M:I III

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic I’m part of an agency… called the IMF. What’s that stand for? Impossible Mission Force. [chuckles] Yeah right. So let’s get this straight. Tom Cruise, big budget action movie, and the guy behind Lost and Alias directing it? Can’t lose right? Right. And it doesn’t. Yes Philip Seymour Hoffman acts Tom off the screen, yes the stunts and gadgets are over the top, yes there is a lot of violence and guns and explosions. And yes it works. I’ve never really understood why the critics pan Tom Cruise for his poor acting in a movie like this. The entire point is that you aren’t watching HIM, you are watching the action. You …

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War of the Worlds

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic SPIELBERG, CRUISE, EPIC MOVIE, INCLUDING MORGAN FREEMAN NARRATING (doesn’t get much more epic than that these days… whatever happened to James Earl Jones?). Yes, the self-proclaimed “blockbuster of the year” has finally been viewed and it was bloody good. Well it could have been utterly amazing, but Tom Cruise – and this is something my wife was the first to say, and she’s a HUGE Cruise fan – just can’t cut the mustard. He’s fine at wide sweeping and overly dramatic acting but give him something challenging, something that concentrates a lot of the camera time on him and more importantly, on him whilst he’s acting scared and needs to show emotion, …

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Sated Blueprints

Whilst I realise I’m not hugely representative of “mice and men”, I’m currently struggling to plan and control several different projects both at home and at work. Now, I’ve yet to finish reading Getting Things Done, and I have been trying to implement some of the ideas, but I’ve not had time (and for those who’ve read the book – yes yes, I know!!) to clear the slate. Evidence is below should it be required. It has a knock on effect here I think. Blogging becomes a chore but is an “easy” diversion, and other things that I prefer doing leap to the top of the queue, knocking things like “buy car tax” below where it should be (and I …

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Dreich

Cold, wet, grey, miserable. The perfect day to stay at home and catch up on some watching.. Series 4 of Sopranos anyone? In reward for yesterday’s cleaning/tidying efforts I was allowed out to the cinema… kidding. I was dragged out to see the latest blockbuster by Mr.Cruise (Mrs. McLean is a life-long fan, all the way back to Risky Business). I’ve come to accept these events as part of the compromise of marriage. So The Last Samurai. A simple enough story of good versus evil. But more so, as I have to say that Tom Cruise is beginning to develop into a very good actor. I think the subject matter of the film helps, as does the script, but that …

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The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai Working with a simple story (good versus evil), the script and direction make the movie, although they are helped in no little part by Tom Cruise and Ken Watanbe in the lead roles. Cruise handles his role well, he is a man in turmoil, on a downward path who finds peace with himself in the most unlikely of places. The underlying message of the movie is particularly prevalent during these times, remembering and honouring both where you come from, and differing cultures. The battle scenes are violently gory, but with a purpose, and the final scenes moving. Only flaw is the very last scene which wasn’t needed and possibly dampened things, but all in all Mr.Cruise seems …

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Minority Report

Movie info from IMDB I’ve let it settle in my head for a couple of days but it made no difference. I really enjoyed this and Tom Cruise was really good! Plot flaws? Of course. Cloy moments? Of course (it is Speilberg after all). Annoying details about how things will be in the future? Of course. Enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. OF COURSE! I’d write more about it but the one thing still stuck in my head is why they didn’t have the ‘crime room’ networked. I mean it was 2040-something, why did the guy have to put some data on a ‘disc’ (clear glass thingy granted..) and WALK across the room… I mean we’ve cracked that …

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Coming Attraction

5 July 2002 Minority Report.Tom Cruise, Steven Speilberg, story based on a Philip K Dick short story. I think we can chalk this up as a ‘must-see’ (although if it has Tom Cruise in it I don’t usually get the choice, but I will admit he has been improving of late…).

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