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  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    I couldn't quite place the name "Christopher McQuarrie" when it popped up under the header of Director in the opening credits of Rogue Nation. I knew I had seen a film by someone with this name before, but I absolutely could not place it. When I got home and saw that his only other meaningful direction credit came in the form of Jack Reacher, I was not shocked at all. Both films are well-shot, tight action films, but are missing…

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible 1996

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Aug, 2015

    An interesting medley of a De Palma/Hitchcockian thriller and a Bond-type spy film. Has the usual trappings of a De Palma effort (shot borrowed straight from Vertigo, train fixation, dutch angles), but fits comfortably into Cruise's action oeuvre. The scene in the vault is tense as can be, and features absolutely iconic imagery.

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  • Scanners

    Scanners 1981

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014 3

    Film #2 of my Horror Marathon

    Brilliant premise and wonderful cinematography are ultimately wasted on Scanners. The "lead" (if you can even call him that) puts in one of the worst performances I've seen, reciting every line as if it is the first time he's ever said those words in that order. Which may actually be true, given how Cronenberg was forced to put the movie into production before the script had been finalized. He would spend the first 2…

  • Inferno

    Inferno 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014 2

    Film #3 of my Horror Marathon

    I'm on a huge roll watching movies that are visually competent and rewarding, but are lacking in other basic film criterion such as plot and characterization. Inferno fits that bill pretty nicely, featuring great cinematography on the streets of Rome and New York, as well as some amazing color work, but ultimately lacks the necessary plot cohesion to be a great piece of film-making. There is, however, also the added bonus here of an…