Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

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Some say this is the weakest entry in the Mission: Impossible series. And while these movies (unlike the TV show it’s based on) have always been more about Tom Cruise than about the team, M:I 2 probably focused more on Ethan Hunt—less on the team dynamics, less on teamwork—more than did the other movies. Of course, there’s Ving Rhames but here, the team does the TEAM, and Hunt does the WORK.

Some may have complained about the overly simple plot: ex-IMF agent in possession of a deadly virus; Ethan Hunt needs to stop him, retrieve it. Well, you don’t really go see M:I 2 for the plot. You see it for John Woo’s trademark action bits: the balletic execution, the glorious slow mo’s, the doves Continue reading “Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)”

Favorite Movies of 2018

I started this list and wrote the draft in early September, feared that Jose Mari Chan’s cool as breeze and soothing voice would soon invade the airwaves and mind-erase the best movies I’ve seen this year. The original list was longer and includes flicks I don’t think so highly about (i.e., Black Panther) but I like to keep it short this time and include only my favorite films. Yes, some of them are old but I’ve only managed to see them this year. And so, movies as old as Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Ploy (2007, Thailand) and some, not as old, like Jun Lana’s terrific Bwakaw (2012, Philippines) and Green Room (2015, USA), are also included here. Continue reading “Favorite Movies of 2018”