One of the cool things about Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation are its subtle nods to the first film in the franchise. Both movies begin with a cold open action sequence; both then immediately segue into very similar looking credits sequences (with Lalo Schifrin’s classic Mission: Impossible score). Then the hero of the film receives his top secret mission; first, he has a heavily coded conversation with a woman, who hands him a piece of analog recording technology that contains his briefing. The difference is that in the original Mission: Impossible from 1996, the analog device (a small video cassette) represents the cutting edge of entertainment technology. In Rogue Nation, that analog recording (a vinyl record) is now wildly archaic.
I watched a couple of movies over the weekend, both with lots of action ; A Good Day to Diehard and Reacher. Diehard was a typical Bruce Willis movie almost non-stop action. He’s in Russia and becomes involved with his son who is a CIA agent...
Everyone says the movie musical is dead, but don’t tell that to the people who made ‘Rock of Ages,’ the new movie based on the hit stage musical.
This one has an amazing all-star cast, including Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and many others. And oh yeah, Tom Cruise with long hair and no shirt on.