Mission: Impossible is a unique franchise. It has been around for 20 years, yet only produced 5 films. Each film has had a different director. Each installment, with a few small exceptions, stands more or less on its own. Most franchises suffer diminishing returns as they age. After a mixed first two films, MI produced two of the best spy/action-adventure films made in the last 25 years. Surely that was it. The fun was done. Director Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise and company may not have turned in an installment as legendary as the previous two, but Holy Moses this is a fun film! If I could end this introduction by having my post self-destruct in five seconds, I am totally amped to do that…..however even if I figured it out, I’m fairly certain that would be international cybercrime…… Continue reading Movie Review: Mission Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) *Spy vs. Spy Fun*
Every now and again with “My Favorite Scene”, we like to take a stroll through an entire franchise to prep ourselves for an upcoming entry. Mission: Impossible V is coming out in 2015. However it is not coming out until Christmas. Why not wait until Christmas to review the best scenes from the first four entries? Well, Mission: Impossible V has the unfortunate luck to be scheduled in the wake of the behemoth that will be Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I have a feeling at that time, we’ll be reviewing the previous entrants in that series, geeking out in articles about Ep. 7 or screaming and gnashing our teeth over Ep. 7. So let’s give Mission: Impossible, a series that has been around now for nearly 20 years, its due this month. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Mission Impossible (1996) “Langley”
Mission Impossible 5 (which will inevitably obtain a subtitle a’la Ghost Protocol) has begun filming in Vienna, Austria, and the first pictures from the Tom Cruise blockbuster come courtesy of Coming Soon. Looks like preparation for action in and around the Vienna Opera House. Ideally it will involve masks. Crucially, Ving Rhames is returning as Luther Stickwell. Ving is indispensable to a MI movie as the only one to suck (MI:II) was the only one he was not being awesome in.
Tom Cruise returns for his fifth trip as Ethan Hunt, Christopher McQuarrie directs, and on-board are Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and the aforementioned Ving Rhames, the sequel will open on December 25, 2015. Continue reading First Pictures from Production on Mission: Impossible 5
Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands. We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today. We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work. (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).
In reviewing Tom Cruise’s career, I’m going to have to divorce myself from a few things:
A. Tom Cruise’s personal mental stability
B. Tom Cruise’s personal views
C. Dumping Nicole Kidman, which-to this day-is one of the single-most mind boggling things that a person would do I’ve ever seen. I view that event like I do looking at cans of chewing tobacco in stores. “Why?….Just what the…..why?”
D. Oprah Couch Jumping. Continue reading Tom Cruise’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies