Sunday, August 10, 2008

A little help from My Webfriends - Spy Films

Hello again today!

Quick change of pace and the possibility of the start of a themed series. A lot of times, message boards can be terrifying pools of snark-infested cyber-water, filled with bile. An update on an old saying should now be: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, post about they WOULD do it better on a message board." Sometimes, however, you stumble across sites that are that rare gem, with helpful, intelligent people who actually think before hitting "post" and honestly like people. Two such sites are below:

Brian Michael Bendis's message board - The main site for one of the top writers (and nicest guys) in the comic book industry

Twitter - I suggest signing up (super easy) and finding people who you don't mind "following" as they spend 140 characters answering the question "What Are You Doing" (follow me here)

Sometimes, I throw out questions to the masses (that IS what Web 2.0 is for, after all) about a variety of topics. This goes back to the research topic earlier. It's a way to help tap into the knowledge all of those around you may have on a subject you don't know a lot about or want to know more of. I like doing this because I learn a lot more not just about a topic, but about my webfriends. As I ask a new question, I will post the results here. These will most likely be entries I update/edit as more roll in, but I wanted to centralize some info for myself (easier to go back to when research times happen) and also for others who may be reading this little sliver of the blogosphere.

Today's question posed: What are some good Spy/Espionage films?

Answers are below, in no particular order. Please keep in mind, these are suggestions gathered from others, not solely from me. I have seen some, have loaded others on my Netflix queue, and will look into the rest. Enjoy!

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
The Bourne films
North by Northwest
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Manchurian Candidate
The Bank Job
Layer Cake
Three Days of the Condor
Casino Royale
The Jackal
Spy Game
The Recruit
Mission: Impossible
True Lies
Where Eagles Dare
The Third Man
The Falcon & The Snowman
The Ipcress File
Le Femme Nakita
The Company
The Good Sheppard
The Conversation
The Avengers (TV series, esp the Emma Peel years)
Notorious (1946)
The Parallax View
Defense of the Realm
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The 39 Steps
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Tailor of Panama
Smiley's People (BBC mini)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Alias (Especially Seasons 1 & 2)
The Quiet American
Ice Station Zebra
Foreign Correspondent
Our Man Flint
No Way Out
Marathon Man
To Live & Die in LA
Extreme Prejudice
Le Circle Rouge
Army of Shadows
The Day of the Jackal

Until next time,
KEEP READING (or in this case, WATCHING)!

- Jim