-screen appearance of The Peanuts since 1980’s Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown and Schulz’s death in 2000. And although the family decided not to create any new comic strips after that, the movie’s story was developed by his son Craig Schulz and grandson Bryan Schulz. The story revolves around the world’s most beloved underdog, Charlie Brown, embarking on an epic and heroic quest while his best pal, the loveable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-enemy, the Red Baron.

While it would be impossible to have the original voices of the Peanuts gang, the filmmakers have been able to re-use old recordings of the late Bill Melendez, who was the one and only voice of Snoopy and Woodstock.

Walt Disney’s ambitious masterpiece Fantasia is celebrating its 75th anniversary and fans get a chance to see it again this weekend. Featuring an exclusive introduction and performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra, it’s on screen for one show only at Landmark Cinemas Grand 10 on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 12:55 p.m.

And finally, on Remembrance Day, Elevation Pictures and Landmark Cinemas is giving everyone a chance to see Paul Gross’ Hyena Road for free. On Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m., it will be showing for no charge at the Grand 10 Cinemas, Paramount Theatre and Encore Cinemas.

 

Just Posted

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Kelowna city councillor suggests bringing back photo radar

Gail Given says it could help generate traffic fine revenue for the city—and make roads safer

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

‘Game changer” research deal between three B.C. Interior universities

UBCO, TRU, UNBC say deal will help innovation, research, aid students and increase quality of life

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Michaels: Big Brother has become a big letdown

“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide, but privacy should still have some appeal.”

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Most Read