Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #105 – Ant-Man And The Wasp, Mission Impossible Fallout

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #105 – Ant-Man And The Wasp, Mission Impossible Fallout

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Your mission, if you choose to accept it is to listen to our latest episode with blockbuster reviews of Mission Impossible Fallout and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Grosse Point Geek – Mission : Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Grosse Point Geek – Mission : Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Grosse Point Geek The Blogs

Grosse Point Geek casts his critical eye over the latest (some sometimes greatest) releases… this time out Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission : Impossible – Fallout 

Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Plot in a nutshell: Its a tad complicated but the basics are as follows -when three nuclear devices go missing, its up to Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team to get them back before a mysterious group called The Apostles detonates the lot of them and kills millions of innocent people in the process.

What worked: In short , pretty much everything  – especially the action scenes – which are genuinely gob smacking, manage to elevate the film into a whole new stratosphere of brilliance and are made even more impressive due to the fact that Tom Cruise did all his own stunts. Yes folks that really IS him performing the halo jump out of that plane and yes it’s also him piloting that helicopter at breakneck speed in the films stunningly mental finale. Indeed one can only imagine the amount of squeaky bum time the insurance company and the producers suffered throughout filming, wondering in desperation if their utterly mad bastard of a star actor was going to make it through to the next day in one piece.

In addition, whilst the action is outstanding, one must also credit writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who not only directs with flair and confidence but also crafts an extremely good plot that manages to twist and turn and offer up some real surprises. Its also very well acted  – Cruise, as ever exudes mega watt charisma and owns every scene he is in,  Cavill (plus the legendary King’tache) does well and shows a refreshingly different side to what we are used to when he dons the cape as Superman, Rhames is his usual cool as a cucumber self, Pegg is great fun and gets lots more to do than just act as the comedy foil, Rebecca Ferguson makes a very welcome comeback as Isla Faust and once again more than holds her own in the action stakes, plus Sean Harris returns as the completely evil Solomon Kane and proves to be the best baddie of franchise so far.

What could have been better: Not much really  –  A few one liners from Cruise wouldn’t have gone amiss perhaps – the character of Ethan Hunt can be a little too serious at times and could do with occasionally being lightened up a bit. Finally, whilst the story is really good there are a couple of plot twists that i could see coming a mile off.

Best Scene: The films climax  – a frankly amazing helicopter chase that has to be seen to be believed

Summary Review:  A proper honest to goodness blockbuster and an incredible action film to boot, extremely well made and expertly directed by Christopher McQuarrie, however to be fair its Cruise who deserves most of the praise – the guy puts in a serious shift here doing most if not all his own stunts and  giving another great performance in what is rapidly becoming his signature role.

Fantastic entertainment  -don’t miss it

Pay to see it at the cinema? – You would be mad not to

Buy on DVD/Blu Ray? – God yes

 

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Mission: Impossible Films (Updated)

Phil’s Top 5… Mission: Impossible Films (Updated)

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Mission Impossible Films (updated)

 

Close but no cigar: Mission: Impossible 2, Jack Reacher

 

 

5 – Mission: Impossible
DePalma’s reboot was great fun but a total mess with the story making little sense and some very odd acting choices by the cast.  

 

4 – Mission: Impossible 3
JJ Abram’s Mission Impossible 3 was a damn good reboot after the not well received M:I2.  It throws in some great action, a top notch villain and some amazing action sequences.

 

3 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 
Cruise ups the stunts, up’s the Tom Cruise factor and basically delivers Mission: Impossible on speed. It’s great fun and very re-watchable.

 

2 – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Peak Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise delivering some insane stunts alongside a top notch cast.  The film is brilliantly ludicrous from start to finish and we thank it for it.

 

1 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Yup Fallout is (just) the new king of the hill – the effects, stunt work and story all combine to make the best Mission Impossible yet.  A must watch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
What happens when you combine off the chart ego, pure talent and top of it’s game film craft?  Well you get this… Mission Impossible: Fallout or Mission Impossible: Tom Cruise Tries To Kill Himself. Story aside (it’s a functional and pretty linear story about the recovery of some plutonium) it’s the action and set pieces that you come to watch and man they are off the chart here.  With a serious lack of notable CGI and an incredible devotion to the ‘real’, Fallout takes things to the next level so whilst there may not be cities being blown up or Superhero’s smacking down you know that every fall, trip and crash have a real heft and weight to them. It’s that combined with spirited performances and some tight direction that makes this one of the films of the year.  In short it’s this summers first must see film. It’s also a living breathing reason WHY the Oscars should start recognising stunt performers.

Best Bit: The stunts.  Holy moly.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Mission Impossible 3, The Bourne Ultimatum 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Mission: Impossible Films

Phil’s Top 5… Mission: Impossible Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Mission: Impossible Films

 

Close but no cigar: Jack Reacher

 

5 – Mission: Impossible 2
John Woo’s  Mission Impossible 2 isn’t terrible.  It’s just very John Woo of that era.  So think more Broken Arrow that The Killer. It has it’s moments but mostly forgettable.

 

4 – Mission: Impossible
DePalma’s reboot was great fun but a total mess with the story making little sense and some very odd acting choices by the cast.  

 

3 – Mission: Impossible 3
JJ Abram’s Mission Impossible 3 was a damn good reboot after the not well received M:I2.  It throws in some great action, a top notch villain and some amazing action sequences.

 

2 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 
Cruise ups the stunts, up’s the Tom Cruise factor and basically delivers Mission: Impossible on speed. It’s great fun and very re-watchable.

 

1 – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Peak Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise delivering some insane stunts alongside a top notch cast.  The film is brilliantly ludicrous from start to finish and we thank it for it.

 

 

 

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Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018) – Review Round Up

Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018) – Review Round Up

Other Cr*p

Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie. This time out: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

 


“Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a fun but very familiar entry in the long-running franchise.”- 7.7

 

 

” Now someone will have to try to top this; either someone else will take on the mission, or these guys will again, if they choose to accept it.” 

 

 

“A combination of thrilling stunts, insane daring and clever writing make this a stunning piece of action cinema. Just be sure to take your heart meds first, and hold on tight.” – 5/5

 

 

” Here, with everything that he’s ever cared about on the line, Hunt proves why he’s summer’s most valuable action hero. ”

 


” t’s to Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s credit that, six films in, we can easily imagine Cruise returning to the Hunt role a couple more times.” -4/5

 

 

Overall Critics Say

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Phil’s Top 5… Movie Franchises

 

Close but no cigar: Lord Of The Rings/Middle Earth , Batman, Star Trek, Mission Impossible 

 

5 – Harry Potter 
JK Rowling’s iconic character transferred so amazingly to screen, with a captivating cast of emerging and established actors that stole our hearts.

 

4 – Fast & Furious
Eight films in, with more planned, the Fast movies started okay but found a new lease of life after the 5th movie and that momentum hasn’t stopped.

 

3 – Marvel
With Iron Man, Marvel started one of the most profitable runs of films ever.  But more than that they make films fans and critics love.

 

2 – James Bond
One of cinemas most successful& longest running franchises, the Bond films continue to draw big money whilst delivering high quality action films.

 

1. Star Wars
From it’s origins as a pulpy low budget sci-fi film, to it’s new life under Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars is unlike anything else.  A marketing behemoth, Star Wars changed cinema and continues to push boundaries all these years later.