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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top 5 Best Will Smith Movies

This best Will Smith movies list features the top Will Smith films of all time, including only titles where Smith is featured that have already released. In order to be included in this top 5 Will Smith movies list Smith must have played a prominent role. Author discretion is the final criteria used to distinguish these best Will Smith films.

Independence Day (1996)

Box Office Gross: $306,169,268     Adjusted: $0

Looking back on the mid-1990s its easy to forget how much a phenomenon ID4 (as it was dubbed in press materials) turned out to be. It spawned a wave of Roland Emmerich directed blockbusters like Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. It also confirmed the undeniably charismatic Smith was a big screen star and not just a Television actor. Durning the summer of 1996 this was he movie to see, it outgrossed heavy-hitters with established star in Mission Impossible, Eraser, and Twister. Time and the home video format haven’t been kind to this one. The Special effects hold up reasonably well but the cardboard characters and rudimentary storyline are huge detriments. Undoubtedly this film played much better in the theatrical experience. I saw it four times during that summer 16 years ago and I remember thinking ,”ID4 is so good the next Star Wars movies are going to be awesome!”. If only I knew what horrors and disappointment awaited me.


Mission: Impossible (1996) – Review

3 Stars

Brain De Palma’s big screen incarnation of the venerable 1960’s television show arrived in theaters riding a wave of promotional hype. A high concept premise with roots to older audiences starring a proven box office draw (a mixture that proved successful for The Fugitive) had summer ticket buyers expecting a balls out action extravaganza. So inevitably audiences were greatly disappointed when Mission: Impossible turned out to be a quiet almost cerebral thriller more akin to 1970’s government paranoia thrillers like The Parallax View than the Bond films.

Live Movie Podcast EP43: Movie Monday Meltdown

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Episode forty-three. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the past weekend box office of Sept 30-Oct 2, 2011. Courageous, 50/50, Dream House, What’s Your Number?. Arrested Development returns to TV and a movie. Universal Soldiers the TV show. Kurt Russell replaces Kevin Costner on Django Unchained. Mission Impossible 4 in IMAX. Random movie news. Audience participation welcomed.

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One Reason Why Die Hard 5 Will Suck, John Moore Directing

Ok, so the title’s a little harsh, but I am no fan of John Moore. Even though I liked Flight of the Phoenix but it’s by no means close to a Die Hard film and out of all the others he’s directed, Behind Enemy Lines, The Omen and the atrocious Max Payne, there’s not a single thing in any one that would lead me to believe he could make a good Die Hard. But Bruce Willis sees it another way and Moore was able to convince him, and we all know how much of a pain in the ass Willis can be.

Very little is known about the film, but we do know that McClane and his son are caught up in some Russian conflict. Yep, his son. We know how well that worked for Indiana Jones. Maybe I should change the title to “Two Reasons…”. Where does this franchise stop? 6? 7? 10? In all honesty I’m a fan of the Die Hard series as it stands, but John McClane is no James Bond and these movies fail to excite me like those films, Fast and Furious or even the Mission Impossible movies at this point.

Let me put it this way, the first Die Hard came out in 1988, sandwiched between the two Timothy Dalton Bonds. How would you feel if Dalton was still Bond at this point? A little over-doing it? I’d say so.

Source: Deadline

Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol – Trailer

Tom Cruise is back along with series newcomers Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway and Paula Patton in the continuing adventures of Super-spy Ethan Hunt and his IMF team. Pixar veteran Brad Bird (The Incredibles) makes his live-action debut in the director’s chair. This short trailer looks like a return to ‘forum’ after the faltering MI:3, hopefully Bird and Company can right the course of the series and from the glimpses I see here things look promising. My only complaints is the peculiar use of an Eminem track and the underuse of the legendary Mission Impossible theme. Either way come Dec 16th 2011 I’ll be lining up for a ticket.

Jeremy Renner to succeed Matt Damon in ‘The Bourne Legacy’

After months of speculation and a lengthy screening process Universal Pictures looks to have tapped rising star Jeremy Renner to take on the lead in ‘The Bourne Legacy’. Although it’s not a direct sequel to the previous films and Renner won’t be playing Jason Bourne, the story takes place within the ‘Bourne Universe’. The trilogy of Bourne films grossed almost a billion dollars worldwide and turned Matt Damon into a viable action heavyweight. Renner will play an agent in a covert government agency involved in tracking Bourne, Damon will not be reprising his role but his character will be a major presence in the storyline as the title suggests. This marks the second possible franchise for Renner, he will next be appearing in ‘Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol’ due out in Dec. 2011.