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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol





"Light fuse." 

      There were some confusion of the release date.  It seems as if the movie was only released in theaters with IMAX capabilities.  The mass release is tomorrow December the 21st.   I'm going to break down the movie shortly but please bear with me as I put to rest the rumor of a 6 minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises... I didn't see it but was told that its only showing at the Dearborn Greenfield village IMAX Theater [ I hope to verify that real soon] if you live in Michigan, but I DID see the trailer and it looks incredible:

          Honestly, I could of exited the theater as soon as the trailer went off and been completely satisfied with the astronomical fee I paid to view the MI:4 picture.  Can't believe I lost it and applauded after the trailer ended, I never do that but that should give you an idea of how awesome the trailer made me feel [side note:  Sooooo happy they decided to stick with the original 'Tumbler']... Quickly, after I clapped I looked over at one of my closest friends and told him that I was real sorry for losing it like that.  He told me that it was nothing as a good friend should but I was still disappointed that my hands and emotions betrayed me.  As a couple minutes passed  and I reminisce about how fortunate that I have been to have witnessed Christopher Nolan complete his masterpiece I look back over at him and say...
"Man, I love my life."  
    we both got a chuckle out of that.... As Jay Z would say 'on to the next one.'

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol... 
     Right off the bat I'll tell you that this was a 'typical' A grade flick.  I say 'typical' because the movie stayed consistent with the blueprint of any successful action flick.
  Beautiful but necessary action,  tense build ups, plot misdirection and surprisingly complicated sub-plots.  A gorgeous female that can hold her own. Mind-blowing gadgetry and a translucent love story pending throughout the picture.  Not to mention great acting. Impeccable camera work, using every pixel of the silver screen using those wide IMAX lens.

     Albeit we are reintroduced to the proverbial action movie dilemma of Russian nuclear launch codes being stolen and a plan to strike the United States, the tension is so thick with this story you really can't afford to look away for a second.  I will admit that I got lost a few times but landed back on track as the movie moved forward.  Especially with the ordeal regarding Brandt, Jeremy Renner's new character in the series.  
          Simon Pegg was outstanding as a comedy relief  and a perfect counter balance to Paula Patton's fierceness.  Paula has really honed her craft. I enjoy watching her work and that's all I'm saying about that.

     As a tech geek I always love watching the 007 gadgets and super spy accommodated vehicles and such...  This movie had some of the most innovative gadgets that I've ever seen.  No spoilers here, you'll just have to watch and see.  
     Director Brad Bird's inaugural live action production was a success.  Honestly, how could it not be with his previous credits consisting of The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille (the last two having won Academy Awards for best Animated Feature Film)

As stated early...letter grade: A

If you can, see it in IMAX... Do it!  Pricey but worth it... only if you chose to
accept the mission.

Monday, December 19, 2011






Isabelle: " We could get into trouble."
Hugo: "That's how you know it's an adventure."

      It was a long day at work, you know the one, time gets the okay from God to freeze if you mistakenly [by habit] glance at your watch or that wretched wall clock.  I had to catch the bus that day, ironically the day after a layoff of 400 drivers, and... oh yeah, it was a Monday. After work I  get there in the nick of time, popcorn and beverage in hand.  By the time I got situated in my seat the movie started and for the first 25 minutes or so I was burned out trying to figure out what it was I was watching.... It took 10 minutes for the title screen to come up.  Frustration came about because I just wanted to to be entertained but here I am analyzing.  It felt like it wanted to be a comedy but too many serious things were happening.  Then it looked like a whimsical adventure story, which is what it turned out to be but then it went elsewhere... documentary like.
     The longer I sat there the more the story came together.  By the time it ended I was enlightened, entertained, and hungry for more on the subject of film... yes, film.  
 Turns out this is a must see for film aficionados.
Names like Georges Méliès and the Lumière brothers became familiar to me after I thought about the first time I heard those names... in film class.  When the movie ended I couldn't wait to get online to look up some of the facts that were introduced in the film.  Out of all the research, the most memorable fact ended up being how much Ben Kingsley [see movie poster below] looked like Georges Méliès...  spot on!  Kudos to the casting director.  


       Hugo  ends up  it up being an incredible movie!!!  It's one of those movies that gets better by the day.  Every time I think about the movie it gets better to me and today is Friday.  So glad I saw this picture!

   Speaking of casting the boy Asa Butterfield looks surprisingly close to the little boy in Let Me In.  So every time he and  Chloë Grace Moretz has a moment together I cringe.  Besides that, they have very good chemistry on screen ... 
this film earns a B+