Movie and tv show report
Here are a few things we have been watching recently:
Mission Impossible 12, the Search for Mission Impossible 11.
I don't know what this was actually called, but it was fun. Tom Cruise is one agile 70 year old. He can run, jump out of planes, drive fast, ride motor cycles and shoot without ever having to reload his weapon. And not a scratch on him.
Back are his assistants from previous movies Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and a woman I guess we are supposed to recognize and Henry Cavill with his now infamous mustache. I can't think of much that was unique but it was well made and action packed.
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg team up once again for an action-packed movie with lots of shooting, driving and fighting. A secret commando unit is dispatched to fight crime and chaos ensues. Berg's previous films are all great - Deepwater Horizon, Patriot's Day, Lone Survivor, Battleship (stupid but fun), Hancock, Friday Night Lights - the guy has a great track record. Likewise Wahlberg is versatile going form action to comedy and back.
Dogs of Berlin (Netflix)
A German show with English audio, tells the story of a murder investigation mixed with ethnic conflict in present-day Berlin. I can't say more without giving anything away. It is a heavy show with a lot happening so it is taking a while to get through it, but overall is well made and thought provoking.
Mission Impossible is 2 hours of stunts looking for a plot. The story is really weak - the ending, ridiculously improbable.
Also, he's 57, not 70.
You said Tom Cruise didn't have a scratch on him. Actually, Tom Cruise broke his ankle on the scene when he jumps off a roof and barely misses it and grabs the rooftop. If you look closely you can see his leg snap in the film for a couple of frames before they cut to the next scene. Tom healed in record time and was back to filming I think a month later. The sad thing is, at this point, Superman could have shaved his mustache and filmed all of his pick up scenes.
Mark, sorry you hated the film. I thought it was really cool and was fun how you had a previous bad guy instead of always having a new baddy. I also like how they tied this film to all of the last films. I watched it with my grandma and found out at the end of the movie that she never watched any of the films except 1 and 2. Whops.
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Rather than starting a new thread, here are some more recent viewings:
Polar - Mads Mikkelson is a hitman/assassin approaching retirement who is given one last assignment. Meanwhile another group of killers are trying to kill him. Chaos ensues. Very violent but well made and unusual in ways, namely that Mads is not really a well known actor in the US. He was in Casino Royale and Rogue One, so I know who he is.
Sex Education - Netflix series with Asa Butterfield as a teen whose mom is a sex therapist and he becomes an amateur therapist for his classmates. It was perhaps a bit raunchy for a teen audience, but you could say that about 13 Reasons Why and other recent shows about high school age characters. Freaks and Geeks could have the same description for that matter.
Crikey, it's the Irwins - 10 years after Steve Irwin's death, his wife and kids are the faces of Australia Zoo. Robert Irwin is becoming the new Crocodile Hunter and is very good with handling animals. Bindi Irwin is more of a spokesperson who observes animals and gets involved with rehabilitation. A few episodes and it gets a little repetitive.
The Secret Life of the Zoo - This one is more interesting. A zoo in England has camera crews following lots of interesting activities at Chester Zoo, near Liverpool.
Pine Gap - we started watching this show about a secret listening facility in Australia. It is co-operated by Australia, UK and American intelligence. Needless to say there is a scandal and coverup. I will have to watch the rest some time.
Another series started but not finished is Homecoming. This is about veterans living in a mysterious rehab facility with some strange things going on. Same creator as Mr. Robot, so I know there is going to be something unusual as we get deeper into the series.
I am the Night - This just started on TNT, starring Chris Pine. Based on true events, it looks good after one episode. I don't want to give anything away.
Untitled Ghostbusters Project - Jason Reitman is, apparently, making a sequel to Ghostbusters 2, bypassing the 2016 reboot. Will we get all of the living original cast members? I hope so.
John Wick Chapter 3 - I hope they make 10 of these
Zombieland 2 - the first one was fun
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - the most wholesome actor playing the most wholesome tv personality - sounds perfect
Terminator 18 - TBD
Frozen 2 - Disney should make a lot of coin on this
Star Wars IX - take my money, please
Top Gun: Maverick
Avatar 2 - I recently went to Avatar Land at Disney and I am now interested in a sequel.
No Star Wars movie announced for December 2020...yet. They could make an Obi-Wan movie in 18 months.