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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

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Yes, he’s back. It is a more mollified humane Tom Cruise who once again fights the Syndicate and The Establishment. The Syndicate aims for a new world order by upsetting the status quo using acts of terrorism.  The  Establishment, like all establishments, is in complete denial.

This is a super action packed MISSION. And it has something in it for everyone…

For the woman of today, there is Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Fergusen), a double agent thwarted by both her male bosses, -confident, combative and  assertive, an unbelievable bike rider, at times soft and caring, and the very equal of Cruise.

Nerds get a look in with Benjie (Simon Pegg), Cruise’s slightly fumbling yet totally loyal sidekick. The Establishment is ably represented by Alec Baldwin. The ultimate IT expert is an Afro American Luther Strikell, (Ving Rhames) and the Nice Guy is William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). They all up gang up against the Schoolyard Bully, the embodiment of Evil, an Englishman by the name of Soloman Lane (Sean Harris).

Oh, and for good measure Opera Fans get to see a bit of Turandot.

This is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and there are a few laughs on the way. Like all Mission movies the willing suspension of disbelief is required but the audience didn’t seem to mind doing that too much. We all know how a Mission will finish, but this movie has genuine tension and suspense.

It all ends with the heroine driving off in her shiny black BMW convertible, a taut look over her shoulder as she says to Ethan Hunt  “….you know where to find me.”

We saw this movie at the Event cinema in the City, in Atmos Dolby. The sound surround Audio and the slightly curved screen gave the movie great oomph. If you are a Mission devotee or just hanker for some big hearted big deal action cinema go and see it..and see it in Atmos Dolby! And if you are into Rotten Tomatoes the rating is 94%.

Hector And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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In the fabulous book WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MOVIES, published by Faber & Faber, editor David Jenkins writes “Simon Pegg is the very definition of the kind of bloke you’d want to go down to the pub with.”

In his latest film, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, the Peggster reteams with his World’s End co-star, Rosamund Pike and instead of doing a pub crawl, embarks on a continent hop, in pursuit of contentment.

Pegg plays Hector, a London psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara, played by Pike, that he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. He embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.          Continue reading Hector And The Pursuit Of Happiness

Hector and the search for happiness

Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike at the top of their art
Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike  at the top of their craft

In the fabulous forthcoming book WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MOVIES, published by Faber & Faber, editor David Jenkins writes, “Simon Pegg is the very definition of the kind of bloke you’d want to go down to the pub with.”

In his latest film, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, the Peggster reteams with his World’s End co-star, Rosamund Pike and instead of doing a pub crawl, embarks on a continent hop, in pursuit of contentment.

Pegg plays Hector, a London psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara, played by Pike, that he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. He embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. Continue reading Hector and the search for happiness

Boxtrolls

The-Boxtrolls-6THE BOXTROLLS is based on Alan Snow’s childrens novel “Here Be Monsters”, part of a series of rather ghoulish but quirky and very clever childrens’ books.

Just as in their previous film CORALINE, Laika Animation has worked really hard to stand out with their unique stop motion movies, and their genuine stop motion is so exquisite in every detail and is uniquely charming, as amply demonstrated in the trailers for their third American animated feature length film BOXTROLLS. I am an absolute fan of movie animation in its many forms, however the physical process of creation by the frame-by-frame alteration of every character, still is a very welcome treat for my eyes. Continue reading Boxtrolls

THE WORLD’S END

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The team that made HOT FUZZ and SHAUN OF THE DEAD have delivered a film in a similar vain. THE WORLD’S END is very funny, at times silly, and intelligently looks at life from the time you leave school until middle age creeps in.

Gary King, played with manic abandon by Simon Pegg, organises a re-run of the end of school pub crawl that they attempted but never completed twenty years earlier.

He is reluctantly joined by his four friends from the original never completed adventure. His four friends have responsible jobs and families, but Gary has never moved on, and continues to lead a life of drugs, alcohol and general irresponsibility.

Nevertheless the five friends make it to Newton Haven and amidst many sharp one liners and amusing banter they commence their trek down The Golden Mile.

The pubs have all been redesigned, presumably by self- important marketing gurus, to the same formula to create a fake nostalgia. Worse than this though, the inhabitants of the town have been replaced by alien robots. The five drinkers, realize they will have to fight to escape the town, and possibly to save humanity. They take on the robots, and vicious and escalating comic violence ensues.

The main cast, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike, all perform strongly and are well supported by a host of familiar English faces. Some of the characters are one dimensional caricatures but they do support the comedy and overall it works well.

Writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are primarily concerned with the comedy but they also make films with thought provoking concepts.

I can recommend THE WORLD’S END as a very funny film. It is currently on wide release.