The Great Wall Of Logitech
A massive monitor out of coupled keyboards. Pretty cool!
Week 16 - Bad Mint On Again!
I've been to a badminton tournament this weekend, just like last year. My nephew played again, and didn't win again, but we had a good time... I think (he just didn't seem very happy about not winning).
Everything about the tournament trip was reminiscent of last year, from the weather to the ducks that crawled 'way by the tall quay. We got better pictures this year, even though he had a few fewer matches so there wasn't as much stalling between them. Maybe the ducks were tamer. My battery ran out but it was OK! I had a spare.
We ate a quick lunch in the car underneath a momentary squall and rainfall, and spent most of the rest of the weekend playing games and celebrating his visit (and 16th birthday) with cake and fish and many great a dish. Good times! As coincidence would have it, two of three of my most good buddies shared a birthday this Sunday as well!
Unlike last year we have no surprise guest who needs a bed while his bathroom gets fixed, but it's been a busy stretch of days nevertheless. Today (which was yesterday) is calmer, and I'm resting up after the perils of his stay. Getting up at 6 to get to that tournament on time had me red-eyed a couple of days. I usually fight to get up at 9.
What else? Not much worth a mention I think. I cut my hair after... almost half a year (a sure sign summer's coming), took a shopping trip on Wednesday, but barely bought a thing. (There were no decent things to buy.)
As for the auctions that plagued my psyche last week: they're over. I overcame the urge, and am happy to conclude that most of the things I bought were useful things. All the ones I mentioned last week arrived yesterday, and I'll be picking up the final package (300 table tennis balls) tomorrow. That's all! The laptop´s running well, and currently running through 238 upgrades after a forceful downgrade from Windows 10 to 7, but more on that in some other post.
Aaand that's about it. All else has been work and time spent (I hope) wisely. I posted just 3 reviews this week, and was plotting to post another 3 but now it's Tuesday night already so I'd better get this weekly thing out the way first. It's been a good albeit too quickly passed stretch of days! Now onto the next one.
Mission Impossible 3 (2006)
The third Mission Impossible still feels like the most serious one of all. In each of the first three it felt like they were trying to find a style that suits the franchise, changing the mood as well as the mission, and this one was pretty intense.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a most convincing villain as Owen Davian, and once again there's a mole within the IMF itself. A few new characters pop up and act like they've been there forever, most notably Billy Crudup as John Musgrave, and Laurence Fishburne as Theodore Brassel - the top brass. I'm glad at least Luther is a re-occurring character though, and Simon Pegg as Benji was an interesting addition. His presence in itself seems to opt for a comical increase. There's also Ethan's loving wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan), and a couple new team member. I wonder if they'll stick around.
As with the last movie, this one's also about a virus, though the details aren't specified (we're not even told it is a virus, but it looks like one). It's not so much about what the virus can do, as what the man who wants the virus can do, and he is one dangerous man. Where the last movie offered a flare of romance, this one has real love, and it plays a central role in this intrigue. The gadgetry and tech is back as well, on a whole new level. Professionalism: big jump.
The mission? It takes place at the Vatican, among other places, and though the details aren't discussed in advance (I wish they were) it's all very elaborate and professional-like. The stunts are elaborate as ever, as are the chases, and heists, and all the scheming behind the scenes. It doesn't really compare to the first two IMO, but it's another great IM movie, third best before it all went back to basics, and got... better! It really did.
Good action, and with this it's been ten years of MI movies! They've handled the franchise well.rated 4/5: fo shizzle
Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
I've watched this movie more times than I care to mention, and it's still a blast. The action scenes are intense, and the intimate scenes are intimate, and the intrigue is one step ahead of all other MI movies. I just realized it's directed by John Woo too! So, that explains it.
Not only does Woo manage to capture the motions of each scene, and to empower the action, but he has a flare for romance. The typical potential-virus-outbreak scenario may not be unique, but it feels like it's taken to a whole other level here. An emotional level.
There's not as much gadgetry and tech as there was in the first movie, but it's got enough for it to still feel relevant. The only thing that could possibly be improved is the mission itself, of which the planning stage is missing almost entirely. The fact that the one 'mission' is a failed mission doesn't make it better either.
I do miss the preparations and insights, but as an action movie, it can't get much better than this. Tom Cruise is the perfect protagonist, Dougray Scott the perfect antagonist, and Thandie Newton the perfect link. The characters are all a great fit, except for maybe that Australian helicopter pilot. Not sure what he contributes.
There are some uncomfortable scenes of close-up knife blades, finger-tips getting chopped off, and self-inflicted viruses - and there's a car chase out of the ordinary. They went wild with the filming, and it's wonderful! It flows. The continuity of plot and action is sublime.
It starts on a mountain. There's a lab. There's a plane. There's exotic sceneries, intrigue, a mass of masks and deception, and one grand showdown in multiple parts. There's symbolism too, with doves and waves and what-nots. It's not traditional Mission Impossible material, if that's what you're looking for, but out of the original trilogy this is definitely the one that had the biggest impact on me/the one I like and remember the most.
It's action with a passion! It's John Woo.rated 4/5: fo shizzle