The new 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish was recently unveiled in St. Louis to great acclaim and fanfare, during a first-class affair hosted by J.J. Mills and Graham Hill of St. Louis Motorsports. The guest list included Julian Jenkins, the regional director for Aston Martin of the Americas, who led the introduction of the new 2014 Vanquish in the beautiful newly remodeled Aston Martin showroom.
OK. If your Oscar checklist is complete, and you are nauseated by the options at the cineplex—as well you should be—there is a silver lining. Not Silver Linings Playbook yet, but you have options. There are some great DVDs that came out this week, so if you want to stay in and hunker down with a good movie, these are my suggestions:
The world-class luxury and glamour of international entertainment epicenter Macau, the Monte Carlo of the Orient, will take center stage at Peabody Opera House on April 6. Amid soft lighting, red velvet curtains and exquisite carvings, guests of the A Night at Macau: Betting for a Cure Gala will indulge in fine dining on the venue’s stage and enjoy entertainment in an upscale casino atmosphere reminiscent of the James Bond thriller, Skyfall.
The lists are fairly uncontroversial this year. I said fairly. Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, there are three films on the list that I have not yet seen. I just feel that confident. So, without further ado...
Don’t worry, I won’t tell you how it ends. The good news is, this film is an elegant, artful look at a man who seems to have been put forth by providence. The acting is impeccable—Oscar-worthy, in fact—and Spielberg’s direction equals it. There is, however, another shoe, but I am hesitant to drop it.
If you’re waiting for the Skyfall line at the box office to die down, here’s what's hot on DVD
OK, I don’t want to spend too much time on this movie because you’re either going to see it or you’re going to see it. Seriously, if you have no plans to see it in the upcoming weeks, I will assume you have already seen it. This Bond makes you realize that it’s not always about raising the bar—a bigger explosion, a cooler gadget—it’s about a compelling story and great acting.
It’s a fun time of the year, movie-wise. If you’re eagerly awaiting Oscar buzz, the moment has arrived. And if you’re excited for some holiday horror, there’s plenty of that, as well. But, if you’re waiting for some wholesome family fare…well, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Like November days, next month’s movies are moody and dark.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL.