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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Do you guys realize this year is the 15th anniversary of the Mission: Impossible movie? How did that happen?!? Who the hell is in charge here? I want to file a complaint!

This is a genuinely good flick. Don’t let the John Woo piece of shit second movie color the first. I know some were upset by the turning of one of the beloved characters from the show into a villain, but as a spy movie the flick is tight, epic and suspenseful. Makes me long for the days when the studios took their tentpoles to Brian De Palma.

Granted, De Palma played a pretty large part in excising himself from the studio world, but goddamn man… when the dude was on fire there is nobody like him. I really miss his voice in film.

Today’s pic looks at an upside down Tom Cruise, the filming of one of the key moments from this flick.

Enjoy the pic and click to embiggen!



With all this Batman talk going on, I think tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic might just need a little chaos!

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  • March 21, 2011, 7 p.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    such a dumb movie and actor

  • March 21, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Sweet Pic, Sweet Flick

    by MMacKK

  • March 21, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Yes Quint, time is a bitch

    by MooseMalloy

    It just keeps going on and on and on and...

  • March 21, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    "John Woo piece of shit second movie"


    Harsh man ... That piece of shit still entertains me twice as much as the fucking yawn-fest first one.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Leave M:I 2 alone

    by A-COD

    and Brittany.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Fun Movie.. but NOT Mission Impossible!!!

    by LargoJr

    Missed the whole fucking point of the stories and the characters. The idea was that EVERYBODY GETS OUT ALIVE, COMPLETING THEIR MISSION AGAINST ALL ODDS!! DUH fucktardos! DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE! Instead we get another 'Tom Cruise does it all by himself, betrayed at every turn' bullshit fests

  • March 21, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    In 1996 Cruise was celebrating his 15th year in film

    by Fred

  • March 21, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Great film!

    by alex

    De Palma's Mission Impossible

  • March 21, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The turning of Phelps

    by maxjohnson1971

    ruined the rest of that movie. Of course, it could have just been the rest of the movie that ruined the rest of the movie. Saw it at the theaters, hated it, and have not watched it since. Mission: Impossible my ass.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Mission: Impossible: a movie that's easy to forget...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Not great, not bad; just easy to forget about... Never did care for it. And Cruise is a douche. Every time I see that guy grin and start is uncontrollable chuckling, I want to punch him square in the throat.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    This first one is the best, cuz it's not all about Cruise.

    by Royston Lodge

    It's more about the team, which is what made Mission Impossible (the tv show) so great. Killing virtually the entire team off in the first movie was the biggest mistake. That, and replacing Hunt's handler with each movie. Imagine how much more heart the series would have if Henry Czerny reprised his role as the handler for each movie, with all the incumbent hostility between his character and Hunt. Sigh. The MI series is just one big lesson in missed opportunities.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    II > I ...III > all

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    And I hope IV wipes them all! But yeah, I really disliked the first when I saw it. Was a bit boring and the CGI was god awful, even at the time. That helicopter at the end... among the worst botch jobs of CGI put to film. If it's going to look that bad - re-think your scene! Anyway, II was entertaining but still flawed... re-watching it now, it is very much a product of the late 90's and that's quite a fault now. Metallica theme song etc. Makes you cringe. But it was fun. III was just kick ass!

  • March 21, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Not John Woo's fault

    by The Dwayne

    The second movie had plot holes and such but it wasn't John Woo's fault. His version of the film was rated R and was close to 3 hours long. The studio wanted a lot trimmed for length and to make it PG-13.

  • March 21, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    1996 was one of the biggest summers for tent polemovies

    by moorE12

    Mission Impossible, Twister, The Rock, Independence Day, Eraser...what else am I missing?

  • March 21, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    ^ The Rock

    by magnetoelectric

    And Kazaam....

  • March 21, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Didn't care...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Still don't. I think I've seen them backwards III>II>I. I really couldn't tell you what happened in any of 'em. Last time I gave a shit about Tom was WoW.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    MI:II underrated

    by Tikkanen

    I can remember getting excited to see Mission: Impossible and its great ensemble cast, and then sitting there pissed off when they were killed off in the first 15 minutes. Reading later that Brian De Palma was pissed off about Tom Cruise's interference was only the icing on the cake. In MI:2, John Woo actually created a silly fun flick that can be rewatched.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by Tikkanen

    From Dusk til Dawn and Broken Arrow were also in 1996.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    MI1- The Good:

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    wirework scene, aquarium restaurant scene (especially the "follow me around the room" lines), Tom Cruise, Ving Raimes, Jean Reno The Bad: Jon Voight, Jon Voight's wife; Jon Voight's makeup artist, Jon Voight's tailor, Jon Voight's lines, Emilio Esteves.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Fucking Brilliant!

    by MainMan2001

  • March 21, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    by Mr Lucas

    Cruise? Snooze.

  • March 21, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    2 WAS the worst.

    by little_lebowski

    It wasn't the plot, or not being R, it was the FUCKING HALF HOUR LONG SLOW-MO FIGHT SCENE CLIMAX.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Wow, I agree with Quint

    by 7Cal

    For all his geek rage against Die Hard 4 and how great Die Hard 2 is (although at least he knows part 1 is the best), I am with him 100% on this one. M:I 1 was AWESOME, and I think doesn't get the general props it deserves as just a great film. Also, the second one was a complete piece of shit.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Mrs. Hunt

    by tomandshell

    Did they write his wife out of the new one? Michelle Monaghan did fine in the third (my favorite).

  • March 21, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I: did nothing for me. II: was shit. III: was decent.

    by frenetik1

    unfortunately, by the time III came out, Cruise was box office poison (i.e. peddling all that scientology crap) so people didn't give the flick a chance.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Ocean's 11 has more in common with the show

    by J.B.M.A.

    than any of the Mission movies. You know - a gang who complete an impossible heist type of event without losing anybody.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I agree with everyone that says that 3 is the best.

    by MRJONZ72

  • March 21, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Am I alone in liking all THREE Mission: Impossible flicks?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Like the Alien films, I like how each M:I film has a new director and visual/storytelling style, from De Palma's 60's/70's-style Hirchcockian precision to Woo's florrid romanticism to Abrams' Jason Bourne-ish immediacy (save some unfortunate use of shakey-cam). I'm excited to see what Brad Bird brings to the series, given The Incredibles has some of the best action sequences of the last decade (albiet in 'toon form). As a De Palma phanboy, however, I like the first film the most. The taut direction, Danny Elfman's kick-ass musical score (the perfect mix of Lalo Schifrin and Bernard Herrmann), the pleasingly retro espionage vibe of the whole production, with excitment generated by genuine filmmaking more than through shit blowing up. YES, it's not the TV series in killing off the team and making Cruise a lone wolf (that's one thing about the third movie I like...except for the last reel or so, it IS a team effort), but that's like complaining De Palma's The Untouchables wasn't in B&W and didn't star Robert Stack.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Oliver Stone's M:I-II would have been great

    by moviemaven83

    in an interview he said he had problems trying to make something 'sensational' happen every 10 minutes and it wasn't his kind of film. and yes--it had to do with an A.I. as the villain. Weird.

  • March 21, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Inception was the best Mission Impossible film yet

    by successor

    <p>It was more like the TV series than the three M:I films combined. Only it took place inside dreams instead of reality.</p> <p>As for the films, I liked the first one the most. But I did wonder why Hunt didn't use sleeping gas on the Donohue guy while he was still in the vault. Probably because doing that wouldn't allow for the hanging on a wire set piece.</p>

  • March 21, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Damn, I liked Mission Impossible II

    by lv_426

    but then again, I also enjoyed such flicks as Battle: LA, Lady in the Water, Meet the Feebles, The Delta Force, Titanic, and Enter the Ninja. So maybe there is something wrong with my cinematic tastes in relation to most folks out there?

  • March 21, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Mi3 was the only one that was fun

    by Mel

  • March 21, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by lv_426

    I also like all three MI films. Now, Alien and Aliens as a duology are better than the MI series, but Alien 3 was too out of step for me in so many ways, then add Resurrection to the mix and it fucks up the trilogy anyways. I do like that both series had different directors and tried different things. I think the problem with Alien 3 was that they just didn't wait until they had the proper script, which then haunted them through the entire production cycle of the film. Resurrection is unnecessary, although still kinda fun after you just accept it for what it is. Hopefully MI:IV will be able to do its own thing without moving too far away from the other three films.

  • March 21, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    M:I 3 - SPOILER

    by The Bear

    I enjoyed M:I 3 up until the end. Plenty of stunts, plenty of exotic locations (yes, for me Vatican City is exotic), and a good villain. But then... Then, the big ending we get isn't big at all. It's a fucking fist fight. That's it. And the bad guy? He getting hit by a car!! Jesus Christ, what a let down. The good guy wins because the bad guy's a victim of a hit-and-run accident?!! I just shook my head walking out of that stinker.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Isnt MI2 the most successful one from the trilogy?

    by KilliK

    personally i like all three of them and i consider MI3 the closest one to the true spirit of the tvseries. I do hope in the future we get a reboot which will be the true MI movie adaptation with Phelps as the good guy as he should have been from the first and without any traumatic interferences from its egoistic star.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    No problems with the first one...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...that calling it ETHAN HUNT wouldn't have solved.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Me, I thought Mission Impossible 2...

    by Lobanhaki2

    ...was fun. That's enough for me. There are other better films I have seen, other, more realistic ones, but I never entered the theatre expecting Brideshead Revisited. Different movies serve different purposes. This movie serves the purpose of having a bunch of Kung-Fu Choreographed gun fights, with Tom Cruise doing a hell of a lot of nutty stunts. Does that mean I love the original, from start to finish, any less? Or Number 3? Fact of the matter is, the world is overloaded with movies. It's like Houston Weather: whatever you don't like, just wait: something will come along that you may like, or failing that, you have home video, cable, and online sources to find what you do like.

  • March 21, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Loved MI:1; liked MI:2; MI:3 meh

    by MapMan

    MI:2 is pretty harshly maligned. It was way too simplistic and revolved around Hunt too much. They lost the team concept that was in MI:1. But very competently directed. More than I can say for MI:3. MI:3 does not really ring a bell. I saw it but forgot it instantly. There was nothing noteworthy about it. I do remember the shaky-cam night scenes that were mostly unwatchable. I hope MI:4 is better movie more like the first.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Mixed feelings about Ethan Hunt III...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...I love Philip Seymour Hoffman as a Big Bad. But making the McGuffin so pure that you never find out what it is, just chase and chase after it, is insulting to the audience. I mean, you never see what's in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction, but at least you know it glows...This is practically an admission that you're just trying to jerk us around like one of Pavlov's dogs. Hitchcock may not have cared what the McGuffin was, but at least he knew the audience did.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • March 22, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    It doesn't matter what the McGuffin was.

    by Shermdawg

    It didn't matter to the plot, and it would've been just another generic doomsday device or component. Just knowing it would be some scary shit in the wrong hands was all we needed to know. What WAS insulting to the audience was using the stupid mask gimmick AGAIN. Hopefully that tired plot device won't figure heavily in M:I 4.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • March 22, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    With you on the mask, shermdawg...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...but movies, unlike intelligence agencies, don't operate on a need-to-know basis. "It's scary shit in the wrong hands--trust us" just doesn't cut it. If it's "just another generic doomsday device," then you need to work harder and give the audience something fresh and inventive. But this wasn't really a failure of imagination; this was trying to be cutesy and clever--too clever by half. If you (not you, shermdawg, J.J. Abrams) want to make some kind of satirical point about spy movies, fine--but in that case, put it in Austin Powers: IV, not Mission Impossible:III. (And this from someone who liked Abrams" Alias.) Would you enjoy an Indiana Jones movie where you never found out what the relic Indy was chasing was?

  • The driving force of M:I III was Hunt's personal life. And honestly after fifty years or so of spy films and comic book flicks, it's not so easy to be fresh and inventive when it comes to a doomsday device. And why try that hard when it's not only unimportant to the story you're trying to tell, but could potentially overshadow it? Not to mention needlessly drag it out.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    MI:2 felt like it was the porn version of what the real MI:2

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    was going to be. What a god-awful film.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    But shermdawg, the driving force of Last Crusade...

    by kisskissbangbang healing the rift between Indy and his father; does it matter what the relic is? Well, yeah; because the Holy Grail heals. In a well-thought out story, the object everyone's pursuing should have some resonance with the theme or some other aspect of a story. I don't love The Rock (although it is the only Bay movie I can stand). The McGuffin there, as I recall, is a record of all the stuff the US government doesn't want known, like who shot Kennedy. That's a potent McGuffin (even if I hate the pandering to conspiracy theorists.) It's got some weight, and it makes Ed Harris's character more than just a villain. I'm sure it's hard to come up with good McGuffins. It;s hard to make good movies, too. That doesn't mean you don't need to try. (And as I said, an unknown, meaningless McGuffin would be fine in a satirical spy movie, or some sort of bitter, tragic film where people die to keep outdated information secret. But MI:3 wasn't that kind of movie. A McGuffin that's never explained makes a movie into a snipe hunt, and who enjoys those except the jerks playing you for a sucker?)

  • March 22, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    M:I 1 was horrible

    by obidawsn

    I thought the first M:I movie was boring and full of plot holes. When M:I 3 came out, I decided to pick up M:I 1 since it was on sale and included a M:I 3 movie ticket. I wanted to give it another chance. And since I already had M:I 2 on DVD and would more than likely get M:I 3, I thought it would be good to have the set. After watching it again, I almost wish I had just saved my money. It was even worse than I remembered. I never watched the show, but the whole movie never seemed to get what the show was about. They were too busy trying to make Tom Cruise the star of the picture. Then in order to make itself seem better than it really was, they put twists in the movie that made no sense with the rest of the story. At least M:I 2 had some entertainment value to it. The only M:I movie completely worth watching was the 3rd one. It got it right on so many levels. And since it seemed like Tom Cruise made a lot of the decisions on that movie (including the director and making it a team movie instead of about himself), I had a little more respect for him. Too bad it got drowned out in all his craziness that year.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by BenBraddock

    Without a doubt!

  • March 22, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    I > III > II

    by Saracen1

    The first was excellent. A taut, smart, lean spy flick. If you thought it was boring then go take your fucking ADHD medicine. Jesus. The third I enjoyed quite a bit...very close to the first. Maybe if I watch it agian I'll change my mind. Or not. The third one I never considered a real Mission Impossible flick. It had well choreographed fight scenes, sure. But it should've been named something else. Having said that it's a two star movie. Though I have to thank that movie for yanking Dougray Scott away from X-Men, so the far superior Hugh Jackman could play Wolverine instead.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    ctml (if you don't mind the abbreviation)...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...don't think I disagree. I just think that in a quest story, however it pays off, I should know what the quest is for, at least (with the two exceptions I mentioned). As Karen Allen said (right before the final, ironic payoff of that film), "They don't know what they've got--but I do." (And speaking of ironic payoffs, how about LOTR? A quest, not to find the McGuffin, but to get rid of it--and the hero can't do it, while a villain saves the day.Sure matters what the McGuffin is in that.) I'd like to hang around, but I've got to head to the land of dreamy dreams. See you guys later; it's been fun. (And how I miss those 24 talkbacks we used to share, shermdawg.)

  • March 22, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    This movie site

    by TheComedian77

    Leaves me speechless sometimes. The writers don't seem to know what they want! Do they want to be taken seriously, as 'journalists'? Do they crave 'cool' credentials, and for the underclass to accept them as part of the same...? 'One of us', outsiders who play by no rules, pissing off the studios (as they used to)...? Newsflash - you can't have both. But Aint It Cool is TRYING. Sometimes they will introduce themselves in interviews by their handles 'Hi, I'm Quint' presumably when they think it's another Geek, someone they can swear around and be vulgar. Sometimes it's 'Hi I'm Eric' when the respectable hat is attempted. These guys need to be reminded of the Hawthorne line; "No man... can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one may be true". Why am I saying this now??? Well let's see what 'Eric' the 'respectable Empire like film critic' says about MI:2; "Piece of shit...." Ah yes! I can see that on the poster for MI:4, can't you folks?! "Better than piece of shit MI:2!" For God's sake! Can you imagine Quint /Eric interviewing John Woo?! 'Hi I'm Eric'......JW: "Eric? Which one?" ----- 'Oh, you may know me as Quint' ----- "Quint. The one who said MI:2 was a 'piece of shit'......

  • March 22, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    They forgot to write a coherent story.

    by Sicuv Uyall

    It wasn't De Palma's fault but it was a piece of shit. 2nd one was better because of Woo but third had the best story.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Confusing doesn't make it smart.

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Tom's cocky smile doesn't make a movie cool. That movie was a waste of my $5 dollars back then. We left asking what the fuck was going on?

  • March 22, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    The Dalai lama called MI 2

    by Nabster

    And i quote "A rotten piece of shiznit." MI2 was seriously a shitty film. Like truly terrible. And yea the first one was actually very good.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Number 3 is where it's at

    by Roger Moon

    The rest are shit, and those are the cold ass facts motherfuckers. Well, 2 was ok. The doves were pretty

  • March 22, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Unclear on the concept

    by The StarWolf

    The MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie had about as much in common with the original series as would a KOLCHAK movie where Carl is a lonely hearts columnist who decides that this couple who are breaking up (according to a letter he receives from a reader) must be made to stay together and that's the plot of the movie. It was just another of those very annoying Hollywood exercises where they borrow the name of something to help in marketing something unrelated.

  • March 22, 2011, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Only M:I knew..

    by sleepyhead

    that it's not really about gunplay, something the following films foolishly ignored. Add to this the spiralling plot and the director's high level of sly visual wit and you had one smart movie. By contrast, the sequels were, at best, just average action films with little memorable to offer.

  • March 22, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    after rain man cruise's career was heading for the skids..

    by emeraldboy

    when he told friends that he was going to buy the mission impossible franchise, they all said he was nuts. nuts he maybe. but the decision was financially the best he ever did. but utimately the worst decision katie holmes made was .......marrying the man of her dreams. well at least the rest of her dawsons co stars have careers.

  • March 22, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    Was Seven 1996?

    by moorE12

  • March 22, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Absolutely agree about Phelps

    by Peter David

    When they did the reveal of the notion that, not only was Phelps a traitor, but he had set up his own crew to die, it booted me right out of the movie. No way. No WAY. I loved MI growing up and this was an outright insult. "Look how much cooler Hawk is than Phelps because he's a good guy and Phelps is evil." Screw that. It so infuriated me that I've never even bothered with the subsequent films. PAD

  • March 22, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

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    by Darth Busey

  • March 22, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

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    by Darth Busey

  • March 22, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    3 the best??? Learn something about film you lot.

    by Fortunesfool

    There is more cinematic craftsmanship in the pre-title sequence of 2 than the whole shaky-cam, cut and paste crap Abrams churned out for the third. Also, the helicopter chase through the pylons! One of the dumbest set pieces in movie history - why not just fly above them????

  • March 22, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • March 22, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Haven't seen M:I for a while, must buy the dvd damnit

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Got myself the 3rd one too while I was at it, but nooooo way am I going near that 90 minute hair shampoo advert. Number 2 was really, really bad. Here's hoping the 4th one will be as good as the first.

  • March 22, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    That was NOT Mission: Impossible

    by A_Die_Hard_Fan

    It was Mission: Fuck-Up-Beyond-All-Believability. Gads what a piece of shit that movie, and all subsequent sequels, is.

  • March 22, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    MI:2 is fucking awful

    by NightArrows

    What a steaming pile of John Woo shit. complain about the pylon scene in 3? How about two people driving at each other at XX miles an hour, then leaping into the air, COLLIDING and falling to the ground fighting like some dumb fuck 5th grader's fantasy fight? They would have been fucking GOO at the speeds they were travelling at. One of the worst big budget fight scenes ever... That whole movie reeks of shit. Fucking tards saying it "was fun" instantly means it was "SHIT". I'm so tired of "fun" being used as a scapegoat for a piece of shit film. It's unfair to movies that are ACTUALLY fun. MI:1 was great at the time, though I haven't seen it in a while so I will have to revisit it. Though DePalma has gone to shit... MI:3 was great and I will stand by Abrams. The haters can suck a bag of cocks. I'm really looking forward to seeing what part 4 brings...

  • March 22, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    This scene was not necessary...

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    Hunt was above the computer tech when the tech was in the room. The code had been entered. The alarms were off. <p> All Hunt had to do was knock out the tech and he'd have all the time in the world to get the disc. Right-side-up. Standing on the floor. <p> Also KKBB, learn what a Macguffin is. The microfiche in The Rock was NOT a Macguffin. It had zero to do with the overall plot. It was not being chased after. The suitcase in Pulp Fiction = Macguffin The Ark of the Covenant, the Sankara Stones, and the Holy Grail from the Indy films = Macguffins

  • March 22, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Henry Czerny was in The A-Team last summer

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    But only for, like, 30 seconds. I always liked that guy, and wonder why he never had a bigger career. Plus, the lucky bastard married Dana Delaney.

  • March 22, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    M:I2 was fun, there I said it

    by David Ortiz

    Sure it made no sense, but the set pieces were the very definition of eye candy. Plus, it was the first time to me that Tom Cruise was a badass on film. The look of the film was great and an average John Woo film is 100 times better than most of the action hacks out there today (I'm looking at you Ratner, Carnahan, Paul WS Anderson)

  • March 22, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Czerny was in the A-Team remake

    by moviemaven83

    At the end

  • March 22, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    MI2 was fun

    by Smack_Teddy

    but this film was something else, and still holds up so well today currently.

  • March 22, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Still the best M:I film

    by photoboy

    The second film was utter garbage, and the third showed promise but was ultimately weak. The first had action, suspense and was genuinely clever. I hope Brad Bird can make the fourth like the first, but we've been let down twice now...

  • March 22, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    MI:2 was almost unwatchable.

    by BiggusDickus

    Appalling film. Dire in ways that only a typically over-blown John Woo film can be. MI:1 was very good, MI:3 less so; but fuck, MI:2 was a train-wreck...

  • March 22, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    M:I is the best

    by richievanderlow

    I thought M:I 3 was pretty good, but all pale in comparison to this one. Too bad they didn't try to get Depalma to do a multiple movie arc of this version. I loved that he fucked with Sacred Cows like Voight's character. Made it so much more suspenseful as nothing was off limits.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    beard_of_chuck_norris, you may be right...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...I _do_ know what a McGuffin is, but I haven't seen The Rock since it came out, so my faulty memory may be to blame. Ed Harris takes over Alcatraz to force the government to confess its sins, and...hmm. That tape or disc or whatever was Connery's blackmail weapon against the US...but why is he in jail, then? Obviously, l've forgotten a few things; I'd usually say, let's watch it again, but it being a Bay film, I don't think so. But I would appreciate it if you'd remind me where I went wrong. Thanks in advance.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    largojr kind of makes a good point

    by Smack_Teddy

    but this film has become sort of like the Metal Gear 4 of Mission Impossible to me

  • March 22, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Oops, TBOCN, you did say it was a microfiche...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...not enough sleep. Too much time on talkbacks. But thanks again for the correction.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    MI:2 was terrible, because they made Hunt seem invincible.

    by Kamaji

    I personally hate movies where the guy/spy is just 'too cool/hot/sexy for his own good,' and gets away with anything. Maybe that's also why I can't stand Peter Weller's Mr Know-It-All bit in 'Buckaroo Banzai.' At least MI:3, Abrams made Cruise suffer a bit.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Ok, beard _of_chuck_norris, you're absolutely correct...

    by kisskissbangbang confabulation on my part. The microfiche is not a McGuffin, and I wouldn't have said it was had I remembered the plot accurately. Thanks for setting me right.

  • March 22, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    MI:4 Cruise must die!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I don't mean that in an evil, Cruise-hating way, I mean wouldn't it be cool if the main character didn't make it to the end of the movie. If the seeningly indestructable Ethan Hunt buys it then no one is safe. I always liked To Live & Die In L.A. where the main character, William Peterson, gets offed 2/3rds through the film. Killing the main character is a risk but when it works it really works.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    15 years huh????

    by jason2304

    You know what was released 20 years ago AND STILL NO BTS PIC. Terminator 2 Judgement Day! The MI flicks are ok.....but T2! Come the fuck on. Hell while were at it how about a "Slience of the lambs," or even "Dances with wolves." pic.....Both way better films than any M:I.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    20 year anni

    by jason2304

    Forgot to metion (more already know im sure) I mentioned Lambs, and Wolves, cause they along with T2 were released in 1991.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Speaking of De Palma: Snake Eyes Blu-Ray

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Will Paramount ever get off their asses and put one out. The only dvd that is available came out early 1999 and is non-anamorphic. How about a blu-ray with the original tidal wave ending added back in, and maybe some making of detailing the opening scene.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    10 years of Freddy Got Fingered

    by Samuel Fulmer

    My god, the time flies doesn't it?

  • March 22, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Me no understand De Palma's Mission Impossible

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Also my favorite movie is Lady in the Water and I need to have my diaper changed.

  • March 22, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    T2 behind the scenes pic should be

    by Samuel Fulmer

    the goofy thumbs up given by T-800 at the end as he's melting.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    I had that exact thought when I watched Inception. THAT is what Mission: Impossible SHOULD have been.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Peter David and Geoffry

    by maxjohnson1971

    Big letdown the Phelps thing was. I didn't watch any of the others because of that. I mean, what if that would have happened in the A-Team movie or Charlies Angels? I didn't understand the point of that whole thing. Why not just have Cruise as Phelps? That is actually who I thought he was going to be going into the movie. Ethen who? Who the fuck is that?

  • March 22, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Loved 1, 2 was terrible, 3 felt like Direct-to-Video.

    by Flip63Hole

    From what I remember of 3. Not sure I watched the whole thing... M:I 1 will always be a favorite. So many great scenes and wonderful cast.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by vicmackey1268

    Opens with Hunt climbing a mountain with no safety...why?....then the helicopter drops a pair of video sunglasses instead of a tape player....then the helicopter leaves him on the rock formation....umm, how is he supposed to get down??? Openings like that don't belong in any movie, let alone spy flicks. John Woo did Face/Off, which is such an amazing 90's movie just typing this makes me wanna watch the great looking Bluray again. But my gf and I have a running joke that whenever a movie has motorcycle chases we mention MI:2 and say "rrrrrrrrrrrr I'm the maaaaaaan, yesiammmmm, no not youuuuuu, yesitsmeeeeee, imthemaaaaaaannn....rrrrrrrrrr!" (the elongated letters correspond with the gears about to shift on the bikes....)...what a horrible, horrible film.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    1 thing that was cut.....

    by The Funk

    from M:I, which was in the trailers was Hunt kissing Claire (& inplying a relationship there)..... that would have worked better for the confrontation in the train-car at the end (Phelps even references it).

  • March 22, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Ethan Hunt committed treason to save his job

    by MoaKaka

    That was what the whole movie was all about. He warned the bad guys that the disk they were given had a tracking device on it, so they could evade capture. Then he broke into the CIA to obtain the REAL names of the undercover agents (which is so incredible stupid - "Max" had no way of knowing whether the names Ethan was going to give her were real or not), and gave those to the bad guys. All so he could save himself. It's really difficult to root for the star of a movie when he intentionally endangers all the undercover agents in Europe to benefit himself. And that's just the main problem with the movie - I didn't even go into the 101 incredibly stupid/ridiculous things that happened. Or Tom Cruise's "acting" (he shows he's deep in thought by pretending to smell a really stinky fart). One of the worst movies ever.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Oh, and where's the "suspense" Quint talks about

    by MoaKaka

    When the CIA is stupid enough to fall for a fake fire alarm, and doesn't place keyboard locks on their main computer, and designs an air duct directly over the computer that is big and strong enough to hold two grown men, and . . . well, you get the idea. There is no suspense. Because the movie already establishes that no matter how stupid something has to be to allow Ethan to escape, that's how stupid it will be. The movie MIGHT work as a comedy, what with Cruise's acting and all, but it's not quite there.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    "duology" is not a word

    by ragingfluff

  • March 22, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    kisskiss, flip63hole....The Rock...

    by vicmackey1268

    ....has no real McGuffin...its a straight-up action piece about Sean Connery being a badass...the government info was a little tidbit of extra stuff that had nothing to do with the movie, and was more of a rewards for Cage cuz he finally grew a pair... Even the action was original even today....Ed Harris doesn't even get killed by the heroes at the end, his own men take him out and Cage/Connery try to save him to ask for his help. Even tho leaving the few villians after the mexican standoff made the movie less enjoyable cuz we didn't really care about the leftover bad guys it was offset by the airstrike that was about to kill everyone, making things more interesting. Just like 5th Element has ZERO scenes with the main bad guy and the hero, they don't even know the other exists, even tho Zorg actually fired Dallas....that's what made the action original. For me, MI:1 was kind of a cheap trick, taking the most famous hero from the tv show and making him the plot twist wasn't very impressive....however I do not share Starship Trooper fan's (ya flip6, i think your name is really awesome) opinion that 3 was direct to dvd feeling. It had a big cast, great action pieces, and all the violence was big budget popcorn fun.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    MI:2 launched Hugh Jackman

    by ragingfluff

    Fact. Dougray Scott was supposed to be Wolverine, but because MI:2 took so long to film, he lost the part to Jackman. Blame Cruise (he was the producer) or Woo; either way: Jackman's a movie star and Dougray Scott is on "Desperate Housewives".

  • March 22, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Good question: Who did play Ethan Hunt in the series?

    by ragingfluff

  • March 22, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Snake Eyes, sam, maxjohnson

    by vicmackey1268

    ....totally forgot about Carla Gugino being in that...what. a. hottie. That movie was really unique too, damn i love me my 90's action movies. Bigpenis...totally agree with Inception...older people always think "It was just tooooo much" and for that I feel bad for them. My friend's dad turned it off and says he hated it...those are the people who think BrainAge is the most difficult game ever. Seeing it the first time i was shocked at how amazing everything connected...seeing it twice was actually better cuz i noticed things i didnt see before...seeing it 3 times didn't feel old at all which is the best thing a movie can ranks up there with The Machinist, Memento, Prestige, LA Confidential, and Usual Suspects as being better after multiple viewings.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    darth busey: I wholeheartedly agree with the Henry Czerny love!

    by Royston Lodge

    Last thing I saw him in was Season 1 of The Tudors. I was so happy when I discovered he was in that show. He totally should have been brought back to reprise his role as Kittridge. Hunt: So, they gave you your job back, huh? Kittrudge: Fuck you.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Quint thinks Die Hard 2 is the best one?

    by Kelly Grimes


  • March 22, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    This is what bothered me most about M:I2:

    by WriteForTheEdit

    One of the last scenes, with Cruise and Hopkins, as Hopkins' character is explaining to Cruise that the super-hot black chick's character (not recalling the actress' name at the moment) is no longer a wanted woman, and he says, "Her record has been expunged, wiped clean." YEAH, YOU FUCKING STUDIO FUCKS, WE KNOW WHAT 'EXPUNGED' MEANS! YOU DON'T NEED TO EXPLAIN IT TO US! AND IF WE DIDN'T, WE'D FIGURE IT OUT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SCENE!!! BUT IF YOU'RE REALLY THAT AFRAID THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT 'EXPUNGED' MEANS, OR WON'T FIGURE IT OUT, THEN JUST DON'T USE THE WORD!!!! Seriously, that kind of writing upsets me greatly.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    But I do think the first M:I is awesome and the third is a worthy entry.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And that Felicity was fucking super-sexy in it.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Always thought Cruises characters first name was Mike.

    by DrMorbius

    When he's bangin' one of the supermodels, you can clearly hear her saying . . . "Oh, . . . Mike Hunt . . . Oh, . . . Mike Hunt!" . . . here all week . . . try the veal . . .

  • March 22, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Has anyone seen Mike Hunt

    by DangerDave

    He needs a shower.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    The third one is the best...

    by Mandolorian

    Part 1: Read the bible, have flashbacks zzzzzz Part 2: Slo-Mo John Woo running and gunning(not a bad thing though) Part 3: Solid action film!!

  • March 22, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by vicmackey1268

    Hopkins always has character dialog where he repeats himself like that though....I just thought it was stupid to cast Hopkins cuz he was wasted and Kitridge wasnt even in it....i at least wanted some continuity in the movies and Luther was the only one.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    I like it.

  • Expecting his wife to win the fight, then resucitate him? Seems plausible.

  • I truely miss, in today's tentpoles, the interesting camera work that is a staple of De Palma's work. I am sick of Bay's swirling low angle hero shots for one... and that Scorsese and Spielberg have devolved into point and shoot directors (honestly did Shutter Island have any of Scorsese's trademarks?). Today's directors are too reliant on CG, computer colour manipulation, and so on... to really think up some great photography