Friday, April 14, 2006

Israeli Mission: Impossible

I was just re-listening to this Best of Mission: Impossible CD that was discarded by the public library and really diggin' this live track:

Mission: Impossible Live From Israel
Lalo Schifrin conducting the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra

Nice! Starts off with "The Plot" music (and gets really groovy during this part) then moves into the oh-so-familiar M:I theme.

The 3rd movie comes out a few days after I leave for Europe and I'm kinda sad about having to miss it. Well, not really. Poor crazy Tom Cruise is looking to be the worst part of the movie. The whole ad campaign is based around this Philip Seymour Hoffman "Then..I'm going to kill you.. right.. in front of her" quote and the blown sideways into a car money shot. Remember the trailer for the first Mission: Impossible? Tom Cruise flying through the air from an exploding helicopter onto the back of a TGV train, face grunting at the camera... ridiculously impossible, but still cool. Now, he flies 5 feet sideways into a car and it's supposed to be impressive. The whole ad campaign seems to neglect what is the best cast assembled so far:
Ving Rhames (always cool)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (newly Oscar minted)
Simon Pegg (the "Shaun" of Shaun of the Dead)
Laurence Fishburne (hell ya)
Johnathan Rhys Meyers (best Woody Allen film in ages)
Maggie Q (cool name and very cute as she blows up a fancy car)
Billy Crudup (Almost Famous, one of the best movies ever)

Weakest Link: Tom Cruise (crazy)
Questionable Link: J. J Abrams (first big screen film; seems to be reusing action scenes from the previous 2 films but on a TV scale)

Remember when Carrie-Anne Moss, Scarlett Johanssen, Kenneth Branagh, and Ricky Gervais were all cast at some point...? With David Fincher directing. But delays and more delays led to them all dropping out to accomodate Crazy Tom's schedule (my interpretation). They need to revamp this series to be more like the original show: a group of IMF agents that actually worked together AS A TEAM. Bring back Martin Landau!

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