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Two Blondes Go to a Movie: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

January 17, 2012

Two Blondes review a movie and mostly ramble about themselves.

Jessica says:

Whenever I see a movie with my mom, she always seems to say the same thing as we’re exiting the movie, “Well, it wasn’t what I expected.”  Always.  She says this after every movie.  I am always baffled by it.  I mean first of all, that is not an answer to, “Did you like the movie?”  Secondly, what does that mean?  And where are you getting these expectations?  And maybe that is your problem…but I digress.

Mission:  Impossible – Ghost Protocol should be exactly what you’d expect it to be – fun.  (Do you hear that, Mom?  Expect a fun, popcorn flick.)  It was a really fun movie to watch.  My only complaint was that it was about 20 minutes too long.  However, if you’ve been keeping up with our posts on this site, you will know that is a common complaint of mine.

Now let’s get to the scene everyone will be talking about:  Tom Cruise (and/or some stunt guys) hanging off the outside of the world’s tallest building in Dubai.  Holy cow.  The film, as a whole, looks really cool, for lack of a better word (Warning:  it may not be so cool, if you suffer from vertigo).  However, this scene, in particular, is incredible.  If you haven’t seen the behind-the-scenes footage on YouTube yet, watch it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8hNKp7D3e8.

I’m not really going to go into the detail of the plot because, well, I don’t really think that’s really the point of this kind of popcorn flick – they’re spies trying to catch someone before he sets off a nuclear bomb, a.k.a. the plot of 99.9% of spy movies.  The point of this movie is…coolness (Did I just make up a word?  Oh well.).  Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his team (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Paula Patton) are just really cool – they have cool gadgets, they go to cool locations, and they’re pretty darn attractive (Hello!  Paula Patton in that green dress).  This movie also reminded me of something I had kind of forgotten after all of Tom Cruise’s couch jumping, etc. antics – he is a really good movie star.  He is handsome (still…29 years after The Outsiders and Risky Business), charismatic, and likable.

I recommend seeing Mission:  Impossible – Ghost Protocol in theaters, but maybe as a matinee.

Alison says:

I did not see Mission:  Impossible 3 and I can’t remember if I saw Mission:  Impossible 2. I’m totally a fan of action movies, but usually sequels can get a bit repetitive, and while I respect Tom Cruise as the epitome of a movie star, he’s not necessarily what draws me to a movie the past few years. But my interest was piqued first by the video online of Tom Cruise hanging by a rope on the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (Jessica pasted the link into this blog). Scientology and Oprah couch jumping aside, that is just f#cking badass and there are very few people in this world with Tom Cruise’s smile, charm, and balls. There are many reasons he’s a movie star and many reasons he’s still a movie star after a 30-year acting career. The guy is almost 50 and he looks amazing. I could not get over how tiny his butt is. I don’t mean to sound creepy, but it was something that I could not avoid noticing throughout the movie. So if you’re into tiny butts and badass, doing-their-own-stunts action stars, well I think you might just enjoy this movie.

The main reason I decided to shell out money to see this movie was Brad Bird, the director.  I loved The Incredibles, which he also directed.  He comes with the Pixar seal of approval and has directed some of my favorite animated films.    Plus, he worked on The Critic, a show I watched a bunch in my youth.  Most importantly though, he wrote the script for one of my favorite movies from my childhood, *batteries not included.  I loved that movie when I was little. There are so many things from his résumé that I love, but they don’t really add up to make him the obvious choice to direct the next Mission:  Impossible movie.  He was an interesting choice and my interest was officially piqued.

And I was happy I went. As I’ve already mentioned, Tom Cruise is a perfect movie star. He was great in this movie, exactly what you would want from a super spy. I’m also a big fan of Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, so seeing those two made me happy. And after seeing this movie, I am now also a big fan of Paula Patton. A picture of her should be placed in the dictionary next to the word gorgeous. All in all, it was a fun popcorn flick to watch. It was a bit on the long side though, but still an entertaining way to spend 2 hours plus.

LA Viewers: Worth seeing in the theaters, but maybe go for a matinee.

Translation for non-LA viewers: Same goes for you.

P.S. Tom Cruise, if you are reading this, I hope you took the tiny butt comment as a compliment. And I hope you do another role sometime like in Magnolia. Loved you in that movie, but also was blown away by you in MI4. By the way, why are you reading this? You’ve really got much better things to do.

P.S.S Sorry for the f-bomb in my review (especially to my mother if she’s reading this), but hanging around on a rope thousands of feet in the air while waving and smiling at tourists is fucking badass. That is the definition in the dictionary of such an activity.

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Two Blondes Countdown to the Oscars: Best Supporting Actor

February 21, 2011

The Nominees:

Christian Bale The Fighter

John Hawkes Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner The Town

Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech

WHO WE THINK WILL WIN

Jessica:  Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech

Alison:  Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech

WHO WE WANT TO WIN

Jessica:  I have seen all of these movies and think each of these men gave great performances, truly.  If I had to pick a favorite, I guess it would be Jeremy Renner in The Town (I had to sit and think about that for about 10 minutes before making a decision).  My first instinct was to pick Christian Bale.  He was great in The Fighter, but in the end, I opted for Mr. Renner.  He was so believable as the thuggish best friend and bank robbing boss that I think I just kind of assumed that was close to what Jeremy Renner, himself, must be like.  Then I remembered that I’ve seen him in interviews where he seems perfectly charming and not at all like he might have kidnapped someone.  If you haven’t seen The Town, rent it.  It’s the most underrated film of the year.

Alison:  My first reaction was “Oh definitely Christian Bale in The Fighter.” He disappeared into that role, like he does with pretty much every role. He’s got to be one of the most intense and dedicated actors in Hollywood. But then my memory started working (my brain is slow sometimes) and I remembered watching Geoffrey Rush’s excellent performance in The King’s Speech. And then I couldn’t decide, so I’m calling a tie, because I really loved both performances equally.

One Blonde Goes to a Movie: The Town

September 17, 2010

Jessica Says:

I just read an article in Entertainment Weekly where Ben Affleck said; “It’s kind of hard to disavow a movie when you’re the actor, writer, and director.  You’re definitely all in.”  The good news is he won’t have to worry about trying to disavow The Town because it’s great.

The Town is a movie full of actors I enjoy watching:  Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm (both dreamy…I mean, handsome), Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Titus Welliver (the Man in Black from Lost and honestly, is there a cooler name?), and Chris Cooper.  Ben Affleck plays the leader of a gang of bank robbers from Charlestown in Boston.  Charlestown was apparently the bank robbing capital of the US back in the 1990s.  Rebecca Hall plays the manager of the bank the gang robs at the beginning of the film.  They are concerned she might be able to identify them after the robbery, so Ben Affleck’s character tails her.  In the process of following her, they end up romantically involved and that relationship (along with other factors) leads his character to question his life choices.  Jon Hamm and Titus Welliver are the FBI and police agents tasked with catching the robbery gang.  Through the rest of the film you watch him struggle to escape the pull of his community.

One of my favorite little twists (not a plot twist, so not a spoiler) is that the hero’s best friend (Jeremy Renner) is also one of the villains of the story.  Jeremy Renner, along with the entire cast, delivers top-notch performances, which must partially be a testament to Affleck’s directing ability.

Without giving away the ending, I will just say that I approved of it.  I was nervous as the story progressed that I wouldn’t like what the ending might be because the truth is quite a few horrible crimes are committed by the hero of The Town and even though you know he’s struggling to change his life, I also felt like he and his gang should have to pay for their crimes.

Go see The Town this weekend.  It’s deserves to have a decent opening weekend.  It’s totally worth the full ticket price.