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The Mission: Impossible Series – Anyway, That’s All I Got!

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With the recent release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, we here at ATAIG thought it would be the perfect opportunity to trace the lineage of the series—from 1996 to 2018—and try to figure out how and why this franchise has managed to keep going strong. We talk about the ones that worked (five of them), the one that didn’t quite work, all of the crazy stunts, and all of the insanely complicated storylines over the years. We also have an important announcement at the beginning, so make sure you don’t miss that, and enjoy!

Hosted by Sam Noland, Jason Read, and Anthony Battaglia!

Question For You: Which M:I movie is your favorite? Also, whose facemask would you want to have? But, most importantly, can you explain the plot of any of these in one sentence? Comment below, email us at ataigpodcast@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter: @AnywayCast.

Go on…The Mission: Impossible Series – Anyway, That’s All I Got!

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Cinemaholics Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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Tom Cruise is back for another mission, this time in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, once again directed by Christopher McQuarrie. I’m joined by my regular cohosts this week to review the film, Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines (who is back from his time off the show). It’s a packed episode with plenty to get into, so let’s get started.

Please send us your questions. We’re planning on doing our first Q&A episode, so ask us anything. We’ll be devoting a full episode to answering your questions, whether they be personal, professional, or downright absurd. Can’t wait to read what all of you come up with.

Go on…Cinemaholics Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Our Most Overrated Actors – Now Conspiring

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Just because they are famous, doesn’t mean they live up to the hype. This week on Now Conspiring, we talk about the actors and actresses we consider overrated but not before playing a good ol’ round of Would You Rather.

We also discuss a little bit of what we did during our Easter weekend and our family traditions like ultra-challenging egg hunts.

Later on, we reply to all of your comments which were all mostly related to 13 Reasons Why and how it could negatively affect people suffering with depression.

Question of the Week: Who is the most overrated actor?

Go on…Our Most Overrated Actors – Now Conspiring

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and Vacation Review, Best Tom Cruise Movies

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This week on the Now Conspiring Podcast, we review Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the new Vacation movie based on the National Lampoon original starring Chevy Chase. We also talk a bit about Jason Segel in the David Foster Wallace biopic, The End of the Tour.

We also review box office takes, the latest trailers, this week’s top entertainment headlines, and a brand new segment called “Getting Basic w/ Adonis.” Everyone but Adonis won’t be disappointed. Then we read your feedback from last week’s question of the week. Speaking of which…

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s your favorite Tom Cruise movie?

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‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’ Review — The Bomb Cruise

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Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation is the fifth film in the nearly 20-year-old franchise, once again starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, as well as a host of old and new characters.

One of the interesting qualities of this franchise is the frequent remix of creativity. Each Mission: Impossible has had a different director. Many of them, like Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams, have managed to breathe life in the aging franchise, while others…John Woo…have made it gasp for air.

So I was pleasantly excited to hear that Christopher McQuarrie — known for Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and last year’s Edge of Tomorrow — would be bringing his signature style to “Rogue Nation” as both writer and director. And as you can imagine, the results are excellent.

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The basic set up of the film is pretty basic. The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) has been disbanded, and Ethan is now a fugitive hunted by the CIA. He has to gather old allies to combat a shadow organization that the CIA doesn’t believe exists called “The Syndicate,” aptly nicknamed the “Anti-IMF” by Simon Pegg’s character, Benji.

The Syndicate is composed of former government agents from around the world, sort of like a “dark” G.I. Joe, making them a pretty formidable foe for Ethan and his team. They’re not as chilling as Phillip Seymour Hoffman (the franchise’s best villain so far), but the plot is certainly fresher than Ghost Protocol and the second Mission: Impossible.

As always, Tom Cruise does many of the death-defying stunts we’ve come to expect in these films, adding to the tension of actually seeing him hang off of an airplane lifting off a runway. Every set piece in this movie graciously feels like a thrill ride that’s hard to get out of your head. You can tell that McQuarrie wanted to recapture some of the thriller aspects of the first Mission: Impossible, while making sure the action was nonstop as it’s been since M:I3. And it works to great effect.

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You’ll probably love the characters, especially newcomer Rebecca Ferguson, who plays a femme fatale who seems to be having the most fun with her role. She’s electric on the screen and a welcome addition to the franchise. Alec Baldwin plays a CIA…manager or something…and has a forgettable role in my opinion, though the few scenes he’s in are pretty fun and break up the action.

Overall, this is an entertaining movie with great action and likable characters. I enjoyed it far more than this year’s Fast and Furious installment, a similar franchise that’s not ready to quit. Unlike that movie, “Rogue Nation” had me on the edge of the seat and smiling like a teenager all throughout.

Grade: B+ 

The villains aren’t particularly interesting and the smart plot is undercut by predictability, but the superb action scenes and great performances make this a standout in this year’s best action films.

Extra Credits

  • Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are back and better than ever. I highly doubt the franchise would still be this good without them. I was less impressed with Renner, but he did have a running joke that had the whole theater laughing at one point.
  • I can neither confirm or deny that this movie is good. OK, I can.
  • They actually make fun of Tom Cruise’s height in this movie. Seriously.
  • The plane is hyped up in the trailers, but it’s not even the best scene. This was a great choice.
  • Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny!

Rogue Nation was directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Sean Harris as Solomon Lane, and Alec Baldwin as Alan Huntley.

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Trailer Breakdown: Edge of Tomorrow

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I originally wrote this post on Moviepilot.

Summing this movie trailer up in one sentence is ridiculously doable. Unfortunately, I want you to actually read this before you click away and do something productive, so let’s get started on breaking down Edge of Tomorrow.

Our star is none other than Tom Cruise, Scientology’s favorite son (or sun?) and Emily Blunt. In other words, I’m halfway excited about the casting here.

Let’s check out the trailer first and discuss:

Go on…Trailer Breakdown: Edge of Tomorrow

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