Podcast EP189: The Package Review, Anchorman 2, Mission Impossible 5, Hitman

Episode one-hundred and eighty-nine. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: Michael Keaton Joins Need for Speed Adaptation
Fox is Rebooting Hitman with Paul Walker
Disney Confirms Stand-Alone Star Wars Films
Chris Pratt to Lead Guardians of the Galaxy
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Starts Filming, On 35mm Rather Than Digital
Christopher McQuarrie Suggests He’s Directing Mission: Impossible 5
Kristen Wiig Joins Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Movie Review: The Package

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Top 5 Best CIA Spy Movies

This is my list of top 5 best CIA spy movies. It doesn’t cover all the spy movies – only CIA ones, and I tried to err more on the serious side, but Mission: Impossible just kinda snuck in on me. Enjoy and let me know if I missed anything or just how stupid my list is in the comments below!

5
Breach (2005)

Box Office Gross: $33,231,264     Adjusted: $0

Shattered Glass director Billy Ray directs Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe in this fact-based drama concerning the FBI traitor who carried out what many historians refer to as the most notable national security breach in U.S. history. A key member of the FBI’s elite Soviet Analytical Unit, Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) would, for 15 years beginning in 1985, sell thousands of pages of classified documents to the Soviets. After making roughly 600,000 dollars on his clandestine endeavor and compromising everything from the identities of KGB spies working for the American government to nuclear war contingency plans, Hanssen was eventually transferred to a newly created position at the FBI’s Washington headquarters and assigned the task of guarding his country’s most sensitive secrets. It was while working in this capacity that a young agent named Eric O’Neill (Phillipe) was assigned the task of keeping tabs on Hanssen by suspicious higher-ups. Later, after being arrested while delivering a cache of secret documents to a “dead drop” spot in a Virginia park, the notorious traitor was arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole.
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The Bourne Legacy (2012) – Review

3 Stars

How do you review a films like The Bourne Legacy? The Bond movies have turned into serious pieces of art. The Mission Impossible franchise is glossy low brow fun. Then we have the Bourne series, which plays like Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict inter-cut with a Michael Bay flick. In this particular instance, it worked for me. Although I think I’ve had my fill of the Bourne universe at this point.
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Jack Reacher (2012) – Review

3 Stars

Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher, the hero of author Lee Child’s ongoing series of novels. Much has been written about the physical discrepancy between the description of Reacher (as envisioned by Child) and the presence of the average sized Cruise. To hell with that, Cruise owns the role, bringing his steely-eyed determination and single minded focus to catch a sniper that has attacked five seemingly random targets in a very public place. Director Christopher McQuarrie has fashioned a violent military thriller that’s twisty and compelling enough to hook viewers in the mood for a trashy good time.
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Skyfall (2012) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

After the glorious heights of Casino Royale and the sobering low of Quantum of Solace, I’m happy to report the series is back on track with Skyfall. Daniel Craig, who now fully embodies and absolutely owns the role of James Bond is the sturdy anchor that holds this gargantuan action-thriller together. This is an undeniably well mounted and produced modern epic. On a technical level Skyfall is an astounding piece of physical filmmaking, the staging, acting, cinematography and editing are all top-notch and worthy of Oscar attention. Longtime fans of the franchise with be delighted by the small homages to Bond mythology sprinkled throughout, making it hard not to be swayed by the charms of a series that you grew up with.
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Podcast EP173: The Mortal Instruments Trailer, News – Hobbit, Star Trek, Triplets

Episode one-hundred and seventy-three. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: ‘Sinister’ Helmer Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Deus Ex’ Video Game Feature
Warner Bros Limiting ‘The Hobbit’ 48fps Screens
Isla Fisher Eyes Jackie Brown Prequel Switch
Josh Gad And Ryan Dixon to Script Twins Sequel, Triplets
Nine Minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness Hits IMAX Theaters December 14
Christopher McQuarrie Eyed to Direct Next Mission: Impossible

TrailerAddict: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Box Office DeLorean: November 11-13, 1994

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Mission: Impossible III (2006) – Review

3 Stars

T.V. director J.J. Abrams makes his feature film debut with the third installment in the Mission Impossible franchise. This entry is a slam-bang action thriller; throwing plausibility out of the window early on and reveling in the techno-gadgetry that makes the series so appealing. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is aided this time out by series regular Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), as well as two new operatives on the IMF team. The MacGuffin in this episode is called ‘the rabbits foot’, a mysterious device that can cause a doomsday affect. Abrams and his writers have wisely chosen to treat the object as a perfunctory part of the storyline. The real focus in the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is on the relationship between Hunt and his fiancee, Rachel.
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