Saturday, May 06, 2006

Mission Impossible: 3

Why is this post so late? Because I went to see Mission Impossible: 3 last night, and of course went out afterwards. And now the question you've been waiting to hear the answer to: did it live up to the hype? I'm not sure, but I am sure that it rocked my world. You should take into account how much I've anticipated this one though, and how long it has been since the last movie I saw in theaters (Spring Break). There's plenty to spoil in this one, so I'm not going to do that. Suffice to say, the plot involves Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) to engage in some impossible missions, and much action and intense drama ensues. Sounds like pretty standard fare, right? Actually, it was executed very well. JJ Abrams really knows his stuff. After starting out a little on the slower side, it quicky picked up momentum. Its boon and bane all in one was that once the action started, it was a non-stop thrill ride. It was nice because the movie flew by and you realize in the end that you had a lot of fun along the way, but this causes some logistical problems. Of course, with a movie like this, you have to maintain some suspended disbelief. I thought the acting was spot-on, with Tom Cruise and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman providing the most engaging performances. What will really knock you off your socks though is the cinematography. It seemed like every scene was framed perfectly and every big stunt (of which there were many) looked rather realistic. I think it's pretty hard to not like this movie, even if you think that the hype was too much. I also believe that it was the perfect way for Tom Cruise to jumpstart his career again past all the bad publicity, and I think it would be ridiculous for someone to claim after this movie that he's not a good actor. I give this movie a solid A, mainly because I can't find enough to pick it apart with. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and that's really what counts when you devote two hours of your life (and $8) to a movie theater.

TV on the web looks like it's becoming a trend. You can stream television channels legally over here, including BBC and Sci-Fi among other random ones. So if you're ever bored, you should head over there. There are also episodes of some popular shows here, including Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Not sure how legal it is, but it's out there! And if that wasn't enough for you, CBS has followed in the footsteps of ABC by planning to offer some of their big shows online for free streaming as well. I'm not a big fan of their content, but I'm sure that some of you are. In any case, that's just one more supported of the digital revolution in media. When the MacBook Pro first hit, many pundits thought it was strange that they included the Pro in there, and assumed that there may be a plain MacBook that they'd release later as a less powerful notebook. Well, some sharp eyes caught a glitch in the Apple Store where they came upon a page for a plain MacBook in navigating to the iPod site that didn't exist yet, but supposedly will be released on May 9. This could be a hoax, or just some typo on their site, but it would make sense that they'd release a cheaper laptop in May (changing the name from iBook) since Intel Core chips will be getting cheaper this month as well. A corporate blogger ran into a McAffee report on the security of Mac OS X that doesn't add up, and leads him to believe that they're really trying to scare people into buying their software. He's probably right, and McAffee should be ashamed. If you really want to see how hackers can screw with people, you should read this. Google has now come under fire as supposedly supporting child pornography by profiting off of ads from child pornographers. This conflicts with their vague policy on child pornography, but it just doesn't sound right. I don't think they're so money-minded that they'd do this, but I guess that's for the courts to decide. Sony has encountered another setback for the PS3: the chip yield for the Cell processor, which it's based off of, is abnormally low. Crash course in chip production: dies are etched into wafers in a real fancy process, and the dies that are good on average per wafer are known as the yield, since not all of them come out right because of how hard it is to get perfection in an extremely precise process. This could spell doom if they don't fix it real fast. Lastly, if you ever need IM away from home, then you'll love this.

Click to enlargeVery few movie news items, which is good because I have to run to a party. That picture is from DOA: Dead or Alive, which is a movie that I'm sure will have no plot, but plenty of hot girls. I posted that one because for some reason I think Devon Aoki is real hot. Rush Hour 3 is finally a go. I have no idea why Chris Tucker was holding out since it's not like he's done any other movies since Rush Hour 2 so he has no serious actor reputation to defend. Anyway, Brett Ratner will begin shooting this fall. Lastly, I have no idea why, but Eidos has decided to make a game based on Quentin Tarantino's first major motion picture, Reservoir Dogs. They may be trying to play off of the Godfather game, but it's not like this movie lends itself to an Xbox adaptation nor did The Godfather do so well to inspire similar adaptations.

Today was the NSC Boat Party, and it was so much more fun than last year. If you want to see all the fun we had, check out the Zoto gallery (or just search me for "NSC Boat Party"). Here is my absolute favorite picture from it:

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My second favorite shot is right here. I've gotta run, so no meme today. Instead, just enjoy the pictures and I'll see you all here tomorrow night!

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